Thursday, December 31, 2009

12/31/09 Last Post of the Year/Decade!

Ten years ago many were afraid of 2000 New Year's, thinking the world will end. Well, it's about to be 2010, and we have had many struggles and achievements, but the world is still here, and we are going into the new year with great enthusiasm and Running For Ryan has been blessed by so many.

It's a beautiful day in Austin, TX and I look forward to a 10-12 mile run before festivities start for 1-1-10.

For me, this truly will be a new year in which a lot of positive changes will take place!

These businesses got the ball rolling in 2009 for Running For Ryan for the Wounded Warrior Project:

BBVA Compass Bank

Dynova Labs

Sente Mortgage

J-Conn Roofing

Highway Technologies

Conley Sports

Rogue Running

Notre Dame Club of Austin

And to all the individual donors, media specialist (Joey), and everyone else who has helped kept this cause alive and the funds coming in as we honor Ryan's memory and give our servicemen and women as much support as possible.HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! BLESS ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AS WE RAISE OUR GLASSES TO YOU AND TOAST IN THANKS!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Running and Life in General 12/30/09

(Gary Sinise and the LT. Dan Band, Ft. Hood, May, 2009, great show)

Running and Life in General, that's what I decided to call this blog when I woke up that one day in late August and decided to try my first marathon. So, tonight, I don't have much running to talk about, other than my hands and knees are healing from the crash on Town Lake, and I had a decent run tonight. So, instead, I feel like chatting about life.

I just watched a great movie, called "500 Days of Summer", and there's a quote towards the end of the movie that has decent meaning to it: "I woke up one day and I knew what I was never sure of with you." Happened to me 3 years ago.

Can you relate to this? Running has allowed me to process so many thoughts that normally would stir around in my head and keep me restless at night. But going into 2010, a new beginning has really started inside of me. Death, divorce, single parenting, moving from state to state, Lupus, self-doubt, and wondering about the future have become manageable? Each day I step into a run, a sense of calmness engulfs me, and I feel like my brother is actually a part of me at very specific times in my run...especially when I run over a bridge and look out at the water, or see the sun gleaming on the buildings in downtown Austin.

Once again, I don't what gave me the courage to start this challenge. But the only answer I have is love. My brother reached out to me in my dreams, and now others have reached out to me and I sincerely appreciate the help from everyone. It's been a great week of donations. There are some businesses I would like to thank as we approach 2010. These businesses got the ball rolling in 2009 for Running For Ryan for the Wounded Warrior Project:
BBVA Compass Bank

Dynova Labs

Sente Mortgage

J Conn Roofing

Highway Technologies

Conley Sports

Rogue Running

Notre Dame Club of Austin

And to all the individual donors, media specialist (Joey), and everyone else who has helped kept this cause alive and the funds coming in as we honor Ryan's memory and give our servicemen and women as much support as possible.


Monday, December 28, 2009

12/28/09 Great Day...even with the crash...ouch!

(Hit a large rock on the trail, and kissed the gravel)

It's a little of a gory pic, but proof that it's not wise to run around Town Lake at night without a light. I was running the fastest tempo run since I began training, knocking 7 minutes off my 7 mile time, in the zone...about a half mile to go...and I felt the rock that was stuck in the ground and slammed on the gravel so hard I thought I broke both arms. Luckily, I was able to get up after a minute and finish the run with a little agony, but swift pace. Well, swift for me.:)

Last Saturday, I completed a 19 mile run, without feeling to great afterward...the nausea from low sugar levels near the 17 mile mark made me feel dizzy and pretty weak, but I finished, and than started feeling major sinus congestion Sunday evening, into Monday morning. However, I have to say that this spray I discovered, SINUS BUSTER, is the best natural nose spray I have ever used. Anytime I feel a little sinus cold coming on, I use this, and I am usually clear in a day.

I had a great Christmas. Max loves his new bike, and all in all, it was a smooth day. Sunday I went out , yeah for Max's dad being back from deployment, and enjoyed drinks and conversation and happy to get out as a single parent for once in a long time:) Starting to get to know more people in Austin and it's beginning to feel more and more like a permanent home.

THE BEST NEWS OF THE DAY: We are receiving a very generous donation from Compass Bank. This donation will put us near $3,800...nearing the half-way point. With 47 days left to go, it's getting super exciting, and I am really enjoying running....though I must admit, the 19 mile run was brutal!

But, it's so worth it, because we are going to get these heroes the $10,000!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


(photo above, last pic I took with brother at his wedding)
It's Christmas Eve and Max went to bed so early! At 6:30pm, he told me he wanted to go to bed because Santa was on his way. I was ready for hot chocolate and a Christmas movie, but he wouldn't have it, so he's sleeping and I am thinking of Ryan. As soon as Max fell asleep, I began thinking of my family. Parents in Michigan, brothers in Arizona, sister in New York, sister in Europe, and brother in S. Korea, and Austin. Thank goodness for Skype and Facebook chat, and good old fashioned talks on the phone, but it feels especially emotional for me this time around. The day I took on the challenge to do a marathon, I have thought about him constantly for the past several weeks. I think my divorce, which occurred simultaneously with his death trumped over mourning for my brother, and so now I mourn him daily, but mostly as a deep inspiration to complete something I never thought achievable in my wildest dreams. I talk, think and dream about my brother more now than in 2007 when he left us. So, I strongly believe he is sending me a message to take care of myself, manage this Lupus thing, forgive, and has introduced me to some great people in the running community just by inspiring me to run. Running has been like a happy drug, easing my daily stress. My favorite part of a run is when I just want to stop, even before my desired distance is finished and just walk and call it a day...BUT when I just look a head, and ignore those urges, I often run quicker, and end up more satisfied because I didn't quit. I have had 3 dreams now where I am being cheered on to the finish..the 1st was Ryan, which is why I started the challenge, the second, one was wounded veterans, waiting in a huge group, cheering on all the runners in the race, and recently I had one of a friend who just joined the running team, and once met my Ryan. So, these encouraging dreams are flowing into my daily runs, and hopefully get me to that finish line. It's quiet on Christmas Eve, with my family here and there but not in Texas. But I cannot wait for Max to wake up to his first that he can ride while I run.:) Spending the day with my ex and his Jerry Springer moments, I promise:)


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hello SENTE!

Great news over the weekend...Sente Mortgage (Texas) has volunteered to team up with us with a 10-12 person team. They are going to try and raise $500 a piece. I am so happy, because I spoke with two of the team members already and they are both pumped up to get this money raised for such a great cause.
I had a pretty good 18 mile run on Sat. It was good until about mile 17. Toward the end I felt like throwing up, but finished off the last mile. There wasn't any Gatorade on the trail and so I was hurting for a little sugar towards the end of the run.
Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the Runner Gift Basket. A lucky donor will receive a free entry into the Austin Marathon as well as a $100 to Rogue Running Equipment on 5th and San Marcos St., Austin.

It's been a very positive few days, lots of good energy streaming through the air and I look forward to working with all the new team members and having a lot of fun along the way!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Over $2,000, hooray! I will have a current count of checks shortly, to know what we can add to this amount already.


MAKE PAYABLE TO: Wounded Warrior Project

Running For Ryan

c/o Sarah Shay

P.O. Box 300766

Austin, TX 78703

I need to document mail donations before sending them in. Thanks!

