Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A Difficult Decision and some Inspiration

Happy Hump Day folks. 

I'm sorry I am late in posting my pictures from my cross training workout.  Tom and I did the following exercises for 1 minute, with a 10 second rest in between x 3 sets.

Our arms were super sore jello when trying to type sore.  We will do a repeat every Sunday from now on when the weather permits. :-)  I think we'll have some more participants next week which will make it super fun.

Monday brought a very difficult decision for me.  My baby girl has been getting worse over the last month in terms of losing weight and a facial abscess.  After 16 years and being a constant companion to me,  I had to do the unthinkable and send her to kitty heaven.  The vet agreed it was for the best, but it was so difficult.  We all know the unconditional love that are pets give to us and if I could have kept her around forever I would have!  I know she is running up curtains and trees with a new lease on life! xoxox

What do we do when we have had a hard time?  WE RUN!!!  So that is what I did.  On Tuesday, it was beautiful here and I took my running clothes to work for a run at lunch.  It was exactly what I needed.  Then when I got home, I did another run with the group...and it cleared my mind again. 

Tonight was week #2 of training with the Organ Grinders (the transplant athletes).  Each week, these individuals inspire me.  I cannot even begin to imagine how it feels to have your chest ripped open to replace a heart or lungs.  They face struggles that we cannot even imagine. Many are on extra vitamins and constantly need to be aware of any germs that might be present.  Tonight I learnt that when you have a heart transplant, the nerves do not get connected back to it like before the surgery.  This causes your body/brain to be slow in recognizing when you have pushed yourself to hard in physical exercise.  As an athlete, they need to recognize their limits and let us know!  I was speaking to them tonight as my mantra appeared in Canadian Running magazine and I asked them what theirs were.
Mine is there on the left hand side near the bottom.  I didn't even realize
it until J text me and asked why I hadn't mentioned it.  LOL
The group is a true inspiration.  If they can go through the illnesses they have and to pull through and be training for a competition, then I can darn well run my training miles.  Who cares if I hurt....walk darn it....but do not give up!!!

I know I haven't mentioned my triathlon training recently and that's because I honestly have not hit the pool or the bike recently.  Time seems to be flying by.  I need to make a concentrated effort to get back into the groove.  Yes my goal is to simply finish on June 1st, but I need to know I did some training for it and didn't give up!  I will not give up!!!

I hope each of you has pushed yourself this month and are meeting the goals you set for yourself!  If not, there is still time to push your only takes a second to take that chance!!!


  1. Poor Tia :( sorry to hear. I love how your tweet appeared in Canadian running!

  2. I'm sorry about your cat. I remember being devastated when we had to put our dog down one summer when I was in highschool. I even took the day off of work! I'm glad you got some running in; i really does help things like this!

    What are "windshield wipers"?

    1. Windshield Wipers are: you lie on your back, put your feet up to the ceiling and your arms out to the side. now lower your legs to the right side, then back up...repeat on the left side.

  3. I'm so sorry about your kitty. I know how hard it is to put a pet down, but sometimes it's necessary. You gave her a good, long life.

    It's cool that your tweet was published! You're famous!

  4. So sorry about your cat, Court:( I hate to imagine the day I would have to do that to Mags:'(
    SO cool that you got in the magazine!

    1. Thanks Girl. I just keep telling myself she lived a great life with me. I still have her sister here to remind me of her every day!