My Story

My life had been rolling along pretty normally. Nothing really too exciting about me. Actually, I'm boring, let's be honest. Small town country girl who married her college sweetheart. Been married over 15 years and I guess taking "life" for granted. Because on January 2, 2014, our lives changed forever when the husband was diagnosed with cancer. Wow, there's a wake up call! Fortunately, we were blessed to learn he had a solitary plasmocytoma and no other cancer was located. His cure odds are high with treatment. Unfortunately, this plasma cancer can always rear it's ugly head elsewhere or progress into multiple myeloma. That uncertainty leads me to raise money for multiple myeloma research. Why not help fund research that one day could save my husband's life? Many things are out of my control in C-town but this, this I can control. I run to raise funds and awareness for an illness that I hope to never personally meet.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Building Endurance

Would it surprise you that my easy weekday runs usually test my limits more than my weekend long run? Strange, huh?  Well, I tend to push myself on my easy runs.  It's only three miles so I can run faster, right? 

Today was one of those days.  My first mile felt good.  I was keeping a faster pace.  Second mile was 30 seconds faster than the first.  Then by mid-third mile, I was tired.  My faster pace had exhausted my tank.  That's when you feel it.  Your body says it's done.  You've exceeded it's limits.  Your legs are ready to quit.  Did I stop, give in?  Nope!  Moments like this I think of the husband.  All the tests he endured after diagnosis.  Many times he said he couldn't take another test.  I reassured him that he could.  Radiation took a toll too.  I know there were days he didn't want to go.  His body said it had enough.  Yet he persevered and reached the finish line.  I use that to keep my legs moving.  My "tiredness" has nothing on what the husband's body dealt with so there's no way I will stop.  At the finish line you realize the body could endure more despite what it was saying.  You just have to find the strength to push it past it's so-called limits.  And having pushed through those limits, I know my next run will be even better.

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