Sunday, December 17, 2006


Husband & I ran in the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis this morning.

Son ran his first 5K also.

I wore a santa hat just to remind myself not to take this race too seriously. :)

The course wasn't easy. It started uphill for about three quarters of a mile. When I saw the hill, I knew there was no chance of a PR for me today. However, since I train on hills, I also knew that I could run the whole thing in my own slow runnin' kinda' way.

All in all, it was a fun way to spend the morning. :)

Looks like the local run raised over $10K for the Arthritis Foundation. This has special meaning to me. My husband suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis - a chronic rhuematoid condition affecting the spine and sacroilioc joints. As for me, I spent the full 2004 year in pain from Reactive Arthritis triggered after a shigella dysentery that I picked up in India. Apparently his disease and mine fall into the family of spondyloarthropathies. Try saying that three times fast!!

Anyway, it was my disease going into remission that triggered my interested in Triathlon. I TRI because I can...and every day that I can is truly a gift.


  1. Sorry you've got "matching" ailments. Health is never something to be taken for granted, although we all do at times. Glad you enjoyed your run.

  2. Sorry to hear about your illness. Way to be strong a fighting thru it. Keep it up and keep TRI-ing.

    I always liked this saying to keep me going "Impossible Is Nothing"

  3. Keep on Tri-ing and Happy Holidays!

  4. You have a great attitude..great job on the 5k!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Great Job! I always worry when I travel to distant places about something happening like you described, sounds like you experienced it firsthand, but you are on the way back. Keep on tri-ing!