According to plan

Look at what came in the mail this week:

Wheeeeeee! Bib number and corral have been assigned. Let the party begin ūüôā

Less than 3 weeks to go until the Chicago marathon. I am so freaking excited. This will be my first long weekend away¬†without the¬†kids since Hawaii.¬†¬†That was more than a year ago. I love¬†my two mini-me’s¬†more than words can describe but sometimes a break from being “mommy” is needed.¬†I GET TO BE ME!! WOOHOOOO!¬†Plans are to fit in a lot of good eats, run 26.2 and have a whole lot of¬†fun.

So since my last post I have had several good runs (including fast tempos,  another 20+ miler and an 18 miler) and now..

I’ve decided to approach taper a little differently this time so that I still get recovery but I don’t go into complete chill mode. I want to rest enough so that¬†my legs and mind ready to run strong, but I also don’t want to forget how to do it. With that being said I will still go decently long this weekend followed by my usual weekly mix of easy and tempo runs and then a good step back the weekend before the race. This is the first really good training cycle I have had in a long time. So good that I¬†realllllllllly¬†wanted to run a local 5k on September 29th just to test pace/fitness but decided against it. It’s just too close to marathon time and there are lots of little short races around here in Oct/November that I can go run til I puke at. For now I ease up, foam roll, eat and sleeeeeeep. I am just hoping that this pays off!


Totally off topic I would like to share an update on my beautiful Mother in Law. Man, she is one tough woman. I am so inspired by her and have decided to once again share her latest journal entry. I hope you all don’t mind but it has a much stronger effect coming from her!

P/S She has decided to forgo wearing wigs as she said it gives her more of an opportunity to talk about Pancreatic Cancer with others. Doesn’t she look gorgeous?!

God’s unfolding plan!

JEREMIAH 29:11-13

¬†‚ÄúFor I know the plans I have for you‚ÄĚ, declares the Lord. ‚Äúplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.¬† Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen‚ÄĚ

Our plans have changed as they have often been changed in the past few months. We prepare for what we think is the next step and suddenly we have our course changed completely. Dan and I visited with a radiation specialist today. We went into the consultation with the mind set that this was not a road we wanted to travel. After listening to the Dr give every detail and squelch any rumors we may have heard from others (especially our oncologist). He said radiation has advanced so much even in the past few years that the side effects that previously existed, no longer were the case. He said the tumor would be precisely targeted and the radiation delivered at 9 different angles instead of delivering the entire¬† amount to one spot on the tumor. He had an acronym for it but I can’t remember it.¬†

I will discontinue chemo (Ha-le-lu-jah!!!) for the 6 weeks + and receive the radiation 5 days per week for 33 treatments. He convinced us that this was definitely the way to treat this inoperable tumor. He gave us the hope that was never given about the chemo. He believes it can eradicate the tumor.

Dan & I are excited about this option and are trusting in the Lord who,¬† ‚Äúplans to prosper¬†me and not to harm me, plans to give¬†me hope and a future.”

So we ask for your prayers in this new direction that has been presented to us. As always, I know “EVERYTHING UNFOLDS ACCORDING TO GOD’S PLAN!” I’m so thankful that I do not have to make my own plans about this matter or lean on my own understanding. I would really have a mess.

God is good, all the time!

Love to all, Kay


I have read this at least¬†20 times and it still makes me cry. Her positivity is contagious isn’t it? Please continue to pray for her (and the fam).¬†The road is long and will not be easy but as you can see she is a¬†FIGHTER!¬†She will be attending the purple strides 5k in Tulsa the same weekend I am running Chicago so I will be wearing purple in her honor. I can’t wait to see her be pushed across that finish line. Knowing that she can do it makes me want to work that much harder to gut out all 26.2 with every last ounce that I have in me.

Before I head out to grab a cup of coffee (it’s in the high 80s yet it seems appropriate because it’s “fall”)¬†and make my way home¬†I want to apologize for my lack of blog posts lately. I am still getting adjusted to my commute and crazy end of the year type stuff in the office. I will do my best to resurface in the next few weeks!!

Hope everyone is doing well. Keep training hard and I hope to see a lot of you soon!

It Ain’t Easy Being Cheesy. Chhheeeeeessseeeeeee

It ain’t easy being cheesy. Especially when it’s windy and the run sweat factor brings down the temp by at least 10 degrees. Yes there is such a thing as run sweat factor. It’s like wind chill but worse. OK, probably not worse but it felt like it yesterday.

