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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I am being LAZY!!!!

Quick checkin...I am being lazy and that is all there is to it. I did not get up on Monday morning. I had everything ready to go and laid out and of course it took me forever to fall asleep b/c so many things run through my mind. Then, out of the blue both of my girls got out of bed Sunday night which was odd. I had to get up with both of them about 30 minutes apart so I knew I would not be getting up at 4:55 am. Then I had planned to get up this morning and the alarm goes off at 5:20 and I wake up and I lay there and I think about how I need to get out of bed BUT I never do. UGH!!

It is going to take me giving myself a swift kick in the bootie to get this going again. I can obviously get up and exercse, I have done it pretty consistently for about 10 months actually. I have taken these 2 weeks off and now I have to get back in my routine and it is a little more difficult than I thought it would be. I will get back to it though. I know what I have to do I just have to do it.

Also, I love checking other people's blogs. I appreciate all of the comments on my blog too and I love to comment on others and see how they are doing but my extra coputer time at work and home has been cut short b/c of a big project I have going on right now and my evenings have just been busy. I promise to check in on all of you as time allows. Keep eating clean and working out with intensity!!! (maybe I need to practice what I preach, huh?) At least my food is good I suppose.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

My new workout plan

I haven't had much extra computer time at work or at home. Sorry for the sporadic posts.

I plan to post more marathon pictures hopefully this coming week.

I lost 1.4 pounds this week so I am thrilled with that. I was down 1.6 the week before so I was at 157.2 2 weeks ago and now I am at 154.2. WOOT! It is amazing the difference I can tell in body with just 3 pounds gone.

I had planned to start my workout program this week which means I would go to the gym Monday and Friday mornings from 5:30-6:30 then come home and get ready. I take the girls to their school on these days so I don't leave the house until 8:15 so I have a little extra time than I do the other days when I need to leave at 7:15. Then on Wednesday I was going to work out during my lunch break. Then either Tuesday or Thursday I will work out in the morning on my TM in the garage with a 20-30 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT).

I have enjoyed my 2 weeks off and I really just need to jump back into it like I had planned. I do enjoy exercising once I get started but boy it is hard to get my mind back in the game. I was SO FOCUSED for 6 months with consistent running and now that I don't have that going it is just hard to get my focus back. I have gotten with the food pretty much. I little tweaking needed but not much there. But getting going with the workouts, shew, that is another story. I just need to do it. I know I will love the results and the inches lost and the body fat reduction so it will be worth it.

I could work out at home b/c with my plan I can totally modify it. I just figured I would work out harder if I am at the gym and it is bright and music is going and I am not in my dark living room wondering if I am too loud and will wake my girls. Yes, going to the gym is a much better plan, getting there is another thing.

So if I get up at 4:55, I need to get out of the door at 5:15 and get to the gym when it opens at 5:30. I can work out from like 5:35 (after I take off my coat and put up my keys and such) then I can leave at 6:30. That could be a GREAT 55 minute intense workout for me. I know I would feel GREAT!

This is what I have to do if I am going to do it. Might as well just do it. I have to dig deep into my determination and see how bad I want it and see if I can push myself to get up at 4:55 just 2 days a week. The other day I can get up at like 5:30 and have enough time and the other 2 days I can get up at 6:15.

I will report in and let you know what I did.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Marathon PICTURES - PRE-RACE!

I am going to have to do this in segments b/c there are so many pictures that I want to share. All of these are either the night before or the morning of the race.


Jessica, Leslee, Maggie and Jane picking up the race packets at the expo for all of us.
Me having my FAVORITE pre-long run meal, baked potato, pulled pork, baked beans and potato salad (typically cole slaw when I eat it in Fayetteville). YUMMO!!

Dawn, Corinne, Logan (Corinne's son) and Jessica all enjoying our CARB LOAD!
I thought this was such a cute picture of Bill and his strength lifting his girls. Aren't they precious?

Jessica, Julie, Dawn and Corinne at the start line.



Pre-race prayer (MUCH NEEDED) led by our Dearest Jane!

Pre-race laugh. Not sure what this was about but it made me laugh all over again wondering what in the world we were laughing at before we were getting ready to run 26.2 miles. HA You really have to laugh or you might cry.



