Proceeding with Caution

Thursday, January 24th will be eight weeks since I last ran. And on this day, Sherri and Patricia are going to observe me doing a short, trial run on the treadmill! The plan was to resume running once I was 90% and I’m almost there. Provided I continue to maintain an appropriate pelvic balance, I should be able to proceed with running. I’ve quite enjoyed the break: eating a bit differently, staying up later, having more energy to get projects and odd jobs complete, and enjoying the variety in cross-training. But I know my mind and body are finally on the same page to get back at it. Initially my body knew I needed the break more than my mind. Then once I stopped running, I knew my mind would benefit as well. There’s no better time to be injured than after a successful season and over Christmas! Like I’ve said before, I’m usually pregnant again after a season; a baby on the way is a great distraction when your body is healing. But, worlds is not far enough away to have another baby, recover and train!

For those of you who’ve asked, here’s what I’ve been doing.
At the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre – Mon, Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. and Tues & Thurs 5:30 a.m.
– combination of swimming laps, pool running, elliptical, bike for 1.5-2 hours
– strength exercises, primarily lower body to strengthen quads, hamstrings, glute, etc.
At home – Sat & Sun
– bike 45 minutes
– walk 1-1.5 hours
– physio exercises, heat & ice to hip, stretching, etc.

I’ve really enjoyed the new early hours at the Gretzky so that I can get in some training before having to be back home to get the kids ready for school. And because I’ve been home more during the day, I’ve really enjoyed the quality time with Leah. Another great thing about the Gretzky and the childcare provision there, is the great group of regulars. Thanks, Mike, Dean and Lisa, and many others. It’s great to support each other as we recover, maintain, or advance our fitness.

So, Rick and I will likely come up with a February to May plan and a May to August plan. For the first three months, we will likely focus on workouts on the bike, elliptical and pool while I get used to running again. Then, if all is well, we will decrease the cross training and ramp up the mileage and intensity with running in May to August, really focusing on the marathon.
My first race will likely be Around the Bay but we certainly won’t be expecting the same outcome as last year. With my focus on a spring marathon at the time, it made sense to be in tip top form in March. But this year is different with Worlds being in August. We’ll look to have more successful races in late spring/early summer. With having three kids, I seem to do ok, coming from behind! It’s about putting in the work and being patient. I think I can handle that.
I look forward to training in the summer again. Early mornings to get in the km’s and beat the heat really worked well for me. And the kids aren’t in school so it’s a bit easier.
In the meantime, I’ll finish up those odd jobs, continue with the activities of life as mom of three, and look forward to what is to come. January to March is our birthday season so that will also keep me busy.

Just today, Wesley and Tara Korir, posted (see below) this Kenya Kids Foundation message, which lifted my spirits even higher. Like I’ve written before, I’ve always felt God gave me this gift of “Marathon Mom” for a reason, His reason. And I want to give back. It was great chatting further with Wesley and Tara about it in November. Jonathan and I support this amazing organization financially, and God-willing, we would like to make a trip to do even more. I would train at altitude and volunteer, Jonathan would put his many gifts to good use, and the kids would experience something they could never get in Canada.

Matthew 25:29 
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.
Matthew 25:40
When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!

Enjoy ….

main areas of focus will continue to be financing education, providing
medical care, and helping families become more self sufficient through
In addition to financial support for high school students,
we hope to begin offering scholarships for post-secondary education. As
a way of raising funds for these scholarships, we are hoping to find
groups who would be interested in providing direct support for an
individual studying in a particular field. For example, a group of
teachers or nurses might agree to sponsor a student in an education or
health care program. We plan to facilitate communication between these
students and their sponsors, providing mentorship opportunities and
perhaps leading to international hosting opportunities.
We plan to
offer some exciting new programs for young children and students. This
includes an early childhood education program during the week as well as
a weekly children’s literacy program. On Saturdays and during holiday
periods we will continue to have tutoring for high school students as
well as tutoring in preparation for the Standard 8 KCPE exams. We also
plan to improve computer literacy by providing computer training
sessions and making computer equipment available for use at the
Foundation office. We are hoping to raise sufficient funds to build a
library/community centre to provide the space needed to deliver these
expanded programs.
The first mission trip at the hospital was a
success and we are looking forward to hosting medical students and other
professionals again this year. A guest house with accommodation for 20
has recently been built nearby to allow us to host future medical teams
and other volunteers.
We also plan to help more families lease farm
land and provide farm inputs. This will provide work and income for
these families, empowering them to become financially independent. Once again we thank you for your past support and invite you to join us in continuing to empower Kenyans. God bless you!

Seth is speaking with Mr. Gretzky. Another day in Brantford!

Micah’s drawing. Note the Saucony symbol!

Essential Physio building behind me on Brant Ave. I do miss the old restaurant, Geds, that used to be there, but E.P is a good replacement.
inspiration to start 2013. This entire family raced January 1st.,
including grandma who arrived from England the day before. Here they wait for
dad’s 10 km finish. And it was mom’s birthday! Fun family! (Jonathan and Micah were to race but Micah was ill).
Leah steals the show at Inside Brant, our local Rogers show. What a big swig of water from the Eload bottle!
Skating at Harmony Square in Branford. Gotta love Leah in diapers and skates!

One comment

  1. Good luck with all of your recovery and projects. Neat that Kenya is in your future. My youngest daughter and I visited our "foster child" in Kenya that we supported through PLAN Canada back in the 90's. The Kenyans we met were very friendly and hard working and the money that we had been sending to PLAN Canada was well used.

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