Monday, June 23, 2014

I've Moved!

Hey errrrbody! I've decided it's time to move on from Blogger. I'm sorry blogger, it's nothing personal. But Word Press just offers more ... Find me here:

Happy (& Blessed) Running! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Feeling Free Friday: CheriBundi Winner! Plus...

Okay, first of all guess who's headlining the Savanna Rock N' Roll Marathon concert this November?! 

They sent out the email yesterday. I'm pretty excited. My son voted for him during his American Idol season, so can't  wait to see him live. Little D will get a kick out of it. 
Now without further adieu:

Congrats to:
Email me your address and your package will be on it's way! 

Don't worry, if you didn't win this round, you can still use this promo code for 5% off your order from until July 1st:

Pluuuusss...I've been testing out EnergyBits and finding them to be quite amazing. And you know I like to share! My new friends at EnergyBits have offered to GIVEAWAY a free pack to one of my lucky readers. I'll have a full EnergyBits review ready next week along with hosting another giveaway. 

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend! I'm keeping this post short and to the point. I've got a full and busy Friday (and work all weekend) ahead of me. The kid is leaving for camp for a whole week. I've never been away from him for so long! It's kind of breaking my heart. But it's so important for him to have this time of learning and independence away from his momma. You must let them go so they can grow. Still trying to remain positive. I'm glad marathon training starts next week to keep my mind busy while little D is away. :-( Still getting the workouts in this week too...minus one easy three miler. But that one was scheduled for if I had any energy left. Yesterday, that was a no. I felt overwhelmingly exhausted. 
*le sigh*

Any fun Weekend plans? Have you heard of EnergyBits? How's your energy levels this week?

RQOTD: donuts or muffins if you're going to cheat? 
I like muffins...lemon poppy seed with sugary sprinkles on top!

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Focusing On The Good: #WisdomWednesday

Having a long, stressful workweek can feel, well, stressful! It's all too easy to allow yourself to become bogged down with work and many of the negativities that rolls with it. You really have to anchor down to all the good and beautiful that surrounds you to help push you along. Because it's there. Just see it. 
5 positive things that are helping me get through this forever long workweek:

1.) yoga on Wednesday!! And what's even better about yoga class is that it's a whole hour of relaxation with my fiancé. I always look forward to our class together. 

2.) having a great running schedule laid out and executing it well. I've got two done thus far! Feeling like a champ. I officially start marathon training next week. Wooohooo! <insert happy dance>

3.) peanut butter cupcakes. My future husband made some for me last night after I got off work. And he doesn't even like peanut butter. He knew I had a long week ahead and a late night that night so he helped 'sweeten' me up. Yes, my fiancé is awesome. No you can not have him. 

4.) my son. If you're a fan on my facebook page you've read what silly thing he said regarding my Garmin. If not, go like Flying Feet in Faith and check it out. He brightens my day! He will also be going away to camp for a whole week next week. :-( he's growing way too fast!

5.) keeping my eye on the prize! My wedding dress is in! Yay! So I get to go next Monday to try it on.... When I finally have a day off work!! 

***What positive is currently in your life? What helps you get through a long week?***

Happy (& Blessed) Running!

Monday, June 16, 2014

#MotivationalMonday: The Week Before Marathon Training Begins!

It's like waiting for Christmas! The week before freaking Christmas! I've been waiting all winter and spring to get my rear into gear for a marathon. I've been slowly building mileage to about 25+/- per week so when I so start mt it won't be such a shock to my body's system with speedwork, tempos and long runs. Last week was a bit of a wash so I figure if I spill the beans on my intended workout goals then I'd be more inclined to complete them. Maybe? I don't know. Worth a shot. But oh, it also gives me a great reason to try out my sample pack of Energy Bits that came in the mail. I ate them 20 mins pre workout this morning. I'd say they work! I completed my speed session and was able to jog all my rest intervals when I normally would jog/walk my RIs. Nothing spectacular like crazy-super-hyper energy, but it felt like a natural stream of energy. Which is good! No crash. Still plugging along just fine through my work day too. 
Anyways... I'm getting WAY ahead of myself. Look out for a full review and giveaway next week! 

For now head over to my post from last week to enter my CheriBundi smoothie pack giveaway. You definitely don't want to miss out on that! So yum! And the cherry powers (reduce muscle inflammation, better sleep, quicker recovery..etc) are amazing. No embellishing here. It's a true story. 

So anyway, my week's workout goals look roughly like this:
**I also work seven consecutive days working a variety of shifts in the pharmacy... So I'm curious to see how I hold out.**
Monday: 6:30 am 5 miles speed work treadmill at home  -- done! 
Tuesday: 7:00 am 6 miles hills with kid on bike riding alongside 
Wednesday: 6:40 pm Vinyasa yoga class at gym  oooommmmm
Thursday: 6:00 pm arm/chest weight session post work-shift + easy 3 miles 
Friday: 4:45 am 6 mile tempo on treadmill
Saturday: optional rest day 
Sunday: 6:45 am easy 8 miles 
Goal total: 28 miles 

Ugh. As you can see my schedule varies. It shifts from early am to late pm and it is never a set thing each week. Each week day --week to week also-- differs so I'm constantly having to switch up which days I can weight train or run. The only consistency is the Wednesday night yoga. 
Here we go! 