Dawn and my "I couldn't live without" running buddy Jessica!


Jessica, Dawn and Corinne before the race.

We had to get a picture of us by the "ELITES" sign. I mean WE ARE the true elites. We start our race at 6AM and run for 6 1/2 hours, they only run for 2 1/2 hours.


Jeremy (my sweet and UBER supportive husband), Dawn and my sweet sweet Chloe.

Daniel (our marathon race course navigator who got our supporters to all of the stops) and Jessica.

Maggie and Matt came all the way from CALIFORNIA to cheer us on and run 2 legs of the marathon relay along with us.

The Phit-N-Phat running group. Leslee, Jane, Julie, Maggie, Matt, Dawn, Jessica and Corinne.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Enjoying my break

Just a quick check in.

I had a GREAT weekend. Very relaxing and productive around the house, the inside of the house at least. I was able to do laundry, dust, vacuum, mop and clean the bathrooms. I also relaxed, napped once and played with the girls.

I am enjoying my exercise break very much. I am almost ready to get back to it though. I will be totally shifting gears though from endurance training to strenth training and fat cutting. This will be such a change for me but I will enjoy it. I really love lifting weights possibly more than I love running.

I am cleaning up my food and making the shift there as well from endurance eating to fat cutting food. The transition has gone better than I thought. I am almost completely converted. Lower carbs and more protein.

The enudurance training required more of a commitment to the running and a little more relaxed with the food. The fat loss mode requires more dedication to the food and of course the workouts too but just more so of a commitment to the good clean food and higher protein.

I still have marathon pics to post and I hope to do that throught this week.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Marathon VIDEOS

Corinne from Phit-N-Phat uploaded these you-tube videos of our race. THEY ARE AWESOME and very inspiring I might add. Even though I was there I still get inspired watching them. A couple of them are kind of long but I truly think they are worth it if you need some motivation to push yourself further than you ever thought you could.

You might need to adjust the volume b/c of background noise.

This first one is of our pre-run thoughts the night before

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NXQwmtdj3E&feature=channel_page


This one is AWESOME, it is the best one and it was actually taken on the course throughout the race. So if you only have time for one watch THIS ONE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9OnytRst_s&feature=channel


The final one is our thoughts after the marathon and then thoughts from Leslee who drove from Oklahoma City to walk/run her longest distance thus far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf3Cd7cCgTs&feature=channel

I have so many pictures I am just trying to sort through them to pick the best ones to post. Enjoy the videos for now.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MARATHON...the details!

Warning...this is going to be long. Skim if you wish.

No pictures yet b/c I left my adapter at home. I will get them posted tomorrow though.

We did the marathon early start at 6am b/c we knew it would take us 6 hours or more. The regular start is t 8am. So we woke up at 3:45am, took a quick shower to wake up then ate my usual pre-long run meal of peanut butter and jelly sandwich. J got up at 4:05 and showered then we got Chloe up at 4:15. She was a trooper from the beginning and did SO WELL all day long. We left Jessica's house at 4:35 and headed to meet the rest of the crew then caravaned to Little Rock and got to the start line about 5:40. Took some pics and got ready to go. Started at 6am. It was still dark of course. We went slow and steady the whole way. My knee bothered me just slightly in the first 4 miles and then it never bothered me again.

A hilarious event happened at about mile 3. We were in LR around Alltel Arena and at various points J, Jessica's husband, Julie's husband, Chloe and the rest of the Phit-N-Phat crew would show up at corners to cheer us on. Well, at this one corner it was still dark and there was a cop there and so Jessica's husband told the cop that they were there to watch cheer their wives on b/c they were running the marathon. Well, for some reason he also mentioned to the cop that they had gotten biscuits so after we passed them and they cheered for us as we were going past the cop he announced on his loud speaker "Your husbands are eating biscuits!". We DIED LAUGHING!! It was hilarious and something we will never forget.

ok, so we keep going and just running our steady pace, we finally get to mile 6 which and I am thinking "SWEET", we only have 20 miles left. HA ! Well, since I had run 20 miles before I knew I could do 20 miles so I tried to forget about the 6 I had already done.

