Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In the Beginning...

   Well, like any good blog, I shall start mine with my story. I am training for my first half marathon. I haven't decided whether it will be the Strip at Night race in December or the SLC Marathon in April, but I am starting the training now. And my loving husband and 1-year-old daughter are also training with me.
   Why do I run? Because I have another daughter named Isabel. Isabel is very special. Isabel is my first daughter and she was stillborn because of a fatal birth defect called Anencephaly. If you don't know what that is, please visit for info and stories from other parents that have shared out journey. When Isabel was diagnosed at our 18 week ultrasound, we were sent to a "specialist" that informed me that it was all my fault (even though I took folic acid to prevent it and Anencepahly is no one's fault, it just happens). After leaving the office in a giant huff, I allowed his words to affect the image I have of myself and allowed myself to gain weight and be even more unhealthy than I was already.
     You see, throughout my life, I have gained and lost the same 50 pounds and this doctor gave me one more excuse not to care about it anymore. But then something happened. I had Isabel's healthy little sister, Addison, and then I did care. I cared very much that I was being unhealthy and teaching Addison the same bad habits I have had my whole life. So on her first birthday, I decided that I had to have a goal in life. That goal was to walk the equivalent distance from my house to my favorite place in the world, Las Vegas by my wedding anniversary this Saturday. I have more or less accomplished that (I forgot to keep track for a while, but if my figures are correct, I will be there Sunday or so). During my walking, I started thinking about running. I have always wanted to be a runner, but I never was very good at it. Then my friend pointed out that you are a runner no matter how much you run and that prospective changed my outlook on running. Sure, I could only run for a fourth of a mile at a time, but if I walked a little, I could run again and in the last three months, I have worked my way up to three miles non stop. My husband joined me and now he runs while I walk Addison around the running path and then we switch.
   Has it been easy? No. Worth it? Yes. I see myself in a better light. And I have lost 20 pounds. But I am always looking for a race that we should sign up for and thanks to a running friend of mine, we might has decided to go for it and sign up for a half marathon in Las Vegas. That gives me 6 months to go from 3 miles to 13.1. Wish me luck!


  1. Good luck! Congrats on your goal and never forget how beautiful you are inside AND out! I love all your posts on FB, they make me smile and remember all the 'good old days' :). Kudos to you!

    1. Thank you! Ah, the 'good old days'! I am so glad that I have learned the lessons I needed to then to be here now!

  2. GOOD LUCK and you are AMAZING. What a good example to so many of us. Thank you for sharing your story. You can do it!!!

  3. This makes me so excited! By all means let me know if you have any questions on training. I'd love to help out any way I can! You're going to ROCK it!

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  5. I have to share this quote. I think it's applicable to any runner, whatever your reason to run is ... it's my running creed and I just had to share with it you!

    "Strong reasons make strong actions" - Shakespeare

  6. Dear Princess Jilly of Bean! You are amazing and I am continually inspired by you!!! I have NO doubts you will run your half marathon...I agree with AnneMarie you my friend are beautiful INSIDE and OUT!!!

  7. I have the best friends any girl could ever ask for! Thank you all for your support and kindness.


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