Monday, February 25, 2008

Our Run Across America/Trans Con

Yes, you heard it right my run across America with Louise has been postponed.

There are several reasons behind why we have moved the date and even the year but the main reason is that I want my kids to be part of this with us. They are both just a bit to young right now and having them along for a good part of the run is very important to me and what a life journey for them as well!
The run has been moved to either 2009 or 2010, this will depend on some other events going on in both mine and Louise's life and also the sponsors.
It is looking more like Sister Marybeth will get to be part of our run and the dream school that we hope to see in progress even before the run starts. the end the stars are all lining up for us just as they should and we are thankful.

Thank you for all the emails asking about our run,,,we will keep you posted.
You will have many other's to follow this year who are doing the run across America!
I have some friends and students who are running, it is going to be busy out there!
We wish everyone great success!

Talking about emails. I love getting all of your emails in response to my blog postings, but I also think that everyone else who reads the blog would love to know what you are thinking! I got at least 20 emails the other day about the blog on diet and I know so many others would love to know your send me the emails but also post them on the blog!
I got an email this morning about tire pulling. I did not start the tire pulling but I can tell you that I have been pulling a tire since High School....This is since 1976! I have coached many to use the tire and it seems that many coaches are now using the tire as a tool. The one thing I do need to say about pulling a tire is that it has to be the right one for you. I have seen many people get very injured pulling tires that are to big, to heavy, the rope is not the right length and the belt around your shoulders and waist does not fit you the right way.
This is a fine line you walk if you are not sure how to set up the tire the right way for you.
Be careful of hip, knee, back and even stomach pain. These are signs that the tire is hurting you and not helping!

Training for me has been slow going since getting hit with the flu so hard. I have started back just walking and this is fine with me. I am going to get back on the bike and in the pool this week.
I have started back doing core workouts which I love!
Since the Trans Con has been postponed I have decided to run my 9th Badwater and this was only with 3 days left before the deadline to apply and only when I got an email from sister Marybeth saying she could crew this year and wanted me to take her up Mt. Whitney!!
This is a long time dream of mine and we are going to try to raise a ton of money and promote her new book! badwater crew came together very quick and they are all on board to help raise money as well!
I don't plan to spend much time training this year..I really feel the need to spend time with my family and my kids. I want to have a normal summer!

What is a normal summer?:) go camping, fishing, swim in lakes, take hikes with picnics, ride horses, BBQs, all the things on weekends that kids love to do and that I have not been able to do when training for big events. I look forward to a normal summer and just train when I can!
I feel so good about this plan:)
I will crew and pace my friend Laurie for a few of her races and hope and pray I will be able to keep up with her!

Take a look at this link. It is one of the most amazing race finishes I have ever watched.
Notice how many times he turns his head back to see who is coming after him, count the seconds it takes for him to turn his head and then count how many seconds he looses the race by.

2004 Olympics triathlon silver medalist Bevan Docherty of New Zealand lives up to his motto of "He who wants it most wins!" Here, he sprints from behind to clutch victory from the grasp of compatriot Kris Gemmell at the 2005 New Plymouth ITU World Cup triathlon.

I leave you with this quote today by Eleanor Roosevelt:

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

Many Blessings to you all


a.k.a.Moogy said...

Glad to see that you are going to spend some time w/ your kids. 8) If you want to pace me at HardRock...the invite is open.
I know whatcha mean about being sick. My allergies are insane this year. Really hard to properly breath when I run. Take care,

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

having a fun summer with kid's seems like the best thing for you to do and I know with your dad so sick you would not want to be running so much and not be with him to.
love ya cuz

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Thank you Erik and Bob!

Erik..I wish I could pace you at HR but I will be at BW..the line up was sent out today and it looks like an amazing race for the men and the women. I can help you find someone to pace if you need me to?

My father is back in the hospital and it pains me so much. Will go back to see him soon.
My kids are the love of our life and I don't want to miss any of it!

Bob..posted your email to the blog in hope to get others to do the same.



olga said...

Life happens, and it's the accomodation to it what matters most, deciding what's the most important to you for the moment. You made up your mind - and that is it. None of us can be in your shoes, we can hardly walk in our own:)
This finish video is soemthing, very cool!
Sorry about the news on your father, that is so long and so painful. Holding your hand and hoping to do it in person this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Go after it...
check out the head turns and legs falling out from under you.

Jill D.

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Thank you Olga and Jill

Jill I remember that race with Wendy and watching this youtube brought tears to my eyes!
Everyone needs to wacth it.


Anonymous said...

Smart move to wait. Time is every thing and if the time is not right it does not work.
9 times at Badwater? Crazy heat women you are.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning,

I read your blog - you are a very wise woman!!! Your children will benefit so much - what a wonderful experince for them!!!


Anonymous said...

You're so right to take more time with family and kid's. Once you hit 50 the time seems to go even faster than it does now. Taking the kid's on the run will be something they can cherish for the rest of there life, and you to.

Right on Lisa


Anonymous said...

you always shine so bright and keep in all in perspective. Just thinking of you pacing me motivates me. Looking forward to a wonderful summer of training, family and good friends. Sending healing thoughts to your dear dad.

Dusty said...


You're making an excellent example of yourself for the lesson of Balance! All of you are going to have a fun and memorable summer!

:) Dusty