We are entering the 2 month mark before race day, February 14, 2010. How sweet would it be to give our vets this $10,000 by Valentine's Day:)

While we enjoy the Christmas Holiday, think of our servicemen and women overseas, and wish the best for their families awaiting their safe return. I am happy to announce Max's dad will be back for Christmas this year, as his deployment has ended and he's back in Austin, hopefully by tomorrow!

GREAT RUNNER GIFT BASKET-FOR ONE LUCKY DONOR . The basket includes the following:

(1) Free entry to the Full or Half Marathon…$125 for 2010 OR 2011
(2) Rogue Running gift certificate…$100
(3) Two marathon tees…~$50
(4) Marathon logo eco-friendly bottle…$20
(5) Marathon bands CD
(6) Three pairs of socks
(7) Hydra Pouch (running bottle)
(8) Several gels, drink, bars
(9) Sun block
(10) Chap stick w/ SPF
(11) And more!

Those who donate $10 or more from 12/8/09-12/20/09 will have a chance to randomly receive this package. Your name will be entered into a drawing for every $10 donation. So, if you donate $20, your name is entered twice, and so on...I will contact the lucky recipient on Monday, December 21, 2009

WHERE TO DONATE?-ROUGE RUNNING in Austin, on 5th and San Marcos St.(Thanks for the Support!)You may donate with a check or cash at this location. You may also view the actual basket at this location
-ON LINE Just click on the donation link on this page, click on (Sarah Shay), and make a donation. Then, email me at and send me your contact information.-

BY MAILChecks made to:

Wounded Warrior Project

Mail to:Running For Ryan

c/o Sarah ShayP.O. Box 300766

Austin, TX 78701

Any checks received by 12/20/09 by mail will also be entered into receive the gift basket.Thanks For Your Support!Email with any questions.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vintage Ryan Pic , just because

The last time I physically saw my brother was in August of 2007, about a month after his wedding. Max and I and my brother Nate went up to Flagstaff to stay for a weekend before I headed out east with Max. They had a cute little house on a hill and Abdi was in one room and another runner was in the other guest room, so I slept on an extra mattress in Ryan and Alica's room. That's how cool they were. Come stay, and you and Max can share our room. When we settled down for the night, we just chatted and made fun of each other for awhile and it was like a sleepover. I remember thinking, how cool Alica was to have Max and I crash with her and Ryan and share stories from the past.

The next morning, before we took off for a long road trip, we hugged, and he jokingly said, "See you in 2 years." I little joke we have in the family because we all live so far apart. But I never saw him again after that.

However, since his passing, I feel him around all the time, especially last night and today. Every few months, I break down and watch videos of him. I couldn't do it often in the beginning because it was odd to believe he was just an image on the screen now, and not physically here. Last night I listened to music my brother Case made for him and looked at a bunch of photos, and it was hard to fall asleep. It started with an email from a college teammate of my brother Case. Andrew wrote me about running with Case in college and meeting Ryan at one of their races. Then, Andrew suggested he may have some people interested in joining the cause (waiting for that to be confirmed), as well as bringing up Notre Dame, where Ryan graduated. Can't I reach out to someone there, and find out what they can do to help? Well, what a great idea, I thought. The pic on the website under the ABOUT information was actually taken at a Notre Dame party with Ryan, me, and 3 other siblings. One of my favorite pics, because it was hard to ever be in the same place and time with so many of us.:)

I had this conversation with Andrew last night, and then this morning I get an email from a ND graduate who lives in Austin. He tells me he's going to forward the fundraising information on to the Alumni Director, and I freaked out, because I hadn't contacted anyone yet. It was like Ryan was listening to my phone conversation last night, and helped get the ball rolling. I would love to have Notre Dame lend a giving hand and help bring in donations. So, I hope to here from you!

Running is going good this week. Love the cool weather, and actually looking forward to another 18 mile run on the weekend! Yah, can't believe I just said that, but it gets addicting!


GREAT RUNNER GIFT BASKET-FOR ONE LUCKY DONORThe basket includes the following:(1) Free entry to the Full or Half Marathon…$125 for 2010 OR 2011
(2) Rogue Running gift certificate…$100
(3) Two marathon tees…~$50
(4) Marathon logo eco-friendly bottle…$20
(5) Marathon bands CD
(6) Three pairs of socks
(7) Hydra Pouch (running bottle)
(8) Several gels, drink, bars
(9) Sun block
(10) Chap stick w/ SPF
(11) And more!
Those who donate $10 or more from 12/8/09-12/20/09 will have a chance to randomly receive this package. Your name will be entered into a drawing for every $10 donation. So, if you donate $20, your name is entered twice, and so on...I will contact the lucky recipient on Monday, December 21, 2009
WHERE TO DONATE?-ROUGE RUNNING in Austin, on 5th and San Marcos St.(Thanks for the Support!)You may donate with a check or cash at this locationYou may also view the actual basket at this location
-ON LINEJust click on the donation link on this page, click on (Sarah Shay), and make a donation. Then, email me at and send me your contact information.-
BY MAILChecks made to:Wounded Warrior ProjectMail to:Running For Ryanc/o Sarah ShayP.O. Box 300766Austin, TX 78701Any checks received by 12/20/09 by mail will also be entered into receive the gift basket.Thanks For Your Support!Email with any questions.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

18 Miles and Give Away-One week left

Saturday I had a great run in, considering it was 18 miles. The longest I have ever ran at one time in my life so far. It felt really good until about mile 16, I wanted to quick so badly, but got in a mental zone, and completed the full run in almost exactly 3 hrs. (3:00.46)

I had a crazy dream about tornadoes the morning of the run, which left me a little uneasy, because I had a dream about a tornado ripping through my childhood home the day Ryan passed away. So, thankfully nothing out of the ordinary happened on Sat.

Sunday morning however, Max woke up with non-stop vomiting. Poor little guy. He's holding down liquids now, but feverish. So, probably staying home with him tomorrow morning as he recovers from the bug he caught.

So, I stayed at home all day and cleaned the puke, and baked Christmas cookies, wrap some gifts, did some laundry, and made some fresh bruchetta and some pretty good chicken with garlic pasta as he cuddled on the sofa and watched a bunch of holiday movies...sucking on pediolyte pops.

I have a couple of new team members, Andrew, and Joey, hooray! Have to mail out a bunch of letters again this week for the fundraiser, and continue to spread the word. Pretty tired from the run and got Max snuggling next to me so going to end this for now. Goodnight!

The basket includes the following:
(1) Free entry to the Full or Half Marathon…$125 for 2010 OR 2011
(2) Rogue Running gift certificate…$100
(3) Two marathon tees…~$50
(4) Marathon logo eco-friendly bottle…$20
(5) Marathon bands CD
(6) Three pairs of sock
s(7) Hydra Pouch (running bottle)
(8) Several gels, drink, bars
(9) Sun block
(10) Chap stick w/ SPF
(11) And more!
Those who donate $10 or more from 12/8/09-12/20/09 will have a chance to randomly receive this package. Your name will be entered into a drawing for every $10 donation. So, if you donate $20, your name is entered twice, and so on...
I will contact the lucky recipient on Monday, December 21, 2009
-ROUGE RUNNING in Austin, on 5th and San Marcos St.(Thanks for the Support!)
You may donate with a check or cash at this location
You may also view the actual basket at this location
Just click on the donation link on this page, click on (Sarah Shay), and make a donation. Then, email me at and send me your contact information.
Checks made to:
Wounded Warrior Project
Mail to:
Running For Ryan
c/o Sarah Shay
P.O. Box 300766
Austin, TX 78701
Any checks received by 12/20/09 by mail will also be entered into receive the gift basket.
Thanks For Your Support!
Email with any questions.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Gift Basket Give Away

Hi there again. Whew did another 17 mile run on Sunday, but definitely need to invest in some running gear that is not going to rip my skin open.

