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 Why I Run

By:  Lisa Frost

It’s plain and simple. I was never a runner. If it involved running, sweating, breathing hard—I went the other direction. As life evolved, I realized that my family and I suffered from different diseases such as diabetes and congestive heart failure. One day I took a different perspective on life. I realized that my family is in heaven and it’s just myself and my daughter. I desire to live a long and healthy life for her. I will beat the odds against diabetes. I desire to be a fit, fabulous, and a healthy mom! I confess in Jesus name that my daughter will not lose her mother to diabetes!

My journey began with a trip to Urgent Care, which could have possibly ended in a hospital admission. The doctor explained how high blood sugar could lead to coma or even death. I knew this already because I had experienced a diabetic coma and almost lost my life. If that were the case, my daughter would now be in this world without any immediate family. I had to make a change for the sake of my daughter, Elisabeth. I had to make a change NOW!

I didn’t have any fancy runner gadgets or fancy running gear, but what I did have was the determination and desire to run for my health, my life, and my child. I put one foot in front of the other and BELIEVED! So, I started ‘Walk B4 U Run’ with a local running group (Black Girls RUN!). Running has helped me decrease my insulin dosage and lose a few pounds. Needless to say, I am proud of myself. This gave me the motivation to do more!

Now, I have a passion to run! I am motivated to keep running. Running has opened many doors that have been shut for several years of my life. Because of running I now enjoy Pilates, hiking, and aerobics…just to name a few—but most importantly a new, healthy lifestyle. These were all activities that I never had a passion for. I now celebrate the benefits of running to improve my health.

I completed my ‘Walk B4 U Run’ program with a feeling of accomplishment. I can’t even explain how I felt crossing the finish line! The best thing about running is the universe opened up and delivered an amazing group of women in my life. Women who are positive, motivating, encouraging, and living healthy lifestyles.

Now I buy running apparel, run magazines, and gadgets that are simply amazing. I used to say, ‘I don’t like to sweat. I don’t have time’—but I know I need running for my health and that makes me a better and healthier person. I have achieved so much and have received medals and certificates that I now display proudly to let the world know I AM A RUNNER!!!!

 

“I run for my lungs.

I run for my heart.

I run for sexy calves.

[I run to wear cute Bondi Bands]

I run for fresh air.

I run to organize my thoughts.

I run to race.

I run to get away…

I run in the morning.

I run at night.

I run for goals.

I run alone.

I run in company.

I run to move forward.

I run to be in the moment.

I run for the cute shoes

that hide my beat up feet.

I run to sweat.

I run trails, I run roads.

I run on good days

and I run through the rough ones.

I run to be the strongest healthiest version of me.”

 

Congratulations Lisa on being one of our Bondi Band Ambassador #WhyIRun Contest winners! Your story is so inspiring! Keep running and sharing with the world Why You Run!

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Family, Food, Football–A House Divided

*peeks in and looks around*

Whew! I had to wait a few days and recover from the holiday/Iron Bowl Weekend before I posted.

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On Thanksgiving morning, I was so excited about heading to Montgomery (aka The Gump) to spend time with my HB’s family. After the recent passing of one of his favorite Uncles, that was just what the doctor ordered. It’s the little things. We figured on the way out we’d grab some Chick-fil-a, but of course they were CLOSED! I always want Chick-Fil-a when they are closed, which is usually Sunday’s. Womp! I think that’s a mind game they play with us loyal customers. Anyhoo…we found some grub and kept it moving!

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mifamiliaI was so excited to see everyone! There’s nothing like family–and this is not all of us!

 

BGR! BIRMINGHAM MEETS BGR! MONTGOMERY….

Since I was in The Gump, I figured I should meet up with Black Girls RUN! (Montgomery Chapter) to “Preserve My Sexy”. You know ya girl had to work off all that dressin’ and pecan pie. This was my first run since the Magic City Half. It was a great, chilly morning for a post-Thanksgiving I-Already-Ate-The-Turkey Trot! I was given a mini-tour of downtown Montgomery thanks to my lovely Soror/BGR-MGM Ambassador, Cecily!

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mooRan past the MOOseum and look who I ran into?

(Alabama Cattlemen’s Association)

 

 thanksgivingIt was such a beautiful morning!

bgrmgmGreat run with the ladies of BGR!

neatpw1Game Ready! Decided to pull out my Phillip Lim for Target sweatie, found here.

THEN THERE’S FOOTBALL…

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You can’t have an Iron Bowl Party without good eats! There was SO MUCH food! Everything was delish! My HB seriously makes the best pasta ever. I’m working on him to see if I can share the recipe! :)

jezzybrowniesMy infamous Slutty Brownies, found here, made an appearance. Please excuse how they look…that’s how they got their name! *wink* I made TWO pans and they didn’t stand a chance.

unnamedA few of the cousins. They are always talking trash! They are Michigan fans. Go Blue!–I guess…

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Let me just say, if you are an Alabama fan in this family, you are totally outnumbered! I didn’t see that win coming, but…Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers…Roll Tide and Go Blazers!

