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26.2 Reasons I’m Running a Marathon with Team in Training

1. Because I want to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

2. Because I want to loose weight.

3. Because I want to make a difference.

4. Because I want to know I can do it.

5. Because I want to fight back against cancer.

6. Because I want a cool race shirt.

7. Because I am running in memory of my loved ones who have lost their battle against cancer and for all the TNT Honorees.

8. Because I want to run across the finish line.

9. Because training for a marathon makes me feel great

10. Because I want to celebrate with a well-deserved bottle of red wine, a good dinner and an fabulously yummy chocolate dessert.

11. Because when I run I feel more alive, even when I feel like I’m dying.

12. Because I want to challenge myself.

14. Because I like any excuse to use Body Glide and wear my running skirt.

13. Because I can!

15. Because I love my team in training friends.

16. Because it provides good conversation.

17. Because I want to get toned up and in shape.

18. Because I am so much happier on a day to day basis when I am running!

19. Because I want to set a good example for my girls that exercise is important.

20. Because I love that special connection I feel with my team, Go Team!

21. So I can have something to write about on my blog.

22. So I can spend money on all the new running gear.

23. Because it’s just so much fun – at least in theory, right?

24. Because I love to eat carbs!

25. Because running keeps me in a good mood, at least most of the time.

26. Because I got talked into it.

26.2. Because I am healthy and loving life.

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Support Trudie’s Race

Through Team in Training I have been blessed to meet some amazing people and make wonderful new friends. There is one person who I just loved instantly, not that I don’t love them all because I do! But today I want to tell you about Trudie. Trudie and I have developed a very fun friendship and we enjoy each other’s personalities and sense of humor. Trudie keeps me going when I am feeling weak and tired and she is a great running partner!

I want to share Trudie’s website with you because she makes the most beautiful jewelry! Trudie’s website is called Brighton Belle Jewelry and it was founded Christmas Day on the beach in Brighton, England 2006. The founder Trudie Ransom comes from Brighton and over the years has developed a passion for dynamic and interesting jewelry. Trudie has traveled the world, spending time in Australia, Thailand, South East Asia and the past 10 years in Santa Cruz, California – where she now calls home.

Inspiration for her designs come from the jungles of Thailand, the Australian Great Barrier Reef, the cool deserts, mountains and beaches of America and the pebbles of the beaches in Brighton.

Support Trudie’s Race with Team in Training and shop on her website!!

Brighton Belle Jewelry

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Marathon Training Update

I am getting so excited to go to Seattle in November to run a full Marathon. We have decided to make a family road trip out of it. We will be driving to Seattle with my sister and her family in their huge diesel pusher. The RV is amazingly huge and longer then my house! I am not only looking forward to the trip but Becca is going to run the marathon with me. She is going to train to run the half but I am going to talk her into doing the full marathon, I know that she can do it!

I am still nursing an ankle injury which has been extremely frustrating for me. I went to the foot doctor this week and I was diagnosed with a stress injury to the tendon. I was given an air cast to wear and I really hate it. Hopefully I will not need it much longer. Part of my recovery will involve deep water running classes and I am looking forward to do that.

Team in Training has really brought out a lot of emotions for me! I am typically not an over emotional person. But since I started TNT I have seen a whole new side of myself and so have my friends and family. I think that I have cried more these past few weeks then I have in the last year.

I attribute this to frustration. I have high expectations for myself and when I set my mind to do something I become very frustrated when anything gets in my way. Starting out with my training I quickly found out that my body could not do what it did 10 years ago, then I had knee issues and now I have my recent ankle injury…Grrrrrrr!! I just want to be able to give 100% to my goal and my training and when I cannot do that I get very frustrated.

Last Saturday was our 10 mile run. I was having the best mental run that I have ever had. I felt great. I was running and talking with my TNT friends and I was not lacking any energy to keep going.  By the time that I arrived to the water stop I was limping and in pain upon walking. I was feeling really nervous at that point that I would not be able to complete the 10 miles but mentally I still felt great. As I continued on with my run I noticed that my ankle did not feel all that bad when I was running, the pain came on when I would slow down or walk. When I arrived to the 5 mile point Coach Brain was there in his car and after he evaluated my ankle it was determined that I should not finish the run. I was so upset. I was feeling so good and I new that I could do it. I wanted to add 10 miles to my accomplishments and I did not want to be held back by my injury. With my high expectations for myself I once again shed a few tears over the situation but I knew that the best thing to do was to go with Brain and cheer on the rest of the team that was still running.

Thank You Trudie, Josie & Eileen, I LOVED running with you! You were my strength! My new friends from Team in Training mean so much to me and they are wonderful inspirations!  GO TEAM!!!

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Last weekend the girls started soccer. It was just too cute. My best friend Devon bought the girls pink shin guards and pink soccer balls. The pink soccer balls came in extremely handy when all the kid’s were given the exact same ball to kick around. The pink defiantly made it really easy to know which balls were theirs. Kinley & Hadley loved playing soccer and the best part is that they are on the same team as their cousin Nathan!

There will be more soccer posts to come!


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Happy Birthday Johnny!

Happy 1st Birthday to my sweet little miracle nephew.

You have come a long way baby boy. I cannot believe that it has already been a year since you gave me the biggest scare of my life! I love you so much little man!!


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September 10, 2008 - 3:46 am

BC - Oh aim… that is so sweet it makes me cry. You saved his life! And mine too, and wee will never forget that. The three of us will always celebrate Sept. 9th together! xoxo

September 11, 2008 - 6:08 pm

Christy - Congratulations! Owen celebrated his !st B-day on Sept 7th. I remember seeing your adorable nephew in the NICU. I am so grateful that our little bundles of joy are happy healthy boys!