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   I feel at a loss for word.  If you know me at all you realize that does not happen often.  I just arrived home from Duluth.  It was a very exciting weekend. 

   I first want to thank the Minnesota Pork Board and their members for allowing me the opportunity to represent them.  I feel honored to have been involved in promoting pork. 

   The weekend started out a little rough.  My daughters and I headed up to Duluth on the tail end of a rather violent storm.  We thought that we were in the clear, but the storm swung aroung and we were in the van on I 35 in the grips of a violent storm.  Our prayers were heard and we calmed ourselves and proceded to Duluth.  It was scarry and I am sure we will never forget it.  

  We arrived Friday morning wearing our bright yellow Pork Power shirts and when you place 5 people in that color it was noticed.  We went to pick up our race packets and easily found the rest of our clan.  (They were also in bright yellow shirts).  We warmly greeted by people that we had never met before.  My husband Joe spent much of the rest of the day hanging out at the booth and talking to people that attended the expo.  The girls and I looked around.  Later in the day Shayna my 13 yr old and Callie my 9 year old were involved in the whipper snapper race and both did well in their age groups.  It was fun to sit on the lawn in the park and see all the energy of the young people.  Later that evening we watch Lori, Brett, Adam, Jenna and Joe run the 5 K.  They did a nice job!  After that we went to the hotel so the kids could swim.  

I now want to tell you about my 1/2 Marathon run.  I feel overcome with emotions as I write this.  I feel so blessed and honored to be able to run.  As I run 13.1 miles I notice every inch of my body at first.  Every emotion is on the surface.  I notice all the runner around me.  I am entertained by the people along side the road as they watch.  I feel a chill as the Jets fly over indicating that the full marathon has started.  I listen as a man in a kilt plays the bagpipes.  The morning weather is perfect.  The breeze soft.  The smell of the lake and pines are wonderful.  I find my pace and settle in.  I transition to an inner space.  One that only I feel.  It is quiet and rhythmic.  I know my breath and it is steady.  My ability to sense others around my decreases.  My head is filled with positive thought  “you can do it”  ” you are feeling great” .  I challange myself to push harder.  My body responds.  I feel blessed again.  As I arrive at the 10K mark I realize that I am on pace for a 2 hour finish.  I am excited and feel confident that I can be close to 2 hours.  I return to my calm place.  I do noticed the crowd is getting heavier.  I am in the city limits of Duluth and enjoy the diversion of cheering and sideline parties.  At this point I am interupted by a pain that I have never felt before.  It is located in my right knee.  I think that it must be a tightness and will stretch as I continue to move.  It persists.  I slow my pace.  It continues.  It is sometimes sharp and intesifies as I run down hills.  I try to return to the quiet place and that does not help.  I adjust my stride but it still continues.  I come to the realization that it will be with my for the rest of my race.  I settle into the idea that a 2 hour marathon is not going to happen.  I am disappointed.  This is where the Irish in me comes out!  I focus hard on what needs to be done and I dig my heals in and finish the race.  As I run down the last stretch I was not aware of anything.  I cross the line and stop running.  As I was getting in line for my medal I look back to see 2 hour and 9 min and 54 seconds.  I am overcome with joy.  I realize that I had just run 9 minutes faster than I did 2 yrs ago.  For a female of my age to cut 9 minutes off  her time is awesome.  I am proud of myself. 

Why do I run?  Because it is mine.  I own it.  It makes me stronger physically and mentally.  I am example for my children.  I will heal and I will run again.    

Thank you Dale and Lori for inviting my to do this.  I appreciate your friendship!  Shafers – you are awesome people and I look forward to spending time with you again.  To the Stevermer, Stevermer and Schafer kids, Thanks for cheering me on.  Finally ,Joe,  Thanks for being there.  I knew that it took time away from  farming at a very busy time, but I appreciate it.

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What fun time we had in DesMoines this weekend.  The weather forcast was less than desirable,  but I pack my running hat and a swimsiut for the race.  The weatherman was forcasting 3 inches of ran duing the time that we were supposed to run.   It was not that bad.  The morning of the race we got on a bus that transported us 1 mile from the race start atop the Saylorville Dam.  It was a cold walk and we were wet after 1/2 mile into the walk.  We all tried to make light of the situation and I was personally grateful for all of my subcutaneous fat.  We spent the next hour under a pine tree trying to keep our feet as dry as possible.  We watched the radar on the phone.  At one point a race volunteer came to us and said that a storm cell was moving our direction.  They were hopeful that it would stay south of us, but if we were to see lightening we were to leave our haven in the trees and crouch low to the ground.  We were also instructed to stay away from the steel cables as we crossed the dam.  All things we did not want to hear.  We felt that life would get better when we started to run.  Twenty minutes after the race started we crossed the start line.  The wind whipped across the dam and it did not feel better.  It was cold.  We continued to run.  After the first mile the wind was blocked by the trees and we warmed up.  The rain persisted for most of the first 6 miles at different levels of intensity.  It turned out to be the perfect temp and I was not cold the rest of the run.  Infact I felt great.  It was the best I have ever felt during a long distance run.  I enjoyed the music and the few brave soul that cheered us on.  I was in great company and enjoyed conversing with me fellow runners.  I at noI p point during the race hurt and I do feel good today.  No pain,  just a little tight.  I plan to continue to train this week .  I will taper next week and be ready to run had for Grandma’s.  I hope I feel as good that day as I felt on Saturday.  Oh and by the way…I did not wear the swimsuit!

Oh I am so excited today! My friend Dawn and I are going to Des Moines Iowa to run Dam to Dam. We will meet my sister-in -law Marie and her friend Chris for a 20K run from the Sailorville Dam to the one in downtown Des Moines. I love to run with my friend Dawn. We feel so blessed to be able to run. We spend the entire time talking and catching up. We look around at our world and feel the blessings of God and all that we see as we run. I know that the people that we meet at runs are fun people. We always find new friends and someone that lives close to us. It makes the world feel small. This race for me is just a practice for Grandma’s half. If I feel well for this I will just try to maintain my fitness and plan to be ready for Grandma’s. If it does not go so well….I will plan to train a little more. As much as 2 weeks can allow. I know the most important thing is to stay healthy and make it to the start of a race. I will write more when I return! Have a great weekend!

Hi,  My name is Teresa.  I am 42 year old.  I am the mother of 4 daughters and am married to a farmer.  He raises corn, soybeans and pigs.  We have been farming for 20 yrs.  I am the daughter of a farmer.  He also raised pigs.  The industry has supported me my entire life and now I feel that I should give back. I will run Grandma’s half marathon wearing a Pork Power shirt and raising awareness of pork and it’s benefits. 

I am also I cardiology nurse.  I see the effects of inactivity on my patients.  We as a society need to move!  Exercise is medicine. 

I have been running (or moving forward down a road) for about 9 years.  I started after I have my 4 daughter.  I realize that I need to loose weight and I also need sometime to myself.  This is what I love to do.  I have run 2 previous 1/2 marathons.  Grandma’s and Minneapolis.  I will run Dam to Dam in DesMoines on June 5 and then do Grandma’s 1/2 on June 19.  I am looking forward to the fun. 

I also want to let you know that we eat pork at out home.  Our favorite thing to do now is smoke pork.  We place a loin on my husband Treager smoker and let it slowly cook.  It is so good.  I love it hot,  or cold on a sandwich the next day. 

I will share more as time goes on.  I also want to let you know that I have been blogging, but not successfully on this site.  You can find it on my personal blog via WordPress.  Have a nice night

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