Slow and Steady

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Motivation: Grandma

We should all have one person 
who knows how to bless us 
despite the evidence, 
Grandmother was that person to me.  
~Phyllis Theroux

Today did not start out as planned. I forgot to set my alarm. Seriously? I am really lucky I didn't have any early morning work responsibilities. I did miss Master's swim. I could've gone for a 1/2 workout instead of the full hour, but I was unsure how the coach dealt with late people and was too embarrassed to show up and risk rejection. I now have confirmation that 1/2 is better than none. I'll know for next time. Work was kind of blah, I guess a bad night's sleep, missed swim workout and a dying grandmother will do that to ya. Yeah, my 83 year old grandmother is dying. She is really young for her age, but these past 10 years have been rough. She survived a brain tumor removal, breast cancer and a mastectomy and losing my grandpa. I guess it is just too hard to fight old age when it comes barreling at you the way it has for her. The picture is of us tonight at my aunts. She has been moved home for hospice and it is so wonderful that all the family has easier access to her. The last few days at the hospital have been tough. As you can see she is happy as can be given her current state of affairs. Now it is just a matter of time. If you have a spare prayer lying around, we'll take it. We know it is her time, she knows it is her time, please prayer that these last few days, hours and minutes are pain free and peaceful.

On a positive note, I decided I wanted to try for the SF Nike Women's Marathon lottery. Wish me luck! I did the event last year and despite less than ideal conditions, did surprisingly well. I've been day-dreaming today about being fast...well fast for me. If I can easily take 8 minutes off my 1/2 marathon time, I am wondering if I can cut another 8 with training. Then I was thinking, if I can cut 40+ minutes off my half, I wonder if I can shoot for 5 hours for the full? Where are these thoughts coming from? Seriously, after my 3-weeks off, I have only been back a week and suddenly I have go getter attitude driving my fitness brain. I kinda like it. On the agenda this week. Tuesday run, Wednesday swim, Thursday stadium stairs, Friday swim, Saturday run and Sunday basketball. It's going to be full week. I am looking forward to the workouts for the outlet. My work days, grandma stuff and regular family-friend commitments are going to be taxing this week for sure so an outlet is definitely a necessity.

Why I Kick A$$: I am someone's bestfriend

Thankful Three:
  1. For time with my grandma
  2. For snuggling on the couch with my son
  3. For snack size Fuji apples


P said...

Sorry about your grandma, this has sure been a tough couple of months for your family.
My fingers are crossed for you getting into the NWM - of course you can go five hours! You kick a$$!

Christi said...

I am sending prayers for your grandma and your family.

Congrats on taking the plunge again. I hope you get in.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry about your grandma - I'll be thinking about you and your family

custom cabinet girl said...

I will say some prayers for your grandma-I am so sorry and hope you all enjoy the last moments together.