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World’s Worst Training Plan?

To catch you up, I completed marathon 41, state 41 at Mt. Hood, Oregon in July. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been laser focused on completing all 50 states in spring of 2020 (perhaps “like a cow headed to the barn” is a better description.) But circumstances have led me to embark on the dumbest training plan in the world for my next marathon – the Chicago marathon.

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Jan Walker’s Long Run Across America – Part 2

In part one, I introduced you to Jan Walker, whose dream was to run across America. We learned about her journey to fitness after 50. In this post, I’ll report on how at age 57, Jan made her dream come true.

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Jan Logs Her Dream

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Ironman Part Deux – New Roadblocks

In my last post, I wrote about my plan to complete my second Ironman triathlon to celebrate turning 60. That’s a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run in one day. Three weeks before the race, I was trained and ready. And in the time it takes to make a single step, the plan unraveled and new roadblocks emerged.

A Misstep on the Way to Ironman Part Deux

Three weeks before Ironman North Carolina, I started early one Saturday morning to get in my last 18 mile run. The first 4 miles would be solo in the dark. I managed to fall twice on those four miles! Lordy! Luckily, I was still able to finish my run.

After the Falls

After the Falls

I had a little road rash and a little pain in my ribs. My friend Faraz, a very talented chiropractor, was at the run and worked a few minutes to get things back in order. I figured in a day or two, I’d be in good shape.

It All Goes Downhill

The next day, I start feeling congested. Maybe just fall allergies?

A week later, my road rash looks like I have a flesh eating bacteria.

And 10 days later, my “allergies” are a raging cold and it hurts to take a breath. My ribs hurt more now than after the falls.

Can this be real?! Less than 10 days to my race, and I can’t breath without pain?sick-or-dying

Once our evacuees from Hurricane Mathew and their two dogs left our house, I went to get the rib checked out. It appeared to be a muscle strain exacerbated by coughing. A little graston and taping, and I was home with my NyQuil.

NyQuil and Recovery

My training plan now consisted of two elements: knock myself out each evening with NyQuil and sleep late, get in some training and repeat.nuquil

A week before the race, I could finally see improvement. Four days from the race. the congestion is gone, I can untape my ribs and go for a swim! Woohoo!

I may not be 100% for race time, but I’m sure I’ll be good enough to race! Yippee!

A New Roadblock

Less than six hours after I posted about Ironman Part Deux, I learned about a new roadblock.roadblocks-everywhere

Ironman announced that due to flooding in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Mathew, the bike portion of Ironman North Carolina was being reduced from 112 miles to 50. Less than half. Less than the half ironman I completed in May.

My great Ironman Part Deux would now be 78.6 miles rather than 140.6.


While I am disappointed, there is no doubt that the needs of the people of North Carolina affected by the storm far outweighs any race! My heart goes out to those who lost so much in Hurricane Mathew.

A Choice?

Within hours of getting this heartbreaking news, I learned that as part of my charity team, I have another option. I can transfer to Ironman Florida on November 5.


Why? First and foremost, it is a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. I am not a strong swimmer. I barely make the race cutoffs. Add in a rough ocean, and my bare margin can easily become a “DNF” (did not finish.) I’ve sat on that very beach and watched the waves pummel swimmers stronger than me.

Second, the weather is very unpredictable. It can be unbelievably hot and humid, cold and rainy and everything in between. And of course, there is the ever-present wind.

The Pros and Cons

For Ironman North Carolina:

Ironman North Carolina 2016

Ironman North Carolina 2016

  • You race the race you are given. As in life, we make plans, prepare and aim our ship. But you play the cards you are given.
  • I’ve connected to the racers. Most of them are strangers. But over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten to know them and their reasons for racing via social media. There is a connection from all those shared training days, goals and aspirations.
  • I’m tired of the emotional up and down. One minute I think I have broken ribs and will be unable to race, the next I feel fine, the next the race changes. Stop! I want to get off!
  • Ironman Florida is a “crap shoot” for me. Rough waters, and my day may very well be over before it starts. And since I’d be racing, who knows what else might befall Ironman Florida before race day!

For Ironman Florida:

  • It represents the chance, if only a chance, to finish 140.6 miles this year. I’ve finished 70.3 this year. Another 78.6 doesn’t add much.ironman-florida

What Did I Choose?

I’ll let you know soon enough! Sometime before Saturday morning!

Whatever I choose, I know I am lucky. I have the ability to train for races like an ironman. The joy and satisfaction I get from training is well beyond race day. I’ve made friends who share the good and bad with me. They are on my side and I am on theirs. I’ve learned about myself and others. Finish or not, race long or short, I’ll be thankful!

Ironman for Good

In either Ironman North Carolina or Ironman Florida, I’ll be participating to benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

1 in every 3000 children are affected by neurofibromatosis (NF). NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities, and excruciating and disabling pain. NF is under-recognized and underdiagnosed yet affects more people than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease combined.  The Children’s Tumor Foundation funds critical research to find treatments for NF.

You can help in the fight against NF by making a donation.

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Ironman Part Deux? Celebrating My 60th

People celebrate turning 60 in many ways – a big trip, a family vacation, a spa day, a party with all their friends and family, a new car.  The  ways to celebrate are endless!!!! Me? I thought, why not try for a second Ironman?

Yep. Why not swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles all in the same day? Crazy? Sure. Read more. 

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Running on His Last Leg

Imagine. You are an athletic, fun loving 21 year old college student. Blackbelt in Karate at age 16. Surfer, swimmer, skier. There is nothing you can’t do – you feel invincible – on top of the world! You wake up one beautiful, sunny California morning and hop on your motorcycle to enjoy the wind in your face, lean your bike into the curves and feel the speed.

The next thing you remember is waking for a minute in a sterile, white room. After spending a month in a coma, over the course of days and weeks, you learn you were hit head-on by a large garbage truck. Almost every bone in your body broken.

Youth and invincibility replaced in a moment by unimaginable pain and despair. And ultimately loss of a leg.

That was Tim Hurst in 1981. This coming weekend, at age 56, Tim is running his 46th marathon in 43 states, on his quest to finish a marathon in all 50 states after turning 50.

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Learn more about Tim’s story.

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Over 50 Athlete – Runner Terrie Wurzbacher

Ever feel you are too old, too slow, or not athletic enough to take on a fitness challenge? Meet this week’s over 50 athlete of the week, Terrie Wurzbacher, 66. She felt all of those things. Despite these insecurities, two weeks ago, she became the oldest female runner to complete the Volunteer State 500k (314 miles) Road Race. Read her story.

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What’s on Your Challenge List?

I have to be honest. I lack discipline. I’ve never been good at doing the day to day things I’m supposed to. Cleaning up my room as a kid. Filling out expense reports as an adult. But I’ve always thrived on learning something new or taking on a new project. Let’s face it – I LOVE a challenge! I never gave that much thought until recently. Read about the benefits and ask yourself – what’s on your challenge list?

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