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July 30, 2001 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which had and would continue to change the rest of my life. For 6 months before hand I had sever pain throughout my body, unable to walk on my own, and had seen numerous doctors that didn’t know what was wrong.

 Fibromyalgia, like many other chronic pain disorders can wreak havoc on and individual’s life. On the hot July morning all I remember was that was the end of my life. Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that once you have it you will have to learn to live with it for the rest of you life. Those words still haunt me to this day “the rest of my life.” The more I read about what I would face in the coming months and years scared me. I got to the point as I had no energy or strength to set up in bed, more less move one muscle to get out, think why does God still have for me in this life on earth.

Days got dark and lonely as I began to lose touch with friends. Their life kept going and they began to graduate and start families. My life stood still and I didn’t know what shape I would be in the following day.

 I read an article just the other day that said one of the overlooked causes of this chronic condition is dysfunction in the nervous system. With this being said some of the symptoms are: Episodes of depression/anxiety, difficulty  scanning pages while reading -check, Difficulty adding or subtracting, difficulty expressing what you want to say – check – at times, difficulty understanding what others say to you – check, loss of short or long term memory, loss of sensation (numbness) – check, use to but not much any more, changes in handwriting – check, more irritable or angry, problems with balance – check, tripping or dropping things – CHECK (At this point I began to cry. Hint- Fallen Girl), and the list continues.

 God has healed my body, though there are still little things I do that I hold my breath because I know that it isn’t the normal Karen 9 years ago. I might laugh it off around people but deep down I start seeing it being the beginning of a horrible roller coaster ride all over again. I have to have faith that God has a plan and there is a reason he brought me through this and I am on the other side and trust he healed me for a reason.

 While I was participating in the Country Music ½ Marathon a couple a weeks ago every step on the course I was reminded that God was with me. I kept seeing images of me in a wheelchair just 5 years ago and in hospital beds not being able to move. It was my Great Physician that allowed me to finish the ½ Marathon strong and He was with me every step.

Running     Marathon

I thank my Lord for all he has brought me through and where he will lead me. My prayer today, on this Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, has been for this story and all the others who are suffering with FMS.

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So in just 5 more days there will be over 35,000 people that will be crossing over Country Music Marathon Finish line.  As I will be one of the ones doing the 1/2 marathon that day for the 1st time I wanted to find out some interesting facts about Marathons.

The median times for U.S. marathoners in 2007 were 4:20 for men and 4:49 for women. In 1980, they were 3:32 and 4:03. The sport hasn’t become less competitive; it’s become more inclusive. In 1980, there were fewer charity runners, walk-run participants, and joggers. Runners of all ability levels are welcome at marathons today. And without a doubt, the sport as a whole is better for it.

ALL body types cross the finish line. You see absolutely EVERYTHING. The trend is now to do a marathon and just finish it (and this is the mind set I have as I line up Saturday and the Start line). That is the goal of the majority of the people running which is fantastic!

Here are some facts about a Full Marathon (26.2 miles)

  • It is the same distance as running the length of a football field 460 times.
  • A phrase that is used often between marathon runners, “Hitting the wall” which usually happens around the 20 mile mark.
  • A runner will burn an average of 2600 calories during a marathon which equals; 4 Big Macs, 9 Chocolate filled creamed donuts, 1 large pizza with the works, or 26 bananas.  Which one of these will you be eating while I’m running? Don’t worry, I’ll be having pizza with my other running friends once I finish but I guess I can only eat a half of a pizza since I’m only doing a half.

**Fair Warning…This is a long blog.

What were you doing August 24, 2007.  This time last year I was unloading a Uhaul in 100 degree weather.  That is right, I was moving to Nashville a year ago today.  Had great newlyweds that actually left work for a few hours to help my dad unload the big stuff and setup my washer and dryer. Thanks again Austin’s.

Some people ask why I moved to Nashville. Nashville is somewhere where I always wanted to live. *As a youth I think it was because I wanted season tickets to Opryland.* Well, there is no Opryland anymore but as I got old I still wanted to move to Nashville so last year as I was in between jobs I decided to take a leap of faith and search for something in Nashville.  It was a great time in my life to make a move since I wasn’t tied down in a relationship.  I moved here only knowing one person, my cousin, and she just got married so it was really like I knew no one. When I first moved here I will say Lindsay did show me around to some of the hang out spots.

 

 

Here are some stories that stand out to me over the past year.  Hope you guys enjoy them.

 

CrossPoint

I get asked all the time I how I heard about CrossPoint Community Church?  Well it all started actually a year ago today, my move in day.  Wait.  This is a pretty long story in it self.  I think I just might make it a post in itself.

 

The Mix

The Mix is a singles’ group at CrossPoint for 20’s and 30’s.  Some call it my cult but they are great bunch of people.

 

When I started CrossPoint I knew I wanted to get involved in a singles group since I had just moved to Nashville and didn’t have any friends here.  It is a great way to meet people that share the same interest. So I think after the first time I attended CP I signed up to be on The Mix mailing list.  It wasn’t a week or two after going there I get an email that the group was going to go Mini Golfing, so I decided to join them.  It was so out of my comfort zone to go meet a group of people that I didn’t know and hang out with them all night (literally, it was ALL night) but I went ahead and went. 