It's been busy, but good as we had a party last week that brought in about $500 so far for a quick meet and greet with snacks and drinks, thanks to Conley Sports.

The basket includes the following:
(1) Free entry to the Full or Half Marathon…$125 for 2010 OR 2011
(2) Rogue Running gift certificate…$100
(3) Two marathon tees…~$50
(4) Marathon logo eco-friendly bottle…$20
(5) Marathon bands CD
(6) Three pairs of sock
s(7) Hydra Pouch (running bottle)
(8) Several gels, drink, bars
(9) Sun block
(10) Chap stick w/ SPF
(11) And more!
Those who donate $10 or more from 12/8/09-12/20/09 will have a chance to randomly receive this package. Your name will be entered into a drawing for every $10 donation. So, if you donate $20, your name is entered twice, and so on...
I will contact the lucky recipient on Monday, December 21, 2009
-ROUGE RUNNING in Austin, on 5th and San Marcos St.(Thanks for the Support!)
You may donate with a check or cash at this location
You may also view the actual basket at this location
Just click on the donation link on this page, click on (Sarah Shay), and make a donation. Then, email me at and send me your contact information.
Checks made to:
Wounded Warrior Project
Mail to:
Running For Ryan
c/o Sarah Shay
P.O. Box 300766
Austin, TX 78701
Any checks received by 12/20/09 by mail will also be entered into receive the gift basket.
Thanks For Your Support!
Email with any questions.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Liberating Run in the Rain

Dreary, cold, rainy, and almost decided not to run today. But...I did, and it was so liberating to be alone on the trail, air so cool, I never felt tired the entire time. Got a 5 mile run in and though I got rained on, I had this dry-fit long sleeved shirt on my brother Ryan gave me about 5-6 years ago when he ran for Nike. It's still my favorite shirt to wear in the cold, and it got me through most of the run. I passed a total of 9 other runners braving the weather today, and the only spoiler was running through a 12 inches of water about 5 minutes for the finish (burrrrr).

Thinking so much about getting donations in lately. Not going to lie, I am having anxiety issues about meeting the goal lately. I haven't had a new donation in several days. I know I will have my peaks and valleys, but I only have 2 1/2 months to raise $9,000 more dollars! I came up with an idea while running, so going to implement that tomorrow when I send out more letters.

My 17 mile run went smoothly last Sunday, though the last 2 miles were really tough. I am going to do another 17 mile run this weekend. My recovery time is getting shorter, so I guess that means I am getting more used to the milage.:)

I miss my brother more than usual today, because I cried a little bit when running today because I had his shirt on, and Man in the Mirror came on my Ipod, and it made me emotional. Then, the Fray came on, then Chances Are by Five For Fighting, and John Mayer's , Say. I was in the mood for this type of music, but had to switch up in the last part of my run to clear my head...and finished off with some Guns N Roses and JayZ:)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2nd 16 MIile Run Completed, as Dad comes home

Sunday was a Great day for a long run. It was cool the entire time, and the first 13 miles felt good...the last 3 were hard, but got it done!

Found out on Sunday that Max's dad also arrived safely back to the States from a year long deployment.

If all goes well, he will be back to enjoy Thanksgiving in Austin, but still waiting on the news, as he's still out of state for the time being.

Deployments are hard on everyone, the soldier...children...parents...siblings...spouses...and ex's (me), as we share a child and of course prayed for his safe return over the past several months. So, it will be a season to be extra grateful, and Max will get to catch up with him.

Donations are continuing to come in and I look forward to the holiday party on December 3rd for this fundraiser. If you are interested in attending, please email, for details.

Got a nice little 5 mile with stroller run in today, but dang Max is growing! I think I am pushing around 80-100 lbs with him and the stroller! But it's good for my arms, since I never weight lift.

Tired, and heading to bed.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Over $1,000, but $9,000 to go!

Just found out a friend from long ago is over in Iraq. His second tour, I believe. I wish him well and appreciate his service. Ran well last night, considering I was still feeling a little under the weather. It was drizzly and cool out, so a nice fast paced 7 mile run was had. It started out decent, but this guy passed me about 2 miles from the finish, and so I wanted to keep up with him for a good pace. I ended up passing him, and hearing his footsteps behind me, allowed me to go hard to the finish.

Mentally preparing for a 16 mile run tomorrow. If the weather stays overcast and cool, should be a great day for it!

Today Max and I are heading to the Domain (a shopping area) in N. Austin for a Christmas Tree lighting. It seems like the Christmas stuff starts earlier each year! But I love this time of the year, so the more lights and beautiful decorations, the better!

Thanks for continuing to DONATE! We have a way to go, but so appreciative of the donations to this point!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Austin Traffic, the bad and good

Not going to lie, I feel beat down today. Started feeling it last night on my run. The weather was perfect, but the joint between my right arm and shoulder was aching badly, could not move my arm much on the run. Woke, up with a stinging pain, through my arm and got a little sickly at work. So, I had to skip a run tonight in hopes of recovering for a good run tomorrow night, and heading toward a 16 mile run on Sunday. It will be my longest distance yet!

Had a couple of emails about my Lupus. Strange that random strangers now email me, but that's what happens when you start to ask the nation for money to support our nation's severely wounded veterans.

I really only felt the affects of it during the summer when it was over 100 degrees almost daily. It started with a rash, the size of a dime on my face, and it wouldn't go away. So I went to a dermatologist who thought it was Lupus instantly. Blood work was done, and I had the antibodies in my blood related to Lupus. Not convinced, I asked for a skin biopsy. I deep tissue sample was taken from my face near my ear (you would never even know) and I was told that due to the extensive testing on the skin, it was 99.9 percent certain I had discoid lupus(external). So, then, a ton of blood was taken, about 10 tubes, and sent out to a lab in California. No kidney failure was detected, which is common in SLE (systemic lupus (internal)), but I carry the antibodies in my blood still. It's confusing, but long story short, I have a 10% chance of developing SLE. I was told to quit eating red meat, fried food, limit alcohol, and so on. Anything harmful to the liver and kidneys. I have to get my blood drawn every few months and follow up with my rheumatologist. Basically, it's an autoimmune disease where my good cells are attacking each other because they don't know better (silly little cells). Some days my ears burn when I have an inflammation. I only have a few noticeable spots near my neck and ears and since the sun has chilled out, it's been ok for the most part. In the summer I had one day when I was as stiff as a board and had to lie down almost all day, but other than that, I have felt good.

