Sunday, June 17, 2007


I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who has written on my blog and offered up such wonderful thoughts, suggestions, and support. I am truly blessed ( and I don't use that word lightly) to have found such an extraordinary group of people. The more I run and the more runners I come in contact with through races, blogs, etc, the more I know that runners are the greatest group of people. I was very intimidated about joining a running group because I am a back of the packer. our group took me in with the biggest welcome. Thank you

Now, I haven't been hibernating this last week. I ran a couple miles on Monday and I was in pain all day. I am staying off my knee as much as possible and will start running and building up miles a little at a time. I have accomplished so much with 3 marathons and one ultra. I would have never imagined accomplishing so much. Next season I will add more stars to my profile on the Maniacs sights. The rest of this year is more about enjoying the company of the people I have the honor of running with.

I have gotten so much done since Frank left. Mostly, all of the stuff he was supposed to do before he left. This weekend I cleaned out the garage, made two trips to the dump, and one to the Goodwill. The front and back yard are mowed and my list of things to keep me busy this year will fill up a book. I have talked to him a couple times this week and he says he is homesick already. On a very personal note, he broke down a bit before he left and told me about his fears and feeling about being away from us. This was unlike him. He usually has that "I am a soldier and I do what I am told and it doesn't affect me" kind of attitude. That drive me crazy because he makes it look like it is easy to go. When he finally showed some weakness, I was able to step up and say, "Don't worry, We will be OK and I will take care of things."

Signing off with a better outlook and looking forward to running again. MM #544


Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

Good to see you perk up! I too, ran yesterday, a 1/4 mile at a time with a 100meter walk inbetween and my IT at my outer right knww hurt too. Only when I ran though. I am continuing therapy, stretching and taking it SLOW! We will be good running partners! Hope to see you soon!

wendy said...

Hey Michelle!

It is hard to be at home -- I've been all over the world, and when I'm gone, I'm busy! But when Beau's gone, I sit around wondering if I should leave, because I don't want to miss his call...

If you're taking it easy, I'd love to run with you sometime. You and Jenny taking it easy might still be faster than me, but I'd love to run sometime anyways. =)

Please let me know if you need anything, even if it's just girly time to hang out, or time just to be around friends.

See you soon!

maniac hippo said...


I can't imagine what it must be like for you to have Frank gone for so long. My prayers go with you.

I CAN imagine what it is like to have such a supportive group of people so close to you though. Trust them, train yourself to rely on them when you need them. You're so fortunate to have them near.

As for knee injuries, I can offer you my experience. In over 20 years of running marathons with two good knees, I ran 5 marathons and my record was spotty. After the knee doc said "your knee is basically buggered, and won't get better" I've run 34 marathons and I'm now consistent.

May your injury be as much of a blessing to you as mine has been.