So I haven’t blogged in a while! We have been so busy, there has just been no time to write! May took us to Chicago for my Brother in Law’s graduation, yay Dr. Matt! June I completed the quarter marathon for Rock N Sole and shaved 10 minutes off of my time from last year. June was also our 6 year wedding anniversary and we celebrated by going back to the place where it all started, Miller Park, for a Brewer’s game. July was busy with my birthday, Storming the Bastille in Milwaukee and my Sister in Law’s bachelorette party/bridal shower/wedding which was a blast. August I adventured out to Beaver Lake with some friends/family to try stand up paddle boarding, what an awesome workout and we had my families traditional brunch cruise on the Edelweiss. September has been equally busy, last weekend I ran the Brewer’s Mini Marathon and 10k, but I only shaved 1 minute off of my time from last year. I barely trained for it though so totally my own fault. I have been continuing to mentor the 5k group at Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood, sprinkle in Crossfit and a couple of fun runs and that is my whole summer in a nut shell. Oh, I even got a non runner to run! My friend and coworker finished her first 5k in August and I came in 2nd at that same 5k. I cannot believe summer is over and that fall is here already. I am ready to get back to business with my running though, I want to see improvements not stagnate. In eleven days I will be on my way to the Bahamas and I fully intend on running down there, I won’t use vacation as a reason to totally slack off!
As far as my MS goes it has been pretty quiet, I feel better than I have ever felt before. I am tolerating the new 3 day a week copaxone well and have not had new symptoms. I was reading somewhere that exercise quiets your immune system so that could be helping to keep the MS in check. I even got a cold this summer, which to me means my immune systems is no longer in a hyperactive state. Before the MS was under control I never got colds, ever. All of my hard work, watching what I eat and staying active pays off, if you are struggling with your MS highly recommend starting some sort of exercise program and start investigating nutritional changes. I have some great books listed under Suggested Reading. What have you got to lose? You have to fight with everything you’ve got.
One last thought before I go today. Very rarely am I moved to tears and especially not in public. After my 10k portion of the Brewer’s Mini Marathon and 10k I hung out at the finish and cheer on the rest of the Performance Running Outfitters group and see my coworkers finish the half. While I was waiting the team from MS Run the US came through, with Jill walking the last stretch. If you don’t know what MS Run the US is swing by their webpage and check it out, http://www.msruntheus.com/ I was even lucky enough to say a few words to her after, about how thankful I am for them getting out there and raising awareness. I hope to someday do the relay across the country in support of this amazing organization and the woman who inspired it all. In the meantime, until I can run that distance, I signed up to be an Ambassador for MS Run the US. You can view my page and donate below. Thank you for your support!