Which brings me back to Austin traffic. I have been here about a year, and well the one thing I still can't stand is traffic! Especially when you are feeling icky and just want to have soup and lie down. So, after being in traffic for an hour, I opened up my mailbox to find a large envelope. Huh? Well, it was the bumper sticker I ordered a few days ago. I was thinking about another way to get the word out about donating. I thought, well, I am in traffic all day, why not get a bumper sticker made. So, it came in the mail, after I forgot I even ordered it. When I looked at it, I nearly cried, as it humbled my attitude about being a tiny bit sick, and let me realize once again there's a race to run for some pretty amazing soldiers, and I can do this!

So, attached is the bumper sticker...simple and sweet, and hopefully something random strangers will see and type into their computers...and click on the link...and give....give to all those who gave us so much!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


That was the amount of my lunch with Max at Jason's Deli today. Automatically thought of November 11 (Veteran's Day). And so, I pushed a side the minor aches and pains of my body from a 15 mile run the night before and told myself, to stay focused on the goal at hand. Recovery from the long runs are becoming easier each time around, and I am curious how a 20 mile run feels, versus a 15 miler run.

I also discovered that the smell I always smell under the Congress bridge on Town Lake aren't silk worms, rather bat doo-doo. When I lived in South Korea, they roasted silk worms for a snack, kind of like peanuts, and the smell is very similar to bat poop in my opinion. I never tried the worms, because, well octopus was as daring as I got in food tasting.

Networking is going to be an ongoing goal for me, as I was totally shy to ask for donations in the beginning. I didn't have a plan, I knew I just wanted to run and make my brother proud to finish a marathon, and do something that could help the awesome men and women in our military. It's a volunteer service, which means, we don't have to question "why did they volunteer?", we just have to remember, "they did volunteer", and that is why we can sip our mocha lattes and read a paper on a sunny Sunday afternoon. If you are reading this and haven't done so, PLEASE DONATE...AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO DONATE. EVERY SINGLE CENT COUNTS. IF YOU HAVE 5 BUCKS, I AM GRATEFUL. IF YOU HAVE 50 BUCKS, I AM GRATEFUL. Thank you! Your kindness will not be forgotten!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Join The Team!

Bench in Central Park, New York:
"It is necessary to dig deep into oneself to discover the hidden grain of steel called will" -Ryan Shay
(I always come back to this when I feel overwhelmed)
I appreciate the funds donated so far! This challenge still has a way to go in terms of getting donations collected. Please don't be shy and join the team! If you have ever donated to a cause, like LiveStrong, donating is the same way. Just click on the donation link and follow instructions. The same goes for joining the team. Just add your name on the team page, and set a goal. Maybe its $250, or maybe it's $2000....

You can also let people know you are going to run in the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K on 2-14-10. I cannot pay for your entry fee, but if you decide to run to raise money, just join the team, and tell people you are running for this cause and those who raise $200 plus will receive a shirt representing Running For Ryan for Wounded Warriors, and wear it as part of the team on race day.

Any questions can be emailed to:
It's a great time of the year to support our military and their families. Remember, the Wounded Warrior Project helps empower seriously wounded veterans who often lose hope when returning from overseas. It also helps families, who are often full time caregivers by doing things such as weekend retreats. Here families can relax for a few days and encourage each other as they share similar challenges now and in the future.
Last couple of days were good runs. Warming up for another 15 mile run. This time on Sat., as that's a day I can have Max hang out with grandma for a bit. The training is not routine, but definitely fitting in runs whenever I can. Still lucky to get 5 or 6 run days a week.:)

Also happy my best friend, who was suppose to leave for awhile for work is not flying out for another few weeks:) Can't wait to hang out again!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

15 Miles! Today Was For Ft. Hood Families

The Button Reads:
"If you don't stand behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them"

I walked outside this morning to a cool, foggy, and drizzly morning... perfect for me...the colder the better. I was mentally ready, needed to refocus on marathon after a sad week. Off I went, and it felt so good. After a half mile into the run, a dog came up from behind me and jumped on my back, and it scared the @$#! out of me. The funny thing is, the owner saw the dog, and kind of laughed as the dog wouldn't stop jumping on me. Anyway, no bites, and happy that it was just a hyper dog and not a crazy one, I kept going.

My thoughts were full, the soldiers, my family, a friend in Africa who will do great work over there, and back to the soldiers. So, when I felt like jello around the 12 mile mark, I focused on the goal, and luckily at the 15th mile, I had a gush of energy to finish the run with somewhat of a decent running pace. Totally dehydrated though...not too smart...I will not go that far without drinking anything again.

Today Moby's "Fall Apart"(I think that's the name) and Black Eyed Peas "Meet Me Halfway" were songs that stuck out in my head. Especially that Moby tune, it just got me really focused and in the mood to run harder.

I am toast. Goodnight!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Looking forward to December

Not going to deny it, November is starting off not so great. I was so consumed with thoughts to day, I don't' even know how I functioned well enough to work. Took the day off of running as the aftermath of crashing on the cement a couple of days ago had caught up with my arms and my left knee. The friend I mentioned yesterday was a primary witness to the horrific scene at Hood. I saw this person briefly this morning to give much deserved hugs and then this person had to head back for more question answering after an all night briefing session. Warm thoughts to this soldier.
But I had to distract myself and took Max to see "A Christmas Carol". Not too shabby, but a little much on the special affects. Afterwards, I felt calmer and ready to refocus on the running challenge and mentally prepare for the upcoming months of training and getting those donations. Then, I got an email about the Camp Mabry Veteran's Day race being canceled, due to the shootings at Ft. Hood. It totally put me in a downer mood, as I was so looking forward to running for the veterans on that particular day. It was the race I wanted to pump me up more for the marathon challenge. I know eventually I will come around to being a little less emotional, but honestly I have to get a team together. It's just so much more inspirational and really the best way to achieve this goal.
Sunday's going to be my longest run yet. Really looking forward to it as the milage increase is definitely building my confidence.
Gotta sleep...Max only sleeps in on school days... ha ha

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ft. Hood

I didn't need anything else to be emotional about, but life happens. On top of thinking about my brother so much lately, what happened at Ft. Hood today just blew me away. I have visited there a few times in the past couple of months, even watched Gary Sinise perform there with his Lt. Dan Band, which by the way was a cool concert from a super cool group of musicians. One of my best friends was there today, and my stomach just turned, but she's ok. Another person dear to me was in the middle of the action and I am blessed he is doing ok, though covered in others' blood and a witness to the tragedy.
Unable to go to a locked down Army Post and give support, I ran. The first half was brutal...couldn't focus, wanted to leave town, but after the sun went down, my body cooled, and I got a burst of energy to finish off the last few miles of a 7 mile run. Had a co-worker run with me today, and he kicked my butt by two minutes, impressive, and well he has bragging rights now, as he thought for sure he wouldn't be able to keep up with me...ha ha, yah right:)
All my thoughts to the families of those lost today, and everyday when we lose one of our servicemen and women.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nothing Broken