**Do you have a set workout/running schedule? Any training plans starting up for you?**
RQOTD: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
Vanilla girl here!!

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lazy and Trashy

L-A-Z-Y. Yup. That's me...and a trashy diet to go along with it. 
All I got in was about 6 (slow) miles. And a few good burgers. We did still hit our yoga class on Wednesday and one good  weight session, but I was appalled at my lack of running this week. When I compare myself to other "real" runners, many are super hard core and it can be intimidating. It goes like this:

"No excuses!" 
"Go hard!"
"You must stay healthy and fit ALL THE TIME."
"Vacation? No reason not to run and workout. Get fit in."
"School is out? Kid at home? Work around them!"

And you know what? These ideas aren't bad in themselves and I definitely live by these "mottos" often. But sometimes it just needs to take a backseat. 

Well.... I guess I threw all that out the window this past week. Because you know what? I'm real. I've got a son. Family. A j-o-b. A life outside of "training" and fitness. (But hopefully will have a j-o-b in the fitness field by next year!)
We hit Dollywood (a theme park in Tenn.) this past Saturday and had a blast! I will say we did stay hydrated well with water and did tons of walking. So kiiiiinda healthy. Just excuse the burger and monkey bread. Just being able to hang with my guys was a blast. We had no worries. And to me, that's priceless compared to a run! Although I still love my run. Don't get me wrong! 

One of the benefits of allowing ourselves to have a lazy week (as long as we don't make it habitual thing) is that we get the rest our bodies crave  and our minds desperately need. And you know what? The next week you're ready to rock! You'll more than likely be faster and stronger. 
So if you find yourself feeling guilty or ashamed because you missed a week (or two) of training because of real life, please don't beat yourself up. You are human. Life is too short to worry about how many miles you missed. 
You didn't miss anything. You'll be just fine my friend. 

"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."
1 Timothy 4:8 

**What about you? Do you freak if you miss a week of training? Any cool theme parks your way? Summer is for fun!**

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Friday, June 13, 2014

GIVEAWAY CheriBundi Smoothie Packs

Okay so you all know I love some CheriBundi. You'll probably see me refer to the product quite often. Not because I'm paid to or because I like promoting goods, it's just simply that I like them. A lot. 
Here's a few good reasons you might too:

  • Non-GMO
  • 100% organic 
  • Packed with phytonutrients
  • Full of antioxidants
  • Ingredients you can read and pronounce
  • Farmer grown and supported
  • Naturally packed with antioxidants 
  • Muscle recovery and soreness aid 
  • And the obvious, it just tastes really good 

Cherry+Mango=heaven on the tastebuds!

Here's the product I focused on this week, smoothie packs. During my last review I discussed their tart cherry juice in more detail so this time it's smoothies. 
I can not drink enough smoothies. And one of beautiful things about making one is it's near fool proof. Pretty hard to mess up a smoothie! Just throw some ice, yogurt, or milk (I go for almond milk), smoothie packs, bananas or other fruits, maybe some protein powder and hit blend. Bam. Done! 

I was super happy to see that they sent me a mango cherry flavor! Two of my favs in one pack!
After trying one the verdict was pretty much set: yumminess! Very flavorful! Added a nice zing to my smoothie. 
So with that being said I kind of didn't save any of the mango cherry flavored for y'all ... So sorry. But I will be giving away FOUR packs of their cherry smoothie packs which are just as yummy. I bet you could add mango fruit to the mix and it'd be super yum. So ahem, now for the giveaway! You have several chances to enter here with rafflecopter. Like my good friends at CheriBundi. Tweet it up! Spread the cherry love. 

Should you want to try that flavor now (or any other flavor or product) the good folks at CheriBundi have offered my readers a 5% discount! Just use promo code during checkout: JFF2014
It's good through JULY 1!


***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

**Disclosure: I was provided the CheriBundi products at no charge to me to provide an honest review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions and thoughts are my own!**

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Moderation. #WisdomWednesday.

While this is true, how do we know when our body has met it's limit? The goal isn't to kill ourself. Have you heard the phrase,
"I'd rather burn out than rust out?" 
That's dumb. Because either way you're out. The goal is to remain in the game. 
Learn how to listen to your body's cues and warning signals. Rest when in doubt. Your body rebuilds and repairs itself when you rest. So does your mind and spirit.
Learning your body can take some time, but take the time to learn it well. 
Resting is a challenge for me personally because I hate feeling unproductive. But in reality, not resting causes me in the long run to less productive, over emotional, and a train wreck waiting to happen. Our bodies and minds can only handle so much!
All things in moderation. Work hard. Play hard. And don't forget to rest easy. 

***Happy (& Blessed) Running (& Resting)!***

Monday, June 9, 2014

#Monday Motivation and New Running Fuels!

Truth: running helps keep me sane. Helps clear my mind.

Oh, and please forgive the format today. It bothers me when I can't embed links! Ahhh! Blogging on the run. I'll be cleaning up a few things tomorrow when I get time. K? Thanks :-) 
So on that note,
Good day errrrrbody! A few things today: y'all remember my post from last Thursday about running in heat and humidity? 

