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All I want for Christmas is a new PR!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Car accident on 10/8 really threw things way off course.  Car totaled, waited for insurance company to do their thing, finally received check and thanks to my wonderful husband, getting the new car was a very easy process.  He’s really awesome with the online research so we were totally prepared when we left the house to go “test drive” and came home with the new car…the actual car he thought we would get after checking the car fax, etc.

Anyway, injuries were not too bad and the air bag burns healed within two weeks.  The seatbelt injury to my chest/pec area and the back and neck soreness/pain have taken longer to heal, but I am thankful for my chiropractor and massage therapist!  I went to my general practitioner first and after an X-ray showed nothing broken or cracked, he suggested going to a chiropractor.  Good advice.

So two weeks of no running and trying to heal.  Let’s just say I was not happy.  I had numerous races already lined up that I had already paid for and had hotel reservations for so I wasn’t going to lose out on that investment.  Losing two weeks of running would normally not be a huge deal, but the timing was the absolute worst with races every weekend in November including two half marathons and a 20K.  I could not cross train so it was two weeks of nothing.  Definitely more of a taper than I needed!

So I attempted the first race, the Creaky Bones 5K on 10/23 which was painful and my time was nowhere near where I would have liked, but it was a fun event with friends anyway.  The second was on Halloween, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon.  I knew I would not be able to race it and be happy with my time so I decided to run with two good friends who were also running it.  That turned out to be a very fun experience.  The next race is this coming Sunday, the XTERRA Wildhorse Trail Half Marathon.  It is put on by TampaRaces.com – who put on amazing events.  Since I am already registered and it is the first race in the XTERRA series, I have convinced myself that I must do it.  I know I am not in the shape I had hoped to be in by this time of the year but I will do my best.  The following weekend is the Naples 20K.  This was my chance to PR at 20K since that is not a very popular distance.  I was confident about setting that new PR before the accident, but now I’m not so sure.

Most of you know that I am President of RunnerGirl Inc. and so tonight while I was updating our online gift shop, I added our holiday section for those who are already thinking about those festive times and who like to shop early.  My favorite items in that section of the online store are those with this clever saying:  All I want for Christmas is a new PR!

All I want for Christmas is a new PR!

This made me think about Christmas and all the special people in my life.  It made me smile about those who make their health and well-being their top priority but it also made me quite sad because some of the people in my life do not make their health and fitness a priority.  I know that I cannot motivate others to take better care of themselves, but I do hope that maybe I can inspire them through my actions.  And basically that is all we can do to help our loved ones.  We can support, encourage, and educate them.  But we cannot make them do it.  We cannot do it for them, as much as we would like to.

I know that for myself I do wish for a new PR and continued good health.  But really, for Christmas, since that is the biggest gift giving holiday in my family, I truly only want one thing:  for my loved ones to make their health a priority.  I would like them to start and stick to a fitness program, eat healthier, and just take better care of themselves.  There’s nothing anyone could buy me that would mean more than spending time with my loved ones who are healthy and happy for years and years to come.

I think being in a car accident or going through any type of trauma like that makes you re-evaluate life a bit and definitely helps you to prioritize.  Be well my friends.     :)


Thursday, November 27th, 2008


Thanksgiving, for many, is about getting together with family and friends and sharing a big meal. Phil and I are lucky because we get to do that twice in one day with my family in the afternoon and Phil’s in the evening. Over the past several years, I have found that the perfect way to start Thanksgiving Day is with the BRC Turkey Trot. As I drove home this morning I couldn’t help but smile, I mean really smile with genuine happiness and thankfulness in my heart. And I couldn’t get home fast enough to start writing this all down. My best thoughts come right after a nice run.


I am so thankful for the family I grew up with, the family I married into, all my friends in the Bradenton Runners Club and our community, the many athletes I have had the privilege to coach and their wonderfully supportive parents. Gary Algozzine and the Bradenton Runners Club provide us with a unique opportunity on Thanksgiving morning to get together, share a run, and enjoy the giant “family reunion” before heading our separate ways later in the day. This is the one day of the year when I get to see so many familiar faces – current runners that I coach, athletes I have coached years ago, parents of current and former runners, new friends, old friends, BRC board members, and the many wonderful volunteers out on the course. I don’t think any of us can name one other day of the year when we all get together like this. Today is a day to cherish.


I have been dealing with some foot pain the past few weeks. In fact, I have not run since November 9th. I had to switch to biking and weight training to give my foot a rest. This past Tuesday night’s four miles was my first run in several weeks. It felt great to be running again. Unfortunately, not pain free, but that’s another story. For my second run back, this morning I decided to run the Turkey Trot 5 Miler with Di. For those of you who do not know her, Di is also known as Diana Nelson. She is a three sport varsity athlete at Manatee High – cross country, basketball, and track. When Joe Siever asked me how fast I was going to run today, I said “maybe 8 minute miles?” I wasn’t too concerned with pace as we set out comfortably, chatting most of the way. By half way we were at approximately 8:20 pace per mile (I wear a Garmin so that’s very easy to check). Those of you who know me will probably get a little chuckle out of this, but I was fighting my urge to pick up the pace as we passed the water stop and headed for the turn around. I kept telling myself that today was not about me, it was about running with Di, enjoying her company and conversation, and saying “hello” to every person I knew. I have to say that I did enjoy that. I am still smiling thinking about it. The out and back course was great so I could see all those familiar faces on the way out and the way back. I suggested to Di that we pick up the pace on the way back once we went by the water stop. So, she did just that and ended up passing many people on the way back and running negative splits. This is a difficult concept for many young runners – holding back, running comfortably the first part of the race and then running the second half of the race faster. But Di ran a text book negative split race today and felt good finishing fast. I felt great helping her to achieve this. Wow, racing isn’t always all about me. I have been running for 23 years and I can still learn too! I think that’s why I love running so much. I can still learn and experience new things as my own training and racing go through different stages. For me, coaching is the ultimate expression of that love of running when I can watch and help my athletes have those great experiences. By the way, we ended up with finishing with an average pace of 8:02 today, so it was a very successful 5 miles.


So to everyone at the Turkey Trot this morning who I smiled at, greeted, hugged, chatted with, saw in passing, ran with; and to all the volunteers – I am thankful for you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.


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