So, it's pretty obvious I enjoy a run without stroller when I can, purely due to the fact that I can run easier. I am more tired from a 5 mile run pushing a stroller, than a 10 mile solo run. Anyway, had a chance to do a solo run tonight, and I was in a rush because of Austin traffic! An hour and 10 min. to get from South to North Austin. So, I rushed out for a run, in the dark, without a light and had to do a little cross-country run for about a quarter mile (no sidewalk), couldn't see a thing, and tripped on a curb. Landed so hard on my wrists and my head just hit the cement a bit, fall broken by my hands and left knee. After 10 minutes of stinging pain, I recovered and decided it was best to head back and put in an extra good run tomorrow. Yesterday was so strange emotionally as it marked the 2nd anniversary of Ryan's death. I was high from a great run, but couldn't sleep, kept having dreams waking me up. I am one who always remember a dream, but can't remember anything last night. Needless to say, it was a restless night. Today was better, minus the fall, nothing broken but my ego, as the cars drove by with me kissing the sidewalk:)

Monday, November 2, 2009

2 Years

Tomorrow (Nov. 3rd) is two years ago that Ryan died. I think with out knowing it, I get emotional around this time of the year. Because, I remember going through the same emotions last year. I used to cry often when I first started to get back into running, because every time I physically felt pain, I felt emotional as well towards Ryan. But this past Sunday and Monday were blissful running days as I felt like I was gliding through my workouts. So, as my brother Stephan just told me the other sad as it can be to think of him while running..."it can be very inspirational"

Warm thoughts to my family and Alicia today. Ryan was so loved.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This Day Light Saving Thing Is Gonna Be Tricky

Good weekend. Fun was had by Max as he trick or treated for about a half hour and was done...he had more fun handing out candy than going door-to-door. Had a 12 mile run on Friday as I was free to run without stroller, but strangely my second half was a lot stronger than the first half, which wasn't so great.

But...I have some songs that get me through certain moments in a run, and lately it has been Cold Play's Viva la Vida or whatever the name is..during my dragged out parts in a run. Kick Start My heart gets me up the hills, Sand Storm for a little fast paced running, and ending the run with some John Mayer. Could run to all of his music, but not fast enough when I need a little push.

Took Saturday off as it was loaded with things to do and of course Halloween for Max. Today I was up North in Leander with Max's aunt and uncle so I did a nice 6 mile run in the neighborhood and felt quite better since the 12 miler.

Awesome that Meb one the NYC marathon this morning...can't believe it's been almost 2 years since Ryan was there. What a roller coaster ride 2 years has been! I am going to train, now that it's dark after work...I need to get a strategy figured out. Totally forgot about the DST thing! Might switch to morning running, which I am not a fan!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Seriously...Seriously? 47

I was chatting before about how I feel Ryan hanging around lately...subtle little turning my radio on...opening the trunk to my car...and today...well...let me tell you...
I was on the trail running today...muggy...kind of hot...mosquitoes...the whole works. I wasn't feeling the run from the start, and thought, if I can just get this run in around 47 minutes, I will be happy...knowing under 45 was out of the question.

Well almost to my finish and I peep at my watch, and I freaked stopped...who knows when exactly... on 47:00 min. I don't even think I had run for 47 mins already, so that was the weird thing...and how the watched stopped...I don't know
So, it's like, maybe he read my thoughts and played a game on me? I mean I did ask him the night my radio turned on by itself if he was hanging whatever, it freaks me out in a good way.
Rushing this post, as I gotta get Max off to bed. But earlier on Facebook with a sister in Detroit, and brother in Korea...gotta love being able to have 3 conversations thousands of miles apart. Though I am so not tech savvy...modern technology does have its positive moments.
Included is a photo I took as soon as I got home, because, 47:00 exactly...what's going here? Things that make you go....hmmmmmmm:)

Another Perfect Run Day!

Yesterday was awesome. When I was finished, it was like I only ran 2 miles. Another great temperature day to run today as well. The group of people helping me with this fundraiser have been working hard, and I look forward to adding new team members as we march towards the $10,000 goal for 2-14-2009.

I have been feeling like Ryan is around me lately more than usual, the whole CD player going on by itself.

Than yesterday I was getting Max out of the car for a run and he wanted the umbrella out of the I was like...let me run over to the driver's side and push the button...but the trunk opened by itself, before I made it to the button!

I paused for a moment, and then went on with my run, but couldn't help but feel a strong spirit hovering around me.

Off to run!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Emotional Monday

Hated to go into work...turn on my computer, and see the deadly news of troops in Afghanistan on Monday. Doesn't help that someone close to me is over there.
The rain today was very symbolic of the tears being shed over the loss.
It's also dawned on me that I am thinking about Ryan so much more lately...probably due to the fundraiser, but just feel this constant strong presence around me. (The quote in photo is from Ryan and placed on a bench in Central Park taken by my older brother Case's friend)
Last night I freaked out because as I was reading a story to Max in bed, the CD player in the living room started playing. No one was in the living room and all the lights were off. So, I crept inside, peaked around, and shut the radio off.

It was weird, because it took me back to New York City when I took off to drive back to Maryland after Ryan's death. My radio hadn't worked in my car for 2 years, and all of a sudden, as I said goodbye to my mom, brother, and sister, the radio started to play (I just died in your arms tonight) as I headed back. I immediately called my mom, and told her Ryan did it. So last night, when the radio just turned on by itself, I jumped!

Was that Ryan again?

Couldn't run cold and drizzly to push Max...but had a great running weekend. Look forward to running a 10K at Camp Mabry on Veteran's Day...probably the only race I will do until the Marathon...
The plaque reads: "It is necessary to dig deep within oneself to discover the hidden grain of steel called will" Ryan Shay

Need sleep:)

Warriors, Not Victims

Friday, October 23, 2009

Just Another Great Story from WWP

Great run today. An amazing 10 mile run after a very encouraging meeting with the Conley Sports Team. Yep, and I pretty much balled my eyes out on the trail today for a few seconds...because it's pretty hard to run and cry at the same time. But today was extremely emotional, in a very positive way. It's awesome to have such a great support group already, and Austin is just growing on me more and more each day:) Maybe it's the cooler weather lately:)

I went through the WWP site again to look at programs and stories, and this one gets to my heart. The smiles on these veteran's faces as they bike from city to city just leaves me speechless. It's so hard to complain about anything, when I can't even know what it takes to have such determination after receiving life altering injuries. Bless these guys!

Running For Ryan Dot Com

Joey Trimyer, a recent new friend from Austin, has volunteerd to make a website for runningforryan...
It will be
This will become the main source of info. for the fundraiser. It's in the works and should be completed shortly!
Thanks Joey!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Perfect Run Day:)

Today was awesome as far as running could a nice 5 miler in, and Max was an angel in the stroller. Been noticing the same people running the trail now. Makes me wonder if they think, hey there's that mom running with her son again?
My body feels really wierd since last night in a good way...loose and energetic. I've been eating a large salad loaded with a lot of veggies including avacado, and a bit of cheese and fruit and yogurt for snacks and I have been noticing the change of my work outs when I eat well, versus grabbing a crappy snack from 7-11 during the work week. I know it's not rocket science, but it's working. Saw a lady push a dog in a baby stroller today. At first, I thought, seriously? But then, I thought, why was a small dog and probably enjoys the fresh air and couldn't keep up on a run with her. Maybe I will see someone's pet pig in a stroller next?

Monday, October 19, 2009

First 12 Miler...And It Hurt My Butt

So, my long runs are not scheduled. It's either, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Whenever I can have someone watch Max, so I can do it without the stroller. I did a 12 mile run on Saturday morning, and after mile 10, my butt actually started to hurt a little. But I wiggle two more miles out, and completed the run.

