Thursday, September 29, 2011

Workouts and Outrun CF

Hello all! Wow... it has been a pretty great couple of weeks. I am notorious for saying I'm going to complete some really great workout plan/ running plan, but then I just fizzle out after a few days. Well, last week, I started doing P90X, and I purposely didn't post anything about it because I have tried this workout before. Both times, I made it a few days, and then just decided that I didn't really have time for it. Now, I am almost done with my second week and still going strong. I have learned how to work it into my schedule and still have time for breathing treatments, work, and other things. That is a pretty big challenge, because each workout is at least an hour long. The trick is that I have to do the workout right when I get home from work. Then there is no time to sit and think about how much I do not want to work out. I will say this about the program..... it is kicking my butt, and I love it! I can't wait to see if I can tell the difference in my lung function on October 26!

In other news, Outrun CF is this Saturday! I've got my t-shirt which is orange... Go Vols! :) And I am ready to run. I will be posting pictures from Saturday. It's not too late to join in! Here is a refresher on what it's all about:

The first Out Run CF Virtual Race was a huge success. Runners and walkers from all over the world came together with one thing in mind, to Out Run Cystic Fibrosis! This fall, on October 1, 2011, we plan to do it again. The Rock CF Foundation and CysticLife are joining forces, once again, to bring you another Out Run CF Virtual Race.
In case you missed out last time, or need a refresher, here is how it works. Anyone and everyone is invited to participate: Fibros, Cysters, parents, spouses, friends, extended family, you name it! Participants will find a route near their house. Then on October 1, 2011, EVERYONE will lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement in their Out Run CF shirt (Each registrant will receive a t-shirt unique to this fall’s race from us in the mail).
No distance is too long, or too short. YOU pick YOUR mileage. 1 mile? 5K? 10K? 10 miles? Half Marathon? Marathon? It’s up to you! Nothing is too fast or too slow YOU pick YOUR speed. We just want to get the entire CF community out of their houses and into their running shoes on the same day, for the same cause.
Registrants can blog about their training, ask questions, and share tips on CysticLife.org. We want the entire site to be plastered with talk of exercise, running, and encouragement. On race day, we want people to post their times and their experiences. Let’s make this Virtual Race even BIGGER than the first one! Let’s make it the biggest race the community, and the world, has ever seen!!
So here again are the hard facts:

Who: Everyone
What: Outrun CF Virtual Race held by Rock CF Foundation and CysticLife
When: October 1, 2011
Where: Anywhere
Why: Because anyone can run—whether it’s for a minute or a marathon! Together we can Out Run CF.
How : Register at http://www.active.com/running/anytown-mi/out-run-cfvirtual-run-fall-edition-2011

Helpful sites to get you started:

CysticLife.org—Blog about your progress, ask questions about training to the community, post Airwaves with your daily run updates, connect with others to encourage them and be encouraged

Dailymile.com—Make and account and join the Rock CF/CysticLife group to track your miles and keep track of others!

Facebook.com—Join the Out Run CF group to see how many people are outrunning CF and connect with them!

Runnersworld.com—Get inspired, find training programs.

So let's raise some awareness for Cystic Fibrosis! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Motivation

I just wanted to take a few minutes to share a couple of videos of some truly inspiring people. One is a CF patient, and the other is a man who has CF who received a double lung transplant. Watch, and feel inspired! :)





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I'm inspired... How about you? It just proves that you can do anything as long as you put your everything into it. I'm not going to go out and do a triathalon, but I will be putting everything into my workouts and breathing treatments. :) So my message to you today is get out there and do something. Happy Friday everybody!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Labor Day Weekend and Such...

This is a little late, but better late than never. :) For Labor Day weekend, Eldon and I went back to Knoxville to spend some much needed time with friends and family. We met up with friends both Friday and Saturday and listened to the Tennessee game on the radio with my family. (We don't believe in Pay Per View for a football game.... too expensive. The radio is free!)

On Sunday, Knoxville puts on a huge fireworks show called Boomsday, and it is always awesome! Eldon and I go every year with his family, but this year was a little different due to the weather. We met up for dinner and spent some time with them, but then we went to sit in the rain to watch the show without them. A few friends and my sister sat with us, and it turned out to be a great night even with the rain. Here's a little video of the fireworks set to one of my favorites!

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Speaking of the weather, it has been really hard on me lately. The drastic change from 100 degree weather and weeks of no rain to 60-70 degree weather and a solid 3 days of rain sent my sinuses into turmoil. I lost my voice and have been going through tissues like nobody's business. Now that the weather has calmed down a little bit, my nose is slowing down, but it has been a week long process. So if it all continues to improve, I am hopefully going to start working out again tomorrow. My next CF clinic appointment is at the end of October, and I have high hopes for my lung function. I've got to keep working at it, or I'm going to be let down. I would love to see 60, but we'll see. I was at 50 in July, so I have set a pretty hefty goal. Wish me luck! :)