Follow my journey from being overweight and addicted to ice cream, to running marathon's!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I need your help!

Hello, friends!!

  As you know, I'm running the Chicago Marathon on October 13. What you may not know is that I'm running for the Ronald McDonald House Charites.
Ronald McDonald House Charities often speaks about “helping families find strength in numbers”--talking about the 324-plus Ronald McDonald Houses that welcome and serve families 24/7; or about the network of 30,000 volunteers that help it serve 10,000 families every day. 

I love how they help kids and families around the world, provide a place for them to stay, as well as meals and support, regardless of their financial situation.

  Would you consider helping me out by donating to an awesome cause? Any amount is a huge help! 
Please go to my fundraising page here.

All donations are tax deductible. 

Thank you so much. I really appreciate it!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dirty Girl Mud Run, Ironman and Running!

Saturday my friend Julie and I volunteered at the Dirty Girl mud run!

Our shift was from 9-12 and our station was the mud pit! I couldn't think of a better place to be. It was hilarious watching all these cute, clean girls stepping into the mud, shrieking, and then immersing themselves in the mud!
Of course the grass was very muddy and slippery as they were getting out, so there were a lot of falls, which made it even more hilarious! We saw some funny stuff! 
 There were a couple maintenance guys hanging out with us for a bit and for some reason they thought we needed to be muddy too. (Why??)  Julie had some chick throw mud at her, that poor girl was eating mud! They wouldn't let me stay clean so they BOTH had to hug me. (Of course they were covered in mud)  

 We had a blast though! I didn't think I would ever want to do a mud run, but now I know I would do one. Of course only with a group of girls though. We saw a few girls doing it alone- how boring would that be! Since we volunteered, we will get a free registration, so next year we'll be gettin' muddy!
 After all that hard work, we were hungry!

I can't tell you how amazing that grapefruit lime margarita was! (Yes, my glass was empty by the time my salad arrived.)

 This weekend I was supposed to run 18 miles for my Chicago Marathon training. I decided to do it Sunday. I knew I'd have to do it in the afternoon though, since I had to go to church in the morning.
 Well, at 2:00 it was 85 degrees, sunny and humid.
The Ironman Louisville was going on, so I thought if all those people can swim, bike and run a marathon in this heat, I can do 18 miles.

Well....I guess I'm not as tough as I thought. I ran 3 and my body would just not go anymore!

 I decided to come home and run the other 15 on my treadmill. I've done it before, so I knew it would be ok. 
I'm telling ya, running in cool air and with a big fan blowing on you is wonderful! I ran 8 miles. That's it. That's all I did. Why? No reason. No excuse. I just stopped. 
 It's so hard not to beat yourself up and feel like a failure for not finishing. But as my Chicago marathon buddy, Amanda, reminded me, we still have 7 weeks left, I can make it up!

 For the next 4 hours I may have laid on the couch and watched the Ironman finish line!
I knew watching it would get me thinking that I might want to do an Ironman someday... I mean, why not? Is there any reason I couldn't do it? I never thought I could run a marathon, and I did.
 When I mentioned it to the hubs he said no way. Hmmm....

Would you ever do an Ironman?
What did you do this weekend?


Thursday, August 22, 2013

3 Things Thursday!

3 Things Thursday

It's been awhile, so I thought I would do this again!

1. I'm sure you remember my adorable, sweet, precious nephew, right? He's 6 weeks old now and he came to visit all the way from Wisconsin.
 Is he not the cutest thing you've ever seen? Oh, I'm just in love with him. It kills me every time I have to leave!
The beautiful Momma and proud Aunt

 2.New things! Reviews coming soon!
Skora shoes, a new protein shake and a Road ID!

3. Saturday I'm volunteering at the Dirty Girl Mud Run with Julie! I can't wait! They give volunteers a free entry, so I hope to do it next year. It looks like a blast! 
 After that, I'll only be running 18 miles. :)

Do you have a Road ID?
I feel so much better running with it! I think it's very important!

Have you done a mud run?
Me- nope.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Meeting Wesley Korir

Good Morning, my friends!

  Saturday was week 10 of my Chicago Marathon training, and I was supposed to do 16 miles. I found out that Wesley Korir, the 2012 Boston Marathon winner (he also won the LA marathon twice), was coming to speak at a local running store. He also attended University of Louisville, so that was really cool!
 I did not want to miss that, so I woke up at 6 am and was able to get in 9 miles. I was planning on doing 7 more after hearing him speak. 

The guy in the very back row, seated, in the red shirt is his coach.