Saturday’s Run

Met Stacey and Sharon at 6:30 at The Rock to get some early miles in before the rest of the crew got there. It was windy and chilly and it looked like it was going to rain. We got going and for whatever reason this run felt fast. Much faster than it was.

We finished 6.15 in 50 min. Average pace 8:07. 

That pace felt like a 6:30 to me. And I still had more miles to do. Ruh-roh Rorge.

We had a really big group show up yesterday! At least 30 people!! SO AWESOME. If you are in SD and ever want to run with us please let me know. We would love to have you. Oh, it’s free. No strings attached. Friends, running, prayer, food, fun.

We took off for the last leg of our run. 

6.05 miles in 53 min. 8:45 pace into a very mean headwind. Big boo. But good training right? I’ll keep telling myself that.

Total Saturday miles: 12.20 in 1:43. Overall average pace 8:26.

Sounds like a taper to me.

This weeks miles:

Sunday: 16 miles

Monday: Cross Train

Tuesday: 5.75

Wednesday: Cross train

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 12.20

Total Miles: 39.95

This Week:

I am going to focus on getting this old body of mine back on track. Lately every run has felt much more difficult than usual. Not sure why but we all go through these phases. Every run is not easy. Every run it not fast.

So…Today rest, Monday easy, Tuesday speed work, Weds cross train, Thursday 5 mile race (am going to run it as a tempo run), Friday rest, Saturday 10ish miles.

I am so very happy that I have a short week at work, get to wear jeans (say what?) and get to have a big, awesome feast with my family on Thursday (after we all run). Woooohoooo!

What are your plans this week? Do you have time off? Running? Eating? Hibernating?



T-t-t-taper. And last day to enter the giveaway!


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I have been exhausted, I have felt defeated, I have overcome, I have laughed, I have cried, pretty sure I have cursed (SORRY MOM). When¬†I see others out¬†running 22 milers with a smile I¬†wonder if I look like I am dying.¬†And then I get a text and call from THIS GIRL checking on me to give me encouragement and keep me going. She told me I could do it and that I’ve got it.¬†And I run¬†one more mile.¬†That is freaking AWESOME. Thank you FRIEND!!!!

Sunday: 16 miles (brutal, no music, hilly, headwind)

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5.75 miles (3.25 miles, core, 2.5 miles)

With less than 3 weeks til Vegas it is time to scale back. OH THANK HEAVEN!!!! Is anyone else feeling super happy to be going into taper mode??

I will cut back to about 70% of weekly miles this week, then down to about 50% the last week and a half. Those words are music to my ears. I know many runners hate taper but I love it. I need the time to recover mentally and physically. I need this time to feel good again and strong. I do NOT want to go into marathon #4 with lead legs. I want to feel happy and confident and pretend like it’s a 5k…oh wait…

Tell me: Do you have an upcoming marathon/half/15k/10k/5k? Do you love/hate taper?

– Love it

Are you running on Turkey Day?

– Yes, my entire family runs a turkey trot in Oceanside! It is sooo fun!



Like it or not, time to taper.

Today’s workout: 25 min spin intervals, 3 mile run, core.


Even if I didn’t want to taper I do not have a choice. I had a follow up¬†with Dr. Magic Man this morning¬†and he said the foot needs rest. He prescribed interval training for the rest of the week and ok’d¬†a 9-10 miler¬†on Saturday as long as there is no pain. And when he says no pain, he means not even an¬†ache. When I asked about trying a tempo run on Thursday he flat said no. Not even maybe, just no. Total slave driver I tell ya (read: thank goodness he is a good doc or I would probably ignore him).

Since the law was being laid down today I was also told no more running in the Vomeros. WAIT. WHA??? You heard right. No running in the Nikes. Apparently my feet are not on the same page as the rest of my bod. My right heel was out, my right arch was out and I was all kinds of jank. I can slowly introduce them post RNR rest if I would like, but right now he have me a BFN (big fat NO).

Although I got a whole lotta NO today, it was a productive appointment. I just hope I have enough done to be ready for RNR. Interval training is not easy so if anyone wants to join me for major cardio this week let me know.


Per the request of the fabulous ROSE RUNNER I will not yet discuss this

Lady Gaga says that Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg were nervous to ask her to star in their '3-Way' skit on 'Saturday Night Live.'

But after today no promises so everyone go get caught up on SNL!


IMPORTANT REMINDER (I am talking to you Chacha):

The bachelorette premiers tonight! Get the popcorn ready for lots of abs and drama!