- Run for Liz Jan 2007

Tempe, Arizona
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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Run for Liz Reports
January 2007

1/23: Posted on PBSeniors by Liz:

OYogaN: I just went to Yoga for the first time in a year, wow did it
feel good in so many ways! It is called Yahweh
meditate to scripture which is very uplifting! I am so tight and some
of the movements did feel good even though they were uncomfortable. I
will be back again and hope to go 2-3 times a week, I sure do need it!
God Bless,

1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by Liz:

Well it was raining today in Arizona and COLD, my goal today was two
miles and by darn I did it! Two miles on the dreadmill! Started at
2.5 max was 3.5 and it took 39 minutes, now my goal is to do 30
minutes for 2 miles! It felt SO good! O so very good! It is just
like starting over one step at a time! Life is good!
So I have 6 miles down of my 20 mile goal for the month.......I will
do it then double my goal for next month! Ha!
Love Ya All!
God Bless,

1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by Jeanette Lampron:

Hang in there. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
It looks like we are going to have a group of penguins at the Penguin Pae this year on the 4th next month.
Harriet, Daniel and Mary D are driving in from out of town. Looks like a slumber party at my house. Wish that you could be here.
Will send out a shirt as soon as they are available to you.
I think that you will be pleased.
If you feel up to it and want to visit DC in the spring or VT during the summer come on over.......

1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by Liz:

May......short walk?! Oh No No No! I plan on being in running shape
by then and hopefully I can keep up with you!
Lizzy who just returned from "Children of Men" Hmmmmmm.....pretty
good, I need to read the book, I hope the ending is better in the book!


1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by Mary DeMattia:

Lizzy, it is so good to see you back here on the list. I just know that
2007 will be a better year for you.
And I am glad that you are feeling better and are getting out and walking.
Perhaps when I get to Phoenix next May we can go out for a short walk or
something. And who knows what you will be doing then.
See ya,

1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by Mindy Haines:

Yahoo...Lizzy's back!!!! Yeah!!! I'm sending huge hugs your way! You and your family have been in my prayers and will continue to be. Life gives up speed bumps and makes us slow down at times, but the road ahead pulls us ever onward to glorious things. You will do many more glorious things on the road ahead my friend.

1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by "Billiam" Kramer

Lizzy, you may have been absent from the list, but you've never been absent from us.
It's great that you're out walking again! You've proven your strength to overcome adversity. However it works out you will still be AWESOME!!

1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by Cheryl Link

Welcome home, Liz. I hope that you are quickly regaining your strength after the ordeal that was 2006. Hopefully, 2007 will be a pathway to better health. Keep us updated on your happenings. Take care.

1/20: Posted on PBSeniors by Sue Zooper:

Good to see you Liz! Saying 2006 was a rough year for you was a real understatement. I'm sure that mile around your hood felt like it took a lifetime to arrive at. I know how that particular walk feels, it's like taking ownership of it all again.
Your always in my thoughts and prayers.
Does it feel like your emerging from your cocoon, destined to become a butterfly... while it's exciting, it's also daunting?

1/19: Posted on PBSeniors (Running Forum) by Liz:

Good Morning!
Man what a breath of fresh air to see some of these names!
I found my way back......I joined back into the public Penguin Group
which is nice and some of you are there, and Karen FINALLY invited me
back here. LOL But here I know everyone! Score!
Where do I begin?! In case you have not heard I had a rough 2006 and
2007 will be much better! It is off to a good start! I have walked 5
miles this month and I have a goal of 20 in January. O and Yes I will
be at RnR San Diego, have to it is the 10th Anniversary of it! Karen
brought me a Training T-Shirt for RnR San Diego 2007, so I am set. We
shall see what I can get done between now and then, I am always full
of surprises.
So anything exciting happening around here?!
OWN: Had a nice brisk 1 one walk around the Hood, felt so good! I
thought about running to the light post, then said another day! Soon o
so very soon! How does that saying go.....Takes one step?
Love you all and missed you!
"When You Are There, Be There"

