“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
The month of March was a slightly busy one. I went to Lake Louise to race in the Blitz 10km Snowshoe Race. Made awesome time on the flat but ran into trouble when we were heading up to mirror lake turn around point. With the elevation my asthma was causing me major issues. It got to the point where I thought I was going to pass out. I had to turn back. Didn’t want to run into any troubles being way out there. My amazing friend Danielle came back with me and I was grateful or her making sure I was OK. Took me awhile to get better once we got back. I had fun hanging out with her more that weekend. We never seem to get the chance and only see each other at races and the odd other event. Was a nice quick weekend away and was also great seeing the other girls as well.
For St. Patrick's Day I had a team come together and we headed out to West Bragg Creek for our X Warrior 5k Virtual Race. We got all decked out in our best St. Paddy's Day gear and had a great time hiking and doing the penalties along the way. The weather tried to mess with us with snow and fog the day before but that day the sun gods were with us and we had great weather for it. Was nice having everyone together again. We went to a new pub afterwards to celebrate the victory of finishing.
So just an FYI X Warrior has the Canada Day Virtual one again and I have a team setup for it. We will be going out to the mountains again. Will post team sign up link in upcoming races soon. Come join me and if you can’t still sign up and do it wherever you happen to be.
My boyfriend and I went back to Floatlife to float again and see if the experience would go any better. We decided to try a 90 min one this time and we more prepared on how we would feel and what to do ahead of time. We picked our different music this time and were more relaxed getting setup and headed in to our own private rooms. I gotta say the 90 mins went by so much faster. I was able to relax and probably fell asleep for part of it. My mind was able to calm down faster and I didn't have any anxiety this time. I knew I wasn't going to be forgotten in there and I was able to focus on me and my alone quiet time. If you have't tried floating you need to... it seriously helps the body relax and heal. Your muscles feel better and I seem to have much better sleeps afterwards. If you haven't tried it I seriously recommend going. Especially for recovery from hard workouts and runs.
So the new life adventures that are happening are that I have put my house up for sale and decided to make a major change and move back into the city. This winter that seems to never want to leave has been making my commutes into the city dangerous and long. I am tired of spending more money for things and being father away from my job, boyfriend, friends and the gyms I want to go to more. I started boxing and want to take more classes but winter has gotten in the way. Juggling life as a single mom has been having lots of challenges, but extremely grateful my parents are able to help be me when I can't be me for my son. My son is fed up with the current High School he goes to. He wants a change and to go somewhere for a fresh start, go somewhere where he can be more himself and go to a place that doesn't know his past and can’t bring it up. The kids he is with now seem to never drop anything and seem to not want to grow up at all. He wan'ts more independence and to get a part time job. He wants to have things to do then be stuck at home in a small town with no one worth hanging out with. Since we started this he has been a lot more happy and is making a bunch of new friends in the city already. Nice seeing him hang out with kids that are more like him, kids that are respectful, nice and you can have meaningful conversations with. So send us your positive house selling vibes our way so we can make this happen and he can start fresh in September in the new school.
So that brings me to now... My asthma has been in the crapper. I have had to stop running and try to get my asthma to settle down. With it being nice here and then winter comes back its been to up and down for me to keep my asthma under control. I haven't ran more the 3 km last week and on Sunday I have a 15 km race to do. I wanted to be able to run faster and have better times I was working on a training plan for my half marathon and I was getting there. Then this happened... this always happens. But then i started to look at this setback a little differently. Not so negative, sure I am not happy about it but I need to look after my health and I did. When I can, I can start adding in more longer runs. I am going to run this 15 km and my awesome friend Sandi is joining me. I am grateful for our time out there and couldn't ask for a better race partner. We will laugh, get angry and cry along the way but whatever happens we will finish it together no matter what... we always do. I also looked at the amount of km's have ran this year. I have ran 154 km so far since January 1st 2018. That is way more then I have ran this time last year so I might just surprise myself. But Whatever happens will happen and I won't beat myself up over the outcome. The main thing is I finished and tried to do the best that I could. I see my awesome boyfriend running and training hard for his first Marathon end of May and seeing him run thru crappy weather, pains and sickness. He helps motivate me and I know when I can I will be back out there too pushing thru things and getting my training runs in too.
I run for myself and also for those that can't for whatever reason. I have been given a gift of being able to run and I want to keep doing it despite getting frustrated with my lungs.
Asthma WILL NOT stop me!!
I have been busy and will be getting busier with upcoming races now and just hope, really hope that winter can finally go away so I can get back to running and hiking more outdoors. Oh and that my house sells too. haha ;) So keep your eyes open for new races and how to join me on some as well as race recaps. I also see my lung specialist beginning of May and hoping she will be able to help me out again and help get me back on track. 🤞🏻
Until Next Time...
I am a single mom with one son that has been living with asthma since I was 2yrs old. I also almost died three times due to severe asthma attacks! I don't let my asthma stop me from accomplishing new goals and living life to the fullest.
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