I’ve been so fortunate in my life. I am the 2nd of 4 kids. I was raised by wonderful parents who took me to church, and provided for me and my siblings. The oldest daughter died when she was three. I have two younger brothers.

My mother died at the age of 40 from pancreatic cancer. I was 17. My brothers were 14 and 12. We were all devastated, but we knew Mama was in Heaven.

My dad started dating after Mama died. My mother had told Daddy if he remarried to make sure his new wife loved us kids. Daddy met Margie at a Hospice widows & widowers meeting. Margie’s 1st husband had died from a brain tumor. They married about 1.5 years after Mama died.

My brothers and I gained a new Mom and two older brothers! Mom loved God, my daddy and us! Mama and Mom were both wonderful Christian women! They were both loving women and precious to all of us.

My dad died about 8 years ago from a massive stroke.

My mom had a nasty fall almost a year ago. She was doing well. About 4 weeks later, she took a turn for the worst and died after a month in the hospital.

I thank God for these two women! I also thank God that my mother-in-law is still here with us. She has always loved me like her own. She raised three good men and has 5 precious grandkids.

I thank God for all these people who have been a part of my life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them!

Happy Mothers Day!

Running my 3rd 5K

May 8, 2014

My 10 week Couch-to-5K program culminated with the Swamp Rabbit 5K in Travelers Rest, SC, on Friday, May 2nd. There were 5000+ registered, but not all of those folks ran. Thank goodness. It was my 3rd 5K. I’ve never run with so many people.

The race had a number of hills, which I walked for the most part. The last 3/4 of the race was on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. It was more humid than I expected, but there were so many people that you couldn’t feel the breeze if there was one.

I have to complain. I’m assuming that many people don’t know the correct etiquette when running. Don’t even talk to me about people with strollers and young kids. Oh I can’t forget the groups of two & three who thinks it’s ok to run beside each other.

The Swamp Rabbit Trail is only about a single lane wide. One mom pushing a stroller was in the middle of the trail pushing her stroller out to the right of her. It was difficult to try and pass her.

I don’t think I’ll ever do that race again for the above reasons.

The good things about the race? I wanted to finished at 40 minutes or less. I did it in 39:40! So happy and proud of myself!

I started today running up a hill and walking back down. My hubby, who was a great runner 20 years ago and is my “coach”, told me this would help when I run a race that has hills and will help increase my running speed. I need help with both. So I did that for about 30 mins this morning. Yes, I’m still sore this afternoon.

Later y’all!