So I’ve Been “Running”

When I began Racing Alzheimer’s, my intent was to share the latest research on how to be healthy so that you and I could hopefully avoid or delay dementia down the road. I haven’t been very good at this. With my mother moving into late stage dementia, this blog became more about racing her Alzheimer’s […]

On your mark, get set . . . . .

GO!  The Shenandoah Apple Blossom 10K is less than 24 hours away!  I know I’m going on about this.  Forgive me.  I can’t help myself.  It’s just that I’m obsessed with running right now, and to me, this little 10K may as well be the Boston Marathon.  I never thought I’d be able to run […]

10K Preview – A Lesson In Humility

Soccer player down on field and in agony

I’ve been training for a 10K. I’m going into my 7th week of serious training which includes running 3 days a week and strength training on the off days. I’ve been gradually working up my distance and can run 5 miles fairly well even though it’s still pretty tough. So I figure how much harder […]

“Someday” At My Door!

Joanne stretching her quads while leaning on a tree

I’ve done the impossible by running (and finishing without puking) my first 5K in August 2011. I’ve run a handful of organized 5Ks since then and a “5 miler” in January. But I’ll be honest, I’ve been running just enough to keep my momentum, but not enough to improve. Until lately. I’m training for a […]

What Kind of Name is That?

Purple t-shirt with RacingAlzheimer's.com on the back

I’ve been thinking about writing a blog for almost a year now. It came to me on a run when I jokingly thought to myself “I should have a t-shirt made that says “Racing Alzheimer’s” on the back, because that’s what I’m doing out here. Light Bulb. Racing Alzheimer’s?  Hmmmm . . . let me […]

Running from my past to my future: My First 5K!

Jake and I standing under the 5K Start sign

Three months ago I couldn’t run a mile, and I recently ran my first 5K! I ran it on the perfect day and in the perfect place: August 6th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Why perfect? Because I haven’t lived in Minneapolis for about 25 years, but it’s where my heart calls home. And, August 6th is […]

5K (Half Ass) Training cont’d

exhausted male runner with his head in a large bucket of water

You would think going from 2 miles to 3 miles would be easy enough. It’s not. It’s almost like starting over. It’s how I felt going from 0 to 1 mile. The wall is hit, my body is done. Even as I write this, I’m feeling a little embarrassed because I’m still talking about RUNNING […]

5K (Half Ass) Training

Handshake

I agreed, on a handshake, to run a 5K; and I have less than 3 months to do it. I know.  Three months is a long time to train to run 3.1 miles.  I get it.  But I am new to this running thing, and for someone who can barely run 1 mile, 3 miles […]