1/17: From Bonnie in Massachusetts

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr Lizzy! It was 13 degrees when I left this Am for a 54 min. run! I wore your bracelet under my gloves and jacket so there wouldn't be a chill:-)) It was darn cold and no time for walk breaks! Just as I had a pretty good rhythm going and I started to warm up (after a mile and half, or so) I looked up and saw a small copper colored (maybe a miniature poodle) meandering on the side walk:-)) Oh dear, I knew it would try and follow me-and I was right! I stopped and rang several door-bells, but no luck! The street was pretty busy and I was worried the pup would scuttle out. But, lucky for me, the dog heard something-hopefully an owner calling-and finally turned around and raced down the sidewalk! I would never have been able to keep up the pace so I'm fairly certain it raced home!
Pretty soon I was running by my sister and b-i-l's house and the song "On the Street Where You Live" started to play ( in case you're too young to remember this song -here are a few lyrics!) And it brought a smile to my face! (January 26th is the hurry up and wait day-when we get his scan results that show what, if anything, chemo has accomplished).
"I have often walked
Down the street before,
But the pavement always
Stayed beneath my feet before.
All at once am i
Several stories high,
Knowing I'm on the street where you live.
And I must say, I love your "Go Gratitude" song, it always comes on at the BEST time! When I was running Disney, I had just turned and said to my sister from Florida-the miles from 7 to 10 are the worst--and suddenly "Go Gratitude" came on and lifted my spirits!
I'm sure you must have had a wonderful visit with Karen-two great gals getting together-what fun!
Take care,
Bonnie in MA

1/14: From Lynn Johnson, Rancho Santa Margarita

Hello Liz I hope is all well with you & I look forward to reading an update soon regarding your progress.
I ran 16 miles today for you in training for the Los Angeles Marathon in March.
My God keep you strong!

1/9: From Carlene Paquette, Carp, Canada

I think of you daily and will be sending extra prayers your way Friday for your Stent surgery. Hope that goes well and you are back home on schedule Friday night.
I am dedicating my Frostbite Falls mileage to you. So far we have 18.75K of running and 70K of rowing. WOO HOO! We're making good progress towards the gathering at the Falls.
Flipper hugs

1/4: From John (Marathon John) Cotham, San Antonio, TX

Best to you and your loved ones this New Year. I got out there and plodded along for the Cobweb Chaser 5K here in San Antonio on New Year's Day. You were my inspiration for putting one foot in front of the other. No, I did not say putting my foot in my mouth. I sometimes do that too, but not when running. Take care and Godspeed.
Marathon John

1/1: From Ron Horton, Charlotte, NC
Since "whatever you do on New Year's Day you do for the rest of the year"...I slept late. The soaking rain falling outside really helped, but I really didn't need much assistance with the un-motivation. By the middle of the afternoon the rain was easing up so I loaded the bike up and headed downtown to the Aquatic Center. Just wasn't man enough for an open water swim. Put on my Lizzy bracelet and completed a triathlon. Here are the stats:
Swim 7:13
T1: 9:35
Bike: 44:20
T2: 37:30
Run: 43:20
Total: 2:21:58
The details:
Swim was 300 yards. As in 300 "Jump in the cold water swim like crazy for the first 50 to get warm then swim 50 feeling 'this is great, the month layoff didn't hurt at all' then swim 100 thinking 'why is it so hard to hold my breath for 4 strokes' then 100 gasp for air lungs burning legs cramping Why Did I Ever Think I Could Swim" yards. Gotta spend more time in the pool.
T1 was longer than the swim 'cos I had to drag myself out of the pool, then get cycling clothes on and get bike out of Jeep and other such stuff...
Bike was 10 miles, on wet streets, rain had quit but there were still some puddles. Slowed WAY down on all corners (my one broken helmet was due to a crash in the rain) and dodged a few City buses who were not taking a Holiday off from trying to eliminate cyclists from City streets.
T2 was just a little longer than normal 'cos after the bike I called my beautiful bride, found out she had not yet gotten her daily walk in, so asked her to wait until I got home. 2.7 miles through the hilly neighborhood with one downhill run break of at least 1/8 mile. Great way to end the tri.
Throughout the entire event I thought about how fortunate I was to be able to do this and how blessed we all are to have this community of like-minded individuals that pray for Liz and others who are on the road to recovery and healing.
It was a good start toward Frostbite Falls, though I'll have to figure out the factors for swimming and cycling to log the final mileage.
Gonna be a great 2007.


The song that is playing is "I Run for Life" by Melissa Etheridge.
One day Liz will be running again, holding a banner of victory and stating that she is running for all who fight for their life as she has.

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The Lyrics:

It's been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Everyday that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete

I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your wife
I run for you and me my friend: I run for life

It's a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body
But they will never get a piece of my soul
And now I'm still learning the lesson
To awake when I hear the call
And if you ask me why I am still running I'll tell you I run for us all


And someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers
Running for more

Chorus second time after 3rd verse:
I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your daughter your wife for you and me my friend: I run for life