I’ve got a racing mascot

Thanks to a friend and all her creativity, I have a new racing mascot.

Check it out:

Isn’t that the sweetest thing EVER?

Anyone who knows me, or watches my social media, knows I love stuffed animals. They just make me smile.

Well, I have a 20-miler race tomorrow: The 4 Peaks Challenge, and I know this little cutie will be with me at the start…maybe not during the run, but before and after!!

So, if you see me out there, be sure to say HI!

And don’t forget, you can come along side me as my racing adventures continue toward the Boston Marathon. CLICK HERE for more info!

~Lynn

Couch To Marathon

Last week I got some GREAT news….

Doc cleared me for all activity now! Woot! After nearly eleven weeks on restriction after abdominal surgery, I can start exercising again!

And let me tell you, I’m ECSTATIC.

Remember way back when I realized I was going to have major surgery I threw out the challenge to join me in training for a marathon once I recovered?

Well, now that I’ve received the good-to-go from my doc, I’m ready to jump into the Couch to Marathon.

I haven’t picked out a race yet, but I’m shooting for something in October.

Sure, I’ve always been athletic, sprinkling in a few half-marathons over the years, but a full marathon? 

As in 26.2 miles

Yikes!

But you wanna know something? I say, “BRING IT ON!”

If your’e interested in joining me on this adventure, just drop me an email and we’ll chat: LynnRush (at) lynnrush.com

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Anyone ever try something that was super scary, but for some reason you just had to do it? To push yourself outside of your comfort zone? Anyone ever run a marathon before? Any tips to send my way?

Run with me!

It’s a big day in the non-writing world for me. By the time you’re reading this post, I’m in surgery or recovering from it.

And you know how I always try to find a silver lining to the “yucks” in my life, right?

Like when Lynn got diagnosed with cancer then passed away. We started AZ Pain Train and rode 407 miles across Iowa in her name, raising a ton of money for cancer. Things like that.

I believe that when you’re faced with a “yuck” you grow from it…if you choose to. Well, my yuck comes in the form of major surgery. I’m fine, no cancer or anything, just stage four endometriosis. I’ve had it relatively easy in comparison to some, but finally, the pain of it just didn’t make sense anymore, so it’s time for surgery.

And with this surgery, there is a LONG down time. No work for six weeks, etc.

But, during all the prep for this event, I asked myself, what can I do after this? As a result of this? Something that’ll push me, make me grow…

Any guess as to what I decided?

Come on…just try a guess…

Okay, I’ll tell you.

I’m going to run a marathon!

Yep. I’ve never run a FULL marathon. I’ve done a few half-marathons, but a full–YIKES.

I figured if I have a big goal at the very start of this mega surgery, my recovery will be better. The emotional and physical junk that follow a full hysterectomy can be a little…intense, so if I have an emotional and physical goal to work toward, it’ll help.

Of course I have to challenge you guys, too, by asking this:

Will you run with me?

Let’s do this together. Couch to marathon. Or Couch to half-marathon. Who’s in? You could live ANYWHERE and do this along with me. Start looking for a race in September or October in your area. I’m aiming for September. Haven’t chosen my race yet, but while I’m laid up, I’ll have LOTs of time to search them out.

Then, together, we’ll train. Checking in on Twitter, Facebook, blogging. We’ll do this together. We’ll get fit. Push ourselves. Be stronger!!

I’ve never done a marathon before, and I’m a little scared, but I’m going to try. I’d love to have you along for the adventure. So, if you’re in, email me: LynnRush (at) lynnrush.com and we’ll do this together!

It’s a WRAP

Well, I survived. 

Thanks, Rachel, for hanging out at the blog yesterday. She’s wicked awesome at running. . . well, and biking and swimming, too. My two hour and two minute finish is laughable compared to her half-marathon time, but I’m okay with that. 

I’m just glad I finished. 

AND, I had a super time with my BFF, Michele. 

Here are a few pictures. Enjoy, because I’m hobbling around all stiff and sore today. But it was worth it!

 

Having fun at the EXPO

Charlie and Lynn ran with me

He was sad he couldn't come. He's my running buddy

Me and Michele at the start

Me about half way....

Me and Michele and our finisher medals

DQ was our prize

 Have a super Monday. Do most of you have the day off because of MLK Day?