Monday, October 31, 2011

time under 30 in degrees under 30!

Started this week off with a 3.11 mile run in 29 degrees weather and managed to pull a time under 30... 29.32.  Barely under haha  I'm not the fasted little runner but I'm proud I got my butt out there.  It helps to have a cute Under Armour hoodie.  I promise! Never underestimate the power of a cute hoodie. I get two more days this week to run and the rest will just have to be strength training days.  Hoping to get my running time under 29 later this week... we shall see.

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

What a week!

Didn't get too much running in this week... kinda bummed about that.  But that's just the way the work week rolled.  But I did get in at least 15 minutes of pilates, yoga or strength training each day in before the kid woke up.  But the next two weeks I will have at least three days to go running so I will pump it up the next two weeks!!!! Then it'll be taper for two weeks before the race.  woohoooo!  I'm already nervous and excited.
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!!!

http://bolthouse.com/our-products/beverages/proteins/protein_plus_chocolate/detail

Oh and check out one of the amazing pictures from our session with KaeLee Denise Photography


www.kaeleedenise.com


So now it's time to enjoy the weekend with the boy!  We will probably hit our local bike path and go for a family run/bike....I'm no biker but my boy is super fast!  He helps me with my "speed work"  :-)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cold weather kicked my bottom -_-

Even though today wasn't the greatest run, certainly nothing to brag about here, I learned a few things...
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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Great Website for finding races and events!!

1.5 with the sister today=pumed up!!!!

Man, I don't even know where to start with this blog today....
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

Fall Fun day with my kid!

Today was full of activity but fun!  Church, family pictures, carving a pumpkin...which I discovered is NOT my forte haha!  When we got home I was so ready to just sit my butt on the couch when my neighor, 11 year old nephew of mine, was like I really missed running with you yesterday!  So instead of sitting on my patootie I laced up my shoes and did some "hill work" with the boy.  Thank God for family to get you out and going.  But all in all it was an easy day.


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!
http://www.kaeleedenise.com/

This blog is short today because I am tired.
good night.

Friday, October 21, 2011

I don't get it. At ALLLL sometimes!

love.  I said running is love.  And it is to me at any rate. 
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:
  1. Cold Gear from Under Armour is AMAZING!
  2. Always bring a tissue...the cold makes me sniffle
  3. Next time I need to bring a bottle of water ON my run during a 6 mile or longer stretch
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean ya can't do it.  Just do it smart.  Bundle up, hydrate well, and wipe your sniffles away. 
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

OOORAAHH!! God is always right on time!

Yay!  I met my 6 mile goal!  6.19 miles logged today.  My time was sloooowww...with an average pace 10.25...But I'll take it.  I was going for distance today.  Not speed.  I will tackle speedwork another day. 
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 DID IT!!!! I'M A MANIAC!!!!! YEAH!

Okay so this title may be a little misleading... But I did go farther today!  In fact, I ran farther than ever!  And for the seasoned runner my mileage may sound wimpy but I am satisfied!  I was just logging in my 3 miles for long runs.  But today, I did 5.5 and I'm thrilled!!  I wanted 6 but my legs reminded me that I did have to still put in 7 hours at work later tonight.. bummer.   So I guess all that carb loading really does help with endurance.  Now it's time to slow down and amp up with some protein!

ugh.

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.
anyway.

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

DOLLYWOOD!!!

Welp... went to visit the great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee today with my son and amazing little niece and had a blast at Dollywood...did a ton of walking!  And eating...ice cream... funnel cake... TONS of coke zero... carb loaded lunch at a buffet...
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

got the blues...

Well... this week definently wasn't a shining moment for my life.  Felt like a failure in numerous ways.  And it wasn't just the food I consumed this past week.  That was the highlight really!  haha  My work schedule stinks.  Had a 7 day long shift and this paticular week just happened to be one of the worst weeks.  I work in a busy chain pharmacy.  Lots of people with lots of problems to be solved.  I like a challenge in life but geeeeez... my problem solving abilities were tested to the max!  Then there's the kid... didn't do so hot this week in school.. partly I feel, because I wasn't home and engaged with him like I should have been.  Then there's the friends and family who I feel like I'm letting down with my poopy attitude.  If there's one thing I do know, face time with GOD NEEDS to happen BEFORE facetime with people.  Nuff said.  And I, here again, failed at this priority in life.  There is a Psalm that almost always comes to mind during moments like these, and I know they are just that...moments...they pass...
"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
 so there's my blahdiddyblahblahblahhhblog in for the day.  Be blessed and encouraged!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Brevard Center for Women

Brevard Center for Women

Here is the link to the first 5K I will be running! The Reindeer Run will be held December 3rd. It's getting close. Better get some miles in! Would love to have a runner partner to run with. Any takers???

FOOD!

I love to eat, therefore I love to run... looks like next week I will be doing a LOT of that running part.  I wanted to get a feel for "carb loading" before a race day and went over board.  Started out with some harmless yogurt and whole wheat breads...then turned into ice cream, cupcakes and I'm chowing down on a 5 cheese pizza as I type this.   Food isn't the enemy.  I'm a firm believer in eating what you crave at times.  And this day, well entire week, I happened to satisfy EVERY SINGLE urge I had.  And you know what... it felt gooooood!  Next week I'll pay.  I'm sure.  But until then, yummin it up.
Oh, and never under any circumstance attempt to run after giving blood... bad idea.  Just throwin that out there...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Running is LOVE

L-learning ... about your body, mind and spirit
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!