Training starts 12/23 — TOMORROW!

The day I’ve been waiting for, for more than a month, is finally here.  Time to lace up the brand new running shoes I won at Rock ‘n Roll Savannah’s Expo from Brooks.  Gonna feel so good!

I haven’t run since Thursday, November 22nd — Thanksgiving Day — when I ran the Turkey Trot for Tots with my boys & suffered through it the entire time with ilitotibial band (ITB) problems.  *sigh*  The last 30 days have consisted of many nights of rehab workouts & stretching, along with some irritability & just down right frustration.  I probably took this out on my husband, Jason, & the kids.  My attitude can really stink when I’m not running.  I think I took it out on the laundry though, because I’ve miraculously stayed caught up with no more than 2 loads to do on any given day during this time.  Really odd way to channel my energy, but I’ll take it!

So why am I starting back running tomorrow?  Two reasons:

  1. I wanted to take a month off to let my ITBs rest & focus on stretching them out.  Today actually makes day 30.
  2. Tobacco Road half marathon training is scheduled to start on 12/23!

Tobacco Road will by my 2nd half marathon & is on Sunday, March 17th.  My 1st half marathon was at the beginning of my ITB issues & by the time the race arrived all I cared about was crossing the finish line.  I did, in 2:33.  Decent time, all things considered.  This time though, I’m shooting for 2:10.  I’m using Hal Higdon’s half marathon novice 2 training program.  The first couple of weeks I’m modifying it slightly so that I do not run back-to-back days.  I will slowly work back into back-to-back runs like I was doing this summer & early fall.

I’m nervous & anxious to hit the pavement tomorrow.  A huge part of me can barely wait, but a small part of me is worried the pain will set in again, that nothing has changed & my 30 days off were a waste.  If that’s the case, I’m really not sure what my next step will be.  I guess I’ll figure that out.  Praying & hoping for a GREAT 3 mile run in the morning!

Don’t forget to visit my fundraising page if you feel led to donate.  Thanks to everyone who’s donated to date.  Many more dollars to go though.  Remember, I receive zero funds from this.  All donations go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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God is already at work!

Around 3:00 pm on December 1st I went public with this idea to raise awareness of & money for Parkinson’s Disease.  Less than 24 hours after going public with this whole idea/journey/plan/cause, God planted me right in the path of someone who would validate this journey!  Wow — I was blown away, honestly.  So what happened?  Here we go.

I volunteered to help with the Reindeer Dash for Cash road race on Sunday, December 2nd at 1pm.  The whole week leading up to the event, I keep asking myself WHY I volunteered, as things were quickly becoming hectic & busy.  I should’ve known this as a Mom of 4 with kids in different activities.  I originally volunteered because I was sticking to my “TAKE DECEMBER OFF” rule I had made myself in regards to running, but I still wanted to support the cause.  Volunteering was the best way.  I signed up to work the Finish Line, you know putting the medals around the 10 milers necks & handing the dog tag souvenirs to the 5k finishers.  The COOL part, to me anyway.  When I got to the volunteer tent it was apparent they had plenty of Finish Line people but were short on Backup Time Keepers & Course Monitors.  A young lady, Maddie, had signed up to be a Backup Time Keeper with a friend but that friend was unable to be there.   I was standing next to her & the guy in charge looked at me & I immediately said I’d do whatever he needed me to do, so Backup Time Keeper it was.  I will admit, I was a little bummed I wasn’t going to place those medals around the runners’ necks but I had no idea what God had in store!

Maddie & I walk over to the finish line area as instructed.  Two other girls walk over with us…hmmm, odd as only 2 Backup Time Keepers are typically needed.  The guy in charge of “time management” (i.e. the guy from Precision Race) seemed stumped as well, but put the other 2 girls to work as the Backup Time Keepers.  He then spent time figuring out what to do with Maddie & me.  This gave the two of us lots of time to talk, small talk at first.  She’s much younger than I, a sophomore at ECU studying to become a physical therapist one day.  As our conversation developed, I told her I usually run in this race but that I was taking time off in December to prepare for 12 months ~ 120 miles ~ $12,000 for Parkinson’s.  Her eyes lit up & she says “My Dad has Parkinson’s!”  Wow, really?  God directly at work here, let me tell you.  What are the odds?  I got chills, people!

As I told her more about the plan, she got excited & volunteered to run in a race with me & to help raise money.  We then spent what seemed like an hour discussing her Dad & my Mom & how our families handle living with PD.  Her Dad & my Mom are different PD patients: her Dad, Jack, has young on-set PD and is no longer able to work (his former job had him on the road & driving is something he is no longer able to do).  It was comforting to hear another daughter talk about PD, even though our walks with PD are different as well: she was very young, school-aged, when her Dad was diagnosed while I was busy in my career about to have my 2nd child when my Mom was diagnosed.  Still though, there was some comfort to meet someone else who was like me: a daughter of a parent with PD, struggling to figure out how to help.

So when the race was over & our duties fulfilled (we ended up working the Results Tent, which was cool), we parted ways having already “friended” each other on facebook & planing to stay in touch about this journey.  Maddie messaged me via facebook later that night – she had already checked out this blog & the facebook page & found a race she wanted to join me in!  Later, her sister decided she wants to join in as well.  So Maddie & I may end up working together often on this journey, as she seems as passionate about this cause as I am.  I’m more than willing to have her assistance as much as she’s comfortable with.  We’re already throwing around some big ideas for fundraising & raising awareness in the area!  🙂  To top it off, her Dad is working on a logo!  He was in advertising/marketing & so designing a logo is right up his alley.  Now, how awesome is that — having the logo designed by someone with PD?  Can’t wait to see it!

I feel so silly now, when I think back at how stinking nervous I was on November 30th about going public with this idea.  I had prayed over “120 miles”, but I never asked God for a sign that this was exactly what I should do.  I was convicted it needed to be done without His giant sign of approval.  He certainly gave me one though & pretty quickly too!  How amazing is He?!

This cause also received it’s very first donation over the weekend.  BIG thanks to those who have donated!  If you’d like to make a donation, visit the Team Fox fundraising page here.

I’m very excited about 2013 & it hasn’t even started yet!