A Van Awesome Journey

Hi thanks for finding my blog! I am a wife of an awesome husband and proud mother to two amazing boys. I just quit my job to stay at home with our children and now have all the time in the world to play play play!!! Play with my children and play some games of my own...hence this blog. I entered a contest to be part of an Adventure Race something I have never done before. So I am required to blog weekly on my journey...so here goes..thanks for sharing it with me :).................So what has started out as a blog for reasons mentioned above has now continued into an on going journey that I have been asked to continue to share...and you with me! So thanks for coming along for the ride :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

You can't keep a good woman down....but now what?!

So want to know what happens after the big build up to the big race day?!! The following weekend you get very very sick! Yup that's what happened to me :(

After my Tri, which by the way I continue to feel very happy about. I took Mon and Tues as rest days. I didn't realize it but it's been a busy summer of training!! When I finally didn't HAVE to do anything I was able to see how much energy I had been putting out. However by Wed night I wanted to do something, so I went for a run. I LOVE these fall nights so nice and cool and refreshing, even if you don't run I highly suggest you get out for a walk it will do you wonders trust me :)

So the run was awesome! I picked a route and just ran it...no stopping....no turning back. I love that failure is just not on the list of options for me anymore. So I ran 8.6k which is my longest run on my own so far :). Then the next day woke up not feeling that great and by the next morning I was done....swollen throat pain into my ear, fever of 103.6. I had a BAD case of strep and had to be put on IV for two days to get fluids back in me....gesh!

What sucked about that was that I missed the big dinner that all the Mommy's in Motion had cause I was too sick. I was REALLY disappointed about that cause I wanted to hear how ever one's race went :(
I also had to pull out of a 10hr Adventure Race that I was in with a team of 5 other girls the next weekend.....god that KILLED me to have to do that! But I had to make the call. Even though the fever was gone and the throat was better I had no energy, just showering and getting dressed made me ready for a nap! I went from running over 8k to trying to go for a walk....sucked!!...............But someone said to me that is the sign of a true athlete, knowing when to go and knowing when to stop. I also had to think of my family and how much I am needed. Plus it scared the crap out of me being that sick.

But you can't keep a good woman down cause I still showed up for the Adventure Race to cheer lead the girls on and take pictures I wasn't going to miss that adventure!...It was awesome to see them come in first in their division!!!! and it was our first race! PHAT CHICKS F'N ROCK!!!!

So now what!?? I find myself very worried and really thinking a lot about what I will be doing with myself through the winter. Funding is VERY tight for us so I can't sign up for a bunch of stuff and I don't know how long I'll be able to run outside as this is my first winter as a runner. I often find myself worrying about all the weight coming back on and how embarrassed I would be if that happened and how unhappy I would feel about it too......I'm in limbo right now trying to figure out a new weekly exercise routine. If anyone has ideas or could share what they do in the winter to stay active that cost little to nothing that would be great :D



  1. Gail, you are awesome and have done an amazing job. I hope you are as proud of yourself! I am very proud of you. Even though money is tight, I know you will find activities that fit your lifestyle.

  2. My advice to you; DON'T WORRY! You wouldn't let that(gaining weight) happen and the people around you won't either! Too many things to do that are free all around us and you are a person who lives a healthy life. It simply won't happen. Onward.

  3. Lots of winter running Gail, everyone keeps going through the winter unless its a foot deep in snow! Take a look at HealthQuarters they have some run clinic starting soon and its not too far from you....Griffith Ct behind that mega pool shop on Fairview ( no free advertising for them on here;-) between Appleby and Walkers.

  4. Hey, Linda and maybe Grace and I are going for a bike ride tomorrow morning. LATE notice I know but you are more than welcome to join us.

    Sorry you got so sick, we really missed you at the post-tri party.

  5. Adena!! Thanks so much for asking me to join you ladies :)
    It is too late notice as I have the kids and hubby's away. But Please think of me next time! I would LOVE to join you!!

  6. Ok, we 'may' be doing a cycle on Saturday morning, I'll keep you posted. We would be doing the lake trail towards Grimsby. I will keep you posted.

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