Then it just rained!!! But still a good run. Had to squeeze in one last long run before the Christmas break begins!! Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy family, friends and all the goodies. Just not too many goodies! ;)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
He gave me a good luck kiss right before the run :-) love this little Guy! We are planning on doing a fun run in February . He says,"but momma I can only run for only a minute..what if all the other kids pass me?" I said," I'm not gonna pass you...we are going to finish together." He struggles in p.e. class a bit. Not that he's not active and healthy...just the running part and he needs lots of water. Apperantly he's not allowed to drink water while running in p.e. class? Not sure about that situation yet. I'm hoping I can help boost up his confidence. We are a team this little guy and I.
So today we hit the bike path. Him on his bike and me sprinting after him LOL. He rode 3 miles which made him feel great! Then we hit the playground for some monkey bar pull ups and tag. Had a blast today.
Then I must admit we ended it with a movie and candy.. well earned candy right?! He did eat all his veggies for dinner! :)
I think the most important thing is spending QUALITY time together. That means the world to him. And to me.
Sorry this blog is a little all over the place but its been a while since I've written. And I'm trying to still figure out my new device. Which may take me all next year haha
Hope everyone is well!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hey hey everybody! Well it's official, my little notebook computer has died. So with my new smart phone I was able to download a blogger app....so I'm trying this thing out. Just a quick update: first 5k on December 3rd I pulled out a good time 27.07
Lemme try to post a pic...
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I'm grateful for a full-time job. I'm sad that sometimes it isn't always enough to provide the fun extras in life.
I'm grateful for a happy, healthy little boy. I'm sad that I work so much and miss him...and feel like I fail him as a mother...(doc says his bmi is too high...how does that happen?? He's active!...doc says he's too hyper too... Feel like I'm missing something as a mommy here..)
I'm grateful for a relationship with the Lord and that He sees me through every day and every challenge. I'm sad that I don't have that human hand to hold when life throws me into little messes, or to share the happy moments.
I'm grateful for family and friends to lean on and love. I'm sad that half of them are across the US.
I'm grateful for a healthy and strong body and mind; for legs that can run. I'm sad that I don't get the opportunity to run more often.
I'm grateful for lots of things in life. I know we are blessed beyond measure. We have more than many in this world. I wouldn't be human however, if I never admitted to sadness or failure... sometimes in America when I see others enjoying worry-free shopping and having fun I feel left out. Now I know life isn't about material things and such...so why does it bother me? Because I can't give much.. I'd like to be able to give more each Christmas.
Today's run was good for my soul. I had a lot on my mind. What would I do with out this amazing stress relief? I thank God every day for strong legs, a strong heart (in more ways than one) and a strong spirit.
My first 5k is approaching soon.. only two days left. And here I am blogging about sadness... This is no good. I need to get off my butt and be grateful for all we are blessed with.
This race for me isn't just about time, speed and awards... It's a personal journey I decided to take. Running is good for the soul.
Okay, now for some practical words...do you run the day before a race or not? I was planning on yoga and pilates tomorrow and maybe one mile?? Any advice?
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The reason for my lack of running is due to the fact that I'm a single momma who works full time. The only days I really get to go run (other than our fun times at the bike path on my every other rare weekends off--which I totally count :-)) are the days that my son is in school and I have a late shift at work, so I can run in the morning, or a weekday off while he's in school.. as you know, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the kiddos will be out of school. I can't exactly take my six year old out on an eight a.m. five mile run! So DVDs it is and magazine workouts galore...yay...
Where there's a will, there's a way. I know this. So I will focus on strength workouts all week...again with the yay...and next week get a few runs in before the race!! Can't believe it's almost here. I'm getting kind of nervous. I've heard you shouldn't focus on time on your first race, just focus on the fact you completed it. But I can't help it! I see all these amazing women runners and I want to be amazing too! But without running more than once, or twice, or three times (if I'm reallllly lucky) a week, I just don't foresee me ever being amazing. It's a little frustrating.... so you see Santa... this is why I just NEED a treadmill!!!! And I'm kinda on a tight budget... so ...reason numero dos why I NEED one from you. :-)
Please and thank you!
Anyone have any exciting DVDs they recommend??
And if I don't get around to posting before Thanksgiving, hope everyone enjoys a wonderful, blessed day with family and friends!!! We do have much to be thankful for...even if we don't have treadmills...God blessed me with a strong and healthy body. And a strong and healthy son!!!! What more could a girl want??? ( a treadmill--I had to throw that in there ;-))
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
I think I've forgotten why I really started running in the first place.
I love to run because it makes me feel good inside and out. It shouldn't be to grab a better time than so and so...