I forgot to mention that the weather was PERFECT!!! Cloudy all day, we never saw the sun. Started out in the high 40's and ended up in the low 60's I think. There was a slight breeze, just enough to keep us cooled off. I never got really hot. It was perfect! The prayers about the weather worked for sure.

So we are going along and I remember hitting mile 10 and thinking "only 16 more miles", we have GOT THIS!! I never doubted that I could do it but of course I was unsure what I would feel like at milie 21, 22 and so on. So we just keeping plugging along and the time actually goes by faster than it seems.

I would tear up here and there just thinking about what I was doing and how far I have come and what I was about to accomplish. I mean, I AM A MARATHON RUNNER NOW, seriously, I can't believe I can say that about myself.

So we get to the hardest part which is just past the half way mark and this is where the hills come on. Now, I am used to hills b/c where I live we have a lot of them so this really didn't phase me, it got slightly tougher in a few spots but not enough to waiver any of us. We just kept pushing along and going slow and steady.

Again, our husbands and Groupies as we called them would magically appear on a corner and that was AWESOME!! To have this kind of support, well you just can't beat it and there is no way you ever felt like you wouldn't make it b/c if you did then they would tell you other wise. They were so encouraging and just amazing. It was so awesome for them to share in this journey with us.

We just keep going and going and going and we finally hit mile 20 and I am thinking WOW, we made it this far and only 6.2 miles left. I was feeling really good. So we just kept plugging along and I loved seeing those mile markers, #21, #22, #23. When we got to 23. We kept telling ourselves only a 5K left, we just have 3.2 miles until we are done. Well those last 3.2 miles actually went by rather fast I thought. I remember seeing 24 and then 25! Wow, we had to stop and take a picture at mile 25 b/c I knew when we saw 26 we would want to keep on trucking.

So we get close to mile 26 and we can hear the crowd at the finish line. It is roaring it seems. I think you could tell that we were first timers b/c we were all just smiling from ear to ear. We were trying to take it all in. These people on the sidelines are cheering for you and routing for you and telling you that you are almost there, you can see the finish line you are trying to find your friends and family and take it all in. THIS was the most AWESOME MOMENT EVER when you see the finish line you here the cheers and you can tell they sincerely are routing for you. You figure they are either runners themselves OR they have supported a runner and they know what all goes into the training.

So all 4 of us grab hands and we are hollering and smiling and raising up our arms and we cross that finish line and words can't express the joy and triumph you feel b/c you KNOW YOU DID IT!! You just completed what you have worked for months to do.

This is the most mentally and physically challenging thing I have ever done in my life and I wouldn't have traded it for the world. It was worth every 5:30 AM run and every Saturday that I spent running anywhere from 6 miles to 20 miles. It was ALL WORTH IT!!!

As the week goes on I will share some pictures and some thank yous and I hope I can give you the link to view some video of us before / during / and after the race.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I AM A MARATHON RUNNER!!!!!

I still can hardly believe that I AM A MARATHON RUNNER!!! It was truly one of the best experiences of my life. I have so many details to share but I am just too exhausted at the moment to share them. I will as I start to feel better.

I will say that I did better than I thought I would and although I was ready to be done after 26.2 miles the adrenaline kept me going and I FINISHED STRONG! It was a very empowering.

WOW!!! This whole journey was just AWESOME and I proved to myself that I can push my limits and go for things that I think are out of my reach.

Gosh, it was just so GREAT!!! I cannot get the smile off my face. At least my face isn't sore so I can still smile. As for the rest of my body especially my hips, shins and feet are moving really really slow.

I will share more details later. As for now this marathon mom has got to get some rest.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

ONE DAY!!! THIS IS IT!!

WOW!!! It is really here. In less than 24 hours I will almost be done with my very first FULL MARATHON!!! I cannot wait to cross that finish line.

We came to Conway last night and headed to a friends house and were able to meet up with my Phit-N-Phat friends. Several of them are in town to run the marathon relay. They were all so GREAT!! Truly, just fantastic people. A few of them I have met before but 3 of them I have not so that was such a treat.

Jess, Chloe and I have had breakfast and we are showered and getting ready to head to Mary's house and just hang out and we are going to watch the movie "Spirit of the Marathon". How appropriate, huh? Then we will just hang out there until about 7 this evening then head home to get ready for tomorrow morning.