It didn't really boost my confidence for the marathon, but I do realize I have about 4 more months of training. I can't kid myself...the Lupus flares can play a role on how good my running will be, but usually it's after the run, that I feel the irritation and inflammation on my face.

Donations are not where I wanted them to be, but help is on the way soon, and looking forward to the extra motivation it will give me to complete this. Pretty tired tonight....but so happy to open my fridge to all the fruit and veggies I prepared on's such a time saver!

By the way, saw "Where the Wild Things Are" with Max. Totally didn't expect the movie to be the way it was. I thought it was kind of dark for a 4 1/2 year old, but he said he liked it and wanted to see it again!

Just For Fun

Celebs who have completed a marathon...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I had a dream that wounded soldiers were cheering me on. It was one of those dreams where you feel like you are running in place and not getting anywhere, but eventually got to the end of race. Which made me think of "real life" soldiers who may feel like they are working so hard "and getting nowhere" while healing and learning to live with life altering physical and and emotional wounds.

Which kind of reminded me of my car in a strange way. I am happy to have a car that I don't make monthly payments on. It's not fancy, but it's one less bill I have to pay every month. But in July, I hit an exit gate while going 5 miles per hour (because someone asked me a question and I turned my head) and dented the front of my car which kind of jacked up the driver's side door. Well, I was shocked and kind of irritated because I did not want to buy a new car, and did not want to fix it and spend a couple thousand dollars. So, by the next morning, I embraced the dents and dings, and was happy to have a running car. The car still runs great, but you wouldn't know just by looking at it.

Sort of like having an injury when physical scars are very visible, but underneath may be a strong willed individual ready to keep on going and reaching new goals. That's why I am doing this. There are so many men and women who need the Wounded Warrior Project to help them believe and achieve life's new challenges. Please cheer them on by donating whatever you can, today!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I really need some help with donations. Please take a moment and visit my page and donate for the fight against cancer. Me and my sister are walking in the 5k Livestrong Challenge on the 25th in Austin. Thanks.

Posted on Facebook, by my friend. She's raising $250, and needs, $180. For Livestrong Challenge. Every little dollar counts:)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Live To Run, Or Run To Live?

After missing a run, due to cold rain, and not wanting to push Max through it this weekend, I felt a little out of place. Mondays are my rest day, I had a case of OCD about missing the run, but in the end , I enjoyed a very non-scheduled Sunday, and had a blast with Max just hanging out. So, at work this morning, and briefly talking about guys, yes, it happens:) and one co-worker told me I needed to put more make-up on, let my hair down, wear some high heels, and "not live for running". Which was funny, because all I could think about was how a run was going to feel on a Monday after a busy day in the office? So, I told her, yah I know, after February, it will calm down. But it did get me thinking about how obsessed one can become while prepping for a major sporting event. So, while I do want to finish this race, I do see how it is ok, especially as a busy mom, to miss a day here and there and not get too worked up about ruining my perfect running schedule...which I don't even have anyway...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What Happens When Stroller Falls Into The Lake...

...cell phone and car keys follow. Yes, this happened yesterday, on a 5 mile run with Max. Pausing for a quick duck feed on the end of the route I forgot to lock the stroller in place. After turning my back to feed crackers to ducks with Max, some random runner yelled, "Whoa, the stroller", and well by the time I turned around, it already made the plunge!
I was able to fish the phone and keys out, but the phone was instantly dead. Luckily, it dried up by morning and works now:)
Then, I had another little surprise this morning...I was hit with some little bug. But I bought this stuff called, Sinus Buster, which was recommended by my boss. It was $16 for over-the-counter, so I thought, it better work. So far, I like the results. It's all natural and made with Capsaicin Pepper.
So, no run today, but if I can flush this nasty crud out of me, looking forward to run in cooler weather on Friday, as the temp "is suppose to drop into the 70's"
Yesterday I met a great guy who is going to make a website for me to reach a wider donating audience. Thanks, Joey, for taking the time to meet, and volunteer for the challenge.
I had a few days of blah-ness, I won't pretend...maybe it was leading up to getting this bug. But over the weekend, I might have doubted myself a few times. But it will all work out in the has to:)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Single Parenting and a Marathon

I love my son, as he is my number one fan to see me finish this Marathon. Our schedules are full, and time is precious, but we have worked in a routine that seems to be working well so far. A great way to maximize time is the whole buy groceries on Sunday idea. We go together, and he likes to weigh all the produce and print the stickers out for the bags. But the real life saver, is chopping up all the veggies and fruit and storing them in the fridge so they are ready for the entire week. I am sure this concept has been thought of by many intelligent parents around the world, but I only recently began doing this, and it helps! It also helps prevent me from buying more foods with preservatives, as that is an irritant for Lupus. And let me just say...if you notice someone with a rash like mark on their face, don't blurt out, "You got something contagious or something"? Had this happen to me today, and I was kind of shocked, by calmly replied, no, it's Lupus. I am lucky that my few leisons are concealable when my hair is down, but they are visible when my hair is up, like on this day. I don't talk about it much, but I can understand how those with extreme cases can really feel self-conscience. Will discuss more on this topic when I am ready.

But back to Max, and running...we are making it work. I do promote this activity to all parents who need/want to get out and fit exercise into their routine. I bought this jogging stroller, probably my 5th one now, on Craigslist for $50, and that beats a monthly gym membership fee! After every run I tell him how much he is helping mama out, and he feels proud, and I reward him weekly for being so patient with a little toy or treat. :)

And by the way, how many 4 1/2 year olds love Cyndi Lauper? Almost daily, as we head to Town Lake, he says, mama, play my favorite song..."that wanna have fun song" How cute:)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hmm, well, what can I say?

Mondays are usually my rest days...thankfully as the first day of work always seems to tire me out each week. Thanks "J" for calling me in the middle of it, so I could have a laugh and smile in the middle of a crazy Monday. Hope to see you soon!
Ran into a veteran, who was wounded while serving, and he is starting a new career in the area. All the best to him. Once again, just another way to humble myself when I feel a little blah...and unsure about things. Goodnight.

Wounded Warriors race draws hundreds, benefits injured vets

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday Running

I have to give a shout out to my brother Stephan, who finshed in the top 15 at the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship today...and to Abdi who won the whole thing! A truly great guy, so congrats!

Also to my friend, Brian, for doing so well in the Portland Marathon.:) You sure took advantage of the cool weather up there. So, a great day for 3 runners, and my run wasn't bad either today. Max let me push him through the muddy trail without much pause, but the sticky air wasn't welcoming. But, we finished, and it put a nice end to a pretty productive running week.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Justin Gabriel

A local employee at Run Tex, the company that supplies water on Town Lake daily for runners, was severely injured a couple of weeks ago from a fall. My thoughts are with his family. Get bettter Justin!

