Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

No Stilettos but Lots of RICE

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Training Update: Sat. September 20, 2008:

This weekend, due to an injury, I trained with the Marathon Walk Team. I guess, “I’m not as young as I use to be”, as one person said it. I have been sentenced to not run for at least 1-1/2 weeks. I must say, although the people on the walk team were friendly and inviting, the training itself lacked luster for me. I was broken hearted when I saw the run team zooming by; but if I am to run again another day, in the meantime, I must RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. As for next weekend I will be tapping the pavement with the walkers once more. During the week I will maintain my cardio fitness level by cycling or swimming. After speaking with one of my coaches, I feel confident that I will be able to fall back in line with my teammates with a little extra effort.

AH-HA MOMENTS – 45 Minutes and Counting

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Training has been demanding on me. You see, I’m not an athlete by nature. I’d much rather go to the mall or dress fancy and go out and dine somewhere cozy. I hate to sweat and breathing heavy is not cute. I don’t particularly care for the running apparel or accessories; so needless to say, there are definitely moments when I feel like just stopping my run. You may be thinking, “Sorry missy, you’re in the wrong event”. Maybe so, considering what’s typical for me; but I have been able to put aside my fancies for the greater good.

Today it came to me in an epiphany; although I don’t really understand what it is like to fight cancer in my personal body, as with anything challenging, I imagine that there must be times when patients probably feel like giving up too – maybe when treatments are too taxing on their bodies. As we all know, it’s much easier to just give in when the news is not good. It takes great tenacity to push through at times.

Incidentally, what my teammates and I are doing is nothing compared to the courage it takes to fight for your life when the odds seems to be stacked up against you. Today, I found inspiration in patients and families who have not been lying down and playing dead; but instead is standing up and fighting. And so, now when I feel like stopping, or when I face the laborious bridge, I will be able to draw from the courage of people like my honored hero Tina that have enough grit to fight – fight for their lives.

TRAINING TIP

When you don’t know what you are doing you really don’t know what you are doing.

I know that sounds repetitious; but it’s a fact. I must confess, and I know none of you have ever done this; but I have, being a non-athlete and all. I have gone to the gym and observed other people who appear to be fit, stretching and flexing, and have concluded, “Hey, they look fit”. “They must know what they are doing”; so I would find solace in mimic their actions.

The truth is, they may have known what they were doing and why they were doing it; but I didn’t and it may not have been ideal for me. Today I was delighted to learn about Dynamic Stretching and Static Stretching. Dynamic stretching involves moving the parts of your body and gradually increasing reach and/or speed of movement. Dynamic stretching should be executed prior to running. Static stretching is basically stretching to the farthest point and holding the stretch for about 30 seconds. Static stretching should be executed following your run.

Now, thanks to the coaches, I now have a better idea of what I am doing and why I am doing it!

When 30 Minutes Feel like 30 Hours

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Question: When “does” 30 minutes feel like 30 hours? Answer: TODAY!

Today we did team training for the 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon to raise funds for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society- Three miles in 30 minutes. For you experienced runners this may seem really lame. But for me and people like me who have not seriously ran since high school, it could seem like an eternity and it did for me today.

There were moments when I actually though to myself, “I must be crazy this is only 30 minutes and I am planning to run 26.2 miles which could take about 5-6 hours?” When I realized I was thinking negative I decided to verbalize – I feel good! I feel great! I feel wonderful!” quoting from the movie what about Bob for some comic relief. – which is how I tend to deal with many situations. Nevertheless, I pressed on and through and was glad I did. I did it! I made it! I am anxious to see how my endurance increases throughout the training. I know that I can accomplish this through the strength of Christ.

I’d like to add, we have some absolutely great coaches that encourage us along the way and give excellent advice on diet, attire, and any other topic that will help us in accomplishing our goals. I got to meet some new people and learn about their reason for running. This inspired me more than I was already. I’d say today was a successful and productive day. I know as I continue to train it will become easier and I will be saying, “26.2 miles? Been there! Done that! And the money raised will be one step closer to finding a cure to blood cancer.

Please consider giving to this great cause: http://pages.teamintraining.org/pb/wdw09/atelemaque