Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I've Been Tracked Down

Well heavens y'all, it's been three and a half weeks since my last post. I knew I needed a rest, but that was more like a sabbatical. Not much going on these days. I've kayaked a few times, visited my grandchildren, kayaked with the grandchildren, biked once and have only been running a few times at shorter distances. After my half marathon last month, I sort of went into a runner's slump. I think it's pretty normal, though. You prepare for the big race, anticipate it, then it comes and goes so quickly and all you're left with is the question, "What now"?


Well yes, really! So, I did what any red-blooded runner would do. I sat down with the computer and my life planner and started registering for more races. I don't know about you, but having something in my life planner keeps me on task. If I have planned races, then rest assured I'll be training for them. Back on track and it feels good! Holler!

Speaking of tracks...there are all kinds. There are track records....and then there's tracking down someone. I'll explain...

First of all, I realized that I slipped when giving you my monthly stats, hence the track record. And I know you must be wondering. So, let's get to it.

Exercise Stats....

September 2013:
Ran:               82.78 miles
Best Pace:     12:59
Longest run:  12 miles
Bike:               89.41
Longest ride:  20.01
Races:            No races this month. Gearing up for October's Half Marathon

October 2013:
Ran:               41.18 miles
Best Pace:     12:47
Longest run:  13.1 miles (half marathon)
Bike:              10.44 miles
Longest ride: 10.44 miles
Races:           Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half Marathon (Yes! I did it)
Kayak:           15 miles

Running plans for the near future:
I've registered for two 5Ks. The first in a couple of weeks and the second in December.

2014 Running plans thus far:
Jan -  May run the Charleston Half Marathon
Mar - BFF 10K (Breast Cancer Awareness)
Apr - The Divas Half Marathon

So, that's my running track record.... I feel so blessed to be able to run. I truly do love it. Thanks for hanging in there with me as I bombard you with all these stats. Hopefully, I can inspire you to get your running shoes on. Just do it...I promise you'll reap great rewards.

Now speaking of reaping great rewards...... I mean, you hope you can inspire someone along the way. But, how great is it that you actually do. I had an experience today with someone who tracked me down. Literally! I couldn't believe it.

I answered the phone this afternoon and on the other end was a lady that said, "I hope you don't think I'm weird for tracking you down."

What in the world?

I could not imagine.

She went on to tell me that she ran the 5K Race in Georgetown last month and was looking over the results, saw my name on the Half Marathon roster and that I was from the same town as she....and literally tracked me down. She's the secretary for the Methodist Church and asked around at work if anyone knew me and someone told her that they thought I went to the Baptist Church in town. So, she called the Baptist Church secretary and of course, she gave this lady my number. The lady called my home number and didn't get an answer, so she called my mother-in-law's number which was next on the list. My mother-in-law then gave her my cell phone number. And finally, I got the call.

Apparently, she wanted to tell me how awesome she thought it was that I ran the half. She told me she has just started walking/running and wondered if I could give her some pointers and tell her some safe places to run in town. Well, I was blown away. I mean, you would think that I could inspire someone I know, someone in my circles or even someone who may read this blog. But, never would I have imagined that I would inspire someone who saw my name on a Race Roster. Huh, you just never know. Well, one thing led to another and we spent nearly an hour on the phone and made plans to run together some, possibly next week.

I'm humbled to say the least and I am so thankful I made a positive influence on someone. I think I'll keep on running.

Do you have a passion that could possibly make a difference in someone's life? Let me encourage you to keep doing it. You never know when someone is watching.

Carry on,


  1. Same here. I have to sign up for races to keep motivated.

  2. I love that she tracked you down . . . that the Methodist church knew you attended the Baptist church . . . that you inspired someone with your story . . .

    My husband started running in June after being diagnosed with high blood pressure. He could not play tennis or surf anymore due to shoulder replacement and so he had put on weight. He went back to running after a long hiatus caused by ankle surgery. He began with running a block, walking a block, running . . . Now he runs 5 miles every single day, except Sunday. He has lost 25 pounds (why do men lose it so much more easily?) and feels great. He and our daughter are doing The Salmon Run this weekend put on by the company our daughter works for. Both our kids run marathons and I think they might just get dad to do the LA Marathon with them this year.

    Now, with his inspiration and your inspiration, I am going to run on the beach this afternoon.

  3. I love this post! I love your goals. Awesome! I always read your blog & my comments are somewhere in's hopin' :))))

    1. I hope you see this are no longer stuck in cyberspace. Yay!!! And thanks for your kind words!

    2. Sweet!!! I broke through!!! woohoo!!!! :))))

  4. You are an inspiration! I was never a runner but I loved walking. I'm having knee problems that makes it impossible to walk long distances. I'm going to try and find something to do to get more active again. Hopefully after I get them fixed, I can get back on track...literally! Congrats on your achievements and goal setting!

    1. Do you have a place to go to an indoor pool and do pool walking? YMCA possibly? Pool walking is a great exercise....there is resistance and non-impact...easy on the joints.

  5. That is cool that someone tracked you down to tell you you inspired them. Maybe you'll run together at some point.

  6. oh Laurie that is wonderful that you were tracked down to be able to help someone else with their may have just found a new running partner. Congratulations on all of your achievements. I loved seeing your 'track record'. I used to be a runner and loved it. I am no longer able to but remember how wonderful I felt when I was doing it.

  7. Keep up the running! I finished a trail 30 k in October and now I need to motivate myself now that the winter rains have begun.