J had planned to go down to Hot Springs to watch the Fayetteville High School boys/girls basketball teams in the state championship game. Well, there is horse racing in Hot Springs too and his parents just so happen to be there today also SO he realized he could do both so he has headed South and is going to the horse races then to the basketball games. He is excited. Love him some horse races.

Well, I am getting a little bit nervous. Not too bad but a tad. Just trying not to think about how long we will be running tomorrow. The weather is still looking good so that is a major plus. I am ready though, ready as I will ever be.

Get this, so I might have told you that my parents are coming down in the morning and bringing Lizzie with them and then now my in-laws are coming too. Isn't that SO AWESOME!! I feel so loved. So honored that they would want to come watch me achieve this milestone. I am sure there will be tears. I am just thrilled that they all want to support me and are willing to travel to do it. Not everyday you get to see your daughter cross the finish line of a marathon, right?

ok, I better quit rambling and get ready to go. I will try to post tomorrow after the race and let you know how great it was.

Friday, March 13, 2009

TWO DAYS!!! Weather looking good!

ONLY TWO MORE DAYS!!!! The weather has improved in Little Rock and I couldn't be happier. They were calling for a 30% chance of rain but now it is down to 10% and it says it will be cloudy in the AM and sunny in the PM which is perfect. Best case scenario the sun isn't beating down on you at least until towards the end so if it stays this way then all should be good. Not that it really matters, we are running marathon either way but boy wouldn't it be great if the weather was the perfect conditions. So far it is about is good as it can get and I just pray it stays that way.

I am packed and ready to go. We head out late this afternoon for Conway and will see some friends tonight then tomorrow we will just visit with our friends and relax as much as possible oh and drink water and EAT!!!

Jeremy and Chloe are so excited too. Jeremy can't wait to meet my Phit-N-Phat friends and Chloe can't wait to meet their kids and stay at Jessica's house. She loves Jessica!

I hope to get on here tomorrow and post so I can say ONE MORE DAY!!! If I don't make it then I will post as soon as I can after the race. Maybe a quick thing just to let you know that I DID IT and I can still walk. HAHA

Thursday, March 12, 2009

THREE days! Marathon training COMPLETE!

As of 6AM this morning I completed my LAST marathon training run for my very first full marathon. It feels SO GOOD to have that done. I can hardly believe this day has finally come. I have enjoyed it (most of the time) and I am so glad I have done it but I have been looking so forward to this day at the same time.

It was TOUGH to get up this morning but somehow I made it. I am sure I was just so eager to get this last run done that nothing was going to keep me in bed.

I am doing well. Chugging the water, about 150 oz. per day, eating - oh pretty good - could be better but getting in the necessary good carbs and a few extra not so good carbs, knee is good - going to the chiro for the last time this afternoon.

Tonight I will be packing and getting ready so we can head out tomorrow late afternoon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FOUR DAYS!!! My 2nd wedding.

Only FOUR more days until the marathon. I have only ONE more training run. I have been running since late August getting ready for this marathon. I did do a 1/2 marathon in December leading up to this and then obviously just continued my training after the 1/2 for 14 weeks. So 14 weeks ago I had almost 60 training runs to do, not to mention the ones I did from late August to early December and now I only have one measely little 3 mile run left to do which I will do Thursday mroning. I am just so excited.

FYI - I am not quitting my exercising after this marathon is over BUT I am taking a much needed 2 week break for my body, my mind and mostly my knee. I will do some walking here and there but nothing too huge.

So it came to me yesterday morning that planning/preparing for a marathon is sort of like planning a wedding. You make your decision to do it and you register for it (like you get engaged and set a date) then you are totally focused on planning for it and doing everything you can before hand so that you are ready for your big day. Following me so far? As the day approaches you are just so excited and you start to get nervous b/c you have done all you can do and you just hope and pray that everything goes as you have planned. Then the day comes and you are getting ready to walk down the isle or walk to the start line and wait for the gun to go off and then it does and you just hope everything goes as you want it to. Then you want to really enjoy it and soak it all in then it is over and you look at your spouse or your running buddies and you say WE DID IT!!!

