Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Come Potty With Me In Chicago! Opps! I Mean Run With Me! Sorry, Did I Say Runs? I Meant...Oh Never mind. Just Donate Please!

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One of my New Year's resolutions is to do more service for others. Running the Chicago Marathon will not be a new experience for me, but fundraising for charity is! 

I could have picked from lots of charities to raise money for, so why did I choose to run for Team Challenge? As a runner, potty talk is a part of normal conversation. We usually joke about the discomfort of having to use the bathroom when no bathroom is in sight or not making it to a bathroom in time!
During a marathon, you will see at least one spectator holdong a sign that reads "DON'T POOP YOUR PANTS!" To the 1.6 million Americans living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, this is no laughing matter. The pain, the discomfort, the "accidents", and surgeries are real life. Everyday.

Help me fight the stigma, raise awareness and funds to find a cure!

You can donate HERE!


Angie 💓

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. And His Legacy Of Love.

When I was in 5th grade I had to do a report on someone I admired. I chose Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I remember taking a shoe box and making a pretty good diorama of the outside of room 306 of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated. Looking back now, I don't know why I chose that scene, but I do know that from an early age, my siblings and I were taught that Dr. King was a great man and someone to be admired and I have looked to his teachings in times of anger, hurt, and injustice as a way to find a better way to cope with things that feel unfair.

In the past few weeks I have had to really remember those teachings and try to cling to the message of love he shared with us all. When we feel betrayed, wronged or wounded, it is easier to hate than to love. It can feel impossible to "turn the other cheek" and "love thy neighbor" when you really want to give them a nice punch to the throat, but Dr. King has shown us that it can be done, we just need to have the courage to do it.

Today as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., let's all try to show love, kindness and compassion to all people, even those we struggle with. disagree with or have bad feelings towards. Remember what Dr. King said: "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."

Friday, January 13, 2017

I Can't Get Motivated Y'all! HELP!

Listen, we all get down in the dumps once in a while and have to have a pity party now and then, but this is different. If you suffer from depression, PTSD, Trauma or other mental health issues, getting motivated to just go to work or do simple household things can seem overwhelming let alone getting the motivation to run?

The worst part is, while there has been great strides taken in eliminating the stigma for mental health issues, there is still a HUGE stigma surrounding it and what triggers one person to implode, may seem silly or insignificant to someone not suffering. The same trigger can cause unbearable grief and in extreme cases suicide in others.

As some of you may know I suffered a tremendous loss when Bart left me suddenly (him having a new girlfriend within 72 hours sent me into a VERY dark place). I have had a very hard time, not only emotionally (because I loved him so much), but physically, and though we are trying to remain friends, I am still having a hard time letting go of the pain and anger and I have just not felt like running.

I think it is a mental thing as a lot of my running in the last year centered around Bart and I, and while I have wonderful memories with him, right now running just makes me miss him more and I get REALLY sad. Telling me "it's his loss" or "get over it" is not what works. Believe me, I wouldn't wish my pain on anyone right now. If I could get over it that easily, I would.

Running was once something that saved me from getting depressed and sadness at times, motivated me to to work hard to achieve my goals, but this has taken a serious toll. I have not run more than 5 miles since we split up.

I NEED to get motivated. I NEED something to get me out the door in the cold, snowy weather. One thing I have to look forward to is the Boston Marathon in April. The other is the Yeti 100 in September. Both of these will require some training if I want to do well, so getting motivated to run is key here. 

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How I have felt about running lately.

Luckily, I haven't just been sitting on the couch eating Bon Bons. I have been going to the gym every day and recently started taking Yoga classes at work.

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Taking Yoga is not only helping with my strength and flexibility, but helping me quiet my mind. 

My peach of a friend Robert Merriman sold me a like new treadmill for $50! I have run on it a few times, but 3 miles is about my limit on a treadmill.

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Posing on my new treadmill!

So, I am in a pickle. God let Spring get here fast! I need to get my mojo back! If you all have any suggestions, please share them. I NEED help!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

What an emotional year 2016 has been for almost everyone. Whether it's been the Presidential election, the many shocking celebrity deaths, or any personal issues that have made us sad (or happy), it is safe to say 2016 has been crazy!

