|Photo from OKC Memorial Marathon e-mail I received|
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
|By far the best shirt I've gotten at a race! NorthFace brand too.|
Anyways, so the kid's Fun Run was FREE which was awesome! All proceeds went to benefit our Brevard High school's track and field program. Since I went to school there I thought that was cool. Except back then I was a total nerd. Not even into track. Oh if we could turn back time...
|Got a super cool beaded bear can necklace. word.|
|Our local news did a segment on the event and look who they caught on camera! My little dude!|
So how's the marathon training going? Eh, I'm not getting the mileage in I'd like.. it's tanked some. But with the help of my sister I've been able to get some good runs in here and there. I am trying to be THANKFUL for what I can get in. I think I'm getting better at the sweat fest sessions in the gym...no...no I'm not. It sucks. And the weather has been terrible most days. So I either sweat my face off in the gym or freeze my assets off in the cold and stupid wind. And doing some runs at night ----which my tummy does NOT like most nights--- while the kid enjoys CrossFit with the sister. Ha! Who knew my kid would be into that? I have had no other option but to do my long runs every other weekend --while getting a kinda long run the other weeks-- due to the fact that my work schedule sucks, and we've lost yet another fab associate, and work SEVEN day straight shifts... I have got to find another way to make a living...any tips on this are welcomed!
At any rate, I've had one great 18 miler and another superb 20 miler. So hopefully I can crank out a few more before the taper begins...which isn't too far off!
But I tell ya, I've been dealing with some major head games. I guess the stress levels at work have really been getting to me. Like why am I even trying? I'm a single mom. Single moms don't have time to train for and run marathons. What a selfish parent I am. But I have to remind myself that I have seen new strength and determination in my child since all my running crazy. He's already done two fun runs this year! And with most challenges he faces he reminds himself and others, "That with God's help we can do anything! Just keep pushing and keep going." I pray that he stays this way. That what ever he does in life that he does it with all of his heart and soul like he does now. I am BLESSED to have this little guy in my life. And so far I've only had to miss him for one hour a week and every other weekend I get a long run in. You know, I could be one of those parents that miss out on hours away from their kids because they choose to party their lives away or other terrible things... no. I'm a good momma. And I think that maybe there's another mother out there who needs to hear this, running is a beautiful thing and your child-ren will see that in you. Teaching isn't always out of a book or by words but by our actions. They are always watching. Don't give up. Teach your child-ren how to truly LIVE LIFE. Running in itself is a life lesson. A lesson in strength, peace, balance, determination...the list is endless.
And it has been said, If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. I have to remind myself that when I'm dying on the treadmill doing speedwork sessions or running tempos out on hills with wind in my face. Free resistance training I guess. ha. And somehow, I'm already planning up my next marathon in my mind...
"9.But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Marathon training? Well it's going.. sorta. I've had one flawless 18 miler and a few decent training runs. The treadmill quit. I revived it. Then it quit again. For good. Then I had a cold, then another cold...sinus...upper respiratory infection or whatever you call it and had another lousy mileage week.
So...for the good news!
I've got my first race of the season coming up! Yay! It's a 4 miler which is a distance I've never raced before so automatic PR right? It's local here in town, The Oskar Blues 4 Miler. I am officially registered for this baby. I got news for my sinus issues: YOU BETTER CLEAR THAT MESS UP FOOL! My speed hasn't been too up to par due to the issues I've had this go-round during training but I'm hoping to make this a fun run with cool green and white stockings and shamrock tattoos. woo.
Back in February my sister, her kid and my kid all ran the Frostbite Fun Run again this year! It was windy and super cold but the sun was out and beautiful. They all did awesome, beating their times from last year. They were all right around 9 minutes this year!
|Little D, the Sis and little K :)|
Also going through this lousy season, I've been reminded of a few things that I've forgotten.. There's more to me than just running! I sing, play guitar, have family and a J-O-B. And as I've mentioned before, my first priority is here:
|Love of my life.|
My second priority is here:
Now it's time for me to get my ice-cream butt to the gym and work it out.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
So I've been having to get super
|Perfect analogy for my thought process after the mill's death. I was stuck on "I can't do it" for about a week.|
|Part of the hill.|
I've also been following some awesome challenges like:
Staci Bereyni on Facebook and Twitter. She's a motivational coach and I really encourage you to follow her! Her challenges have kept me pumped! Thanks Staci!!
And the One Tough Mother Runner, Wendy, has been a great source of daily encouragement and I started doing her #Planksalot challenge which has kept me focused on a strong core. STRONG CORE=STRONG RUNNER! I would definitely encourage you to follow her on Facebook and Twitter as well! She has some other awesome challenges going on as well. Go check her out!
|You can not stop a determined woman.|
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Would you consider helping kids' hearts and our school's team? My son will jump rope for every dollar and I will run one mile for every $10!
