Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long Race Recap

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So it took me a day longer than I thought to get this wrote out and published.  Oh well, sometimes with kids, things don’t go as planned and that’s OKAY!  So this was my first 10k race.  I had done 5ks, a 15k and a half marathon, but never a 10k.  I really enjoyed this distance.  Requires a little more stamina than the 5ks but not the mental strength that the half marathon required.

The race started at 8 am and I was meeting my friend Jennifer so that we could drive to the location together.  From my training last year for the half marathon I knew parking in this area was limited.  So I woke up at 6 am to get ready and be out of the house by 6:30 am.  It was so hard to judge what the weather was going to be like.  High was low 50’s but it was still dark out and I knew it would warm up.  I opted for my running tights, a thermal shirt, my vest and gloves.  I am always cold, but I tend to sweat a lot too once I get going.  This ended up being the perfect choice for me.  I always save my run shirt to wear AFTER the race is over.

 

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So I managed to get out of the house on time as I had set up my playlist on my iPhone the night before.  Got my usual breakfast of one slice of toast with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, half of a banana and a drizzle of honey.  This is always the perfect combination for me along with a little bit of coffee to get me warmed up and energized.  So I met up with Jennifer and we got to the race with plenty of time to spare.  Parking really wasn’t all that bad and we got to wait inside where it was warm until the start of the race.    I always have to make a pit stop pre race for the bathroom.

It ended up being a beautiful day for a race.  Sun was shiny.  Not too cold, not too hot.  PERFECT race weather!  This race was along the Arkansas River on the paved trails and was relatively flat.  Just a simple out and back, but with the gorgeous views of the river and of course good running company!  Next year Jennifer said we needed to do the 25k, as this race there was a 5k, 10k, 25k and a 50k.  I of course laughed but told her let’s get her through a half first than we would talk about a 25k.  I think it would be doable though.  Plus it’s coursed through Turkey Mountain.  I still have yet to make it out there.

So my finishing time for this 10k was 1:07:12.  I just wanted to enjoy this run, weather and company.  We are both moms so it was nice to get out and enjoy a run together and chat without interruptions!   No matter what I did it was a PR right?  HA!  I think these pictures definitely show the fun/joy that running brings us.  Yes this was at the END of 6.2 miles and we are SMILING!  *gasp*

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We were trying to find someone who would take our picture post race without feeling like we were bothering them.  We happened to find a couple that had run the race and were sitting off to the side enjoying the quietness.  The man just happened to be a photographer so we was all worried about getting the right lighting and the river in the background.  I think he did a GREAT job!  <3 Memories

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Left this part out as children kept coming in and talking to me, oh and the husband!  Thanks for the reminder Jennifer!!!  <3

Post race we went back to the start as they were serving food and drinks.  Everyone ALWAYS talks about how good beer tastes post race.  So we each had two beverage tickets.  Decided it’s free beer what the hell.  EWWW!!!  Gross!!  I am not a beer drinker for one, but this beer was worse then the other name brands that most of my friends choose.  Plus, beer at 9:15 a.m. not a fan.  I’m more of a coffee at that time kinda girl.  I can say I tried.  At least I wasn’t wasting my money.  HA!

Weekly Wrap Up #2

So this week, I  have been pretty consistent with my running.  It may not have been all on schedule as my allergies/sinus have been wrecking havoc on me this week.  The evening time sinus headaches though screwed up my plans of getting my P90x3 back on track.  However I must say all of my family is healthy again for a change, so this helped to stay on track at least with the running. I also had a 10k that was scheduled on January 25th that I was running in with my friend Jennifer, so it was important to stay on track.

Saturday, January 18th – I managed to get in 5 miles without any trouble.

Sunday, January 19th – 4.08 miles in with my wonderful neighbor and her husband.  They are always entertaining and make me laugh.

Monday, January 20th – 3.19 miles in with my husband at the gym.  My husband asked me if I wanted to go and of course I couldn’t turn him down!  I love running with me and  he was ASKING to go!

Tuesday, January 21st – P90x3 Total Synergistics and Agility X

Wednesday, January 22nd – 2.09 miles  I had 3-4 miles planned but I was feeling tired and made myself go anyway.  My rule of thumb when I’m like this is  make myself do 15-20 minutes and NORMALLY I’m ok at this point, but if I’m still not feeling it, then I will allow myself to be done.  I had also noticed my heart rate was higher than usual throughout my run, so I figured I hadn’t recovered from the workout the night before.