- because I'm a mother first and foremost!
- I am not a pro athlete, or elite, or even advanced for that matter
- I'm a believer in the Good Lord who loves and if I'm letting myself become so consumed with running and times and performance than I'm too consumed with myself than I am loving God and His people...
However in the second half of my run today I tuned into my Pandora radio and listened to artists like Mikeschair and TobyMac and decided to pray and run. That's when I hit my sweet spot and ran up courthouse hill! I will admit though at this point I was more or less yelling inside my head and making awful faces trying to get up that hill....and I did pause at the top to sip on some water...then went on with my bad self. For those of you that don't know where that is, it's only the worst hill in town! Well, in my opinion so far anyway.
Here's a few power verses:
- "Seek first the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:33
- "Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:30-31 (one of my personal favorites)
- "I love you, LORD; you are my strength." Psalm 18:1
- "For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and He will give you victory!" Deuteronomy 20:4 (this is a GREAT one to keep in the back of your mind at all times especially when the enemy of your mind tells you, you can't or you're pathetic or whatever personal 'enemy' you are battling against!)
- "The LORD is my strength and my song; He has given me victory." Psalm 118:14
- "Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:8
happy running and don't forget why you're running in the first place.
Keep it all in right order and perspective.
Healthy mind, body and soul.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
So after my run this morning (about 5 miles all together, I got the privilege of running with one of my best friends and her sweet baby. I offered to push the stroller for a while and got some arm muscle exercises in!) I decided to put in 10 minutes of Pilate's ab work.
overall: good day!
ps-the smoke detectors are fixed and I slept last night! woop woop
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
|He actually impressed me with his good form ;)|
Yesterday I was excited about this. This morning I was not.
Last night I had a war with all three flippin smoke detectors. One would sound off and then the other two would join in. I have NO CLUE why they were going off. They went off every single hour on the hour... 12:20 am....1:30 am....this madness continued and I was getting very irritated! I tried covering them up with cardboard and tape.. Well that was dumb. Didn't work. I googled ( what would we do without google my friends?) smoke detectors and learned that mine were all wired together to ALL go off if one went off. So I tried taking batteries out, however, they would still go off. Finally I figured out how to cut the power source off from the electrical box thingy at 3:50 am.. silence... GOLDEN silence. Then my alarm sounds off to wake up. I felt like a bear I tell you!! But I was bound and determined to get out there and run.
So the run was more like a run, jog, huff and puff, then walk and repeat. I was so bummed. I felt like I was running all over the place. I really enjoyed conversation with a friend for the first half but during my second half I expected better than that of myself.
ok. So let's make matters worse. My "female" friend time came early. I'm bloated and fatigued and an emotional basket case....combine that with being tired from no sleep.
Oh, it gets even better...then my music player on my phone suddenly decides it's not going to work. Something about it's memory being "busy". What the heck??? But now it plays. Now that I'm sitting here venting all over my blog.
Today was just a nightmare. But my point is I guess, is that I only get a few days to go running given my work and son schedule and the fact that I have no treadmill at home. So I have to get out there and get it done! I'm glad I went out. But it really stinks that I felt miserable... I love to run. I usually love my long runs... but today just felt like a chore.
I know in life there will be unexpected hurdles to jump over. Its all a matter of how high you're willing to jump. Sometimes it's going to hurt. Sometimes it's going to suck. Big time. But tomorrow is another day. Sometimes your body just says, "listen up lady, kick your feet up for a bit and REST"
So after my run today I took a nice long nap... felt so good.
To see the positive in negative:
- I'm blessed to have a warm, safe house with "working" smoke detectors
- I'm blessed to have a warm, cozy bed to snuggle in
- I'm blessed to have wonderful friends and family
- I'm blessed to have food in my house
- the sun is shining today
- I have warm running gear
- Water is free
- I'm off work today
- I have an amazing son!
- And the Good Lord above cares for me
So jump those hurdles like there's no tomorrow! (cry through your runs if you have to.. it's okay to be a big baby once in a while okay)
Hurdles aren't bad in themselves. I learned a few things about myself and where I have my weaknesses.
- I had become too dependent on my electronic device to get me through with music
- I'm a grouch when tired
Sunday, November 6, 2011
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Here's the link to the New York City Marathon!! I've been watching live but they will do a recap from 2-4 pm today on the race. I enjoy watching people run. I'm beginning to question my sanity... haha!
Unfortunately my computer system is sooooo slow so every once in a while it freezes up...grrr...
How in the world do these people run so fast for so long?? Not sure I'd ever be able to qualify for this race but I plan on completing a marathon at some point in my life.