He wears Nike minimal shoes.
He takes GU's while running

Honestly, I was a little surprised at how tiny he is! I was thinking he'd look more like Usain Bolt, tall and muscular. He has a hard time keeping weight on. During the Boston Marathon, he lost 13 lbs! (Not during training, that's during the actual race!) That would be such a nice problem to have!
 He is such a nice guy. Very down to earth and friendly. So inspirational! One thing he said that really impacted me was to focus on your strengths, not on your weaknesses. So often we put so much attention on our weakness, that it can often pull down our strengths. We need to focus on what we do well. Believe in yourself and your strengths! 

 He told us about moving to the US, from Kenya, and he had a very hard time getting here. A lot of complications at the airport, etc. After going through so much trying to get here, he called his brother, back in Kenya, and told him he was going to turn around and go back home. His brother said "do you know how lucky you are to go to America? Everyone wants to go to America, and you actually get that opportunity!" His brother told him to man up, and he said he did! 

 He compared that to training for marathons. During our long runs it can be painful, mentally and physically. Sometimes we feel like giving up, but we have to keep going. Don't give up on yourself! Then when you finish the race, you'll be glad you didn't quit.

 His coach was also there and spoke for a few minutes. His love for Wesley is obvious. He shed some tears as he was talking passionately about Wesley's attitude and how he gives 100% and strives to always do his best. 

 Wesley also talked about his foundation, the Kenyan Kids Foundation. In Kenya, you have to pay to attend high school! So they provide scholarships to students who otherwise wouldn't be able to go to school. 
His wife Torah and 2 adorable children were there too. Torah just wrote a children's book and all proceeds go towards the foundation. 

  I am so glad I was able to meet him. He definitely inspired me!
His 7 week old son is in the carseat. :)
I had planned on going back to finish my 16 miler, but plans changed, and the hubs and I went to see some friends who just had their first baby.
I just can't get away from babies!
(Of course I don't want to either)
I did get a few more miles in last night, which was nice.

What did you do this weekend?


Friday, August 16, 2013

Why I love to exercise

So, yesterday was one of those days. 
Where you look at your life and think "wow, this isn't what I ordered." I never thought at 35 I'd be married, but not allowed to have a baby. Never thought I'd be married to a youth pastor. One of the hardest jobs in the entire world. I have to watch him tirelessy give of himself and yet all parents do is complain. Teenagers are teenagers and you get stabbed in the back, when you just think you're helping.
 You feel alone. There's no one to call and go have a drink with. What happened to the life I thought I would be living?? 
 In the past, I would've drowned this self pity in a gallon of ice cream. But not anymore! 
I decided to go to spin class. There's just something about being in a dark room, working so hard you wonder if you'll make it, Skillet blaring, and sweat mixing with your tears- that makes life seem a little more bearable.
 I've gotta say I felt so much better. If I had drowned my sorrows in ice cream, I would've felt even worse. That is one of the many reasons I love to exercise. It clears my head and helps me see things in a different light. It's good for the soul!

Let's move on to happy things now, shall we?
Tomorrow I'll be running 16 miles AND I'm going to see Wesley Korir at a local running store. He's the winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon and is a Louisville, KY native! I'm SO excited! 
Also, go check out Rachel's blog, I am the guest blogger today!
Have a fabulous weekend!!

What is something you love about exercise?


Monday, August 12, 2013

Columbus Half Marathon Recap

Good Morning!

  Yesterday I ran the Columbus Half Marathon, my 4th half! I drove up on Saturday afternoon, and had been planning on going alone. (I feel bad dragging my family along to my races, I know they don't enjoy them as much as I do!) At the last minute I decided to ask my sweet cousin, Janelle, if she would like to come along, and she said yes! I was so happy to have some company on the 3.5 hour drive, and just knowing someone is waiting for you at the finish line makes SUCH a difference!
We got to Ohio, I picked up my race packet, and then we set out looking for the park where the race would be held. I always like doing that ahead of time so I don't have to worry about getting lost or not finding it the morning of the race! We had a little trouble finding it. Apparently it's a huge park, with lots of different entrances, all miles apart! But we finally found it.

 The town doesn't have a lot of restaurants to choose from, but we found a little sandwich shop and THIS. Absolutely amazing!!

Then we headed to the hotel, I laid out everything for the race, and went to bed at 9!
I got the sweetest text from my mom. 
My mom is amazing! I am so thankful for her!

I woke up at 5:30 and we headed to the race around 6:20. Start time was 7 a.m.
The weather was perfect! It was about 60 degrees, no humidity, it was wonderful!

Almost time!!

And we're off!