Well one of the best tips for running in h & h is to STAY HYDRATED! So this week I'll be focusung on trying out some new runing fuels and I'll be hosting TWO giveaways. What?! I know. I know. It's exciting. I'll throw one out on Tuesday and one out on Thursday, so stay tuned.  The good folks from EnergyBits contacted me and will be sending me a pack in the mail this week to try out and offered to give one lucky reader of mine a pack too! (And I somehow lucked out and won another pack from Run Like a Bird. Check her blog out!
And my friends from CheriBundi, you may remember my cherry love, has sent me more goodies to try and share! I'll have more smoothie packs to giveaway! I swear by their tart cherry juice for muscle soreness. Really! I haven't been using ibuprofen since I don't know when!
Two other products I'm trying, NUUN and honey stingers. No giveaways here yet on these products but I'm betting I may have some in the future. 

I purchased these on a whim, since I couldn't find my fav ClifBar ShotBloks, while shopping for new running gear from Dick's sporting goods. I grabbed some compression shorts by Under Armour. UA is probably one of my favorite brands to run in! Excited to try these itty bitty bad boys out. Should keep me cool this summer.

***Have you tried any of the above products? Favorites? What other fuels do you use to aid in energy and hydration? Favorite running brand(s)?***

RQOTD: favorite vegetable? Baby carrots!! I love them so much I'm trying to grow my own in my makeshift garden. 

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Friday, June 6, 2014

Feeling Free Friday: The Running Nerd Behind Flying Feet

Sup y'all! For this edition of Feeling Free Friday I'd like to offer a little peek into who I am. Who's the chick behind Flying Feet in Faith? It might be scary... And after all is said and done and you make it through to the end of this post ((bless your souls!)) please feel free to comment something nice about who you are! I love getting to know my readers and connecting. That's my favorite part about the blogging world. Connecting, learning, and building friendships. If you're feeling froggy, put up a post on your blog peeking into the real world of you and link back!

**Plus: I'm thinking I'd like to do a guest blogger post! If you're interested in putting up something running, health, encouragement or along those lines here shoot me a line! Find my email info under the Contact Me tab. 

Ok. Cool. Now for my own personal gossip. Let's start with the basics. 

Name: Jessica Dawn
Age: 28
Height: shorter than your average girl 
Weight: classified information. If I told you, I'd have to kill you. No, but really...


Color: sunset. It is a color. It's like pink, orange, and red all mixed up
Food: PASTA!!! And peanut butter. But not together. Ew. 
Drink: coffee. Duh. Oh, and water. 
Music: blue grass, country, contemporary Christian but I like to run to rock and hip hop stuff 
Season: fall - perfect weather, gorgeous colors, and I'm getting married this fall!!!
Day of the week: any day I'm off work ha, ha. But I really do enjoy Sundays. 
Person: this is a tie. I have all kinds of favorite people in different categories but I'll go with my fiancé and my son.

Book: the Bible and the Lore of Running (basically the runners bible) 
Workout: running, yoga and weights with the fiancé 
Pastime: currently it's wedding planning. But normally my thing to do is drinking hot tea and reading. Told you I'm a nerd. Usually reading a running magazine or devotional. 
Racing distance: 26.2 all the way!
Place: the beach. 
Famous Runner: Kara Goucher

What I do:

Work: currently I'm a certified pharmacy tech. But I'm in the process of getting my certified personal trainer cert from NASM. I go take the CPR class in July so I'm that much closer! 
I want to make my living helping others living full and vibrant lives. 

If I don't have some sort of goal going on to actively pursue I feel sick and lost. Sad. Currently I'm:
*shooting for a sub-47 10k
*Qualify for Boston 
*Become a CPT and start looking into training peeps 

SMART girls volunteer coach but am off for the summer! We start back up in September. 

Good qualities/Bad Qualities:

+Generally optimistic
-Easily frustrated when things don't go as planned. Paticularly as I had planned them. LOL! 
-Too high expectations of everyone around me
+Caring and compassionate
-I get too ill when hungry :-/ snap too easily   

Just a few things ... 

The Lord!
My fiancé!
My son!
My family 
Shopping for running clothes! 
Motivated peeps
Flowers. Especially ranunculus, dahlias, garden roses
Roller coasters!!
Trail running. Hiking. 
The beach, love oceans wave sounds...
Kind hearts and sweet souls 
We all know I love running 
Pretty Place Cleveland, SC where we are getting hitched!! See how pretty...

Not so much love:

Mean gossip 
Pickles. Eeeew. Ew. Ew!
Bad news 
The 5k distance race. Speed is hard for me. Plus you pay for only 20something minutes of road! 
Not having extra money to shop for running clothes. 
Being hungry. 

Oh, there's more I'm sure but if I haven't bored you all already I'll stop while I'm ahead!!

**Your turn! Tell me one or two random fact(s) about you!**

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tips & Tricks Thursday: Heat & Humidity Running.

