Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Year & A Half!

It's officially been a year and a half since I got my stent, Stewart. What a year & a half. 
I'm taking today to be thankful and reflect. I hope this inspires everyone else to do the same.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The 2013 Greater Orlando Heart Walk

It's that time again folks! Time for the 2013 Greater Orlando Heart Walk! Another opportunity to give back and raise awareness. This year I will have such a different perspective. Last year at this time I was still emotionally fragile. I was anxious and depressed, just trying to make it from week to week. This year I feel an immense amount of optimism and gratitude. Time to celebrate, baby! Please take a moment and pledge a buck or 2!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

CP3...No, Not the Star Wars Robot

Today I completed my initial blood work and survey for the Cancer Prevention Study-3. Over 300,000 participants between the ages of 30-65 are needed across the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam who don't have a prior cancer diagnosis. I told myself that I would take every opportunity to give back to the medical community after my heart attack and this is just another step. Give 20 minutes of your time and sign up. The deets are here. Do it.
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Friday, July 19, 2013

New Kicks!

Lovin' my new kicks. Thanks Track Shack! 3 miles this AM with the lovely Amy. We came, we ran, we conquered. 6 miles tomorrow! Women's Running Half Marathon (Nov) & Space Coast Half (Dec) here I come!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Floridians! Join up!

Looking to get involved with the American Heart Association? How about being a part of an advocacy committee that works on issues like middle school PE waivers, fresh fruits and veggies in our schools, biomedical research funding, or getting high school students certified in CPR? If this sounds like something you'd like to be involved AND you live in the Sunshine State, please email David Francis (or call 850.567.0598) at the Greater Southeast office of the American Heart Association! I'm in, are you? 

Friday, July 12, 2013


Let me preface this post by saying that I have never been a morning person. I distinctly remember having water dumped on my head as a small child and wishing school began at noon. Until I found coffee in college my mornings were filled with grumbling, insulting roommates, and severely mismatched eye makeup. I continue this proud tradition today...mornings shall never be my thing. Were it not for sugar-free french vanilla creamer and sunglasses I would not be a functioning member of society.

When I began this crazy hobby we call running, I wondered if I had been hallucinating when I agreed to morning workouts that started at 5 a.m.. the in AM?! That used to be my bed time!  I tried desperately to become a morning person. I meditated, went to bed early, packed my bag before going to bed and even bribed myself with Starbucks after the run. For awhile it worked. Then the heart attack happened.

Before the heart attack I noticed I was fatigued each day. Getting up was a battle, none the less strapping on my Garmin and running like a Kenyan. After the heart attack the fatigue lingered. About a year into recovery I noticed my energy level returning and getting up was easier. I think I was also motivated by racing again. But lately I've been oversleeping almost every day. I sleep through alarms (doesn't matter the sound or volume) and even through apps that require tasks in order for the alarm to go off. Have you ever fed a sheep in your sleep? I have...I'm adding it my resume.

So faithful readers, I'm looking for some solutions. If you have any ideas, send 'em my way! 
Some hysterical alarm clocks I've come across. I laugh but I'm considering them!
I'm a horrible shot, so this might work [product via Amazon]

Wake & Shake anyone? [product via Amazon]

This one runs away from you! [product via Amazon]

This may be my all time fav...
Tee hee. I'd be up before the alarm! [product via think geek]

Any others? :)