Austin City Limits

The 3 day music festival began today, which meant NOBODY was running on the trail except me and maybe a dozen others. This lead to a great run, and my first 10 miler since pre-summer running! now there is hope of a 15...and 20 miler...down the road. :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Starting to feel the flow

Approaching one month, tomorrow, since this challenge began. The last couple of days have been good running days. Music helps a ton! Last couple of downloads include some old school, "Rhythm is a Dancer" and "Rhythm of the Night" by Generation 90, I think. Also put John Mayer's "Say", which is an awesome song lyrically...not a fast paced tempo song, but still motivates me with the words.:)

I am so lucky to have been asked to have the Running For Ryan For Wounded Warrior Project be the beneficiary for an upcoming holiday party. This is huge news...and an event that will hopefully bring in a lot of donations for this fundraiser. I cannot thank Gary Brimmer (retired Army Sgt.) enough for introducing John Conley to me! This week is flying by and Max is still the best little buddy I could have for helping mama get her training in daily.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Reading About Running

Browsing the book store tonight, and glanced at a Runner's World mag to see they wrote a story of Zola Budd. So, yah I actually bought a Runner's World, just to read the article at home. Last time I purchased a running magazine was when they did the spread of Ryan in RW after he died, and it took a few weeks for me to open up the magazine and read word for word, the events that unfolded on Nov. 3, 2007.

But today, my attention went to Zola Budd's name. I am not an expert in running these days, though Ryan was a professional runner, I did not follow every race he ran. I do remember when he won the Mercedes US Men's Marathon Championships in 2003, I was teaching in S. Korea. I ran into the teacher's lounge and told everyone, hey my little brother just won this marathon at 24 years old! I was so proud:)

So, back to Zola. I totally remember her as the barefoot runner, and the whole Mary Decker incident in the 84 Olympics. So, I am going to read about her this evening, as RW exclaims, her life story is stranger and more inspiring than we know.
As I begin to run more and try to get healthier, I am becoming more interested in running events, and articles... which I would have found maybe a little boring back in the day.
As for my run today, it was great. Good pace, hot out, so got a good sweat out of it! Trying a 10 miler tomorrow, as I can run without stroller, and will take advantage of the lone run!
Going to work on making a flyer to get a few more runners to participate in running for this fundraiser with me, and also to get the word out to a larger population about donating online

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thank You, Thank You Cold Weather!

If you haven't noticed by now, I am a Northern gal, and Texas heat, though nice while chilling at a pool, sucks for me to do a run!
I think it was in the low 70's today, after the rain, with a breeze, and I tore up the trail with Max in tow as we did, what felt like, an easy 5 miler. I would have run 10, if Max could sit in a stroller that long. The days just flow right into eachother, as time seems so precious. I feel like February is going to roll around quite quick. Brainstorming for fundraising ideas...and I know I need to focus more on getting the word around if I want to get that goal met by 2-14-10....wheels are turning!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fast Weekend!

Saturday was great, minus the getting up at 4:30 am to make it to Canyon Lake in time. But it was fun to be a water girl, and see the participants run for a great cause. Today I had to say goodbye to a really close friend, who's leaving for work, but hopefully time will fly by fast! We actually did a run together, but she was the smart one who had water on here the whole time, while I melted in the 90 degree weather! Couldn't get the long run in (but a solid 60 min.), as the run started later in the day, and my face was getting irritated from some spots near my ears where the Lupus flares up from time to time. Will be instantly grateful when the fall arrives!

Friday, September 18, 2009

P.S. Huge Thanks, Brian Mahoney

It's been such a busy week, that I forgot to mention, the new shoes I got on my doorstep from Brian at Saucony. So Sweet! You don't know how much I appreciate the donation! Thanks!


Whew....the week was extra fast paced. I managed to get 50-60min of running everyday except Thursday. Had a nice run alone afterwork today, as Max was with grandma, and it's kind of hard to get used to running normal after pushing a stroller all week.
Should get some sleep. I have to get up about 4:30 to make it to Canyon Lake for the Wounded Warrior Relay Run. I will be an official water girl:)
It will be good to see a race that raises money for wounded vets so I can get more of a feel for the cause.

Monday I have a meeting that will help get the ball rolling on getting this fundraiser goal met! I am's only been 3 weeks, but I guess I feel stronger already. It's a great challenge, but still need some extra hours in the day!

Saying goodbye to a very dear friend on Saturday evening, but she will be off doing great things! first 8-10 miler...can't wait....tiny bit sarcastic:)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Team Michigan Way To Go!

Hey Sis...I see your networking is working well! Awesome to see some donations today!

I have to take a minute to talk about running right now. I don't know what happened...maybe it was the cool front of 80 degrees, or the starts are aligned just right, but I felt like I was floating across the trail today. The hour run, with Max and stroller, didn't seem like I was getting a tooth pulled today. It just clicked, and totally boost my confidence as I continue to make baby steps toward a very long run in February.

Max loves the Gatorade Run Tex is putting out lately at the water stations. And speaking of, if you are a runner and a wounded warrior supporter, reading this, and live in the area... They still may need volunteers at the Wounded Warrior Relay Run at Canyon Lake. It's on the Run Tex page. James Eastland is the contact: :


Saturday, September 12, 2009

A previous WWP event with great results!

"What does the program mean to me?" Anderson said. "I will tell you it like this: For four years I was sitting at home, depressed, cussing out my family and just mad at the world. Then I got involved in this and started doing things I never thought I would be able to do. I'll take this over sitting home any day."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stephan Shay-First Post Collegiate Run:)

September 11

First, happybirthday to my dad and sister, who share a birthday on a memorable day indeed.

Everyone remembers where they were 8 years ago. I was in Australia. I was eagerly trying to get a cooperate sponsor for a long term working visa, but ended up back packing around, and working under the table for some Italian mob wannabe type guy, who swore someone was out to get him any time a car drove slowly passed his "Italian" Restaurant.
New Zealand and Australia are gorgeous, by the way! So glad I went on a whim, even met up with Steve Irwin, and koala bears do just hang from the trees.
Life was great, but I flew home after 3 months, and came back to a different America. I could feel the change, and it's never been the same.

Running on a deserted trail today because the rain kept everyone away, somberly I started. The rain was very symbolic. But my lungs never felt so clear and strong and I took on each 6 inch mud puddle with joy and thought about how much I want to finish this race for my brother, for the troops, and for me...because it's time!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Awesome Run!

Ran so hard with stroller and boy in tow! It was amazing to run in 70 degree weather with drizzling rain. 5 miles went by super fast...though I indulged in Papa John's afterwards...couldn't help the craving.

So need to work on the whole diet thing. I am beat...need 36 hours in a day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

No Time For Crash And Burn

I was on a high today. I was thrilled to be contacted by so many caring people. But there has to be a thorn in each bunch.

The Wounded Warrior Project has no political or religious agenda, so let's keep it at that. Why I am I doing this?

Well, for some reason, I started to love running again. I did so the minute I decided to run the 1/2 in February of 2009. The first time I hit the ground running last December to train for the 1/2 my eyes went to the sky and I only thought of Ryan.

There is this little memory of the last thing I said to Ryan before the New York Marathon in 07, and it was "See you at the race, punk" or something like that. He was after all my little brother. But a day or two before the race, I decided not to go. I didn't feel like dragging Max (my son) around the big city. So, I called to wish him luck, and we know the rest of that story.

