Barefoot Mama

"I started running barefoot in March 2008. I started one step at a time, one day at a time. I decided to start keeping a journal of sorts. Sharing my history, my journey and my adventures."

I have taken some new paths in relation to my running over the last year. This blog will still include my running adventures but I have to move on with more stories of my family and the journey we have taken together over the last year. This blog was started as a way to help me record my barefoot journey but now needs to become more than that. Please be patient as I explore ways to stay connected with family and friends.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A rainy Sunday afternoon here so I'm going to catch up on some blogging before the football game.
I took a 5 month break from the blogging world. Other than Facebook it seemed I had no time or no will to write. I was going through a stressful time in my life and instead of reaching out to my friends I withdrew into my own world. I'm like that. I would survive very well being a hermit.

I don't write about person issues very often but here goes. The first thing I have been dealing with is my "hormonal" issues. I have a chiropractor who I see about 1xmonth. More if I am doing more endurance racing than my body can handle. First some background; I had my tubes tied in 2003. I knew I would not have anymore children and it seemed the right choice for me. I don't know if that is what helped lead my body into early menopause, or like a handful of woman, it was just meant to be. I was only 39 years old when I stopped having a menstrual cycle. I was feeling very tired and worn out. So at a physical I had my blood tested. ( I also have had a history of anemia) The conclusion was that I was post-menopausal! WOW! So where were all the hot flashes and mood swings? Really? I guess my husband got off lucky! Anyway, now I have a 45 year old body whose insides think it is about 5-10 years older. I am taking a handful of herbal supplements to help and a natural hormone replacement. But when I compete or train hard it takes me longer to recover and my body needs more adjustments from my chiropractor and if I am training and not handling my stress levels well my whole body kinda goes to hell and says"hello, what r u doing?" That is what happened after my 50 miler. I thought I recovered nicely until about the end of May when I sort of fell apart physically and emotionally.

Now I'm back on the right track and headed in a better direction. I have took about 3 weeks of rest and many adjustments at the chiropractors office. I feel like I can now manage my stress. I also meditate when I can, but not as often as I want. I need to build in "me" time for just sitting and reflecting, and I actual need to keep a regular routine of physical activity. It doesn't need to be running. It can just be outside playing with the kids, biking, swimming, etc. Here are some nice pictures of me having both relaxing time and fun time.

Went to FunTown and rode the roller coaster!

Fishing at the Pond

Just laying in the hammock at the edge of the pond.

The stressful events of the last few months include but are not limited to: an 18 year old who was going to prom, graduating from high school and is now off to college (and I miss her very much and she is only 2 hours drive away; I have also learned how to Skype). I also was involved in my family's Relay for Life Team, for our 4th year. This year we raised over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society. And this year just prior to relay my aunt passed away. She had a long, hard fought battle with ovarian cancer. Other things that I will write about later are about our "move" from a 3000 sq ft. home to a 215 sq ft camper trailer. While still maintaining some kind of hold on a normal routine with 3 kids.  Kids adjust well to change and as my youngest stated a few days ago, "I liked living in the other house but I love living here,(in the camper), I feel like I'm home". All the tears I cried in private because I thought I was being a bad mom, because what am I doing to my kids? pity party... was all me and my worries. The kids are fine and they are loving our new digs and their new school. As my brother stated, "This will be another adventure for them. They will look back on this and say, remember the time when we lived in the camper?" Now we just have to start making some new memories and mamas gotta keep running and taking care of herself  :)

Barefoot Angie Bee: Toe yoga and stretching exercises for strong feet

Barefoot Angie Bee: Toe yoga and stretching exercises for strong feet

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Recordings of my events since April. (according to Athlinks)

Sixth Annual Lone Gull 10K Road Race: MA  9/16   7:09       44:30
Bradbury Bruiser: ME                                        9/9     9:48    1:57:45
Maine Lobster Festival 10K:  ME                      8/5     7:17      45:16
Peaks Island 5 Mile: ME                                    7/28   7:21      36:45
Bradbury Scuffle:  ME                                       7/15   8:43      52:21
Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50, 10K: MA       7/3     7:30      46:38
Bands on the Run - Half Marathon: ME            6/24   7:59    1:44:37
Peter Ott's 10K: ME                                           6/3     7:21       45:44 (COLD and Pouring Rain)
Pineland Farms Trail Canicross 5K: ME            5/27   8:56       27:47 (with my dog Zeke)
Pineland Farms Trail Barefoot 5K: ME              5/27   8:06       25:11
Pineland Farms Trail 50 Mile: ME                     5/27   11:40    9:43:28

I will write a bit about some of them later. A short review:  My first 50 Miler was pretty epic. A long weekend and lots of fun. Bradbury Bruiser and Bradbury Scuffle were trail runs hosted by the Trail Monster running group. Harvard Pilgram 10K, Lobster Fest 10K and the Lone Gull 10K were all New England Barefoot Runner meetups. Peter Ott's, Peaks Island and Bands on the Run were for the Crow Athletic team. The Trail runs I did with either my Merrell Pace gloves or VFF (including the 50 miler) and everything else was barefoot.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The rest of April....

I went to Kentucky to run the Kentucky Derby Marathon with a friend. My sister lives in Kentucky so it was a destination race of sorts. I was able to visit my family for a few days and run the marathon. It's hard to write all the details now. We went across the Ohio River and had lunch in Indiana. We also got to attend a hot air balloon festival. The balloons were HUGE!

I ran 13.1 miles of the marathon barefoot and then ran the last half with my VFF.  I got a marathon PR of 3:36:57! It was a flat course until about mile 11 and then it was a gradual uphill for 2 miles. We got to run through the grounds of Churchill Downs too. (at around mile 7?) There was another uphill 2 mile climb from mile 22-mile 25 or so. I remember that the asphalt was old  and what I call "pokey tar". I used this marathon as a training run. I needed to run a longer distance on my way to finishing my first 50 miler in May. 

Looking at Kentucky from Indiana
Hot Air Balloon Festival

Been away from my blog for awhile. Been going through some personal stuff that needed to be sorted out before I had energy to Blog. Alot has happened in 5  months. Stay tuned....more to follow, but I have to go for a swim and a run first. :)