Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May... Wait, what?!

Can someone just please stop time for a few days and let me catch up? ;)

Whew! The weekend was kind of crazy (my sister was in town, so not the usual routine), but the last couple of days have been even crazier. I can't believe that Jerry and I leave in TWO DAYS to go to Indy for the half-marathon.

This photo is from the first year I walked the Indy Mini (2008). I'm in pink, at the bottom of the photo. When I got this photo back, I felt SO BAD for "ruining" (accidentally photobombing?) what would have been a perfect photo of the girls behind us! Hahaha. So, if one of you girls happens to be reading this, please accept my apologies ;)




On Thursday, my back was more painful than it has EVER been. I've had back pain since I was very young, probably about eight years old. It continued to get worse over the years, and a couple of years ago, I finally had an MRI, showing that I have two large bone spurs on my spine as well as arthritis--yay. The pain used to get worse throughout the day, peaking in the evenings; lately, though, it's been getting really bad even as early as 10:00 in the morning. (I have a point to all this; I'm not just complaining.)

So on Thursday, I spent most of the day working on the Beginners Half-Marathon Training Plan, which meant I was slouched over my computer. By the late afternoon, I was in tears from the pain and I could barely move. I had been planning a 10-mile walk on Friday, but I didn't think I would be able to do it because of my back.

When I woke up in the morning, though, my back was much better, so I went for the walk without any issues. And for a few days after, my back pain was back to the "usual" pain that I've always had. It made me wonder if this has something to do with my not running regularly (i.e. at all) for the last few months. Rather than aggravating my back, maybe the regular exercise was keeping the pain under control.

I have been keeping a mood journal as well as a "symptoms" log on my phone, so it'll be interesting to see if that's the case. Definitely motivation to get back to running soon!

Anyway, I love that this popped up on my "Memories" on Facebook this morning...


That photo was from 2015 just after the Indy Mini. I wasn't able to participate that year, because of the Stress Fracture of 2015, but it was so much fun to hang out with my Sole Mates (and Jerry and Rik) (and the random guy in the background making a Jerry face! How did I not notice this before today? lol).

I imagine this year will be just as much fun. There are 13 of us going, and other than Caitlin, I have not met any of the others in person. Several months ago, I posted on my blog about a weekend meet-up for the race, and I expected maybe one or two people to be interested--certainly not this many! It will be fun getting to meet everyone in person. We are going to eat at Buca di Beppo on Friday to carb load for the race (or let's just call it what it is--eating lots of yummy pasta!). Saturday is the race, and then dinner/games at the hotel. We come home on Sunday.

I forgot to share my April "1 Second Everyday" video. In January, I committed to doing the videos every day for a year, and I've actually really LOVED making it a part of my daily routine. A lot of times, I don't have anything exciting to record, so I usually just get a second of my pets. But I typically try to pick something out of the ordinary or something that represents that day to me. There are some days where I have about 10 different video clips to choose from, which is hard! But anyway, here is my April video...

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I went to bed last night at around 10:00, and I woke up twice during the night. The first time, I looked at my alarm clock and it read 11:11. I thought that was cool, because 11 is my favorite number. The second time I woke up, the clock read 3:33. Well, 33 is my second favorite number, as well as one of my Keno numbers. So, clearly, I need to try my luck at Keno today! ;)

Speaking of numbers, I had another good Wednesday Weigh-in today.


I'm kind of interested to see a comparison of photos from the Indy Mini through the years. In 2008, I weighed 207. In 2009, I weighed 253. In 2010, I weighed 165. In 2011, I weighed 147. And this year will be about 138. Here is an old comparison I made:

It's missing 2011, so I will have to add that on there as well. Looking at the photos, it feels like 2009 was just yesterday. I remember everything about that photo and how I was feeling in that moment.

The weather is NOT looking good for Saturday, and I really hope it changes! If it's pouring rain, I probably won't do the race :(  If it's a light rain, then I will; but walking for four hours with wet shoes and socks will destroy my feet.

BUT, I am going to think positive and hope for great weather!

17 comments:

  1. Hi Katie!

    I am a long time reader and love your blog! I have suffered from Dysthymia all y life with a few major depressive episodes. I was never diagnosed until a few years ago. I always felt bad for being bad until then. I thank you for all your posts that discuss this aspect. I feel like I have gained so many insights from your posts.

    I just felt compelled to comment on this post when I read that you woke up from your sleep to see the numbers 11:11 and then the number 3:33. Did you know that 11:11 is often a symbol from the universe that you are on the right path and you are doing exactly what you were destined to be doing. 3:33 means your body, mind and soul are in agreement. Isn't this a beautiful message for you to receive in this point of your life?

    You are helping so many people whether you realize it or not, myself included. This is just a confirmation that you on the right path.

    Best wishes from Norway :)

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    1. That is SO interesting about the clock numbers! Whether there is truth to it or not, it was great timing for me :) Thank you for reading!

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  2. As the saying goes..."You have come along way, baby!" Those pictures are great reminders of what you can accomplish....and now look at you....138!

    Have a great weekend. Hubby and I fly to NYC Friday morning for the first trip ever to NY! (He is going for work because there is a National Planning Conference being held there....I am along for the fun and sights...)

    ;-)

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    1. I hope you enjoyed NY! It was so overwhelming when I first went, but the last few trips have been very fun. That's awesome you get to go along with your husband!

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  3. Wishing you good weather for the Indy Mini! Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned, enjoy!!

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  4. Hi Katie, I found your blog because of the Fat to Finish Line film. And I am now a regular reader! Because of you and your team, I have been inspired to start running again. I am currently doing the Couch to 5k and am on week 4. I hope to lose 50 pounds this year and I am sure your blog will be a big help to me along the way. I am also a blogger and write at mobilehomeontherange.com. :)

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    1. Hey there! Congrats on getting started again! Week 4 is a doozy on Couch to 5K--best wishes on that! :)

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  5. wow that comparison pic is amazing! hope your back doesn't bother you so much in the near future

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited to see the race pics and make another side-by-side :)

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  6. Prayers for safe travels and a wonderful weekend with new friends! Thank you for all of the motivation you provide with your honest and candid posts!

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  7. I can't wait for this weekend!!!!!πŸŽ‰
    The comparison picture is amazing! You look younger now than you did in 2009!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited to see the race pics. I had MAJOR deja vu when walking the race on the track, and seeing the photographer take my picture. I felt like it was 2009 again, hahaha.

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  8. Although I would have loved to meet up with you this weekend, it will be kind of hard since I'll have my kids (we are doing the KidFit 5K), but when I found out you were going to be running this race, I was so excited! Last time I completed the Indy Mini a couple years ago, I was hoping to see you. Maybe this year....I've been a follower for a long time, and always thought it would be so cool to meet such an inspiring individual! Good luck in the race!

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    1. Also, it is my first time posting to a blog, so I wasn't even sure if I did it rightπŸ˜‚....so nervous to hit the "publish" button for the first time!😁

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    2. Yes, you totally published it right--and thank you for commenting! I hope your kids had fun at the 5K. If I ever do the Mini again, we'll definitely have to meet up, even if only at the expo for a quick hello :)

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