In general, I am a private person, but it came to me one morning last week or so that I wanted to honor Ryan in my own personal way. I was thinking about the Ryan Shay Memorial Fund that was set up two years ago, and thought I could raise money for a cause I knew would make him proud.
The Wounded Warrior Project came to my mind after receiving the picture below of two veterans training for a paratriathalon in Chicago on my Facebook. The donation set up was easy, and I never looked back.
I have no doubt he would support an organization that helps wounded soldiers and their families, because they have to work harder than any of us to complete their marathons, triathalons, etc.
My family supported me on the decision, and I am so proud and happy to have John Conley, the Austin Marathon Director be the first to join the team.
Thanks to Gary Brimmer too, who introduced us, and to Dick and Jill Beardsley for reaching out as friends.

This is not political. This is me, nervous as can be, but proud to have my brother as my motivation for reaching this goal.

That's it. Goodnight.

A New Team Member

Thanks John Conley, for joining the Team!

Monday, September 7, 2009

How Running Changed Living With Lupus

First Donation-$200!

Tayna Whale you rock!!! This means so much! You got the ball rolling, and I love you for it!

Going to Get Me Some Austin Area Runners:)

When failure is not an option, I will begin to recruit some team members down here...I figure 4 more team members (at least) can help get to the $10,000 by 2-14-10, and what a lovely Valentine's Day that would be!
Random: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Listen to this song everyday!!! And heard it on a friends ringtone...thought that was cool because they had no idea I jam to this song everyday. It is an 80's goody!

Everywhere I ran, the Sun followed!

Yesterday was brutal, I'll be honest. 53 min. on the trail, and even the shadiest of spots had the sun blazing through. Granted it was 4pm, but I was stroller free, and taking avdvantage of it! Speaking of that...I used to leave my car unlocked and hide my keys somewhere inside, because I didn't want to carry them with me on my jog (prefer not to use the jogging belt either), when a friend of mine said,
"Why don't you just put the keys in the stroller when you jog"? Seriously? How did that not ever cross my mind!
Not that my car is on the top 5 to be broken into either:)
Heading to Ft. Hood to catch up with an Army buddy. Labor Day, and run rest day too!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Town Lake Is Boomin'

I am sure there are cities, but personally, I have never lived anywhere with so many runners on a downtown trail. Now that Austin is alive again (weather under 100 degrees), it's very inspirational to run around Town Lake.
38 min. steady pace.

Everyone has their own goal, and never know who's training for a race just by looking. As I am the epitome of not your average runner:)

Going to a Good old Texas BBQ this evening, but heading to Jason's Deli for their salad bar right now. I could eat there everyday!:)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Baby Steps---Like Me

First Marathon after being a drinker, smoker and druggie.

Alicia Shay-What a great woman:)

So, I didn't shower and go out...was on the phone with Alicia. We talked forever, and agree, this is going to an awesome cause. We want to our servicemen and women to know they will not be forgotten!

Ryan Shay Memorial Fund

I will have a P.O. Box set up tomorrow for check/money order donations...working on the on-line donation option. Feel like I am at the point of no return!

Day 5--yummy choclolate milk

40 min. Good Sweat! Nice pace sans stroller! Gulped some chocolate milk afterwards, always gives me a boost!

It's Friday...I have free going to shower and ,well ,we shall see what happens...happy for the 3 day weekend:)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Good Eats For Lupus-Animal Fat a No No


It got freaking hot again, but managed to do 30 min. Now, with a jogging stroller, those 30 feel like an hour.

Running can get boring to talk about pretty quickly, but this is a running in general.

I actually feel really content right now, and well, a bit speechless.

I am on a high, and need to stay there, so I can complete this.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


On my IPod I have a couple of Fray songs...LOVE this group. Well, just as I was getting off of work, Alica emailed me the good news of sponsoring my decision to run for my brother in order to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Now that I have the BIGGEST motivation of all to finish the marathon, I have to work out the money collecting thing, and go ask Austin for money!

Oh, back to the Fray, I was so freaking hyper on Town Lake today, and they came on, well, the one "You Found Me", and "Save A Life". Back to back and I was balling my eyes out, but in a good way. I knew I would come around to honor Ryan. And how I miss him, but feel like he is sitting right next to me. I miss all my siblings right now....millions of miles apart!

The run, well good, but it's getting harder to push a big boy around. About 25 minutes today...ducks are still distracting. But I may just end up with some nice tri-ceps from all the pushing. Eventually I will find ways to get babysitting help, when the long runs start approaching. Ate Turkey sausage for dinner...pretty yummy with baked beans. Very Northern, yes I know.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Day 2-Final word

I cannot sleep! I have been fiddling with this new blog site, just learned how to apply links. I just realized that I have to find a way to raise money for the wounded warrior project on behalf of my brother's name. Where do I start? Must research!
My wheels, oh they are spinning in my head, on overdrive!

Day 2---P.M.

23 minutes of running with stroller and Max. I could have gone a half hour, but he demanded to feed the ducks. This will be my main struggle while running around Town Lake. I have to distract him, so he won't want to stop for the ducks, until after the run is finished! It felt alright, but the only kicker...I think I am getting a Lupus flare near my ears and temples again. Yah, was told I have Lupus in late July.
But if a wounded soldier can run a marathon, I am not going to complain about Lupus. By the way, have to cut out the caffiene in the morning. Two cups of coffee, and I was jittery all day! I was so hyper at work, well, I was told I was a workaholic today...that's not a compliment, really.

Need to call my girlfriend, who's 3 year old broke her nose the other day! She's hoping she won't need corrective surgery! Now that's some pop to the nose!

Mood: was productive, the run was fun, and it's less than 100 degrees!!:)

Day-2 a.m.

Slept like a baby...going to pack some extra fruit and veggies I am feeling a little off. Woke up for the first time in a long time not remembering my dreams, as I most always do. I really feel like today, September 1, 2009, is the beginning of revamping myself all around emotionally, spiritually, and for sure physically!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 1-Goodnight

I have to go to sleep...6 hours before I start the next day. But I had an interesting evening. Conversation with a new friend, and later conversation with a way back when friend. Both were nice, but I didn't want to get off the phone with my old's like the time never passed. Hopefully it will feel that way when I start to run again!

Day 1-No Run

Sometimes life can be funny, and so begins the first day I was to start training for a marathon. But not to worry, starting on September 1st sounds much more official doesn't it? Someone I recently met had a good friend pass away last night to cancer. So, instead of a run, I am going to have a margarita and talk.

Sometimes life has to come before tonight.

Day 1 continued

This weekend I was thinking about how crappy I felt after not running for about 2 months, due to the extremely hot weather we were having since July 1, 2009. I relocated from Maryland last December, and as soon as my son and I hit Austin, I told myself, "I want to run a half Marathon," and trained for 2 months, and finished it in 2:10. So, I kind of got addicted to it, and started pushing my son in a jogging stroller almost daily after work, around Town Lake, in Austin.
But July hit me hard, and now we have a "cold front" of under 100 this week, and it just seemed like a great time to start up again.

So, I am super excited to finish work today, and hit the trail!

August 31, 2009

Day 1

At work, but decided to see what it takes to start a blog, and well I created one rather quickly. I don't know what happened, but I decided this weekend that I want to run the Austin Marathon in February, 2010. I did the half last February, so why not try the full, right?

I will continue later. I am going to do a jog/fast walk with 4 1/2 year old in tow in stroller to start off the 6 month training. Yeah!