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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


I bought a pair of running shoes yesterday. They have got to be the ugliest pair of shoes I've ever seen, but hey, they feel good. I've not bought real running shoes for a long time but next week I will begin training for my first 5k.

You see, last December I read something that changed my life. Karin is a fellow blogger and if you read her blog you know she's WAY more than a blogger. This lady is truly amazing. How she fits running into her schedule, I'll never know but she was the spark I needed to get moving. You can read all about her journey here and you'll be glad you did take the 3 min. it will take to read it. Incredible!

Its people like her that inspire me. People who are the "I'm so fit, you should be like me" kind of people don't do much for me - other than annoy me. Its the folks for who it is difficult that make me want to doing something better than I'm doing. Its clearly difficult for them, but they hang in there and do it anyway.

Speaking of inspiration, I've also just discovered that another blogger friend has accomplished something that is monumental. David tagged me in a note on Facebook about how he's participating in a 50 Mile Mountain Bike Ride for Project Rwanda to raise money to purchase bikes for people in Rwanda. Somehow to me the words "mountain" and "bike" just don't go together in my head so its cool enough to see somebody attempt that. Its also cool that they are doing it to help people in Rwanda. But when I read that a year ago David tried mountain biking for the first time and nearly passed out after 5 miles but stuck with it, came to love it, and is now doing a 50 mile ride, well ... what can I say ... I'm just blown away. And I'm SO proud of him I could just burst.

And then there's my friend Cathy. Cathy has also determined to walk the 5k we're doing for Backpacks in October. This is a huge challenge for her because she has COPD and other health issues, but she's been on this quest for better health for a while now. Last April 1st was her "quit" day - the day she stopped smoking. And now she's attending health classes every Saturday and going to water aerobic classes and walking on a treadmill for 20 min. at a time. All of those things are things she once thought impossible. She still thinks walking a 5k will be pretty much impossible but she's determined to try - and finish.

So yeah, I'm cleared to run now, and I have the shoes, so its game on. I've been in the gym doing as much as I can do. Its probably sad that I have to get in shape to get in shape, but you've gotta start somewhere. I might add too, that I also find a lot of inspiration every time I go to the gym. Oh sure, there are people there who are super fit and make it all look easy - even fun, but there are also people there who are struggling. It seems just when I'm tempted to cut my workout short I'll look over and see someone who is clearly out of shape but who is trying their darnedest to do one more mile on the treadmill, and well, I just can't cut it short then.

"Its kind of fun to do the impossible" - Walt Disney


David Cho said...

Thank you so much for the mention, but I really have not "accomplished" anything :). Having some back issues, but the training goes on.

Thanks again.

HennHouse said...

You have no idea how much this means to me. I've been so discouraged lately (hospitals can do that), and I haven't had a chance to run since the week Esther-Faith went into the hospital. I've kept up on the bike riding (794 consecutive days), but the running has been just a thought. It was 42 degrees today, so, I thought I could squeeze in a run. It wasn't meant to be as the husband had to go back to work. So, yeah, I was getting a little discouraged. Like I could and should be doing so much more And then I read this. And honestly, I was a little embarrassed. But now I'm encouraged. To lace up my shoes and hit the pavement. No matter what. There are things I want to accomplish. So, I showed discouragement the door. Thanks to you.

We'll be there in October. Can't wait to meet you!