I’m Only Half Crazy!

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I have been preparing for my second (really third) half marathon since the summer. Okay, let me explain.  I added the Magic City Half Marathon, part of the Ruben Studdard celebration weekend, to my schedule to give myself a challenge. And, who doesn’t love bling? My coach-runner-Kenyan friend (and yes, we joke about this), who is an incredible runner might I add, encouraged me to “up” my mileage and get out of my comfort zone. I’m also surrounded by my awesome, BGR “Sole Sisters” who are the best motivators ever! It’s nice to have people that support and believe in you and your potential. My training put me very close to where I needed to be to run a half, so just like that–I signed up! Besides, it’s right before Thanksgiving which is a great way to prepare for chicken/turkey & dressing (not stuffing), macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pie, and all the other yumtastic goodness!

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 Since my Run Disney Princess Half Marathon training is provided by Olympian a.k.a. “America’s Coach”, Jeff Galloway, I decided to implement his plan into my summer training. After few crazy on/off weeks, I was able to pick back up where I left off. His training plan is designed to keep runners healthy and injury free. It even includes cross training (if you wish and I encourage) and an easy walk on the Friday before your long run. For long runs, the Run-Walk-Run method works great for me because my body is not as tired and I recover much faster than I ever did before. I also love this plan because it makes the task ahead seem more achievable. You ignore that voice inside your head that tells you–you can’t, because your heart says otherwise. You feel like you can conquer the world! Okay…maybe that’s a stretch after a 13 miler. I just want a shower, some ice (scared of ice baths…I’m just not there yet), compression socks, iPad, couch, and my Snuggie! I do, however, LOVE that feeling of accomplishment once I’m done. I look forward to seeing my progression over the next few months.

Here’s a little bit about The Galloway Method.

JEFF GALLOWAY’S RUN-WALK-RUN METHOD

Short walk breaks, when taken early and regularly, will restore resiliency to the main running muscles and extend their capacity at the end of the run, plus ease fatigue, speed up recovery and more!

  • Restore resiliency to the main running muscles before they fatigue.
  • Extend the capacity of the running muscles at the end of the run because you are shifting the workload between the walking and the running muscles.
  • Virtually erase fatigue with each early walk break by keeping your pace and effort level conservative in the early stages.
  • Allow those with some types of previous injuries to train for marathons without further injury.
  • Allow runners to improve 10 to 40 minutes in their marathon compared with running continuously.
  • Speed up recovery from each long run.

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I love running because it truly challenges me for the better. I’m able to push beyond my limits, set new goals, bask in accomplishments that prepare me for the next level. The key is to remain CONSISTENT, no matter where you are on the journey. It’s your journey, your pace, your race.

30 Days of Thankfulness

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For the past few years I’ve seen the 30 Days of Thankfulness challenge shared on social media. This year I decided I was going to participate for the entire month of November, not just a few days here and there like I normally do.

How It Works: Each day in November post about something or someone you are thankful for. For example: Facebook–post a status, Twitter–post a tweet, and Instagram–post a textgram. You can use the #30daysofthankfulness hashtag on all three media sites so you can view what others have posted as well. And don’t worry if you’re not social media savvy or if you just don’t want to go that route–you can share with someone close to you or write it down.

I’ll start it off…

Day 1: I am thankful for new beginnings!

See…it’s that easy!

Day 2: I am thankful for the ability to walk and run.

Today I participated in my first Vulcan Run 10K! I was so excited about running it since I signed up, but on last week, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to participate. I had oral surgery this past Monday and I knew that me being out in the air would be a possible no-no. I almost gave up all hopes and dreams until next year until my doc gave me clearance, but told me to listen to my body. My HB asked, “Why don’t you just walk it?” I did a test run Thursday to see how I felt and I figured maybe I could do just that.

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Ready for the race!

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My Sole Sisters and I at the race! I even got a picture with Vulcan!

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I was so excited when I got home from the Vulcan Run and found my Black Girls RUN! Sweat With Your Sole Virtual 5K/10K medal in the mail! Every girl loves bling! I feel like a winner! ;-)

Now, let’s keep the ball of thankfulness growing! Here is why I chose Day 2 for my #30daysofthankfulness:

I had oral surgery Monday and thought I wouldn’t be able to run this morning. It has been hit or miss with pain/discomfort. I started the 30 Days of Thankfulness and reminded myself that running AND walking is something we often take for granted. I saw a man around his 70′s/80′s out there pushing through to finish that 6.2. I’m like wow…he’s out here doing it, I can do it too! I completed my 10K and hit a PR goal–even with discomfort. I wasn’t feeling my best, but I gave it all I had today and finished! For every milestone great or small there are so many others who wish they could do the same. So I’m gonna add my 6.2 miles to the books, take these meds, relax, and thank God that I had the opportunity to do it all over again! #Isaiah4031