Well just over a week later we are together again and I am still babying this foot trying to get over this tendonitis. However, I have made strides to help not only treat but also make sure this doesn’t reoccur anytime soon…hopefully. I am a big fan of supporting and promoting local business and am a team member for our local run store. So when the issues persisted I of course went in and had my foot properly analyzed and ordered orthotics to help support and correct some issues. The Foot Landing and Sherri have always been a wealth of knowledge and help to our running community so I was much appreciated. I of course also began treating as directed by the doctor and more than likely won’t run until my first race of the season in 2 weeks the only difficult part is I am on my feet most of the day while working so I will have to be conscious to take it easy and refrain from ignoring and pushing through the pain. I have taken this opportunity to focus on swim and bike training which are always areas that could improve especially the swim. Exciting news though my race kit has arrived for this year and I’m in love and the combo of my US newton’s and matching mojo hat completes it (pictures below). Without further ado I will introduce my little not so baby sister… Carli
There are countless perks to being the family member of a triathlete. Of course the first to come to mind are the materialistic things. All the cool goodies he gets to share from his sponsors, I have made it through this school year as a 5th grade teacher living off of nuun tablets! One I am looking forward to is my Love the Pain gold label hat 😀 I’ll move on though.
Another perk I have grown to love are all the family trips we have been on going to support our athlete. Our family is close knit to begin with but there is nothing like all waking up at o’dark thirty to go down to a starting line to cheer him on, then move on to tracking on our phones! “Hey did you see he took off so and so seconds/minutes from his last marathon”. The hours of keeping the little ones entertained until we can spot “daddy” running or biking by. Then the feeling of all of us cheering and screaming him across the finish line, I have never seen prouder faces on our parents and grandparents than those moments.
Now my favorite perk of all is the even stronger bond it has created between myself and my brother. I have always looked up to him because I mean really he is my big brother but watching him push himself to become a better person for not only himself but his family is amazing. The number of hours he puts into his training is mind blowing, while still being able to handle all of his daddy duties. He has motivated me in the last year to pick up a new hobby to bring myself to a happier place in my life through running. Now by no means am I up to the dedication of my brother but I am slowly becoming a stronger runner and healthier individual. He was by my side as I started my journey with my first 5k in a very long time and kept me going. The first time I wanted to stop he gave me the motivational “you got it, keep going “, the 5th time I wanted to stop I got the real big brother “stop being a pansy you got it, you can throw up after”! I am super excited that this February he will also be by my side as I run my first half marathon. It has been a dream of mine for a long time and he will keep me motivated to accomplish my dream. As the time draws closer my “coach” keeps reminding me I need to keep working, the miles won’t just come to you, you have to be ready for them. He has been a true motivation all my life, I always wanted my big brother to think I was the cool sibling even if I was the annoying little sister. I wanted to always make him as proud of me as I was of him. Even as adults I think he is one of the coolest people I know. Always willing to give of himself to help all those around him, and not just friends or family. He competes for the amazing RODS charity that helps special needs children find forever homes and give them the loving and fulfilling life they deserve. So my final words will be a push for you all to go and do what you can to help my cool brother reach his goal as he’s now committed to the 2018 Dopey Challenge for the RODS foundation and his new fundraising goal is $3200. Most people would tell themselves they could never raise that much money and run that 48.6 miles (5k,10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon) but not my brother…
Another intro to a family member that means so much to me and hopefully help you gain some clarity into my journey not only personally but as a support system. I am blessed to have so much support as well as yes someone to share all the great product with! These next two weeks is going to be spent hitting the bike and swim pretty hard in hopes to heal so I can show and turn it on in the run for the sprint on April 9th. After that sights are set to St. Anthony’s Olympic at the end of the month which is definitely a favorite and one I intend to make a solid showing at.
Team pages and workout data links:
http://www.rods.org/team/collin/ … Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome
http://www.nuunlife.com … Nuun Hydration
http://www.lovethepain.com … Love the Pain Endurance Apparel/Mojo Racing Team
http://www.teamironcowboy.com … Coaching Site
http://www.baseperformance.com … Base Performance Hydration/Nutrition
http://www.honeystinger.com… nutrition ambassador
http://www.thefootlanding.com … Team Player FL
https://www.strava.com/athletes/9908772 …Tracked Workouts