I didn't take any pictures on the course, but it was very pretty. Most of it was in the shade, which was wonderful. It was an out and back course, very few hills. We went over 4-5 bridges- which really messed with me! I've never ran on a bridge before, and it made me very dizzy! 
 At mile 7 I took a Honey Stinger, I also got water/gatorade at every stop. I'm trying to perfect the art of running while drinking. I usually just spill it all over myself! 
 I was really, really hoping to make it in 2:15, but it just wasn't meant to be. My time was 2:35, which of course I'm disappointed with, but what can ya do!  (20 minutes longer than my goal!!) 
It was nice to beat this group of people I'd been running with for the last few miles. :)

It was a great race, not too big, maybe 1000 people. It was put together very well, and was a great experience! I have to give a HUGE thank you to Janelle, for coming along with me. She's a photographer, so it was nice to have some extra pictures! 

Let's go home, baby!

#4 done! Next race is the Women's Half Marathon in Nashville, on Sep. 28! Maybe, just maybe I will PR there. Here's to hoping!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Torn muscle and a race on Sunday!

I have some words to the wise today. Well, in my case, unwise.
If you haven't done any strength training in over a month, don't jump back into it expecting to lift the same amount without getting hurt!
 That's what happened to me. Why did I take that long off? Honestly, I don't know. I told myself once the boys started school, I would get back into it. So, that's what I did. Wednesday I got back to my Slim in 6 dvd's. These are my FAVORITE workout dvd's ever. For some reason I thought I could use the same amount of weights (10's), and go just as hard as I used to.

I noticed right away I had lost some strength, but I kept going, kept pushing myself.
Well, yesterday my arms were pretty sore, but nothing that I'm not used to, I love that sore feeling- it means I worked hard! Last night I woke up around midnight and I couldn't straighten my left arm. My right arm was extremely sore, but I could straighten it, although now it's starting to hurt if it's totally straight too.

This is as straight as it goes, and even this hurts!
I was hoping by this morning it would be back to normal, but it's not! I gotta tell ya, I'm in a lot of pain. I did put some icy hot on it, which seemed to help. I guess I don't get to lift today. :(

 This weekend I'm traveling to Columbus, OH for the Columbus Half Marathon on Sunday!!
Thankfully I don't have to straighten my arms while I'm running!
 This will be Half Marathon #4. My best time so far was 2:25, an 18 minute PR from my previous race. My goal this time is 2:15. Totally doable for me, I WILL make it! 

Have you ever pulled, strained, torn a muscle? Any advice for me?
What race do you have coming up next?


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Back to School and New Running Shoes from Kindrunner!

Well, today was back to school  for my cutie pie boys!
 It was a little bittersweet for me. My oldest stepson, Matthew, was home schooled last year, so he was with me 24/7. It wasn't always easy, but it was the best thing for him at the time. Our relationship really grew over the year. I adore my boys!
Matthew, 15 and Jonah, 13

My sweet daycare girls watching their 'brothers' get on the bus!
Now onto the fun stuff; shoes!!
 I became a Kindrunner ambassador a couple months ago, and a couple weeks ago I ordered my first pair of shoes from them! I've been running in my Brooks Pure Flo's for about a year and a half. (And they said they last only 3-500 miles. I blew that WAY out of the water!!) They were the first shoes I wore that didn't give me blisters on my long runs and made my feet feel good. And the first time I wore them I got a 5 minute PR on my 5k!! Well, after putting over 1000 miles on them (I'm guessing, don't know for sure) they started to get a little worn and uncomfortable. So I knew it was time for new ones!
 I really like the lightweight shoes, and I love Brooks, so decided to stay with what I knew!

I ordered the Brooks Pure Flo 2's

 Aren't they pretty?? I wore them during my 13 miler last week and my feet were SO happy! 
What I love about Kindrunner is that they pay for you to ship them your old shoes, and then they donate them to a charity who makes sure that people in the greatest need receive them! And then they give you a $10 credit to use towards your next pair.

 Are your kiddos back in school yet?
 What shoes do you run in?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Week 8 Chicago Marathon Training and the Big Four Bridge

Good Morning, my friends!

  I hope y'all had a fabo weekend! Mine was pretty amazing!
Saturday I ran 13 miles. I can't believe Chicago is only 68 days away!! Yes, I'm counting down the days.
Saturday night we had about 25 teenagers over for a Back to School party. Lots of work, but it was fun!

Doing the Cupid Shuffle
Then Sunday was finally my day to relax! My honey and I went to the Big Four Bridge in Louisville. They have recently turned it into a walking bridge, from an old railroad truss bridge. It is awesome!!

If I lived a little closer, I would be running here. I can't wait to go back in the evening sometime. I'm sure the sunset would be gorgeous!

Maybe this is common, but I've never seen this before. Locking down toilet paper?? Weird. I guess people will steal anything!

Tell me something you did this weekend!
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