Saturday, March 12, 2016


goal is the desired result that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
It is roughly similar to purpose or aim, the anticipated result which guides reaction, or an end, which is an object, either a physical object or an abstract object, that has intrinsic value. (Wikipedia)

I started walking years ago
as a way to get outside in the fresh air
and get a bit of exercise.
To clear my mind
and have some alone time.


I walked through my entire cancer diagnosis, surgeries, and treatments.
Walking was a way for me to have control;
I didn't have control over losing my breast or hair
but, I had control over feeling sorry for myself-
for curling up in a ball and giving up or
getting off the couch and getting outside.

I started out slowly.
As the years went by, I began to add
mileage and speed to my walks.

A few years ago,
my Mother in law was in the deep, ugly depths
of Alzheimers;
my sweet and loving  husband
 became one of  the main decision makers
and caretakers.

It was hard.
It was stressful.
It was sad.
I used walking as a way to
escape and decompress.
I walked.
I prayed.
I cried.
I sang.
I was renewed.

Out in the fresh air
I could let it go.


One day a friend of mine asked if
I was interested in doing a half marathon.
No way! I can't run that far!
He encouraged me to just walk it.
So, I signed up and walked that 13.1 miles.

It was the beginning.

I wouldn't say it has become an addiction...
but,  it's close! Ha

I have done 4 half marathons since then 
and am signed up to do 2 more this year.
One I am even traveling to another state to do it in!


In 2015
 New Year resolutions
started circulating,
I decided to commit to participating in a 5k every month!
I am happy to say that I did it!

Even when visiting my daughter in Vienna, Austria:
I did a virtual 5k while my grandson, husband, and daughter
played in a park.
At one point,
my grandson who stopped to watch me
as I lapped around the park
asked me,
"granny are you racing?"
"Yes, I am!"
"are you winning?"
I laughed and said,
"why, Yes I am!"


I belong to three separate online running groups.
We challenge and support each other.

Because of one of the groups
I have committed to 
2,016 miles in 2016!


I have now moved on to 
longer walks
and can now run a complete 5k
without walking!
This is huge for me!

Little by little.
Step by step.
Mile by mile.
I have become stronger.


My youngest daughter texted me
a while back.
She wanted to know
about all these goals
and how I found out about these
She said she had seen my posts
on Facebook
and that I 'inspired' her!
I almost cried!
We never know who is 


Last week I participated in a 5k
with 4 of my friends.
We had to be at the Seattle Space Needle
by 5:30am.

Two of us ran it
and the other three 
walked it.
At the finish line
I discovered that I had 
run my fastest 5k 
and PR'd.
I still am not a fast runner
but, I always say:
"Faster than everyone sitting on their couch!"

Yes, I got up at 5 am
Run for Chocolate!


As far as long term goals.
I have one huge one.
I have decided I want to do a full marathon.
I picked a 'milestone' birthday
to complete it by;
which gives me
three more years
to actually get
this goal accomplished!

I have decided
by the grace of God,
I will do it.
I can.
I will.
I am determined.
Age ?
Yeah, I believe
that age...
 is only a number!



1 comment:

Laurel said...


I absolutely believe that You. Can. Do It.

I definitely need to make some walking goals. I need to get up off my couch and out into the rain (oh how i wish it were sunshine).