Marathon In A Year

Lets turn 10k into 10 miles!

I know I made the goal to do 7k the other night, well we got storms. So I set out on my mission last night around 7pm. I got to my usual turn around point and decided I would just keep going. It wasn’t long before I had gotten back to the cross roads and I decided instead of going back the way I came, I would go around the big block.

I ended my walk with a record distance of 10 Kilometers or 6.22 miles, and it only took me 1:57. That might not be the most beautiful time, but my average pace was around a 17:50 minute mile, my fastest average yet. The best part of this long walk, was that I really enjoyed it. I finally found a great playlist that keeps me energized and motivated to keep going.

My goal for the next week is to get up to 10 miles of distance. I want to spend the whole month of September working on my pace so that I can confidently go into my 10 mile run in October.

Here are a couple pictures from my walk last night:

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This coming saturday I will be participating in the Flint Crim Festival of Races 5k walk. My dad and I will be doing it together, and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Wish me luck!

I’m Back Up and Running

So I took some time off for a wedding, but this week is going to be my redemption. I got back into walking last week and I was really discouraged because I was doing poorly and on top of that I really wasn’t feeling the greatest. Well I did something crazy to force myself into being more motivated and I signed up for an 8k this weekend with one of my friends from high school. We will be participating in the Crim Festival of Races 8k walk this coming saturday. The crazy thing is I also have a baby shower to go to that afternoon it’s going to be interesting weekend. 

To get back in the swing of things I have been working on getting my distance back up. I did a 5k yesterday evening and I was disappointed when it was over an hour (1:05 to be exact). I set out this evening to do a 6k and while I didn’t meet the distance I did do 5k in 55 minutes! I was really excited to have it under and hour and shaving off 10 minutes over night wasn’t to bad. It gives me a lot more faith in my ability to complete my 10 mile run in October. 

My favorite part of my walk this evening though is that I also had my fastest mile yet. It was a glorious 16:37. It might not be an olympic pace, but thats my fastest mile yet! It is so encouraging to see my time improving, it really lifts my spirits from the poor month i’ve had. It’s definitely motivated me to keep going!

Tomorrow’s goal is 7k, which me luck!

Why Do I Run?

I have been asked quite a few times over the past few months why I am running, and I have come to a point where I give the generic response that I want to be healthier. I’ve said that so many times that it doesn’t even seem to mean anything anymore. The reason I am running is because I have Cystic Fibrosis and my lung are failing me. I run because if I don’t keep trying to get somewhere I won’t become anymore then I already am. I run because I’ve lost two friends to this disease and I refuse to sit and wait to be with them again, I will run for them because they cannot.

I have always said that I would never put my name on a charity, that I could never raise money in my own name. It’s always felt like a dirty thing, like a selfish thing to me. What does it mean to raise money in your own name when there are people out their who have no one to do the same for them? When there are people who no longer have the ability to raise anything for others themselves?

I lost two people who I held close to my heart to Cystic Fibrosis. One was completely unexpected and the other brought peace to someone who had been long sick and tired. The hardest part of losing my friends to CF was that they were both younger then I was. Life just felt so out of order knowing that they’d passed and I would continue to live. They say in war when others die and you live you feel a survivors guilt,  I can only imagine that is what it feels like.

I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with them and for the memories we shared. It is my goal to bring justice to their loss, and to put meaning behind it. I will do all I can to help cure this disease, not for myself but so no one else has to lose their friends, or their family.

The last year of my life has been a roller coaster. I started living a dream that was better then I could have ever imagined, and I let it be taken away from me. The hardest decision in my life came from leaving my college program with Disney, I made a decision to put my health 100% ahead of my career ambitions. I have been questioned about that decision, and i have regretted that decision but no matter how angry I get with myself for not being healthier then part of me will always be grateful that I made that tough decision. In the time I left Disney and came home for treatment my health continued to decline and it still is today. I’ve reached a point right now where I am not sure if I will be physically able to complete my marathon in a year goal. I have to say the anxiety that thought has given me is becoming more crippling everyday. It will break my heart if I am unable to accomplish my goal because I will have let myself down, and the people that I am running for.

While the anxiety is building and my hopes begins to darken I know that no matter how many miles I run or how many miles I don’t, that I will still be fighting for them every second. That I will be fighting for myself. I’ve spent a long time trying to be more selfless, and I spend a lot of effort trying to be a kinder person though that doesn’t always work in my favor. I no longer want to be ashamed to say that I am fighting for myself, that I am running just because I want to be proud of myself.

