I Won the Klean Athlete Oath Challenge!

A couple of months ago I found out about a company called Klean Athlete.  I was instantly attracted to their product line of safe nutritional supplements that support a healthy lifestyle.  I love this excerpt from their website:

“While the rest of the world sleeps in, you’re doing laps, putting on miles, improving your splits. You’re an athlete. And you deserve supplements that meet your unique nutritional needs safely and effectively. Bottom line is that Klean Athlete gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t. No yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, sugar, or starch. No artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring. Just safe nutritional supplements that support your healthy lifestyle and peak performance.” Klean

The company has an oath that anyone can take to “train smart, live healthy, and perform at their best.”  It sounded like my philosophy for staying healthy, so I took the oath and submitted my story to Klean Athlete.  Well, as a complete surprise, they selected me as the winner of their Klean Oath contest!  I am honored to be associated with this company and look forward to representing them at some of my upcoming races.

To me being a Klean Athlete is about living the healthiest lifestyle possible for me.  After receiving my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis last year, it became even more important to me and my family to take care of our health through the foods we eat, the supplements we take, and by maintaining a healthy exercise routine.  I am not an elite athlete, I am not even very talented in athletic endeavors (I hated running as a kid and did not play sports growing up), I don’t eat great all the time, and I often don’t get enough rest at night.  BUT what I can do is work to achieve a healthy balance throughout all aspects of my life for myself and my family.  Some weeks are good, some weeks we fall off the wagon.  It is the knowledge that living a healthy lifestyle ultimately pays off that keeps us persevering toward a Klean life.

“I am an athlete. I am committed to peak performance. I believe in smart training, healthy living and optimal nutrition. My results are mine, and mine alone. I am not just an athlete. I am a Klean Athlete!”

To read other inspiring stories or to take your own Klean Oath, head over to www.kleanoath.com.  And take a moment to check out www.kleanathlete.com and see how cool this company and its products are for yourself!

Marathon #8

Just a quick post to say I am back from my race.  It was a really fun weekend.  Unfortunately I did not hit my Boston Qualifying time.  I ran a 3:46:23, so I was 83 seconds away.  I’m still proud to have finished my 8th marathon, and 4th marathon since my MS diagnosis.  This is my second fastest marathon ever, so I can’t be disappointed in how I did, I gave it my all.

Am I bummed that I am not able to get online and register for Boston this week?  Absolutely.  Am I going to let this defeat me?  Absolutely not.  While I have running goals, dreams and desires, this is not everything in my life.  I have heard of 2 friends of a friend of mine, both recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and I have 2 work related friends fighting life battles now (one with brain cancer and one whose body is shutting down from multiple complications).  What great reminders to me that there are so many more important things in life than a time on a clock.

For now I will take time to rest and recover and trust in whatever God’s plan is for me.

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Heading Out to Marathon #8

It is hard to believe that it has already been a week since I broke my hand.  I got a hard cast put on, which, I suppose is a good thing just in case I fall again, (hoping this won’t be the case).  The cast is heavier than the splint I had on, and 26.2 miles is a long way to be lugging around any extra weight!  However, I am thrilled to be getting ready to toe the line at my 8th marathon this Saturday and will do my best to forget that I have a cast on.
Some things I have learned this past week:
  • it takes longer to do just about everything left-handed
  • it is hard to push a shopping cart with one arm
  • life’s day to do responsibilities still exist even when you don’t feel up to doing them
But, on the positive side. I have learned to appreciate how good I have had it all these years with 2 functioning arms.  I think about others who have to go through life this way and know that I have absolutely nothing to complain about.  This is just a minor bump in the road, no big deal.  I am practicing just slowing down, taking a deep breath when I get frustrated that I cannot open a jar or carry everything from my car into the house in one trip (why do I always have so much stuff to lug around?!).
In the midst of my broken hand drama, we have had some really great things going on in our family that I can’t wait to share with you in the next few weeks.  For now, I will be heading to Salt Lake City to run the Big Cottonwood Marathon on Saturday, hoping to finally get that Boston Qualifying time for 2014.  Nothing like waiting until the last possible minute…IF I hit my time I can register on Monday (possibly Saturday IF I run 5 minutes faster than my BQ time), IF there are any spots left and IF I am fast enough, I will get my dream of being in Boston again next April and celebrate my birthday by running the BEST marathon in the world.
Boston 2014
I won’t be posting this weekend, so if you are curious how I did, follow Miles and Trials on Facebook for updates and pictures of my weekend in Utah!

Not Your Typical Running Injury

I have some good new and some bad news.  The bad news is (I usually like to hear the bad news first to get it over with, don’t you?) I got injured on a run Tuesday morning.  The good news is that it does not affect my legs or feet, so I should be able to keep running, which is super huge to me seeing as my next marathon is in a week and a half.  And it is the race that I am hoping to qualify for Boston at since I so badly want to be back there again in 2014 after witnessing the explosions this past April.

So what happened?  Tuesday morning my hubby and I went out for an early morning run, it was going splendid, up until I tripped on a rock and went splat.  It was in the worst possible area, coming out of a tunnel that runs under a road and there is rough concrete and rocks jutting up everywhere.  I managed to land on just about every part of my body, both knees, shoulder, elbows, chin, and the worst of it on my right hand. knee

See the tunnel behind me that I had just run out of, and the rough terrain I landed on.

See the tunnel behind me that I had just run out of, and the rough terrain I landed on.

Thankfully, my husband was with me, he was right behind me so he must have had a wonderful view of me eating the concrete!  I was pretty shaken up and although I wanted to walk the remaining mile to our house, I kept getting dizzy and light headed every time I tried to stand up.  My hand definitely hurt, but I thought I had just jammed it and that it would be fine.  Rick went and got the car to pick me up, and I started icing all my hurting parts when we got home.  My hand started swelling up quickly, so I thought it would be best to go get it x-rayed to rule anything out.  I honestly did not think it was broken and even considered not getting it checked out when there was such a long wait at the urgent care.  Turns out it was a good thing I stayed since I did indeed break it.

5th metacarpal fracture

5th metacarpal fracture

As disappointing as this is (I have never broken a single bone until now!), I am grateful because it could have been much worse.  And the best news of all came when the orthopedic told me I could run the marathon next weekend!  Although my hand may give me some pain, I am still going to fly to Salt Lake next Friday and be at the starting line come Saturday for the Big Cottonwood Marathon.

Ever run in a hand cast?  Or seen someone running with a cast?