Hello my long lost warmer weather! How I've missed you. Not.
74* feels like 125* for a runner sometimes!
I know this 63% humidity and 74* is nothing compared to what many of you face. But this is only the beginning and I'm a heatstroke waiting to happen. Remember my Firecracker Run two years ago? I felt like I've made tremendous progress since then though. Kept a steady pace today for 5 miles. How did I? I've got a few tricks up my sports bra er sleeve...
On my last 8 miler I ran like this:
I have no shame I tell you. I brought my small fuel belt water bottle and stuffed it in the back of my sports bra. But it kept falling out so I stuffed in front. Third boob. Cool. Literally it kept me cool. If you have no shame like I, try stuffing a small ice filled water bottle down there. Keeps your center cool. ;-)

Bike ride and momma run!

Yesterday was National Running Day! I ran 4 miles for 6/4!
Here's a few Tips & Tricks I find useful for myself!

  • HYDRATE. ERRRRRRDAY. Hydration isn't just a pre-race thing. It's a daily habit. Make being well hydrated a lifestyle. 
  • Use Powerade or other supplements to fuel your body. You need sodium, magnesium and other fun electrolytes. You lose many of those electrolytes and minerals when you sweat. I am a salty sweater. mmm. yum
  • Wear loose, light, micro-fiber clothing.
  • Don't neglect your SPF! Hats, shades. 
  • Slow your roll. Heat will slow your pace. Allow it too. If you don't you could risk dehydration or damaging your body's system. 
  • Try running as early in the am if possible. Or avoid high humidity. Check out this great article from Runner's World HERE on running in humidity. Excellent article from Marathon Guide HERE on running in heat. "Respect the heat." 
  • Allow sufficient time for your body to become acclimated to the increase in temps. Don't just go out and try to run 10 miles fast. Bad, bad idea. Gradually build your intensity and mileage outside. It will take your body about two weeks with consistent running in the heat to acclimate.
  • Ditch the diet soda, watch your alcohol intake! Soda and alcohol can dehydrate.

Be on the lookout for another great CheriBundi giveaway soon! I'm a fan of cherry juice! Can ya tell?!
I LOVE Mango! Mixed with cherry and we have heaven.

CheriBundi Rocks!

**Your turn! How do you fare in the summer months? Do you slow down? Any summer races? Any tips you can share?**
I'll be attempting the Firecracker Run 10k again 
RQOTD: Are a tv series show watcher? I used to be I to an American Idol fan. I have a secret singing talent. ;-) 
Happy (& Blessed) Running!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday: Yesterday and Insecurities.

We can waste our time with worry over our yesterday's troubles, but where does that leave us? Stuck in yesterday. What about TODAY? Why rob ourselves of NEW and fresh chances to rock our corners of the world? I know this is something I definitely have to work on. Daily. While yesterday may offer some valuable lessons, it doesn't offer repeats. No doing over the day. It's done. Which means we must learn, leave yesterday alone, and carry on. 
One reason we dwell in the past, I believe, is our own insecurities. Fears. Doubts. Each time that 'ol devil (or whatever mean thing) tries to remind you of your past hurts, mistakes, or mishaps, try replacing those thoughts with positive images and thoughts. For example, when I'm tempted to say I'm not beautiful enough, I'm too short, I lost my temper again the other day so I must be a horrible emotional wreck of a woman...
I'll remind myself of that time:
I kept my cool at work during crazy hour and even helped someone else figure their problem out. 
I made an awesome dinner and left the kitchen in tact. **insert happy dance here**
I ran a fast race. A personal best. Even on short legs!
I made a special lunch or dinner date for my honey. 
I ran a 22 miler on my own. 
I encouraged young ladies to run and be their bests. 
I helped my son learn and grow. Taught him how to be strong yet kind. 

Now you: what thoughts can you replace?

We all have some horrible experiences or difficult times in our pasts. We all have our own little sets of 'screw ups', hang ups, and guilt. I'm no saint. 
We also have so much good in us! Past, present, and future. 
Run towards the prize. Run relentlessly forward
The best is yet to come. Stay hopeful my friends. And when you need a shoulder, you know where to find me. 

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Monday, June 2, 2014

Motivational Monday: Pssssht. What Motivation?!

Short and to the point. Okay, blogger friends, I need you today! This post is so late and I totally didn't finish two posts I started for last Thursday and Friday. And I didn't run Sunday or today. Geez. I'm feeling like a lethargic loser. Weekend was busy but no excuses, right? Especially if I have a BQ on my mind.

This made me chuckle: 


I'm pretty sure I posted this next pic on my Facebook wall a while ago...pssshht.  Where did it go?! If you find my missing motivation I'll gladly reward you handsomely with something awesome. Like a ... High five! Yeah, you know you want my high five. 

not. today.

Motivation mission feeling impossible. 

*Please Comment below and in three sentences or less remind me to get after it! Or where you find your motivation when it goes missing.* 
And in return I'll leave a comment for you on your blog! Let's link up! I'd love to add some more bloggers I follow to my list.

One of my favorite things about blogging is the opportunity to reach out and connect with other like minded peeps. Those who can relate and encourage! Thanks y'all are the best. ;-) 

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#WisdomWednesday: Discipline. Yuck.