I deserve to be proud of myself.

How far was that again?

I was going to share my run from tonight tomorrow, but when I got home and plugged in my Garmin and realized how far I ran I was to excited to keep it to myself!

So i set out on my run tonight with the goal of running/walking 8 kilometers which I figured would wind up being around 4 miles. I haven’t run since last tuesday which I completed a 6.1 kilometer walk/run in an hour and 12 minutes. I went on vacation with my family thursday morning and I had full intention of continuing my run schedule, but I just didn’t. I took the weekend to enjoy the company of my family, both of my grandfathers were up north with my family as well as one of my cousins, so we just had a good time enjoying each others company. I have a few pictures from the weekend and some interesting stories so I’ll write a separate post about what we do over on Lake Michigan tomorrow! Anyway back to tonights run.

My First 5 mile run!

My First 5 mile run!

I completed my 8.1 k in 1 hour and 33 minutes, which is 5.03 miles! My average mile per minute is 18:35 which has been close to my average mile per minute. I did really well this run. I never really got tired or super exhausted, in fact it was just the opposite I felt really calm and zen like. I have been running the same path for a week now and I enjoy it! I did start my run later then I had wanted to, so I didn’t get back home until after 10pm which is a little to late for me. I am not super comfortable running at night so I will be trying to start earlier for my next run/walk.

 Run Summary 7/8/2014

I have been trying to run more and more, but right now I’m really focused on making sure I can complete the full 10 mile distance for my run in October. Once I hit 10 miles I will start training more for speed. My goal is still a 12 minute mile by november, i don’t really have a goal for the October run besides the required 16 minute mile. It feels so good to know that I have reached the hallway point for my 10 mile run and that my mile per minute has improved by 3 minutes since i’ve started running.

 

After my disappointing doctors appointment a couple weeks ago this is exactly the kind of positive boost I need to keep my spirits up! I can’t wait to keep running and see how far I can go! Maybe after I complete my Marathon in a Year I will be able to run a real Marathon in a day! 

Wish me luck!

 

5K round two!

Last night I went out for my run. I planned on running around 7pm but I didn’t make it out of the house until closer to 7:30. My goal for the evening was to do a 5k. I started off strong in the first 1k of my run, maybe too strong. I was a little more optimistic about how much I could run and over did it a lot, especially int he first 2 kilometers. I am excited to start going farther though with every run! I got some great running advice from a fellow Cystic her name is Emily and she is the main runner and operator for the charity I am working for this year the Rock CF Foundation. She is an amazing athlete and someone I admire very much, having her support and advise is a big motivator for me to keep working hard to fulfill my goals! Her advise to me was to run four days a week alternating days and to work in strength training on the in between days. SO I have been following that method with yesterday being my first full run, on off days I do push ups, crunches and planks. I am not the greatest at actual work outs, so it’s going to take some getting used to, but I know i will get better at it!

Here are the Garmin stats from my 5k yesterday. I am really proud to have my fastest mile to minute yet it’s just under 19 minutes! I need to be at least at 16 for my run in october, and i’m hoping to get it down to 12 for my run in November. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it!

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My goal tomorrow is to do another 5k maybe go a little farther. I don’t want to do to much to fast, and this 5k was pretty exhausting for me. I’ll keep working on it though!
Wish me luck!

 

 

There is no place like home!

After spending a week in the hospital I was finally able to go home yesterday afternoon. The best news that the doctors didn’t find and sign of outside infection. My doctor was really concerned after the symptoms I showed that I might have a blood infection, especially since I have a history of one, but all my blood work came back clean! They even got my med port drawing blood again. The doctors were also able to change my medications around and get my pain under control. I still have another two week of IV antibiotics, but I can finally see some results.
I was able to make it home yesterday around 5:30, but my mom and dad took me out to dinner in order to celebrate my return home and to give me a proper birthday dinner. My birthday was Tuesday and my family was really generous and came to visit me in the hospital and they brought me outback steak house for dinner! It was nice though to be able to go out to dinner with my family and enjoy some real food.
This morning we all packed up and headed towards Lake Michigan to our summer vacation trailer by the Silver Lake sand dunes in Mears MI. We will be here for another couple days enjoying kicking some sand and cooking out!
For the best news of all though. This evening I went on my first walk in nearly a month! I walked about a half a mile with my dad and his dog. It was so great, I didn’t have to stop to take a break or anything! I haven’t been able to walk like that in a long time! I am so excited to be able to get back on track in my training, and to keep progressing towards my marathon in a year.
Wish me luck!

