Thursday, April 24, 2008

Marathon Des Sables

I'm on the list!!

Hopefully, Jay and Lisa will have room for me!! If so, this year I will be training heavy--and it's all about Mom. She was so proud of me when I did Rocky Raccoon, one of my cousins from Israel emailed us her answering machine message, which we read at the funeral, where she talked about it (and my brother transferred it over to a file that I now have on my computer). So this is for you Mom! I know you'll be watching me the whole way!!

I"ve finally started to lose weight. My head just wasn't in it. I have been watching my weight since I hit puberty and it's so damn tiring! I have a real sugar addiction, especially chocolate, so it's really a life-long thing. But when I started getting close to hitting 50, I felt like enough is enough. At this age I should eat whatever I want, whenever I want it! Right??!! Wrong!!

This extra 20 lbs I gained (and most of it from my old office job--geeze, the crap everyone keeps around by their desks is evil! I'm back in the field seeing patients, so bye-bye office and all your sugar-shit!!) just has to go.

I've been running outside again. The weather in Chicago has finally broken, so I'm running during the week by Northwestern University, and on Saturdays I'm back with my running group on the lake in Chicago.

It's been a bit of an adjustment being outside due to my asthma, but I'm working on it. Slowly but surely I'll get it all back.

I'll be leading the Chicago Half Marathon training program again this year. We had 200 sign up for it last year, and they are predicting more this year. Unreal how many are getting into running. The Chicago Marathon just closed -- hitting 45,000 already!! So I guess it'll continue to take me 25 minutes to get to that starting line!!

I've also signed up for a Women's Only Running Camp in June led by Coach Lisa. It'll be in Wyoming in a beautiful resort Grand Targhee Resort so I'm really looking forward to all I'll learn there. And Lisa told me there'll be someone there that walked the MDS this year, which is my plan next year. I'll be pulling lots of stuff from her brain!!

and so, life does goes on...........


olga said...

Best of luck on MdS decision making and new goals. I've been fighting my weight since pubert as well. Suddenly it turned for better when I stopped obsessing about it as a number but rather about what goes inside me. I heard it before, and now I think they were right:)

Firefly's Running said...

Congrads on the weight loss and race entry.

RunBubbaRun said...

Good for you, you crazy girl you...You know I would luv to join you there.. But one day..

Look forward to hear how you train for this..

I'm sure I'll see you running around the Lakefront again..

Julie B said...

I know what you are talking about; the addiction of sugar. It's not an easy one to fight, but it is possible. The woman's run camp sounds wonderful! Have a blast :)

Jack said...

MdS bond, I'm so happy for you. I look forward to following your journey!

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

Your season is off to a terrific start.  Keep up the good work!

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

of course...we will always have room for you and your friend to..
you both look so beautiful!

From Here to There said...

I would love to have a sound byte of my Mom, there might be something on my former in-laws home movies, I'll have to find out. Lots of her on video though :D

You have some great goals - looking forward to coming along with you, virtually of course.

All the best!