Purple Stride, Wage Hope

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I’ve been wanting to add a fitness component to this blog for a while now but couldn’t quite figure out when was a good time to start. And then I did the Purple Stride and decided that was as good a time as any to start.

Pancreatic Cancer has surpassed Breast Cancer as one of the top 3 causes of cancer-related death in the US. This disease has an 8% survival rate. My mother was not one of those 8%. I ran for her. And for every single person whose lives she touched.

The Opening Ceremonies for this run were honestly kind of difficult to witness. So many teams raising money. So many people who have been affected by this disease. So much that still needs to be done.

The goal of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is to raise funds to go directly to pancreatic cancer research. They strive to double the survival rate by 2020. It honestly seems like such a lofty goal, especially having watched someone go through it, but I believe that with the help of the right people and with enough commitment, we can totally do it.

I ran for my mom that day. And apparently that was the push I needed. I PR’d on this race! 5k, 11 minute mile, 35 minutes. Fitness junkies may scoff at this but for someone who honestly is really not a runner but trying so hard to be one, that was huge. My mindset the entire time was “If she can go through all that she did, the LEAST I can do is run this whole thing for her.” And so I did.

These photos aren’t the best. I’m definitely not at my prettiest. But that’s not the point of this run or this post. The point is awareness. Action. and Hope.

Questions? Stories? Share them in the comments! Let’s start a discussion.

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Love you, Mom!

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Finisher photo! Let’s zoom in on this, shall we?

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

PurpleStride. Wage Hope in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Mudderella Chicago 2015

Mudderella Chicago Team

So remember I said I was running the Mudderella? Yep, it happened.

Before we talk about this year, let me tell you about last year. There was sun, it was probably in the upper 60’s, lower 70’s. We came, we saw, we conquered. We were a team of 4 and we KILLED IT.

This year, it was in the mid 50’s at its warmest, rainy, and MUDDY.

I know, i know. I signed up for a mud run and I’m complaining about the mud. Well, let me explain you a thing.

The entire course, not just the obstacles and occasional mud pits, was a mud slick. People were slipping and falling all over the place. The act of running was difficult and, in some places, dangerous. Not the end of the world, it forced us to pace ourselves and take our time.

For those of you who follow on Instagram, you may have noticed my post stating that some muscles seized up and I had to call for a medic. I swear, it’s not as bad as it sounds. I have really tight leg muscles all over the place from an old hip injury. If I don’t keep them warm, relaxed, and properly cared for, they seize up and then things like¬†lifting my leg to walk hurt. I really wanted to keep going but rain + mud + shivering meant that wasn’t an option.

The nearly 4 miles I did was pretty awesome, though!

Always my favorite obstacle is called Down to the Wire. It was the first one for the last two years. Pit of mud, wire threaded low over it. Crawl through said pit of mud under the wires. It’s 100% guaranteed to make everyone super muddy right from the get-go. More of a jump right in approach than a gradual wading into the mud approach.

Down to the Wire | Mudderella Chicago 2015

Among other obstacles were “Break the Glass Ceiling” which involved crawling under a net, “New Heights” which was a plywood wall you had to climb over, “Wheels in Motion” going from tire to tire not falling off, “Tough Ta Tas” climbing up and over a wall with a rope, “Skinny Jeans” sliding down a tube into a puddle of mud, and “Hat Trick” which was a running jump off of a springboard onto a net ladder, climb to the top, slide down a huge ramp into a pool of water, run to the finish line.

While tapping out sucked and I didn’t get to finish, I still enjoyed what I did get to do! Just gotta prepare for next year better, right?¬†Time to start stretching those legs out now.

Team TARDIS | Mudderella Chicago

New Year, New Resolution

I think it’s safe to say I’m terrible at keeping resolutions. I make them, I stick to them for anywhere from a day to a month, and then they fall by the wayside as I get lost in my schedule. Sometimes they’re very simple — wake up 5 minutes earlier — and sometimes they are more complicated — smoothies and only really healthy food from now on! — but they never last.

This year, I am doing one thing, attempting to keep it simple, and doing something I have never done before- starting early. I get the initial excitement of starting something new by doing it before the holidays and then, when January 1st hits, I get the renewed excitement of “Yeah! New Year, new challenges!” I’m hoping the two will combine to make this a habit. Fingers crossed!

My resolution for the year is to add at least 30 minutes of yoga at least 4 days per week.

This is a bit of a threefold resolution but it’s starting out simply enough.

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Reason 1 is relaxation. Stress and anxiety plague my day-to-day. I carry that tension in my body and often don’t have a way to release it all. The calm and inward focus of yoga will really help me release that tension and hopefully help relieve some of that anxiety.

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Reason 2: Flexibility. I’ve been dancing since I was a little girl. But I’ve always been one of the tightest dancers in the room. Flexibility is just not a thing that comes naturally to my body. Add to that an old injury from ages ago that makes stretching harder, and my body is just not about bending. At all. I’m hoping that the yoga will really help loosen me up. even if it doesn’t really increase my flexibility, at least helping relax some of my super tight muscles will help.

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Reason 3: Health. The busier my schedule is, the less I work out. Sure, I walk at least 15 minutes nearly every day in commuting time but that doesn’t feel like very much when this time last year, I was training for the Mudderella (hoping to find the time for that again this year!). This will at least build a little bit of movement into my life again.

Have you thought about your resolutions yet? What are they? Are you notoriously bad at remembering to stick to them? Share your stories in the comments!