But for now, my little 5k is only 24 days away!! woo hoo!!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
gah. I feel like I've just hit a writer's block.. a runner's block...all energy gone. Maybe some hot green tea and early bedtime tonight are in order.
You have your highs (7.59 miles!) and you lows (feeling completely washed out -_-)
My blog must be pretty boring here lately.. I guess I've just been feeling fatigued this week. Especially today! I at least did get in 3 runs and 2 workouts this week. So that's progress...
Tomorrow is another day.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
With my Hillsong Pandora radio on and my son's words resounding in my head I had the best run yet today!
God is good!
Today was good. Very good indeed.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
My sister and I went to the local college track and put in one mile on the forest trail around it and then put in one mile on the track in speed work...400 fast, then walk... over and over and over. My legs are NOT used to burning like that. I enjoy my long easy pace runs soooo much more! But I'm beginning to realize I need to take speedwork seriously. I learned today that I am not a fast sprinter...at all and I need to push myself harder. My sister pushed me a little harder today. Everyone needs a sibling!
But after that I wasn't ready to quit so I took a 3 mile jog around town. I must say after all the work this morning I wasn't jogging fast at all!
I love my good productive days!!! But dern it was cold... another 30 degree morning. blah.
But I am getting up and going again tomorrow... I can only wish I looked like the girl in this picture below! But it sure motivates me to keep it up!
Monday, October 31, 2011
On another note, I have the cutest little Luigi for Halloween! My boy is such a goofball! Trying to stay away from the candy...oh how I enjoy those Reeces cups!!! I've only had one so far....but tonight the trick or treat game is on.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Seem to be struggling with diet too... not that I'm over indulging in naughty foods.... just not sure I'm getting enough greens and protein in my system. I have a hard time eating red meats... yuk. Been snaking on spinach...blah.
I have found a protein drink that's pretty amazing. It's by Bolthouse Farms called Perfectly Protein or Protein Plus. Full of tons of B vitamins as well as protein. So yummy!!!
Oh and check out one of the amazing pictures from our session with KaeLee Denise Photography
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Remember, there really isn't a "bad" run. Well, I wouldn't classify it as such anyway. Think of it as a learning curve; try to look at it from a different perspective. Today I let the cold air early this morning really get to me. I was not tuned in to my goals, the fact that I was out there running, or how awesome the sun rise really was. I was just whining inside my head about the darn cold and how slow I felt I was chugging along. And everytime a car sped by the cold wind slapped me in the face...how rude!
I should have pulled myself together and reminded myself during the run that I was out there running anyway!
And no I didn't remember my stinkin tissues! I felt snot <excuse me... I know that's disgusting!> running away from my nose...
Cold weather is a bear! But I should be the bigger beast in this battle. Next go round I won't even mention the cold... or try to limit that to one thought. Like...gee it sure is cold. Let's go kick cold air's tail today!
I think it's time to really start pounding on the speed work and hill training. I've piddled around with it but haven't really been full throttle into it. I'm dreading the challenge almost! I've gotten so use to my long and steady runs. I enjoy those much more than pushing my body into an insane asylum of speed. But, if I want to do well Ive got to get out there and push a little harder.
NO excuses; only results!
Monday, October 24, 2011
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All I know is my amazing sister, Jackie, went out with me this morning to RUN! She was a sprinter back in the day in high school and this chick still has it in her. Pretty neat how I am use to long runs but not sprinting. Nothing gets you more AMPED UP then encouraging someone else to a better life. Like running. For me running has become a way of life. A lifestyle... and to see my sister smiling and pumped up too is like a high.
What a way to start the day out! For all you runners out there, grab a sibling or a friend or somebody and get going! Life was meant to be shared with people we love. Nuff said here.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Oh and if you haven't heard, KaeLee Denise Photography is the BEST! She is just amazing. Both talented in her art and gifted with dealing with children... Check her out!
This blog is short today because I am tired.
Friday, October 21, 2011
So there's this guy... and then there's not. Have you ever had one of those in your life? They just pop in and out whenever they feel like it regardless of how it might impact you. That's what I've discovered. But at least I learned a long time ago not to give it all away. I've built this great wall of china around my heart and for GOOD reason. I like it this way. I've hung out with a friend or two but I find myself completely indifferent. I'd rather be running. I'm like, "dude. I know what you want outta me and you ougtta know you ain't gettin it."
I'd rather be running.
Running keeps me focused. I've worked far too hard to get to where I'm at in life.
BEEEESIIIIDES... there are just a few mandatory qualities I'm looking for in a fella. You know, like let's say for example...HONESTY is a good one. Sincerity would be fabulous. FAITH in the good LORD is the biggest. Not like, "oh I go to church every now and then and sure I believe in God"
That's not what I'm talkin bout man.
