Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Stewart

January 25th is the anniversary of my stent. That means Stewart the Stent and I have been together for 2 years now. Keep up the good work Stewart. xo
For your info....muchas gracias Wikipedia :)

Seasons 52 5.2k

Yesterday was perfection. I woke up at 4 AM to run 4 miles with Amy before we met Kathleen for the Seasons 52 5.2k. This was Kathleen's first race since foot surgery and she was amazing! Amy and I chased after her the entire race. Since I'm the slowest walker ever, we decided to make this a speed walking training. After careful look at my intervals lately, I see how much my minute walk breaks are slowing down my overall pace. So we pushed our walk pace and finished with a pace of 14:54! Not bad! I don't think I've ever walked faster than 16:00 in my life!

The rest of the day was spent stuffing race packets for The Amazeball Race (post to come) and movie night with my love. *Insert shameless plug for August: Osage County here* 

Amy, Kathleen and I - Photo creds go to Chris 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2 Years

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness" - Eleanor Roosevelt

2 years ago today I had a heart attack. I unknowingly clung to my chest on my couch, hoping that the pain would subside after 2 doctors told me I was fine. 2 years ago I knew absolutely zilch in the heart disease department. Today I can't tell whether I'm bitter or impressed that I know so much. 

This next week is going to be hard for me. Each day between the 21st and the 25th, I will remember what happened on each day of 2012.

Jan 21st/Sat: First heart attack, sent home from 2 different urgent care centers, no sleep
Jan 22nd/Sun: Suffering at home, terrified, no sleep
Jan 23rd/Mon: Went back to work, hurting all day, no sleep
Jan 24th/Tues: 2nd heart attack, drive myself to the ER
Jan 25th/Wed: Angioplasty, Stewart the Stent and I are introduced - BFFs for life

As I type this out, I am smiling. I know that these last couple of years could have been a pity party. I could use the heart attacks as an excuse to do nothing, be nothing, experience nothing. But that's not me. I'm the type of girl who continues running, continues breathing, continues living. All because I can. All because I am lucky.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy 2014 everyone! Hard to believe that 2013 is over with. I'm thankful for so many things this year…new love, new friends, amazing lifelong soul mates, a new job, a new home and my fuzzy children. I'm thankful for a year without a heart attack and a couple of half marathons under my belt (or shoes, so to speak). It has been a tough year. I haven't felt well. September through the end of the year I dealt with crippling fatigue. I still have no idea why I feel so crappy on a regular basis, but hopefully 2014 will bring some enlightenment, resolution and good health.

So I suppose this is the place where I list my resolutions for 2014. I didn't make any resolutions for 2013 except to say I would live life to the fullest and take care of myself. I definitely have done that this year. I've traveled, spent quality time with those that I love and dove head first into new and exciting opportunities. This year I want to do the same thing. Keep living, keep loving. Are you with me? 

Found this image on Facebook. Lovin' the message.