Thursday, June 21, 2012

reading about the adventures of others

So today was an easy day.
2 icing of the shoulder
2 painkillers
lots of butt sitting on couch!!

reading runner blogs and running club newsletters from around the country

Here is an interesting adventure Wind River Crossing 2011

I'm missing my Wyoming mountains and trying not to pout about my WY adventure that won't be happening this summer. 

1 mile walk with Hero
blessed and know it

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

4 mile walk

Today was a full day, too full!
After some work around here I decided to go to the chiropractor.  I thought I could lay on the table after three weeks.  I was able too, the adjustment was needed, but it hurt.
So like a dummy, instead of coming home, taking a pain killer, icing my shoulder and taking a nap... what did I do?  went for a 4 mile walk, in one hour, pushing the pace.  By the time I got home oh wow, total pain! 
Maybe I overdid it.  I hope I haven't messed up going to the Go! Running Thursday night run tomorrow night.  This stinks!  but I am mending.  Now to keep my spirits up!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Running Withdrawal

Today is 3 weeks since horse mishap took out my summer of running adventures.

This morning I couldn't sleep.  I was awake at 4:30, itching for a run!!  Oh wow, it was hard not to just head out the door.

Another week and I will ease back in.  Today I will use Chris's bike on the trainer, abs and lower body.  The endorphins will help!!  LOL  Maybe this evening Hero and I will take a mile walk.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Walk at Go! Running's Thursday run

Leah had mentioned needing to walk, then a few more were going to walk, so I decided maybe to hang out with runners it would be worth the drive to go to Go!Running's Thursday night's run.
I walked with Brenda, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, for 3 miles.  We ran/jogged for maybe 1/4 mile.  It all felt good!  Being around my wonderful running family was priceless!
The drive was too stressful on my arm.  I really need to be reclined while being in the car that long.  OUCH!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Can't run so volunteer

1st Annual CASA 5K Run/Fun Run on June 9th, 2012 -

I was very happy to  be out on the race course directing and cheering runners for this race.
Super Hero of the day! Leasa Cain and Andrew Cain. Leasa's first race and this great young man walked every step with her!! Yay to superheroes!!!  (I'm assuming mother and son)

This was a good way to make a good attitude choice for today.

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Your Horse Is A Reflection Of You"

Today is a heartbreaking day.
Maggie came to us January of 2008, she was a 12 year old, green broke, brood mare.  But she was beautiful, wonderful, magical and amazing.  I love her refined face, gentle nose and sensitive eyes.

After much ground work I started riding her, and it has been a challenge.  During a bareback ride in Aug 2008 she threw me and I broke my shoulder.  After very costly medical care and extremely painful physical therapy we were back to our adventures again.

Over the years she has registered her protest by trying to buck, quite a few times, but I was ready and able to contain it and deal with it.  May 28th mishap number 2 struck.  This is described in an earlier blog post.

Today Maggie had to find a new home.  I will ride her if she is here, she will buck if I ride her, this is a true disaster waiting to happen.... again.   I pray her new home will be a blessing to her and to those who purchased her.

I watched a documentary tonight about horse trainer, Buck Brannaman, called Buck.
At one point he told some horseman at a clinic that "Your horse is a reflection of you."  

I have to think about this and see what I have to learn about myself from Maggie.  Every time life is going well, she bucks.......

Tonight is a night of tears and great sorrow......

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

National Running Day

Yesterday, 6 June 2012 is the anniversary of the D-Day Normandy invasion of France during WWII (6 June 1944)

Less important, yesterday 6 June 2012 was also National Running Day.  I'm grounded from running!

We had a meet up of the Searcy running family at 6pm to have a fun celebration.  So the ladies all went off for their run, I went for a walk with two 7th grade girls.  Oh wow, so much fun!!!  Not a stump was left un-jumped on, not a stick was left un-played with.  Snakes were targets of rocks, branches thrown in creeks, laughing, taking about New Direction (good thing I saw their picture and heard about them the day before, whew!).  Blackberries are ripening, so a feast was had, flowers were savored.

What a new way to spend a run, and what a bright happy way to see the world, through the wonder and joy of 13 year old eyes.  What a blessed treat for me!!!

We walked 2.5 hours, and weren't quiet for a step of it!  LOL

My oh my, the blessings of life!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

One Week Tomorrow

I have been reading up on healing from a concussion.

One isn't suppose to do activities that require concentration.  This healing requires brain chemicals to return to normal.  Concentrating interferes with that process, or slows it down.  So I can't work my body and I can't do anything of value with my brain.  What is a girl to do?

I think the Wyoming race will just have to wait till 2014.  I was considering my fitness level for a race in 12 weeks when I have to take 6 weeks off.  I never even considered what running a race at altitude might do to my brain.
I would like to try to get into The Flying Monkey Marathon in TN this fall and then next March run the Bataan Death March Memorial Marathon in New Mexico.  I think when I get totally frustrated about missing the El Vaquero Loco 50K in Star Valley, WY I can consider these other adventures to sooth my pouty heart.
Another thing to consider is maybe a short bucket list trip with family before Daniel goes to Navy boot camp in November.  Boston, Philly, The Grand Canyon, maybe these would be amazing trips!

So today's activity, sleep, sleep, watch TV, read scriptures (but not remember what was read), visit my dear horses and watch TV.
Eating has been perfect as has been drinking lots of water.

I look forward to volunteering for AURA and UTS races until I'm running again.

Tomorrow will be a week since life went sideways.

I'm counting my many blessings, one by one.  Things could be so much worse!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Walked 1 slow mile

After averaging 38 miles a week all year, being exhausted by my first mile this week, at a slow walk is frustrating.  
Yesterday I emptied and reloaded the dishwasher and I fed the animals last night.  That amount of activity had me hurting and totally wiped out all day today.
I did get out in the cool evening air for a slow walk with the dogs and Maggie. 
I don't know if this exhaustion is from the concussion or the broken collar-bone or both.  I do think a degree of the frustration is from the concussion.  Its going to be a long slow process.
I'm going to focus on losing weight.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beating head against wall

So this is only day 4 and I'm really struggling to maintain that choice of a good attitude!  LOL
No one said it would be easy!

I did some lunges, squats, that sort of thing.  I tried to do some kind of a lower body workout without any bounce or any stress on my head or shoulder. 

One day at a time.