Tuesday, September 15, 2009

With A Little Luck


I thought I'd have more time to blog once everyone was back at school, but it hasn't exactly worked out that way. My computer has been buggy and it even took forever to put up a few words on Facebook. I hope whatever Michael did to the computer last night settles the bugs, at least for now.

Lately I've been feeling a little lucky...

I won a canister of French Vanilla Juice Plus Complete from Fair Weather Runner's blog give-away last month. This is pretty awesome stuff because I'm not allergic to anything in it, and it tastes good. I'd give it my seal of approval if I had one. I was also hooked up with a small case of Pom pomegranate juice for free from the nice folks over at Pom. I've tried Pom before, but it has been a while since I've had any. It's still great! I received the Pom and the French vanilla Juice Plus Complete at the same time. I put both products in the blender with some ice and that was a delicious post workout concoction.

I won a shoe odometer from the Runner's Lounge. It's an interesting concept, especially since I became lax about tracking my shoes once I got the GPS running app for my cell phone. Prior to that I would write the mileage on the inside lid of the shoe box and do a weekly total. I'm saving the Shoe Odometer for a new pair of shoes, which will probably happen in another month or so. I'll let you all know how it works then.

Last month Runner's Lounge was hit by a major wave of generosity, and Wright Socks gave their readers who responded two pairs of socks each. That's a lot of socks. I've worn Wright Socks ever since I became serious about running. Quality running socks do make a difference and are worth the investment. The two brands I usually go for are Wright Socks and Ininji.

I also thought I would have a new photo to share. Sorry, no photo. Michael hasn't downloaded the pictures from his camera. It's still at the office. Michael and I went out to breakfast with AKA Alice and Heffer friends Betty and Elsie after our run with the track club last Saturday. Yes, mimosas were served. AKA Alice has proof on her blog here.

This week I was surprised with the track club's half marathon training's "Runner of the Week." I really did not see that coming at all. I have my photo and a blurb about me on the track club half marathon site. I'm not going to link to it because it's only up for a week but here's the blurb:

Irene Morton is proof that a debilitating injury doesn't mean you're down and out for good. Three weeks before last year's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, she broke her hip and immediately underwent surgery, then physical therapy just to learn to walk correctly again. A year later, she made good on that marathon goal and finished strong as part of the SDTC's training program. In addition to being such an inspiration, she's also an active volunteer. Right now she and her husband Michael are training for the Silver Strand and Las Vegas half marathons. Her running advice: "Listen to your body. If something hurts and does not feel better within a short time, rest and/or seek medical advice.”
The quote is missing a the part about "be your own advocate" in regards to medical advice and getting a second opinion. I know they had limited space to put the blurb, and I know I made that advice quote up there, but it sounds kind of obvious. I also realize people dislike having to go to the doctor and put it off as long as possible. Ah, well. I am really, really, really honored to be a "Runner of the Week." It's a good thing.

In addition to the track club, I started half marathon training with Rehab United for the Las Vegas Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon in December. OH . MY . GAWD. Can we all say "intense?" I think it's safe to say that I will improve my times working with the RU training program. No luck involved, just a lot of hard work -- really hard work, but it's exactly what I need. There's about 20 of us, all different levels and ages. Since I've just started with them tonight, I'll save my comparisons to the track club for later on.

Whew.

Last Thursday's song:
Only You Can Bring Me Cheer - Allison Krauss

PEACE


Photo by cygnus921 on Flickr

14 comments:

Miss Rachel said...

Hello Runner of the Week - w00t! Too bad they didn't print the more "controversial" part of what you said, but still, good for you and congrats!

The song is by Paul McCartney and Wings. (Hmm, I think Paul McCartney was in some band before that... can't think of the name... maybe I'm mistaken. ;-)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Congrats on runner of the week, that's great! You have been very lucky in blogland!!! :)

cami said...

Irene, you should play the lotto!! Better yet, give me the lucky numbers and I'll play it for you. :D

KatieFeldmom said...

Congratulations on being Runner of the Week! They're just now recognizing what we've known for a while: you are awesome!!!

Deene said...

wow! you need to play Powerball.
So cool that your profile was highlighted. congrats.

I Run for Fun said...

Congratulations, Runner of the week. You deserve it. And lucky you on all those goodies!

leslie said...

I'd nominate you as runner of the year if I could. You inspire me, Irene!

NotSoccer Mom said...

wow, congrats! runner of the week! that's too cool. but you shouldn't be surprised--you're an inspiration to a lot of people.

Meg Runs said...

Wow, you broke your hip? I totally agree that we must be our own advocates and pursue therapies and treatments that are the best for us! Just look at you go! What an inspiration you are. Thanks for your kind words on my blog, now I see what you mean by "persevering!"

Pink Granite said...

Congratulations on all the fun things, but I take my hat off to you for the triumph over your injury!
Couldn't agree more about second opinions and being your own advocate. I think it was Bernie Siegel, MD who said one of the best ways to be healthy was not to be a patient patient!
;o)
- Lee

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Runner of the week - that's very cool!!

Evelyne said...

Congrats on being runner of the week!!! How awesome!

How cool to get all that stuff too! Whoo-hoo!

Mmmm, Mimosas......

Dori said...

Congrats on the Runner of the Week. It's a big honor. And way to go on all your winnings--you have been lucky!

Irene said...

Rachel,
It wasn't too controversial. They had limited space. ;) Thanks, and WINNER! It was Paul McCartney & Wings or some form of that.

Mel,
I felt lucky. I sort of stopped putting in for other "contests" just because I felt like I was getting a little too much swag, even though it was really fun!

Cami,
I thought about it! It only takes one entry to win.

Katie,
Thanks. You are way too kind! It was a pleasant surprise, though!

Deene,
I know, especially while I was on a roll! Thanks!

IRFF,
Thanks so much. It feels good to win something every once in a while.

Leslie,
Thanks! I'm still trying to catch up to you!

NSM,
Thanks so much!

Meg,
Yeah, I did. Long story! Hang in there with your friend.

Lee,
It kind of sucks that a person has to scream and shout to get decent medical care, but the squeaky wheel does get oiled... Thanks so much.

Lisa,
It was totally unexpected! Thanks.

Evelyne,
It's cool and kind of weird, but that's just fine. Yes, MIMOSAS!

Dori,
Good to see you!!! Thanks so much! I am truly honored.