I'm just going to lay it out straight, I do not like discipline. At. All. Nope. 
I have a hard time with being 'wrong'. I hate being told 'no'. Especially when I have to tell myself no. 'No, Jessica. You do NOT need a 50th piece of chocolate.' And sometimes my own personal discipline lacks. 'Oh, I'll get around to it [laundry, dishes, writing out thank you cards, you name it] later.' ... Like 20 years later.

But supposedly it's [discipline] good for us. 
It refines us. Makes us better. What would happen if we were never disciplined? We wouldn't grow. We would become stagnant or even worse. It's so necessary to welcome discipline. 

So, what about self discipline? Are we able to push ourselves daily to complete needed tasks? 

"You have to learn how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable." ~ Lou Piniella

I know there's many days (including, like, right now) where I'm sitting on my butt when I should be studying, running, doing laundry...but blogging about discipline is more important than actually following thru. Right?! 
I kid. I kid. 
Well...I've disciplined myself to drink coffee every morning, religiously. Ha!
It takes serious discipline to achieve goals and dreams. When we look at elite athletes, folks with doctorates, coaches, star musicians, or any other 'great', or even the mom with a quiver full of kiddos, we see great accomplishments that come from...slacking off and sitting around. No. From daily discipline. Hard work. Persistence. 
It starts with small steps and then you press on daily. Over and over again. Even if your goal is not to become "a great", you should strive to be the greatest you, you can be. 

I want to BQ more than I want to be lazy 

One way we can practice self discipline is join in a challenge to help keep you motivated. 
Currently I'm participating in the Runners World run streak #RWRunStreak where I must run at least one mile daily. Do you think run streaking is good for your body? Thoughts?

YOUR TURN! Do you struggle with discipline? With being disciplined and/or keeping yourself disciplined? 
RQOTD: {{new feature! Random Question Of The Day. For those who may not relate to said post(s) :-)}}
What's one food you CAN NOT live without?
My answer? Peanut butter. I tried living without it for a while but it was death. 

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Monday, May 26, 2014

Motivational Monday: Fear Not. To Watch or Not to Watch?

I'll have the race review up tomorrow. But for today I'd like to leave you with some motivation:

"If you don't make mistakes, you're not trying hard enough." ~ Sam Walton

Agree or disagree? I agree. We can be so afraid of failure, we don't even try to push ourselves to our full potential. During the race last Saturday I would check my watch and think, "I'm running too fast. There's no way I can run that fast. I better slow down. I'll never make it." Fear. Maybe I should toss the watch on race day...

For a brief moment, I thought who the heck am I to try and qualify for such a race like Boston marathon? 

*Do you let fear ever stop you? How do you move past it? Do you race with or without a watch?*

As for Memorial Day..
I wonder if those who fought for our freedom and lost their lives feared before they moved into war? If they did, they pressed on and fought anyway. Because of this we are free to run. Remember and give thanks. 

***Happy (& blessed) running!!!***

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Brevard Rotary WS 5k Race Report+Hill Running Tips

Brevard Rotary White Squirrel 5k/10k 

**Please forgive the format! This post was generated from the iPhone device. Blogging on the run!*

1st female

Overall Brevard Rotary, once again, did a great job hosting this race. They host a series of races including 4th of July race 5k/10k and Flight of the Vampire 5/10k. 
If you're looking a fun, scenic race come visit us. There's a good chance for an age range place too! Got to love small towns. 
Check out for race into. 

It should also be noted that all active military persons received free entry to this race. Rotary, you rock! Thanks for supporting those who fight for us!

Personal Stats:
22:32 7:16min/mile 
19th/209 total
1st female overall

Let me just say when I saw 22 on the clock my eyes got huge! Halfway through I honestly felt like I couldn't PR but I told myself, "You're not slacking, no way. Run hard! And just go. You think your running slower but you can run fast."

Perfect. Sunny, cool. 50s I believe. Started out low humidity. Most of the course ran through the shaded areas of neighborhoods, so the sun only beat on me once. 

Scenic and pretty. Started at the Brevard college gym, ran through local neighborhoods, past Franklin park. Rolling hills. The hills came about the middle of each mile so the last half of each mile was downhill or flatter. I felt like this was good placement. I read great advice on running hills this morning:

Lead with hips, stand tall when running uphill
"Lean and go" when running downhill.
I just repeated this mantra. Felt like it worked well. 
For a detailed article read Runners Connect:

A few turns. Felt like I nailed the tangents perfectly. 
A few locals cheered us on. 
Plenty of course direction with volunteers, spray painted arrows, and spray painted white squirrels on the road ... Only in Brevard. 

{{{Have I mentioned I LOVE Brevard?! Check out one of our local festivals. Post race, it's fun to mender around town!}}}

This was an officially timed course by Right on Time Productions 
Bib time chips 

A tee 
Toothbrush. Meh

Pre and post: bananas, orange slices, water, water bottles from PNC bank
Aid station half way through 

They had some really great prizes! As first overall female I received:
$20-25 gift cards to a local restraunt, jewelry store, ladies clothing store, a big box of peanuts, winery (what, what?!)
And of course a big, gold medal. I do it for the tee and medal. 

They did have a kids' Fun Run one mile
All kids who participated received a medal. Kudos Rotary for keeping it kid friendly! 