So here I embark on my 2nd wedding and the first one was FABULOUS so I am certain this 2nd one is going to be equally as great. I am about to find out I suppose. Only FOUR more days until MY 2nd BIG DAY! WOOT!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

5 days! Feeling good

Well it is only FIVE days until the big day. I know I keep saying this but I really can't believe it. I am just getting so excited. I am over my nervousness now until probably Sunday morning around 5am when we are on the drive to Little Rock for the race.

I still need to make my list of everything that I need to take with me so I am sure not to forget anything.

Currently there is a 30% chance of rain so who knows what it will do. I just hope it stays at 30% and doesn't increase. The low is 47 and the high is 67 so that sounds like good temps.

I still have 2 - 3 mile runs to do this week. My plan is to get up in the morning and do them Wednesday and Thursday. Oh I dread it though, it is so hard to get up with the time change. I only have 2 more though, I can do it!! This is almost it, the home stretch. Then I can take a break for a couple of weeks and let my knee heal completley and get my mojo back.

Monday, March 9, 2009

6 days!!!! The final week!

WOW!! It really is upon me. 6 months ago when I said "I am doing this" I never dreamed it would come this fast. I am glad though. I am glad it is here and in one week from now I can say that I HAVE RUN A MARATHON!!! I still can't wrap my mind around that. I better believe it though b/c it is about to happen.

I had my last longish run on Saturday and it was only 6 miles. It went GREAT!! I pushed it and finished with an average of an 11 minute mile which is pretty fast for me considering it was over 3 miles. I can do 3 miles in that time often but anything over 3 miles I usually slow it down a little. I just wanted to push myself a little harder and frankly I wanted to get it over with. I felt great during and after the run and my knee is doing really well. Those prayers are paying off, keep them coming. It bothered me a few times during the first 1 1/2 miles then after that it never bothered me again. I am so relieved.

This week I just need to do three - 3 mile runs. I did one this morning and then I will do antoher either Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Thursday. Of course the time change is throwing me for a loop. It is so hard to get up in the mornings anyway and now it is EVEN HARDER until I adjust to the time change. I need to try to make myself go to bed earlier at night. That is one of my goals for the week to be in bed no later than 10 and 9:30 would be better.

I need to start making my list of stuff that I need for the weekend so I have time to get anything that I don't have.

Oh, and I am eating better this week, last week was a free for all, my eating was really out of control. I have drawn back in the reigns though and am on a better path.

Friday, March 6, 2009

NINE DAY!!! It is SO WARM!!

WOO HOO!! I as able to run outside this morning in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. IT WAS AWESOME!! I just love starting my day like that. Of course I usually do my short morning runs in the garage on the treadmill and that starts my day off great too but being able to go outside in the warmth and have the sun beating down is just 1000 times better. Plus, I had NO DOGS run out at me. I had my mace ready for them though but they must have all been asleep or something. Oh, I take that back, one dog barked at me but his owner quickly pulled her in. She never threatens me though so I wasn't worried about her.

I will be doing an 1 1/2 hour run tomorrow. Should be warm again. YEAH!!! We have Chloe's first soccer practice in the morning as well. Can't wait for that. She said "I am so excited". HAHA
Can't wait to see what she thinks of that.

Not much going on. Just trying to get my thoughts around this marathon and thinking of what I need to get together this week for my trip to Little Rock.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

10 days!!! TEN TEN TEN!

Now the real countdown begins...TEN DAYS until the marathon. SERIOUSLY???

I can't wait to see my Phit-N-Phat friends. Several are coming in to do the marathon relay and then of course Corinne is running the marathon with Jess, Julie and I.

I got my running jacket that I will most likely start out the race in and then shed it at some point then probablyput it back on afterwards depeneding on how warm it is. I remember last year during the race (I did the marathon relay) I wore shorts and shorts sleeve shirt but I had on long sleeves before and then after it was chilly so I had to put the long sleeves back on.

My new found friend Amanda at Bibs and Cribs did it for me. She is VERY TALENTED!!! Click on the bibs and cribs link to see my jacket.