Camping, Sand and personal records

This weekend my family took off and went over to Mears MI over by Lake Michigan. I fully intended to bring my Garmin and my sneakers, but as I walked out of the house with my backpack I did not. It happens right? We all forget things! It ended up being pretty chilly, but I did do a little bit of walking nothing worth really writing about. On another note we had a great time playing in the Silver Lake sand dunes! My family got a new sand toy over the winter and this was our first weekend taking it out.

Adaline at the Sand Dunes                    Lake Michigan Silver Lake Sand Dunes

We left went up Friday afternoon and came back earlier today (sunday). It was an exhausting, long weekend.  Tonight I went for my first real walk in a few days and it didn’t quite get everything out of it that I wanted, but I did set my first real Personal Record!

Walk- 5/11/2014

 

I really set out on my walk this evening with the goal of running more. My goal at the start was to go 3k, but I made it about 1k and I almost turned around and went home because I really wasn’t feeling well, but I pressed on anyway. I was striving to get my Kilometer time under 10 minutes, and I did a few short runs for about 30 seconds each, but I really pushed myself to hard. It took me longer to recover then the running was worth on my overall time.  I did eventually discovered that I can handle a 5 second run with a 30 second walk. It’s not much, but it is a start! I was excited when I plugged in my Garmin and the results came up that my mile time was down to 19 minute mile.  It is important to get my mile down to at least 15 minutes because that is the time limit for both of the runs I am participating in this year. I know those last four minutes aren’t going to come off easily, but with some time and hard work I can do it!
Wish me luck!

The First 5k

First 5k

First 5k

I keep selling myself short and saying I only walked, but even walking a 5k is a big accomplishment for me. I have never just walked before, I’m sure I have walked three miles in the time I worked at Disney, but this is different. I will say I had to walk the same corners of my road two to three times before I reached the 5k mark, but I don’t even mind!

The next part of my goal is to get my 5k under an hour, and I’m only 15 minutes over. I have no doubt that it will take effort to lose that 15 minutes, but I know that just completing the 5k distance was a great start!

In the past two days I have tried to start jogging in my walks. Today it didn’t go so well for me. I have been trying to use the Galloway method which is a run walk method. I told myself I was going to job for 10 seconds, well I got a little ahead of myself and 10 turned into 30. I won’t be making that mistake again. I definitely have to start slow, but I never stopped! After all you have to keep moving forward right? Well I will keep moving.

On my run I also came across an interesting image that I had to share on my instagram, so I will share it here as well. This is the anti-hipster photo.

The limit of Pizza

The limit of Pizza

Wish me luck!

Marathon in a Year for Cystic Fibrosis

Tomorrow is a big day for those of us in the Cystic Fibrosis community because it marks the beginning of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month! This year I am making a special dedication of all my running and walking and training efforts, I am going to raise money for the Rock Cf Foundation

I am really excited to put all of my efforts to a good use beyond just my own personal health! The Rock CF Foundation was founded by Emily Schaller, who I was fortunate enough  to know growing up because we both went to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. Emily has made strides to help those who have Cystic Fibrosis, and to help find a cure and she is one of my biggest hero’s and inspirations! She done some things that people would say is impossible for someone with Cystic Fibrosis and I keep a hold of her ambition and spirit as I move forward in my goal of running 26.1 miles this year. My marathon in a year goal is something that I used to think was impossible and I still have my days where it feels like years away instead of months, but keeping the right inspiration has been key to my moving forward. I can think of no better way to repay her for what she’s done for me then to support her charity and her goals.

My goal is to raise $100.00 for each mile of my marathon journey, which is a grand total of $2,600.00. I have created a crowd rise page to show my fundraising progress:

https://www.crowdrise.com/MarathoninaYear/fundraiser/marissaparks

Between now and November 16th the day of the Half Marathon I will accepting donations on behalf of the Rock CF Foundation to help complete the second part of my Marathon in a Year goal. All donations big and small around appreciated! I wish I could show my appreciation and send you all a big hug! I know that there are going to be some hard days between now and November. I haven’t gone longer then three months without IV antibiotics in a long time, but I know that together we can get through this and by the end of the year I will have done something that I thought was impossible a year ago.

Wish me luck!