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I have been trying to write my 2016 year in review for the past week. Most of 2016 was the best year of my life, full of the most wonderful memories. So wonderful in fact, I am having a difficult time reliving them without completely falling apart. Running has always been therapeutic for me, but right now there is a lot of pain connected with it. I hope with a little time, I can get excited about it again.

So instead of a 2016 year in review, the best I can do is to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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In 2017, let's look forward!  I have a lot great running, friendships and fun to look forward too! 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Wow! What a crazy holiday season this has been. I won't lie, It has been a really tough one. I didn't think it was possible to shed such an abundance of tears without dying of dehydration. When the people you love the most are gone, either by death, distance or choice, it can make the holidays very sad. To say I miss my parents, my sister and Bart is an understatement, but one thing I have learned is how blessed I am for good friends. Thank you to all of you that reached out to me. Your outpouring of love, help and support has lifted me up and pulled me out of a really dark place. I still have my moments, but I now know that even though life can seem unbearable at times, life is beautiful.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! I have not been on social media much, with the exception of posting a few photos via Instagram, so if I missed something important, I am sorry. I will try to catch up with what is going on after the holidays, but for now, I hope everyone has a holiday season full of love, laughter and friendship! I hope to see you at a race soon! ❤💓

We had a white Christmas!

Zoe loves the snow!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My Beautiful Time With Bart Yasso.

Due to the messages I have received about Bart, I think it is time to set the record straight. It is with a very heavy and a very, very broken heart that I tell you that Bart and I have split. This was not something that either of us wanted to happen. We love and care for each other very much, but living 2,000 miles apart makes it difficult to sustain a relationship and neither of us is in a position to move right now, but we will always be in each other's lives as great friends.

Dating a celebrity like Bart is tricky. When we did see each other he was usually working, which I didn't mind, but it does put pressure where generally there is none. One thing I will miss is spending down time with him at his home in Pennsylvania. I loved it there and will miss it.

While I am deeply hurt and heartbroken by our split, I have nothing but love, respect and admiration for Bart. He has been very, very good and generous to me while we were together. He took me to places I had never been and showed me the best 50th Birthday a girl could ever have and I never felt unloved. I will always be grateful for the beautiful time we had together. I will always love him and be his friend and biggest champion.

I will look back on our relationship fondly. We never fought, we enjoyed each other and we had so much fun together. I already miss him greatly. He is a good man.

Thank you Bart for the most wonderful time together. I will always love you and hope that when our paths cross again, I will have stopped crying and you will still be happy to see me. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Thankful 13 Half Marathon! Gobble Gobble!

Every Thanksgiving for the last four years, I have earned my dinner by running the Thankful 13 half marathon. This year was extra cool as I got to pace the 2:30 pace group with another great lady named Jane. I was happy as this was a nice easy pace after running the Route 66 Marathon 4 days earlier.

Another reason it was cool, as I somehow suckered my BFF Rob to run it too! This would be his third half marathon this year! I was pretty proud of him for getting out and trying new and hard things. He has done great!

RYR Pacers at the start of the Thankful 13!

Every year since I can remember, the weather at this race has been FREEZING, but this year while cold at the start, the weather warmed up to a very comfortable 50ish degrees! Perfect for running.

We are ready to pace! (Photo credit: Rob Benson)

This course is what I like to call an honest course, meaning it does not drive you up a mountain and let you run down, letting gravity do a lot of the work. This course runs about 8 miles on the Jordan River Parkway, with the  rest run along the neighboring streets. The course is flat with quite a few rolling hills thrown in, which can make it a little more challenging for people used to running our many downhill courses.

The scenery is beautiful with mountain views, ponds and wildlife.

These horses looked majestic as they ran down the hill settling here. (Photo credit: Rob Benson)

The mountains looked beautiful with the snowfall we had the day before! (Photo credit: Rob Benson)

Pacing is fun!

Jane and I had a fun group!

13.1 miles done!

Jane and I came in right on pace!

We did it! Where is the pie?

After I finished, I waited to see Rob finish, then we had some hot chocolate and pumpkin pie before heading home.

Me with a cute Turkey!

I made my friend Rob be the Turkey! Ha Ha!

I am strong!

The medal was so cute!

So was the shirt!

With all the food consumed on Thanksgiving, it is nice to have a race longer than a 10K to start the day in a calorie deficit! The Thankful 13 does it right, so if you are ever in Salt Lake City over Thanksgiving, this half marathon is a must do!