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 […]

Middle-aged, Out of Shape, Incredibly Lazy Woman Begins Exercise Program

When I decided to start running in 2011 it seemed like a crazy idea.  If you read “I Am Not a Runner,” you will know what I mean.  But a personal commitment to exercise had recently become a nagging whisper in my daily life, sounding something like “you need to exercise . . . you […]

A Kick In The Pants In My Mailbox

Do you ever put on your workout clothes and then not exercise?  Maybe you end up wearing them all day while doing everything but exercising?  Yeah, me too.  It’s amazing how much I can get done when I’m laced up and ready to go.  I’ve cleaned out the fridge, weeded gardens, plucked my eyebrows and […]

10 Reasons I’m Grateful for Alzheimer’s Disease

All that we behold is full of blessings.    ~  William Wordsworth Yesterdays post about Alzheimer’s disease killing my mom was honest.  It wasn’t meant to be anything other than that.   I have experienced many emotions throughout the course of my mom’s disease.  I’ve been sad, frustrated, joyful, embarrassed, protective, impatient, scared and yes angry.  But […]

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 […]

“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 […]