Thursday, January 15, 2009

Are you done counting your blessings??

So my sister in law asks on here the other day, "Are you done counting your blessings?" I had to laugh. No - I'm just lazy. Or maybe I have too many blessing to count. Or maybe Shelby is slowly trying to kill me by making me run a 1/2 marathon in April and by night I have nothing left. (ok, maybe that would be true if I had to type with my calves, but since I don't we'll just go back to lazy.) But my body is rebelling. My calves are crying, "Are you trying to kill us???" Honestly. I think it's torture. Needed torture - but none the less TORTURE. We have these Nike + things that go in our shoes and then we race each other in different states etc. I don't want to get behind so I go. But my legs won't stop hurting. You'd think after 3 weeks it would settle down a little - but it's worse today than it has ever been. Maybe because I am going from atrophy to running. I really haven't exercised in my life so my muscles (or lack thereof) may be freaking out. Blah blah. Boo hoo me.
But I'm not going to quit. We are running the Lymphoma marathon in Nashville and we are doing it to prove that Shel kicked cancer's butt and maybe to help someone else kick it too. Every time I start to get discouraged with this training, I think of Shelby fighting her way through chemo, radiation and the whole disease and I think ,"I really can just run a few miles." I'm grateful Shelby challenged me to do this. This is really hard for me. As you can tell by my little guy on the side of my blog - I'm no speed demon. But look at me - I've almost ran a whole marathon worth of miles in just three weeks. I never thought I could even do that. So thanks Shelby for being so inspirational. For making me do hard things. And for living through something so scary so that when I feel like quiting I can just chant to my self, "Did Shelby quit?? Never!" If she ran a half marathon not a year out of full on cancer, I can get off my butt and run with her in April. Wish me luck. And then come over here and rub my legs.

12 comments:

shel7by said...

And if she joins Team In Training - send her money. Look at her go. It is so hard. She's beating me in the race, by the way. She's doing awesome. Somebody rub her calves for me.

Shawn H. said...

no thanks.

Natalie said...

i'll rub your legs. I'm licensed.

i really want to run with you. but alas, you do it at an hour that makes me think that you really like to run by yourself.

run, mel, run. you're doing awesome!

Sam said...

Wow, run a little more for me! Your awesome! Glad you finally decided to get off you calves and blog!

musikmama said...

You can totally do this Melanie!! Shelby's story is such an inspiration to me to do hard things, and I don't even know her. I think I will think of her during my next spinning class when I feel like I'm going to die!! I'd rub your legs too, but you might prefer Natalie since she is trained. *smile Joanna

DocMuscles said...

I wanna know where you got that cool Nike + dude to put on your blog. That is really motivating . . .

Teri said...

go go go!! you can do it!! I know its hard but the more you prepare the easier it will be and you will feel so good when you finish!! I did a ten mile race and at that last mile I really thought my knees were going to give in!~! prepare!!good luck! by the way Cody is doing awesome!!

Brian and Jessica said...

I'm proud of you and what your doing!! You've always been so inspiring to me! I'm not sure I'm inspired to run, but I'll cheer ya on!! :) Like you I've never enjoyed running, both my best friends in middle school and high school were the top runners in cross country! What did I do, I cheered them on, so I'll do the same for you!! Good luck! You and your sister are awesome ladies that I'm lucky to say I know! I love ya Mel!!

Katie Price said...

I'm glad that we can be guacamole and salsa friends, because I don't know if we'll ever be running friends. I'm impressed you're still doing it when it hurts so bad. Really, you guys rock. And when you're all hot tough babes, I'm probably going to tag along with my baby in one of those nasty slings.

Cammie said...

Good job, Melanie! Don't give up you can do it.

Christy said...

YAY! Melanie's back! My light spent a little more time under a bushel without your inspiring words!

I knew you would kick running's butt! (Sure, it kicked you back in the calves, but you will show it "who's boss" in the end!)

Dahlene said...

Way to go Melanie. You know, pain is just the weakness leaving your body. It will get better~ibuprophen helps too. Good luck! You can do it.