We will post a video up of little D jumping!
Thanks in advance!!!
PS- I'm still alive.
Pps-still running strong and training for OKC ...
Ppps-got a surprise entry to the Asheville Biltmore Marathon March 3rd! More on that later..when I find time!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
|Mizuno Wave Precision 12|
|It's also been REALLY chilly! I found an awesome ColdGear shirt at Marshalls for $15 compared to $50!!|
|Runner's World Big Book Training Plan|
- Yasso 800s
- longest run tops out at 23, not 20
- some long runs have a fast finish
- scheduled 'hill' work vs soley speedwork
- more easy running!
- if needed swap out an easy run day for rest or light cross training
- there's only one scheduled rest day
Where there's a will there's a way. Especially when you have the good Lord on your side. I pray that somehow through all this I am able to encourage someone and that I honor God in all I do.
I. Am. On. A. Mission. To ROCK IT like a ROCKET! Cheesy? Yes. Awesome? Heck yes.
Geez I have so much more to say... that's what I get for not blogging for a week! But I will stop here.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Anybody else get SO stinkin' excited about the New Year?! I absolutely love the new year. Almost as much as I love Christmas. I like the fresh start. The sense of renewal and new chances for new adventures. A clean slate! Really each day could be seen as that. With each new sunrise it is a new day! But there's something fresh about a whole new year.
I'm not even sure where to start! I must have about one-hundred goals and resolutions for this upcoming new year. But in reflection, 2012 was amazing! I remember thinking I wanted to run a marathon by 2013 or 2014...well I met that goal in 2012! So many awesome things like that and scoring PRs and age division awards. I met all of my goals and logged over 1200 miles this year. And on a personal note I became the most content I've ever been. Content as a single parent and woman.
My son has also had an incredible year! He ran his first Fun Run in February, swam like a champ over the summer, read chapter books like they were going out of style and has completely wowed me in so many ways.
Work life has been crazy but that's why maintaining a positive attitude while on the job is one of my 2013 resolutions!
My big focus as far as running goes is the OKC Marathon in April and the inaugural Asheville Citizen-Times marathon in September. Running OBX in November would be awesome again but like I've mentioned in the past, financially I can only, barely, swing one good trip.
I also must admit, I want to be faster. I daydream about running Boston more than any normal human being should. Even though given my past marathon speed I have my work cut out for me! That may take another year or two or three...but that's why we keep on keeping on!
So since I like lists and I need to organize this a bit,
Have a DAILY devotional time with the kid (was way too off and on last year with this)
Run at least two fun runs with the kid
Organize our closets...yay fun.
Put our swim/run, all things active scrapbook together (I have all the pieces sitting in a pile needing to be put together!)
Limit tv/movie time and add extra board games or crafts
Food prep and cook more. <--this one scares me the most!
Maintain a positive attitude and breathe!
To not participate it any gossip whether it be true or false. Talking bad about people is just wrong. Period. We are to speak life and encouragement!
Be more grateful daily for a job.
Read more CEs. Like actually read them. To actually learn. Not skim them and answer questions as needed.
Count my fruits and veggies daily! There were many days this past year where I only ate like ZERO real whole foods.
Practice Yoga/Pilates at least two times each week (I was way too lazy on this last year...)
Drink drink drink my water! I cut our diet soda during the last phase of my marathon training, but snuck a few after. This year I want to cut it out totally! I feel so much better without it.
Read 10 books this year. 10 whole books. I don't read much and I feel this should change. Maybe I will pick some good running reads. I'd like to read The Long Run by Matt Long. I've read so many awesome things about this book. Reading inspires, enriches and grows the mind. My poor brain could use some of that. Ha!
To run OKC and see my family!
A sub-4:00 marathon! I will have two chances!
Get a 5k under 24 minutes
Get as many fun runs in with the kid
Keep running happy and strong!
And I have so many more goals, I know I do but I will keep this list for your boring reading pleasure short and sweet!
So you see my pretty little picture? I scored a Fuel Belt for $15! Have you been to Marshalls?? I strongly suggest you check it out. There was only one Fuel Belt. Ladies size small. Perfect for me! I tried it on in the store and ran around with it on. (Because I'm cool like that) Stayed put and didn't bounce. And those bright colors should get me going! There's something about bold colors that make me feel like a rock star. Note the bright colored socks as well! I'm excited about having some new gear for this upcoming marathon training cycle!
**So what are your biggest 2013 goals??**
Happy (&Blessed) Running!!!