 

I set in my car for awhile just waiting to see a group of people in there 20’s or 30’s but only saw about three girls, one now friends with, go to some chairs outside but never saw anyone else join them so I knew, or thought,  they weren’t in our group.  So I get enough courage up to inside to meet everyone think they were all just inside.  I walk in and there were these two guys talking, clean cut guy, and then one all tattooed up. YEP, I knew then that they had to be part of the group I was meeting up with.

 

After the guys asked me tones of questions others started coming in and the girls outside ended up joining us as well.  We played 18 holes and then everyone wanted to go get something to eat. So we decided to go to Friday’s and have cupcakes to celebrate some girl’s (which is one of my best friends now) birthday.

 

Rachel, one of the leaders, states, “I remember how quiet you were (little did we know) and being really worried you didn’t have a good time and wouldn’t come
back.”  Only if she and the rest of them only knew then what they know now!  I had a great time that night. 

 

 

Work

This was how I actually got to Nashville.  I started working at Hemophilia Health Services on August 27th. For all that is wondering what type of company it is, we are specialty pharmacy for the Hemophilia community. It has been a great place for me as they have given me many opportunities to use and strengthen my skills.

 

A month after I started there was a new manager that started and we turned the office upside down.  Not really but at least we like to think so.  Amy (would have a link for her but she doesn’t like the whole social network on the Internet) loves to tell the story of how we began to hang out together. Since she tells the story better than I do I will let you ask her.

 

Amy and I cold at the Titan’s Game…they lost if you were wondering.

 

Hang Out Spot

If you have been around me anytime at all you would know that I enjoy going to Red Door.  It is a great place to people watch.  This is really the place where things began.  Rachel and Nicole invited me to meet up with them one night there.  We had so much fun.  I don’t know what made that night…Making new friends, the ricohets, or my famous graceful fall. 

 

Our first Night Out.  Ahh we love that place

Even if we are the only ones that do!

 

$2 Wing Nights

Piranaha’s was a place the small group I was in would always ended up at afterwards and meet up with some other friends.  We went the first time because someone told us that the wings were 10 cents.  Who could pass up 10 wings (minimal number) for $1?  Well when we got there the price had gone up…now wings for 20 cents.  Still not a bad deal.  It was always fun to set eat wings and watch the activities on 2nd ave.  Let me tell you there are quite a lot of things that happen on 2nd.

 

Actually, one night I was part of the activities on 2nd.  Yes, I found a really good parking spot down by the police station.  Once all of us split off to go to our cars I found that mine was no longer there.  I was so upset. Someone just stolid my car!  Called Rachel to come pick me up once she found her car.  As I waited I was reading a sign that was on a pole where I was parked. It read, “Police Parking Only, All other cars will be towed”  That is right my car was impounded and it is 11 pm. and I just wanted to get home.  To make a long story short my boss drove me the next day to get my car.  The $2 wing night ended up cost me a lot more and taking the money I was saving for Christmas. 

 

Christmas Parties

Yes, Parties!

 

First, The Mix was looking for a place to hold the Christmas Party.  Usually the Mix has an average of 15 people that show up for activities.  My place isn’t a very large place but I though it was big enough to hold 15 or so people.  Yeah, it was or so.  I found out that I can fit 30 people in my living room at one time. Now I’m not saying that all 30 can fit in there compfortably but 30 people can fit. 

 

       

 

We were kind of packed. Good thing there wasn’t a fire.

 

The other party was at Jessica, Dinger, and Anna’s place.  These former roomies throw good parties. This was a party we had to dress up for and let me tell you, I always love a good event where I can put on my party dress. 

 

     

         The Party Planners                            

                         The Partiers

 

 Okay so this blog is so much long than I ever meant for it to be.  I’m going to just end it here and post some pictures of what else went down this past year.

 

The Mix Camping Trip.  No guys would come

because we were going to sleep in tents.

 

First Hockey Game

 

Cosmo Bowling with The Mix

 

Celebrating Jes and Rachel’s Birthday

 

 

                       

Team Dinger… I run for the Party 5K                   Crawfish Boil anyone?

 

 

          4th of July on the River Front

 

 

 Highballs & Hydrangeas 

 

 

          Game Night

 

 
 

 

I decided back in April during the Music City Marathon that next year I would join my friends in the 1/2.  For all you that don’t know, that is 13.1 miles.  I’m not a runner by no means so this is a big goal of mine to get in shape to complete the 1/2.   I have been working at it off and on but I can’t get to far before I have to take a break.

Today on the way home it was really nice outside and not to hot so I decided that I would get out there and see how far I could go today. So I get out there and as I begin to start jogging it begins to sprinkle.  As I begin to start running the sky opens up and it pours.  Lets be honest here, it is hard enough to run just my weight alone but add soaking wet clothes, tennis shoes, and my, now, afro my legs could barely make it back to the house. 

As I was taking off my wet clothes I did notice one strange thing, everything I had on was dripping wet except the back of my shirt.  Now I know I don’t have proper running form quite yet but I do know that I don’t run leaning that far back. 

I know I have some runners that read my blog so I’m here today to ask a few questions.  Please help me out.

How do you run in the rain?

What are some of your types on training for a 1/2 or full marathon?