Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Some Stats, The Alphabet Thing & Day 18

Thanks to those of you who are emailing me and commenting asking about my training and how I am doing with "things". I am doing much better dealing with this than I would have last year. Things really could be much worse than they are.

Today I went on another "test run" . I made it about 50 yards and slowed to a walk. Slight pain in the ankle and fear controls my thoughts. What if it's something worse than a strain or tendonitis? What if I kept on running despite it? Should I just wait it out, or am I just being a wimp. It's not that it hurts very badly, it's just that I don't want to go backwards or get a compensation injury.

And then I start to wonder...should I get some arch supports?

What if I never run again until race day? Will I have any tendon strength anywhere else?

Would going in to a podiatrist be cost effective and helpful right now? Have I misdiagnosed this thing?

AHHHH. I hate sounding like a whiner and I know there are such bigger things to be concerned about in the world.

Really, I should not let this consume me. I need to be "alive and present" the rest of the day. My kids and husband deserve it.

If anything, my sister and I will have a great vacation Patriot's Day weekend.

I just read another blog and realized that the remainder of my Boston training falls during Lent (thanks Andrew).  Something else for me to think about.
Alphabet thing...
Age: 36

Bed size: King, but not king enough for 5 people.

Chore you dislike: putting away anything, especially laundry

Dogs: None. But the neighborhood dogs are always visiting…

Essential start to your day: Coffee, quiet time.

Favorite color: This is a ridiculous question. Chartreuse.

Gold or silver: gold? My ring is too big right now and it’s put away.

Height: 5'8 ½”

Instruments you play: Once I tried to learn piano..Then I drove Jon nuts with the mandolin for a while.

Job title: Stay at home mom and wifey- except when I get the keys.

Kids: 3 boys. Love them all…I think we’re done.

Live: Middle of Nowhere, Oregon

Mom's name: Kathleen

Nickname: I had one for a short time in high school: Gumby. It had to do with my tennis form.

Overnight hospital stay: baby #1, but I was still out in under 12 hours.

Pet peeves: bullying and self-righteousness

Quote from a movie: “My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”  And “As you wish, Princess Buttercup.”

Righty or lefty: righty

Siblings: one sister

Time you wake up: 5-6 am…sometimes 4:30 and occasionally not until 8.

Underwear: wouldn’t you like to know: High and tight. And sometimes animal print. Grrr….

Vegetables you don't like: cauliflower- but I’ll eat it.

What makes you run late: usually anything except racing

Xrays you had: teeth, wrist, lungs ....

Yummy food you make: prime rib, brownies, chocolate rolls, pasta salad

Zoo animal favorites: Larakeets  

Husband Encouragement Challenge -
I signed up to receive daily emails as a project to become a better encourager to my husband.

Day 18

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)

Are you a wise woman? Do you open your mouth with wisdom, as Proverbs 31:26 suggests? As you continue in your 30-day challenge, remember that a wise woman encourages her husband. (Oops...hahaha...not wise..trying to learn to be, though!)

Is your husband a "wise man?" Does he have a godly perspective that comes from knowing God and walking with Him in obedience? Does he have a sense of purpose for his life and vision for your home? Tell him how much this means to you.

If you are not sure about your husband's vision for your home, ask him, "Honey, what do you want to accomplish with our marriage and home in the years to come?" and "How can I help you accomplish that?"
(Even if I am sure - or have a good idea anyway- Jon would probably like to talk about this.)

If he does not have a vision, your questions may inspire him to develop one.
If your husband is not walking with God--or perhaps, does not know the Lord--you have the opportunity and responsibility to practice your faith and create a thirst for God. Thank God for giving your husband a place in his heart that only He can fill, and keep praying that he will turn to the Lord to fill that vacuum!


  1. I do the tables by actually typing in the tags for the table and rows in the view html tab on blogger ... there's an example here.

  2. I so love the princes bride!! I feel your pain on the injury - it's maddening - do you push yourself - or pull back - if you push do you risk injury? It's a tight rope.

  3. Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die

  4. Glad to see you are dominating on the bike!! Hope you will be running again soon - And you don't sound like a whiner. I think you are being very proactive in your approach :)

  5. Let me see -- yes, dont let it consume you. It has been a pretty lengthy time. My 2 pennies worth (not that you asked) - never mind.

    Prayers are sent. Smile; there is a plan.

  6. My ring is too small right now and has been put away...but now it's in the kitchen window reminding me that it would like to be worn again.

    Keep your chin up about the running!!!

    Off to contemplate Lent...
    I usually read Purpose Driven Life during Lent, but I'm feeling so overwhelmed right now with my bible study and training and sick people...

  7. Yes, I did see your answers; much appreciated. Still mulling them over.

    2 pennies?- Time to a visit to the witch doctor. It has been too long.....

  8. What ifs.....You are really getting some GREAT workouts in on the bike though! Nice work!

    I'm laughing at five people in the bed. I have been getting a little visitor quite frequently when Joe has been gone and I haven't been very good about kicking him out:) Its the only time he wants to cuddle me anymore...

    Animal print:o)

    Yumm-prime rib! I haven't had that forever. I don't eat much beef but sometimes I get a wicked craving for it......like right now!

    Hang in there....

  9. does it hurt to walk? does it hurt going down stairs? or, does it hurt going up stairs? do you have pain doing toe lifts/pushes/raises?

  10. I so sorry you are experiencing this pain--you are keeping excellent perspective, but have EVERY right to be upset! Your "U" made me laugh!

    Thank God for giving your husband a place in his heart that only He can fill, and keep praying that he will turn to the Lord to fill that vacuum! love this!

  11. Oh! Just so you don't worry dad...that comment from Gary was a quote from a movie. Princess Bride.

    Anyone get the other movie quote? It's also from a novel..hint hint.

  12. You are definitely not a whiner! Keep it up. you'll get there. you have a great attitude.

  13. "My Lord, whatever I done, don't strike me blind for another couple of minutes."
    From: Cool Hand Luke

  14. Ha ha! I love your little message to your dad just so he doesn't worry! :) Cheering for you Raina!

  15. Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies :). Not that I watch many...but you know!

    I just read your next post - soooo glad to hear the foot is behaving. Progress is a wonderful thing!!


  16. You're the first and ONLY person I know that has tried to play the mandolin. That is so cool!


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