I'm talking about a REAL man.
By the way, if you haven't seen the movie COURAGEOUS, I highly recommend it!
Oh Lordy, where have I trailed off to with this....
Today has kind of been an off day.
I just don't get it. Yesterday I was on top of the world and today I've been all besides myself. I felt myself get super tired and feel like I've got a cold coming on... so I'm sippin on some good hot tea, which I prefer to a man also.
Geez, I sound like a man hater. BUT I'm not. At all. I'd love some companionship. Just the right ONE.
I'm not settlin. Even if it doesn't make any sense.
I'm wondering if my body is feeling the 6 miles from yesterday I put on it...by the way, a few things I've learned from running during cold and windy weather:
- Cold Gear from Under Armour is AMAZING!
- Always bring a tissue...the cold makes me sniffle
- Next time I need to bring a bottle of water ON my run during a 6 mile or longer stretch
Even if you just don't get it...
You'll get it someday. So I won't waste my energy on not getting it...get it??
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I had my Pandora radio playing, set to a contemporary Christian station, while running and I promise you God knew just what I needed. As I was starting to huff and puff a song lyric sang out, "just breath in and breath out"...too cool, but then it gets even better, just as soon as I was begining to die of thirst the lyrics "come to me all who are thirsty" came on right on time. God is so good. ALL the time. I use to listen to secular upbeat music to get my groove on but I decided to switch. I believe in running for the right reasons. And for me, it's about glorifying God and honoring Him with my body. Everything we do should. Even meeting our goals in this world. Every once in a while I still play a little something upbeat from the secular music, but I stay away from the stuff with the pottty words and "naughty" crap.
How do you feel about music while running? Have you ever put thought into what goes into your mind while listening?
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I prefer carbs.
BUT today I conquered my tired legs and tired mind and felt like I could run forever! Well, there's that and the weather was perfect for running today... 50 degrees and sunny with very low wind factor. Overall... today this little mommasita is satisfied. So glad I got this run in because I needed something positive this week to start on.
After yesterday morning ( Dollywood was great! It was the early conference with my son's teacher who I dislike very much which put me kinda in a funk ) I thought I could kill someone. Not my sweet kiddos with me but his teacher. gr. But that's a blog for another post. She just isn't very nice to me and I don't mind that she knows that I don't care for her. She thinks I'm intimidated by her.... geez. What the freak ever.
I logged 5.5 miles today! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyone else have goals they are trying to reach?? My long-term goal is a marathon by the time I reach 30.
My short-term is of course the 5K in December. Less then two months to go!
Monday, October 17, 2011
I guess I could have come up with a game plan to prevent myself from gorging.. but where would the fun be in that? Beginning to think I've created this blog as poor food diary verses running. Ha! I WILL get to the running part.
Tomorrow... I run. And I run for long time.
Good night friends.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
"I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along." Psalm 40:1-2
During one of my work days, I had the opportunity to encourage a small child. Gave her something to smile about. And that I'm trying to remind myself is worth it all. Like a sweet friend told me, after I had a bout of whining about my "messy" home and child's less than steller school performance, "the house will get cleaned and your child will learn how to spell just fine"
Thank God for sweet friends who know how to encourage!
And I try to remember...by digging my own little "poor me" hole, I'm forgetting to bless others. I wonder sometimes what God is thinking when I fall into my poor me trap... well there she goes again! Forgetting all her many blessings!
Here is one of the BEST reasons to run, STRESS RELIEF!!! It's like running away temporarily. Time to clear your mind and send some serious prays up.
I was only able to fit two runs, one of which was pitifull due to blood drawn <idiot me> but at least I got out there and put some miles in!
|Remember our eternal blessings rather than dwell on our temporary short-comings|
Friday, October 14, 2011
Oh, and never under any circumstance attempt to run after giving blood... bad idea. Just throwin that out there...
Thursday, October 13, 2011
O-overtaking ... the weakness that tempts to take over your life
V-victory ... in the LORD! He gave you this body to care for
E-encourage... encourage every one in your life, including YOU!
And so it begins... my new found insanity for running! I can't really express in words how much this sport has enhanced my life. But I sure am gonna try!
I am a single mother who has found a passion for running. Running away from the world and to the Lord. I have found new strength, confidence and a new excitement for life!
Running is more than a physical challenge. It is a mental and emotional challenge. Running gives me a focus, a drive for life. This blog should cover all kinds of challenges from parenting, to the work place, to life and love and of course running! Hoping to encourage other mothers out there. As a single mom you CAN control your life! Squeeze in time for a quick run and you'll be surprised at how confident you'll feel. When you're confident you're unstopable!