As of now I am planning to wear black running pants. I really prefer to run in shorts but it is so difficult to find shorts that don't ride up when you run. I have 1 pair that does pretty well with not doing that but they still do. I think I will just go with the running pants since I have been running in them all training season. I don't want to switch now and then have the shorts rub me in areas I don't want to be rubbed. 26 miles is along way to be uncomfortable. I can't imagine it will be that warm in LR. I can check the 10 day forecast tomorrow and it will show next Sunday. Can't wait to see what kind of weather they are predicting. PLEASE NO RAIN!

My knee is doing better it seems. I will run on it for about 6-8 miles this weekend so I am anxious to see how it does then.

All is going well ya'll. Just counting down the days until I cross that finish line. I CANNOT WAIT!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

11 days!!! Doing better.

Quick check in:

I am 11 days away from the marathon. OMG!!! I can't believe it. I know I keep saying that but I am just amazed that it is almost here. I have thought about this for 6 months and the day is finally quickly approaching. You know how you think something will never get here and then BOOM it does.

My knee is doing better it seems. I ran on it yesterday morning and it only bothered me one time and it wasn't bad. I am doing better about icing it more consitently and that is making a big difference I do believe. I will continue to do that for sure up until the day.

I went to the chiro on Monday and I got a good report. I was obviouly concerned about my knee for long term use and he said that I just have mild inflamation and with some rest it will completely heal. Then he can tell me what I need to do to strengthen other muscles so that this tendon does not do this again hopefully. It is just from overuse. He asked if I have ever in my life run like this and I haven't. I have done 3 other half marathons in the past year BUT I did 2 of them last April (early and late April) then I quit running pretty much for about 4 months so I had major rest time but now I have been running consistently for 6 months so that is why I am having this issue. So, in time it will be fine and I will be able to do my beloved squats, lunges, burpees and mountain climbers that will help me shed the fat. WOOT!!!

ok ya'll, I am busy busy at work so I must get to it. I will keep you updated as the days continue to count down.

Monday, March 2, 2009

13 days!!!! ICE BATH! Getting nervous!

I am shocked that I am only 13 days away from accomplishing this goal of crossing the finish line of a marathon. I truly cannot believe it is almost here but I AM SO READY TO GET IT OVER WITH!!!

I have to tell you that I am getting nervous. You know this is all a mind game and part of my mind believes that I can do it and the other part just isn't so sure. Especially now that I have this knee issue. I do know that I can always walk if I have to b/c the knee is better when I walk. I just don't have that "push off" motion like I do when I run and it doesn't seem to give me any discomfort so if worse came to worse I could always walk and I know I would finish that way. So I guess I will cross the finish line one way or the other BUT I am still nervous.

I did a 10 mile run yesterday. We had planned a 12 mile run but it was 15 degrees when we started, we had to dodge ice/snow patches b/c it snowed in Fayetteville on Saturday and then of course my knee. We just decided to call it good at 10 miles. We still had a pretty good pace and finished just over 2 hours. Like 2 hours and 3 minutes or something really close to that.

As for my knee in the beginning I just wasn't sure if I was going to make it. It was really bothering me. I have realized that I am adjusting my stride and positioning my body/legs differently to compensate for the injury and I can position my body so that it doesn't bother me as much or at all. But doing this makes the rest of my legs become more tight and sore. UGH!! Just can't win. I did make it through the 10 miles pretty well but remember I still have 16 more to go in 2 weeks.

I have a chiro appt. this afternoon and I most likely will go several more times before the race. Anything I have to do at this point to make it through SEVEN more runs then the big race.

I needed to ice my knee after I ran yesterday and since the other parts of my legs were much tighter than usual I decided that I needed to ice other parts so I just took the plunge and sat in a cold water bath tub w/ the ice I had in my ice maker. It was BAD at first and I hollered as I put each foot in then I sat down. After I got in there though it wasn't as bad. I kept my tops on to keep my upper body a little warmer and I made J stay in there and talk to me just to keep my mind on something besides the fact I was in freezing cold water up to my hips with ice in it to top it off.

I am very glad that I did it and I stayed 15 minutes. I think it really helped my legs. I will do it again if I need to. Again, whatever it takes at this point to get through!

Please continue to say a prayer for my knee, I have come too far to quit now.