Survive an attack, register for a marathon

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Walking

Makes sense to me…… Get really sick, spend time in the hospital, come home exhausted and depressed, and then immediately sign up to do a 26.2 mile foot race. But then again I’m probably not your typical chronic lunger. After finishing my 8th marathon back in 2011, I had basically shrugged off the notion of […]

Plan B

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Yesterday I completed my final “test” walk in a series of trial walks that started a month ago to see if training for a future marathon might be doable. The plan was to do the Portland marathon this October ( my 3rd time) and then hopefully obtain a qualifying time to enter Boston in 2014 […]

Boston 2011 Race Report

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They don’t call it the best marathon in the world for nothing , and this year was no exception. The weather was near perfect and the spectators and volunteers outdid themselves. The moment I entered athletes village and the disabled athletes staging area early Monday morning, my worries and stress about the race just melted […]

Disappointed, but still finished faster than last year:-)

Posted on 19 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Race Reports, Racewalking, Walking, walking events, Walking Injuries

I was on well on my way to setting a personal best, when at mile 21, I slipped on some wet paper cups, did a full summer salt, cut my finger open and tore a ligament in my knee. It took me almost 2 hours in excruciating pain to limp the last 5 miles of […]

Boston or Bust!

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, asthma awareness, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, Severe asthma, Walking

So in just a few hours Bib# 21619 is off to the Boston area to take another stab at the mother of all foot races. Monday morning I will attempt to finish my 3rd Boston marathon in a row and my 8th full marathon since starting this incredible fitness journey 5 years ago. May not […]

Training Complete!

Posted on 15 CommentsPosted in Asthma & Exercise, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Inspiration, Marathon Training, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, training progress, Walking, Walking Injuries

Taking a short break during an 18 miler on the Golden Gate bridge to mug for the camera. Rather than rehash what Ive already been documenting on Dailymile for the last 4 months, I’ll just cut to the chase. I’ve successfully completed ALL of my training for my 3rd Boston marathon, BUT I’m not feeling […]

Boston training… off to a rough start

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, San Francisco, training progress, Walking, Walking Injuries

I knew that jumping into a marathon training regime on the heals of a methadone detox wasn’t gonna be easy, and boy was I right. These first few weeks have been really tough and I haven’t even gotten into the longer distances yet. It’s bad enough that Ive had to shorten my training schedule to […]

Third time’s a charm

Posted on 10 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Team Wheezy, Walking

Not sure the title of this post applies, since Ive already succeeded at this two times already, but it has a nice positive ring to it and it puts me in a good mood. So after months of contemplation and a series of decent test walks , Ive decided to take a 3rd shot at […]

Dead Last

Posted on 13 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, Race Reports, Walking, walking events

Got my finishers certificate and the official results book for the 2010 Boston marathon in the mail today. Out of the 23,177 people who started the race, only 22,721 actually finished it. And yours truly has the distinction of being the 22,721st person to cross the finish line. In other words…. I finished the race […]

Lessons learned from Boston/

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Exercise&Fitness, Marathon walking, Nebulizer treatments, People, Places and Events, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone)

It’s been just over 2 weeks now since I did the Boston marathon, and except for today, which I can’t blame on the marathon, Ive managed to stay pretty healthy. That hasn’t always been the case right after a big race. Looking back on how things played out on Boston weekend, I think the strategy […]

Boston to Big Sur

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Friends/Bloggers, Inspiration, Marathons, People, Places and Events

Francis, for completing the Boston to Big Sur Challenge this past Sunday. These 2 wonderfully nutty people, along with a couple hundred other crazy people, ran BOTH the Boston marathon in Massachusetts AND the Big Sur marathon in California just 6 days apart. Two tough marathons in less than a week on opposite sides of […]