A few of SMART girls were there running. When I nabbed my medal they cheered super loud and were like "That's my coach!" The same girl who I ran with at the Legacy Run was there and scored a PR too. That made my day! Better than any medal. 

The fiancé scored a PR as well. Woot!
Think he's turning into a racer himself. 

And wait for it... 

And I was worried about those hills...

***Did you do any Memorial weekend racing or running? Do hills get you? Any awesome local races your way?***

Remember those who fought for us so we can run free...God bless. 

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!!***

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hinder. What Stops You From Pushing On?

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)

I love this verse. But it wasn't until today during a morning devotional that I saw something new. It's easy for the encourager to motivate and inspire others when they are on the mountaintop.
"Yes! I kicked that 5ks tail and so can you. Let me show you how!"
"Love is beautiful and a blessing. You'll find it too!"
...and you catch my drift.
But what happens when the encourager has lost said courage? How can they press on with perseverance? What happens when their motivation is suddenly clouded and their mind becomes murky?

What entangles you?
Desire to be accepted.

The list is endless. However, we do not have to let those trials hinder us. They may give us reason to pause, but no reason to just give up.
Give your life a good long examination and be honest with yourself. What do you allow to hold you back? Then find a way to push through it.
I believe my calling in life is to lead a life of integrity and inspiration. To make my living by encouraging a healthy and full life. God has placed specific desires in my heart for a reason. Like He has also in you. And my heart is fullest when I am fulfilling that calling. Running is just one small part of it all. I want need others to see a bright light in me that doesn't come from me. It comes by the grace of God.

Find your calling and charge on ahead. Remember, it is okay to fail or to feel completely lost at times. We all hit rough patches, but what I want you to remember is this: You are priceless. Worth it. You are more than capable. And our God is AWESOME! And He will help you finish your race. 

What hinders you? How do you press through rough patches?

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!!***

Hebrews 12:1 Image source

Tempo Thursday: Tips & Tricks to Overcoming the Mental Barrier

*Note: This post was originally started last Thursday. Yesterday, it was actually sunny. :-)

This morning I was feeling beyond tired. It had stormed all night so I didn't sleep well; the cat was going crazy due to the thunder I suppose, and the kid woke up too. When my alarm went off I debated on not getting up and going to the gym. But I got up and went anyway...then beat myself up because my run felt too hard. Running doesn't always feel easy. Especially when you're working towards a goal and feeling particularly exhausted. And if I want to qualify for Boston I'm going to have to suck it up and get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Comfortable being tired.
Being sore. 
Overcoming failure.
Like in life. The road isn't always smooth. 
On the flip side I will need to get comfortable...
Being STRONG. 
Accomplished. Confident. Winning. 
Never beat yourself up for getting up and going. Even if it wasn't your best. You still got up. 

I think back two years ago when I began training for my first marathon (OBX NC) and how excited and terrified I was. 26.2 is no puddle jump y'all. But after all was said and done, I had done it. I set my goals, worked toward each one, and accomplished my mission. I also look back on just how far I've come speed and training wise. My 'tempo' pace back then is now my slow, long run pace. Pretty incredible. I'm still not the fastest or will every be the greatest runner, but I can be the greatest me. So when I even begin to think about if I can qualify for Boston I remember just how hard it felt two years ago to even run a marathon but I still did it. And I plan on rocking my little corner of world again.

So according to Run Less, Run Faster, from the experts at FIRST, this is what it looks like I need to be able to run in order to realistically train to qualify for Boston:

 Ouch. This will not be easy. But I want this more than I want to give up.

Tips (& Tricks): Overcoming the Mental Barriers

**Think of where you were one (or more) years (or even months, weeks, days) ago and where you stand today. And not just with running progress. Progress in who you have become. 
8:40 min/mile was like a "medium tempo" pace for me, now it's a long run pace. What seemed so difficult a year or two ago now feels easier and comfortable. But we can not get there unless we push ourselves daily.

**Surround yourself with a support system of people who love you.
My sister is awesome!! She's been there for nearly every little race I've done and both marathons. She's the one who's always believed in me. Keeps my son when I run long. She is my biggest cheerleader.
And this year she ran 5k #2 and PRed herself!! Can I get a woot woot for the sister?! You also need to be a support for others. Let it go round full circle.

**Talk to yourself. Not like out load crazy person talk, When the run gets tough mentally tell yourself to run. Simply put. Just run. Press on. Push hard.

**Smile. It tricks your body into thinking it feels good.

**Read motivational books, quotes, magazines.
I got a lot of mental boost and toughness from the book Mind Gym by Gary Mack 
My friend Michelle found this for me! It's one of the bests. A trained mind is just as important, if not more, as a trained body. (1 Timothy 4:8)

**Remember your life is not just a marathon. Be a friend. A spouse. A parent. Be whatever it is you are besides an athlete. Don't neglect the others in your life. Always show appreciation for those in your circle. 

