Sunday, September 12, 2010

Keep On Running: Coming Clean

You know that expression "the white elephant on the blog"?

Well maybe that's not the exact expression, but you get the idea.

There's been a white elephant hanging out on my blog for a few weeks now and after lots of consideration, I'm ready to address it.

Some of you may remember the weekly featured I started running back in July: Keep on Running. The plan was to post my weekly training for my upcoming half marathon as a type of motivation to get me to run in the miserable summer heat and humidity. I'd been slagging off for most of the summer and knew I needed to get my act together if I was going to make it through the race.

Some of you also may have noticed that I've neglected to run my Keep on Running feature for several weeks.

Those of you who are really observant (or are just boarderline stalkers) may have noticed that I've not been referring to running as frequently in my daily posts.

Well, readers, the jig is up. I'm ready to come clean.

I'm not running the Diva Half Marathon in October. I've told my fellow princesses and they understand. But as each week passes and I just blatantly ignore the running aspect of my blog, I feel like I'm lying to you all every single day.

And I hate that.

The decision to not run the race was not mine. It was my doctor's and while I'm not happy with him, I understand his reasoning. I won't go into details here, but let me just say that he nearly had a heart attack when he heard I was planning on running 13.1 miles in October and training for that run in this summer heat.

Today I ran for the first time in weeks. Husband convinced me that a slow and short run would be fine (which is true - only long distances were explicitly prohibited) and he was right: I feel much better having gotten a few miles in.

They were really really slow though, but the weather was perfect and the run itself wasn't terribly uncomfortable. I'm looking forward to slowly getting back in the saddle again.

So, readers, there you have it. There won't be anymore weekly Keep on Running posts, but at least now I won't feel like a horrible liar every Sunday when I don't write one. And I'm still hoping to attend the Diva Half Marathon so I'll have plenty of pictures and stories from the weekend.

I hope you all understand: running has been a big part of my blog (less so than shopping and Queen, but nevertheless, something I initially set out to include a great deal). It still will be something I discuss and something I do, but just in a different way.

Happy Running!


  1. Aww, Kathleen, I'm sorry to hear that!! I hope everything is okay. Don't you worry about a thing other than just taking care of yourself :)
    I'm glad your run went well today - sometimes those slower paced runs in better weather are just what we need :)

  2. Don't feel bad!! Everyone deserves a break at some point. You've been much more dedicated to running than I could EVER hope to be. Just be patient and don't push yourself until your return is doctor-approved! :)

  3. What a bummer! I'm sorry. Sometimes this stuff just doesn't work out the way we want. But that old saying is completely true: You have nothing if you don't have your health. So I'm glad you're taking care of your health!

  4. Hey there,
    So, first of all, glad you survived the boating excursion!
    And secondly; if there's a medical reason for you to not be running, you're not hiding anything!!! Can you stick to 5K's for now? I'm doing the ING next month.

  5. sorry to hear you wont be running...I started running..lost 40 pounds and had to stop....I hurt my knee:(

    The jig is up...and thats AOK:)

    Statements in Fashion

  6. Just take care of your health, feel well and be well -- that's the most important thing!

  7. Take care of yourself, first and foremost Kathleen! :)


  8. Aww like all the other girls said, sorry to hear that you won't be running the half marathon. But as always, health is number one priority. Make sure to take care of yourself. Would it be ok to walk the marathon?

  9. Thanks everyone! I'm glad I finally just went ahead and said something and now I can enjoy the runs that I do get in!