Archive for July, 2013

My rocks

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2013 by runmyssierun

I got to meet up with the kids from the little private Catholic school that I grew up in for dinner the other night. I got this…. And a donation to boot. Never forget where you came from.

They are my rock.



Vampires without answers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 29, 2013 by runmyssierun

Today made me ask more questions… Still no answers.



Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2013 by runmyssierun

In 24 hours, I will be reunited with classmates from St. Joseph’s Catholic School. The small group of forever friends that I have known since I was in first grade!!! We are sure to discuss all that we have done, detailed gaps that aren’t discussed on facebook and show off pictures of kids, pets and travels. I. CANNOT. WAIT.

I will not be wearing blue plaid. (inside joke)

In 24 hours, I will know more about my blood disorder and possible leukemia.

In 24 hours, the sun will come up and the the sun will set.

Today’s 24 hours included my PR (personal record). I rode my bike the furthest I’ve ever ridden = 68 miles.  In 25 mph wind and blazing 100 degree heat!!! It was brutal but the crowd I was with made it so much better. From serenades to sock dances to dumping water on us better than the star of Flash Dance, it was a ride to remember!!!

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Yesterday, my youngest boy put his foot down and had enough of Mommy running, biking and swimming for his grandma that he misses so. He begged me to sign him up for a 5k race so that he could run to beat cancer, too!!

I ran alongside with him the entire time and his big brother cheered him on. We all wore orange.

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I’m so proud of my boys. They get me. They get it.


We used to

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2013 by runmyssierun


Weekend Worrier Warrior

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by runmyssierun

The last few weekends have had some intense workouts. I got the chance to ride with the Mellow Johnny’s group last weekend and witness a few of my friends compete at the Couples Triathlon in Austin. I got just as much joy in completing something that I once thought was impossible as watching others complete something they once thought was impossible, too! And yes, I had cowbell!!!

I’ll insert the pictures now and explain back later…

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14 bruises

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2013 by runmyssierun

What a week! This morning I missed my early 5 a.m. wake up bike ride and did some one handed bike drills and speed intervals with Coach Sandy and some of the Multi-sport Maniacs. I don’t want it to seem like bragging so I feel the need to say this up front now… I really am very surprised that my legs are not hurting and sore as how I would imagine they would be. Coach Sandy really does know what she’s doing. She’s making me stronger!!!

This morning was really awesome with Coach!!  She took us along a stretch of road that was laced with sugar cane fields. There isn’t a lot of traffic so it’s safe for us to practice drills and high speed intervals in flat straight lines. The best part was that she came up to me and recognized that I was improving. Albeit, I still have a long ways to go… but I’m improving!!!

The whispers of the sugar cane silenced my worries. There have been a lot this week. The sound they make is amazing. If you ever have the chance to run or bike by a sugar cane field on a windy day, I promise you, you’ll feel the magic. I needed to feel that.

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About three weeks ago, I fell while on a bike ride. It wasn’t a huge smash boom crash. It was one of those slow motion I’m-falling-and-can-order-a-triple-latte-and-still-have-20-seconds-left kinda falls. I was able to buffer my fall with my arm and caught myself with a giggle. No biggie. But my ego got hurt.

The following day, I noticed a bruise on my butt and some tenderness around… well you know… down there. I saw them but casually blew them off. I mean… come on. They’re bruises. That’s all. I rode the Hell of the South a few days later so clearly they weren’t bad enough to stop me.

But they were enough to make a friend of mine tell me that they were not normal for that kind of fall. She is in the medical field and I have to admit… she made a good point.  I believe I can properly quote her with “OH MY GOD! Those aren’t bruises! They’re Hematomas!”

I now have bruises all over my body for no explainable reason. Fourteen of them!

Now, I debated on whether or not to make this little trial of mine public on this blog. After watching Robin Roberts last night accept her award at the ESPYs, I knew I had to. Whether or not this is life changing, it becomes responsibility when you know better to educate those around you.

So here goes…

I went to the doctor and got my blood checked. I have symptoms that could possibly identify leukemia. Bruising, fevers, night sweats, increased white blood cell counts, weight loss, tiredness, tingling and numbness… and other symptoms. In the back of my mind, I have answers and reasons for each of those symptoms. I’m a clutz. I fall off my bike. That’s why I bruise. I exercise a lot, that’s why I’ve lost weight and am tired. etc etc…

But after all that my family has been through, wouldn’t it be really stupid if I did get leukemia, saw all the signs and then ignored them because I was scared?

The smart thing would be to address the issues with my doctors and medical team.

My doctor did find some problems in my blood. I have been referred to a very good doctor at Texas Oncology. Please keep me in your prayers these next two weeks. Deep down inside, I do not believe that I have cancer. However, ignorance is NOT bliss. If I do have it, I hope to identify it in the early stage and fight it with everything I’ve got. If I don’t have cancer, I hope that someone out there who may have similar symptoms sees this and has the courage to address it properly, too.

20 seconds

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2013 by runmyssierun

There are days when others say it better. Coach Chavez said it best.

This was copied from her facebook just hours after the Couples Triathlon on Sunday in Austin.

This is how the 800 meter swim panned out this morning: I was confident in my open water swimming ( I’m not fast but I get it done) the water was warm and I was ready. 5,4,3,2,1 and we are off. I couldn’t get a good rhythm with my breathing ( had to breath every stroke) then my sighting was horrible I kept swimming to the right, I could hear the guy in the canoe telling me ” you are swimming off course…so more sighting . When finally I decide just float regain your composure and just see where the hell you are going! So I stopped tried to tread water nope baby your in fresh water you ain’t buoyant – oh hell I’m not wearing a wet suit I CAN’T float!!! PANIC !!! I sink , I try to float on my back , I sink ! Again , I swallow water , I gasp ! That’s it call for help!! HELP with my right arm waving in the air for the girl on the canoe!! HELP, I’m here I hear her say. I extend my arm and hold on, I look at me Garmin 114 meters !!! That’s it 114 meters , I look to my left and the start of the swim was right there ! The Bowie on the other hand was FAR!!! That’s when she asked ” are you ok?” I looked up at her and said ” I’m scared” – I kept looking at the start it was right there , she could just help to to get OUT and I was done! Then I said NO , oh hell NO , all that training, all those hours for what? You want to be an Ironman and you can’t even swim 800 meters- she asked again can you do it? I looked at her and said ” I have too” I let go of the canoe and off I went. Many things went through me head first all the people whom I motivate , those that say if she can do it so can I and second Myssie Cardenas-Barajas saying “It takes 20 seconds” and it did!!!

20 seconds


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