Hang in there …

Confession: I have been known to grow attached to and name inanimate objects. Come on people, it makes life more fun! I have named my cars, my cell phones and most recently my Fitbit, Fabio. Unfortunately, Fabio is not doing well. His days are certainly numbered. He has cracks and scratches all over his face. And a big dent all along his left side. His band is also separating from his face so you can see his innards. It’s disturbing!

But I can’t replace him. At least not yet.

The steps we have traveled together are some of the most meaningful I’ve ever taken. Literally, in sickness and in health. From steps in the hospital supported with a walker to some of the fastest steps I’ve ever been blessed to take. Needless to say, Fabio has been through a lot with me. But get this, he has never stopped working. Not even after I accidentally went swimming with him. WHOA! He’s like a tried and true friend. Which is why I’m having a hard time replacing him. Call me crazy, but I have a race in just over a week and I’d really like to have Fabio complete it with me. I would like it to be the final lap in our epic journey together.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you hang in there!!!

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Tapping back in …

Sooooo … I have a race on Sunday. I haven’t raced since last July and that was just for fun when I was in Alaska with friends. Sunday will be fun too but it’s also me officially starting to race seriously again. It is both scary and exciting. Getting sick messed with my mind, body and soul. I’ve slowly crept out of the funk it put me in and I feel like I’m finally owning that my heart is vested in my dreams again. I’m a LONG way off from achieving them. Trust me, Sunday’s race will be slow and steady to the finish. No where near my old finishing times. But you know what? I am going to appreciate every single second of it because those footsteps are the beginning of me believing in myself again.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you tap back in!!!

Fabio the Fitbit is alive and well …

Let’s go back a year. Last summer a friend of mine, Kim, and I ran the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. It was an absolutely fantastic race put on by Destination Races. It was coordinated so well. Honestly, it is one of the best races I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of. From the expo to the finish line activities, it was an incredible race experience. And the course was beautiful!

Anyway, one of the race sponsors was Fitbit. So runners were given a discount on Fitbit purchases. I decided to buy myself the Fitbit HR I had my eye on. And I immediately fell in LOVE! The day after the race Kim and I decided my Fitbit needed a name. I name everything, so why not? HA! Kim came up with the name Fabio. Of course I thought that name was perfect! And just like that, Fabio the Fitbit came into existence.

OK, back to now. Well, sorta. For weeks now I haven’t been able to sync Fabio the Fitbit with the app on my phone. I wasn’t sure why. I thought that perhaps I somehow managed to damage Fabio’s Bluetooth thingy. OK, that totally made me laugh! Anyway, I just hoped Fabio would fix himself. That’s how I roll with electronics. Delusional grandiose ideas of miraculous repairs. Totally rational. OY! But then, when we were in Las Vegas, I swam with Fabio. Oooops. He was submerged in water for a good 15-20 minutes before I realized what I had done. Needless to say I thought I had officially drowned Fabio. NOPE. He never stopped working! NOT. ONCE. I was utterly shocked! And totally impressed with Fitbit! WOW!

But despite not dying in an accidental watery submersion, I still couldn’t get Fabio to sync to my app. UNTIL TODAY! Yep, you read that right! After weeks of not working properly and almost drowning, Fabio the Fitbit is working perfectly again! YAY!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are alive and well!!!

Ahoy Matey …

Yesterday we saw Alaska from a race course. It was GORGEOUS! And it FED the runner in all of us. We runners LOVE to see the sights of new places via races. I know it sounds weird but it really is an amazing way to explore when you are traveling. This morning we venture out on water. We are going to see Alaska by ship. I can’t wait! Um. I guess today we feed the inner pirate in all of us. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you say AHOY MATEY!!!

No worse for the wear …

After being out of a boot for one week and running only one trial mile to see if my foot was healed, I somehow managed to finish a half marathon today with out additional harm being done to my body. Whoa!
Well, I hope you all have a day where you are no worse for the wear!!!

A welcomed distraction (or two) … 

I have had a weird Fall racing schedule. First, I had three races planned. Then certain circumstances made me think that I was only going to be running one of those three races. But in the past 24 hours both the races I wasn’t running were added back to my calendar. And I have to admit, I’m glad. In the midst of all the craziness that has gone down in my life the past two weeks, the thought of these races seem like a nice escape. Training will help me take my mind off of things and it will be a positive outlet. Even if it is just for a fraction of my day, I know that the reprieve will do me good. Running has saved me from being totally absorbed by stress more times than I can count. And if running were a person, I’d give it a big hug.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a welcomed distraction!!!

An itchy drug-seeking hypocrite (I own it) …

So a few months ago my dermatologist gave me samples of sunscreens to use. She knows I’m freaked completely out by chemicals so she gave me two that she thought would suit me. I used one and it was very thick. Not my favorite. Then I used the other one she gave me and I loved how it felt on my skin. It is made with naturally-sourced sunscreen ingredients and is fragrance-free. Perfect for me, right?!?!

Nope.

The few times I used it I got a small bumpy patch on my arm that itched for a few days. It wasn’t horrible but stilly not the most comfortable experience. But you would think that would stop me from using it further. Nope again … it didn’t. 

In hindsight, I find my decision to use it on race day last Sunday, incredibly dumb. I have completely broken out in bumps and/or welts every where I used it. It is even irritating my left eye. My symptoms have been so bad (and getting worse), that my medical provider wants me to contact poison control in an effort to find out what I could be allergic too. I need to avoid whatever it is FOR SURE!

Just for giggles let’s have a recap. My fear of chemicals leads to the recommended use of a sunscreen that should be “safe”. Only to have a reaction so bad that I end up on THREE chemical laden medications. THAT I AM WILLING TO TAKE BECAUSE I AM SO FREAKING MISERABLE. Yep, only me. And people wonder why I came up with my own little land to live in. BIG sigh.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t feel like an itchy drug seeking hypocrite!!!