Last Saturday I ran the Tata Trot and even scored a PR. But what I failed to mention was that after I finished I saw a young girl, about second grade age, who was grabbing a cup of water trying to finish her third and final lap. I offered to run with her if she liked, to help encourage her to finish. She smiled and said yes! What does this have to do with anything?
Her name I later found out was, Savanna
Do you remember where the next marathon I wanted to run? 
Savanna, GA. 
I took this as a sign. It 26.2 time, Rock n' Roll Savanna, Georgia style.
So... I officially registered! That's right! On November 8, 2014 I will be a Mrs. {{{yaaaay!!}}} and a BQ hopeful. I will start the training June 20th, that's about a month earlier than I normally would, but this way I have lots of wiggle room to get all married and honeymooned and fun stuff like that.
2014 might just be my favorite year yet.
Your turn! What are your running and/or racing goals? Do you struggle with the mental training part and how do you overcome the mental barriers?

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Marathons and Marriage

This post is going to be open and honest. It may cause some of you to think I'm a horrible and selfish human being. But if you read on you'll see my heart. I'm just hoping to share what I've learned and hopefully will help someone else in the process.
For those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning (Bless your souls!) you know I had been a single parent for a number of years. As a single parent life teaches you a few lessons. Not all good ones either. 

You learn how to have thick skin.  
You learn to be your own source of strength. 
Your own boss. You are mother and father. 
You are the sole provider. 
You learn that people hurt you. Lie to you. 
So you learn to not trust easily. 
You call the shots. 
You learn to become fiercely independent. 
You don't need anybody. 
You become in a word, prideful. 

It's made me a stronger woman, yes,
but what happens when you fall in love and get engaged? 
Letting go of pain is hard. 
Letting go of...
Total Independence. 

It's not just you anymore. Learning to work together and live your life with someone else's needs before your own is tricky and won't come natural at first. My son's needs came natural. But this engaged thing this is different. It's wonderful, beautiful, exciting, surreal. 
But becoming engaged has been the hardest thing for me in the same token. I know, I know that sounds dumb. But it truly has! It's been the best and easiest thing ever but also the hardest thing. Make sense? I've learned an awful lot about myself in the process. 
When it's just you calling the shots for so many years it's hard to remember you're part of a team now. 
There's no I in team. My fiancé is not the enemy. 
What does this have to do with marathons? Everything. And nothing. 
Also, for those of you who have been following this blog for quite some time you know I LOVE the marathon. It's my favorite distance and I have a huge goal to qualify for Boston. 
When I became engaged I was afraid of "losing" myself and losing the person I had become and was afraid I could never run marathons again. {{Insert being overly dramatic here. *le sigh* and hangs head in shame.}}
But in reality, the only thing I'm "losing" is the ugly and lonely side of myself.

I've gained:

My partner in crime err life
My biggest support system 
A workout partner who teaches me new things 
A friend who always has my back
A confidant who isn't afraid to tell me like it is 
And a confidant to encourage me and remind it's ok to not be ok sometimes 
A date night hunk 
A hand to hold 
A prayer partner 
A teammate 
A running friend 
A lover through all our walks in life. 
And so much more...

I hope this makes some sense to someone. I could delve so much deeper into my thoughts, fears, and explanations, but I find this much is perfectly appropriate. 

And, he's promised me if I can and do BQ that we would go to Boston!

Who's cheering me on to BQ to hold him to his word?! And hold onto him?!

I promised him after Boston that I'd birth his babies. He said I'd better hurry and qualify then. Let's do this. ;-)

How does running impact your relationships? Do you run together? Do you have similar goals/hobbies?

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!!*** 

I love this guy. P's signature race pose...apperantly. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

#MotivationalMonday + CheriBundi Winner!

Happy Monday y'all! Runners World sent a good meme today in my e-mail inbox and I thought is was a good one to share.
Joe Henderson is also marathoner. I have this thing for marathons... 
I think this also goes along nicely with Sunday's post. Read yesterday's post and you'll see why.

Get out of your head and into the run. 

And the winner from my CheriBundi contest is...
Michelle B. from 

Do you ever find it challenging to get out of your own head? Do you trip you up?

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Friday, May 16, 2014

Feeling Free Friday + IH8 Alzheimer's 8k

What is up my friends? Listen, I had an amazing post all ready to go up for you guys yesterday, but it will have to wait for next Thursday :-/ I know, right? Hit a little speed bump so it's not quite ready. 
Here are five pics to entertain you. 

It's kind of hard to tell, but this is going to be a Dahlia flower by September! Remember the bulb I planted a while back? Well, we had some major frost and it died. Sad story. So I had to re-plant and here we have success! Yay! Might have a green thumb after all.

I'm the lion, baby. Roar. Can't remember where I found this meme but I saved it to share with you guys. 

This is me. Literally, right now. No joke. 

And my sister loves me. See what she gifted me?! I have a thing for coffee. And for being awesome. This mug is perfection. 

My son is tucked away in this picture somewhere. This was for jump rope for heart. He goes to an amazing school! 
What's up with the kid? Allergies and EOG tresting prep. I took him out of swim  for the month but hopefully he'll be ready for swim team over the summer. 

And.... one more picture. I know, I know that makes six, not five pics, but who was honestly counting?

This Sunday at 2:00 pm I'll be running this 8k with the fiancé. In his career field he comes across many people with Alzheimer's. So this one is close to his heart. I've never raced an 8k before. Or raced at 2 pm. Have you ever raced an afternoon event? I'm curious to see how I run. And how my tummy feels! I'm so used to running first thing in the morning on nearly E. 

