Saturday, November 26, 2011

Motivating Video!

If you've ever struggled with a fall in life, run or a race this video will for sure encourage you to get up and GO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uqnqLrakxY8

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dear Santa, PLEASE OH PLEASE bring me a treadmill...

...I swear I've been a good girl, other than those two servings of peach cobbler!!  Last week and this week I will have had only one or two days max to run...which means lots of exercises DVDs...yay...can you hear my sarcasm??  One of the reasons I fell in love with running was that fact that it didn't feel like exercise to  me.  And Pilate's, Kickboxing and Tae Bo do!  I've tried the whole running in place thing in front of my TV..talk about wanting to just shoot yourself in the head!  Boring.... I did add squats, high knees, etc... but that felt like exercise too... boo.
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

advice on a cool blog is needed please!

I'm a novice blogger.  I keep seeing all these really cool and original blogs with their own little logos and designs and things like that.  How do you do that???  Tips PLEASE!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

not a darn thing

I had a productive Monday and Tuesday and today...welp today I just sat around and ate... and ate and I will probably get up after typing this blog to grab another bite of something..  I guess I could use the excuse it rained today, sure but I could have thrown in a workout dvd...but who wants to do that when you can eat and nap and listen to rain???  PLEASE someone tell me this is okay to do!  At least once in a while.  My first race is ONLY 17 days away... I should be getting geared up with healthy eating non stop and working on something like Pilates or something...anything...but no... I'm sitting around and eating...I'm addicted to peanut butter. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Don't Forget Why You Started

I found myself today coming down really hard on myself... I went out and put 8 miles in today...but the first 3 were awful.  Not terrible time just felt horrible!!  And since I felt horrible today I took some time out to try to get to the heart of the matter.

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...

  1. because I'm a mother first and foremost!
  2. I am not a pro athlete, or elite, or even advanced for that matter
  3. 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...
Don't you just love it when you get that "oh goodness I've missed the mark" feeling...
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
I could go on with the verses!  Just dig into the Word every morning and be encouraged!  And be reminded that YOU are loved. 

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

hooray after a poopy day!

Since yesterday was so awful I decided that today would be different.  I set out to see how fast I could run one mile... I did it in 8:24!! Now, I know compared to elite runners that's like a snails pace, but I'm trying to keep in mind that I am still kinda of a newbie.  I've been running since my boy started school (about 3 years ago) but I've never actually trained to run faster or longer or harder.  Always been a very easy and slow pace.  ANNNNDDDD back in the day when I was in middle/high school (one million years ago) I couldn't even run a whole mile and it took me like 13ish minutes to run/walk.  I was not athletic...AT ALL...back in my teen years..why the heck not?? I don't know.   But remember, it is NEVER TO LATE TO TIE THOSE SHOE LACES AND GO!!!

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

Got the boy into the action!

Okay so they were only 3 lb weights but we were trying a new move!

He actually impressed me with his good form ;)

I love this arm toner because it targets back muscles also to give you that tank top ready figure!  We only have...oh about 7ish months away until summer!!! gah... seems so far away.  But God gives us winter breaks so we can get some r&r in and hot chocolate!

Unexpected hurdles

How bad do I really want it?  After only about a rough 3 hours of sleep, give or take, the alarm has gone off at 6:30 am and it's time to get up.  I've scheduled my long run today and had also planned on meeting a friend for the first half of my run....
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.

gah.

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:

  1. I'm blessed to have a warm, safe house with "working" smoke detectors
  2. I'm blessed to have a warm, cozy bed to snuggle in
  3. I'm blessed to have wonderful friends and family
  4. I'm blessed to have food in my house
  5. the sun is shining today
  6. I have warm running gear
  7. Water is free
  8. I'm off work today
  9. I have an amazing son!
  10. And the Good Lord above cares for me
Not sure if any of you out there have experienced such a day, or maybe even worse, but when all is said and done, you survived.  You lived.  And it's gonna be all good.  Eventually.

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.

  1. I had become too dependent on my electronic device to get me through with music
  2. I'm a grouch when tired
When you find yourself jumping those hurdles take them as learning lessons.  Next run I need to leave the music at home and just run.

just run.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

WORKIN WORKING WOMAN

So... I've encountered a little prolemo... I work full time (39ish hours a week) on my feet all day with plenty of walking.  Now, I knew this going into my training plan for the 5k but I didn't realize the  toll it would take on my legs and feet. Some advice on working all day standing up and staying pumped about running would be great!

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

AMAZING new pb for distance!

Yay!  Today I killed 7.59 miles today! It wasn't a fast run but it was a steady pace.  So for the distance I'm stoked!  Even better part... I didn't stop but once and that was for some water about mile 4.5ish... I accomplished something today I never would have even thought possible.  And if it weren't for my son's words..."mom, you think you can only do six miles but I know you can do seven!", I don't think I would have trekked that far.  And the weather was beautiful today!  Yes it was chilly...32 degrees chilly!  I remembered my gloves this time. But by the end of the run I was sweating from head to toe...good work out if you ask me to be sweating in 32 degrees weather!
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

Starting November off right!!!

Today started off with a very COLD rush!  Before I headed out the door though, I was sure to get my dynamic stretches in.  A few lunges (not a fan of those) yoga pose, run in place for 5 minutes and then ending with leg lifs.



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!