Showing posts from February, 2019

Saying goodbye is never easy

This post is a tribute to the original and founding member of the Shaunette's -  Chris Fretwell.   Chris passed away on February 15th at 11:37pm after a very prolonged battle with Breast Cancer.  She is survived by her 2 sons - my god sons and her chosen family which is larger than any one would ever expect.  This is a true testament to the amazing woman that my friend was. I met Chris at the X-spot during the weekly Sunday breakfast/brunch after run club on Sunday mornings.  She just appeared one Sunday morning and she fit in.  Honestly I did not really know much about her as I was in a faster pace group but she seemed friendly and she joined us at the restaurant every Sunday.  Fast forward to 2004 and I decided to train for my first full marathon and so did Chris.  For those that have run a marathon it is not easy, it is even harder if you are struggling with arthritis, stomach issues and well your lady bits are just being jerks but Chris is the definition of determined and s

Bad Ass = Being Vulnerable

So I have been thinking about what it means to be a bad ass   really thinking about it and what it means to me right now and why it is so important to me. Part of it is extending myself past my comfort zone – I used to do this all the time and then I stopped I let people get in my head and started to doubt myself – well no more.   I am entered in my first ever swim meet!!!   Crazy – at 50 years of age I am going to compete in a swim meet.   When Coach Stewart - - mentioned the swim meet I will be honest I thought hah- no way.   But to his credit he said why hah?   He said when you sign up for a half marathon or and Ironman are you planning on winning?   Um no.   He   said well this is the same thing – so I thought what the heck why not?   Put me in coach!   So I am registered to complete in 400 and 800 free and 100 back – if nothing else it will be an adventure! The run streak you ask?   - today I finished day 95 of my run streak.   Why because it is