***Ready for the weekend? Running any races?***

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Happy Wednesday Encouragement. Just because.

A little encouragement for your Wednesday. Happy hump day!

"God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day." 
(Psalm 46:5 NIV)

We will get tired. Exhausted. Spent. Weary. Worried. Afraid. Consumed. 


Our God is greater. And if God is within you, you will not fall. Press on. Friday's coming before you know it! Or, if your workweeks are crazy like mine, Sunday is coming before we know it! Let's run the race set before us with so much joy people must think we are crazy! Good crazy! And joy is contagious so GO and spread it! 

Psssssst--don't forget to enter the CheriBundi GIVEAWAY! You have until this Sunday to enter. Who doesn't love something totally free?! Don't be greedy. Spread the word!

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Run on Cherries! CheriBundi **GIVEAWAY!!**

Disclaimer: ***Just so you know, I was given the goods at no charge pictured here from the awesome makers of CheriBundi to try and review on my blog. No additional compensation was provided.  All opinions and expressions are my own and honest thoughts about the product and it's claims.***
I'm just so glad I happened to love this product! A rockin', awesome review is so much more fun than a lousy "I guess you could use this" kinda review ... I've definitely become a cherry believer. 

CheriBundi Day 1
I did some research before posting my review because, anytime I want to share information or products with you I want to be sure I'm giving you all sound, intelligent, and safe information. 
Check out this site HERE for the scientific research on tart cherries and the benefits to muscle recovery. I was excited to read that it does indeed help according to studies, so it's not just all in the mind! 
HERE for a Trail Running Magazine article on juices and muscle recovery, including tart cherry juice.

So aside from all the research, this juice really is good stuff. Cherries are my favorite fruit. That's super news! Always like a product I can not only review but truly believe in. 
CheriBundi claims to alleviate sore muscles and aid in recovery.  And when CheriBundi contacted me to try them out, I jumped on the bandwagon! There just couldn't of been a better time. I am currently building weekly mileage (up to about 25 miles a week now) to help prep my body for marathon training, which begins June 20th, eeek! Insert happy dance here. {{tip: It's wise to have a good, solid mileage base before attempting marathon training. Or your body will feel beat up and/or become more susceptible to injury.}} And my body was starting to feel the pinch. Adding a new product to your diet before seriously training is also a good idea, just to explore how your body may react to the new product. You don't want to find out in the midst of a hard core training session that a certain food or drink doesn't mesh well with your body's system.  
The goods I tried included the tart cherry juice, relax juice (I slept my hardest after drinking this. Like a rock!), refresh green tea with cherry juice (one of my personal favorites), a refresh pomegranate cherry juice, and smoothie mix packets. So, so yum. All of it. 
They also offer a protein drink with whey protein mixed in. I didn't have that one on hand to try but I'm betting it's just as amazing as all the others. 
Look what came on my doorstep!

Post yoga chillaxin time.
So are the claims true and did it work for me? In a nutshell, yes.
The only con I saw:
Higher in (natural) sugar. Just cut back on other no good for you sugars. As with anything else, moderation
They do offer a a "lite" which contains Stevia. 

Tasty test:
It is advertised as a tart cherry juice. It may be, however, they add a little concentrated apple juice to make it sweet. My taste buds were pleased. 
Sound sleep:
Slept hard! Like, no joke. I drank it about an hour before bed because I read about it's melatonin like effect. I found this to be true. I had the fiancé try it out too, he's my guinea pig of sorts, and he had one of the best night's sleep after trying it too. 
Natural pain killer and inflammation relief:
Next day post long run my legs weren't sore. At all. Usually they tend to be stiff. Way better than stuffing my body with chemicals found in OTC drugs. For once, I didn't take ibu after a long run.

Price and where to find:
You can find it on their online store, Kroger, whole food stores, Amazon
Buy direct from CheriBundi
Check out the CheriBundi Blog for more info
Depending on how much in bulk you buy it averages out to be about $2.50-3.00 per bottle. It's a bit pricey. But, still a much better choice than a $1.75 bottle of cancer, like diet sodas. 

Find CheriBundi on the Social Scene:

Because I like to share, I'm giving away two packets of the smoothie mix, coupons, pin, and a sticker for one lucky reader! I know, I know you all love me. Right?

I usually utilize Rafflecopter but for today's entry I'd just like you to do two or three things for me:

1.) Leave me a comment about what products you currently use for muscle aid and recovery. 

2.) Like Flying Feet in Faith on Facebook HERE and let me know on your comment you did. 

3.) Follow me on Twitter HERE and tweet about the giveaway tagging both @cheribundi and @jessflyingfeet also let me know that in your comment below too!
You have until this Sunday, May 18th 11:59 pm to enter!
For each entry you complete I'll add your name to the pot the old fashioned way and draw your name out of a hat. Oooolllddd school cool. 

***How do you recover from a hard day of training? Do you try all natural remedies or do you go for OTC drugs like ibuprofen?***

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***
ps-congrats to Jackie M. for participating and winning the #MothersDayMiles challenge! I'll get your prize in the mail asap!