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I ran a Half Marathon and I hope to do it again!!!

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So it has been a while since I posted anything besides outfits. Medically, things seem to be getting worse. I decided to run the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon on May 18th and it was awesome. The race started out very well until mile 10, my left hip began to hurt and I walked parts of the last 3.1 miles. I had a great goal for that race but being in pain made it very difficult. I did however, ran this race a few minutes faster than the last time I ran.

After the race, my family and I came home and took an epic nap before showering and going out to celebrate. Looking back now I am more than happy that I did the race. My oldest daughter pulled me aside after the race and told me that she was very proud of me. She made a point of telling me that she was glad that I fought through the pain and ran despite it all. I obviously almost cried after she told me. I am now more dedicated to getting stronger medically so I can keep on running. My kids make my life worth living and knowing that I am setting a good example keeps me going.

The fibromyalgia diagnoses has been sort of a relief but it still sucks. The last few weeks have been rough, I have had several flare ups and that he made I harder for me to get anything done. My left hip hurts so much that I now limp but that didn’t stop me from going to the gym. I spent some time on the elliptical and treadmill. I am going to start getting weekly full body massages because I know that are needed. I also take some medications to help with the flare ups but they don’t always work that well.

A friend recently referred me to an organization that works on helping people with chronic pain. I am going to contact them next to see how they can help me get things under control because I hate not being able to work, play or sleep…yes, I rarely get a full night’s sleep. Last night was especially bad, I laid in bed and tried several positions to get comfortable but nothing worked. I finally fell asleep around 4:30 just to be woken up my little diva at about 8. Did I try to go back to sleep? Yes, I did but it didn’t work. I am just so tired of it all, I have been dealing with all this for over 7 years and it appears to be getting progressively worse and that’s not good at all.

I truly hope that my weekly massages, and involvement with the pain management group will bring me some relief. Well, I need to get going. I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend, don’t forgot to thank a veteran because we were once willing to give our lives so that we can all enjoy our many freedoms.

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Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is a great idea in theory because it is a day designated to celebrate moms. Growing up in Sierra Leone I don’t remember celebrating Mother’s Day. My family is about 90% Jehovah Witnesses and maybe 10% Muslims. All I can remember is that I had a great “mom”, I am using quotation marks because the lady I called “mom” for the first part of my childhood was in fact my grandmother but I didn’t learn the truth until I started attending school. My grandmother decided to raise my brother, sister, and I. She offered to help our mom while she figured her life out. Everyone knew this fact except for me. I wasn’t shocked or hurt when I learned the truth. I loved her regardless of her title, she loved me regardless and that is all that matters.

My grandmother passed away over 24 years ago and a day doesn’t go by when I don’t think about how great she was. My grandmother in my heart will always be mom. My mother and I reunited a few years after grandma passed away. I don’t call my biological mother “mom” because she doesn’t like the title so I call her Miss and I am okay with that. My mother and I aren’t very close but I still love her and always will. I am here because of her but I am the woman I am today because of the great lessons I learned from my grandmother.

A Mom is not always the person who births you and I have been more than fortunate to be blessed with many moms over the years. The first person I encountered in the States that treated me like her daughter was my next door neighbor. Ms. Leigh…I call her my Cuban mom. She makes yummy rum cakes and I loved hanging out with her and her beautiful families. I learned a lot about her culture and she was there for me through some very difficult times. I love her and admire her 🙂

I met my other mom in college, she was the Founding Director of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership Corps of Cadets at Mary Baldwin College. Her name is Dr. Brenda Lou Bryant, Dr. Bryant passed away almost two years ago after a long and fiercely fought battle with breast cancer. Meeting her changed my life for the better, Dr. Bryant helped me stay in college after my mother kicked me out of her home. I loved talking to Dr.B…that’s what most people close to her called her. Dr. B and I had tons of conversations about almost everything but I will never the conversation about why I had gotten accepted in the VWIL Corps of Cadets. It started out like many of our previous conversations but it ended with me in tears…these were tears of joy. Dr. B told me that she saw herself in my essay and that she had no choice but to accept me into the program so that I can grow and become that great person that she saw in my words. I cried like a baby because only one other person had ever made me feel that special.
That other person was my grandmother and I couldn’t help but feel like Dr.B and I were meant to meet because God knew I needed someone like her in my life. I cried for days after Dr. B died because I feel like I failed her and I still cry when I think about her and all she did for me.

All the women I have encountered over the years have helped me to become the mom that I am today. As a mom I try my best to be a warm, loving and supportive someone that my children can go to for anything. I know that I make mistakes as a parent but I have to come to terms with the fact that motherhood is not an exact science and I just need to do the best that I can and I know God will help with the rest.

Wishing all mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, single fathers and all those who take on the role of mom to a child who is in need a wonderful day filled with love and thank you. Now I am going to eat dinner with my sweet and loving bunch 🙂

Yikes! I am training for a half marathon

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Yikes! I am training for a half marathon

I have always wanted to run a half marathon and in 2010 a college classmate gave me the opportunity to participate in my first half marathon. I did not have enough time to properly prepare my body for it but I did it anyway. I ran it and my toes, legs and thighs were mad at me for days. I loved the entire process and then vowed to participate in the 2011 Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon but things go exactly as I had planned. Baby number 3 aka my little flower was delivered in April of 2011, about 5 weeks before that race and so I didn’t run. So the next year was definitely going to be the year I do it. Did I do it nope? I talked myself out of it in 2012 and 2013 so this year I forced myself to register. I am really behind in the training schedule I had mentally planned but I guess I have no choice now but to push myself so I can achieve my goal of running the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon. I will actually start posting about my training on a regular basis. Well, I better get to sleep since I have to be up in a few hours to get my loves ready for school.
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This is the before picture, I should note that the yellow sweater is my favorite one from my college days and it always makes me want to run hard.

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This is after a 3.13 mile run in 20 something degree weather. The first 5 minutes were the hardest because my body had not warmed up yet. I like my pace and the goal is to work on my pace and endurance so that I can beat my time from 2010 but it is going to be hard.

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