Thursday, January 23rd – Rest

Friday, January 24th – Grocery shopping day and I never have time to fit in a workout on Fridays.  It’s just too jam-packed.  Plus this was the day before a race which I always rest the day before.

Saturday, January 25th – 10k with my friend Jennifer (look for a race recap in the next few days)

Sunday, January 26th – 4.25 miles run/walk with the family.  I was pushing Taylor in the stroller up/down all the hills while Sofie rode her bike and my husband ran with our Doberman.

All in all it was a great week!  I was just shy of 25 miles which isn’t bad in my book and had a wonderful time with my friend and family.

How was your week?  Did you make time to fit your exercise in?

 

 

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

So we all know this saying, even more so if you are a former Girl Scout, but what happens when you move away when you’re say in 4th grade and start 5th grade at a NEW school.  You lose contact, that’s what happens!  (Unfortunately…)

So yesterday I posted about on my Facebook about finding long, lost friends.  “Finding an old, childhood friend has truly made my day! Not just a classmate, this was my best friend before we moved when I was younger. I had to tell my husband and daughter. I actually teared up telling my daughter! Hadn’t realized how much I had missed her. Happy to find her, sad we lost touch.”   Well that is exactly what happened, but let me give you the background history first.

So yes, I was born in Lawrence and I went to the same grade school from Kindergarten through 4th grade.  At this time we picked up and moved to a small, farm town out in the middle of nowhere.  My best friend in grade school Casey and I tried to keep in touch.  We were inseparable.  We were late coming in from recess so many times because we would be sitting inside huge tires trying to stay warm during the winter or time or too busy playing, I can’t even tell you.  Oh there are so many memories, I don’t even know where to begin, but sad story is, my family moved.  I’m not sure exactly, why we lost touch, as I do remember her coming to my house after we moved, however my house also burned down in 5th grade, so I’m not sure if this is where I lost her contact information, but after that I don’t recall seeing her.  Keep in mind this IS in 5th grade.  I was lucky to remember my own phone number let alone someone else’s.  As I grew older, I remember my mom telling me stuff she had heard about Casey and her family and I often wondered about her.  I never forgot about her.  I always remembered her birthdate and things we would do.  I always remembered her birthmark on her right hand.  Odd right?  lol

Well fast forward 22 years to yesterday, I woke up, and as I lay in bed letting my eye drops soak into my eyes (I have horribly dry eyes and every morning I have to use gel drops.  Thankfully I don’t wear contacts anymore to have to worry about them.) I checked my email and then had a few spare minutes so I logged onto Facebook.  I noticed I had a new friend request from a “Casey.”  I don’t just accept random friend requests from anyone.  So I researched if we had any friends in common.  We did, one girl I graduated high school with and another I had went to middle school with but had later moved away.  Hmm…okay.  I accepted it.  I couldn’t think of any “Casey”s I had went to middle school/high school with.  Then I noticed I had a message from her.  My jaw dropped open when I saw what she said her maiden name was and she was wondering if she had the correct Kimberly.  HOLY $H*T!  It was MY Casey from all those years ago!   I kept reading her message over and over and over again.  I had often thought about her over the years and had even tried finding her, but let’s face it folks, looking for someone on Facebook, is similar to finding someone in a random phone book!  I actually had added my maiden name to my Facebook not that long ago with the thought if she ever tried looking for me, THAT is what she would remember.  I was ecstatic!  I was BEYOND ecstatic!  I quickly messaged her back saying yes that was me.  Apparently the girl I went to high school with that she knew, their kids were in a class together and they were talking.  She had found ME!  I was SOOOO happy yesterday, I think my head was in the clouds all day.  Her and I messaged back and forth all day trying to catch up.  Let me tell you, it is NOT possible to catch up on 22 years in less than 24 hours!  I of course had to message my classmate and tell her “THANK YOU!!!”

At breakfast, I was telling Sofie, my daughter about Casey as I have told her memories from my childhood that involved Casey.  As I was telling her I felt myself tearing up.  We finished breakfast and as I was driving her to school and Taylor to the babysitter, Sofie and I talked more about Casey.  Last year, one of Sofie’s close friends at school moved away, so to help her and I had told her about my incident with that happening.  After I got her dropped off at school, I could think more deeply since it was just me in the car.  I broke down and cried on my way home.  I was so happy to finally have found her, but I was so sad at the same time to think of all those years lost.  I had to remind myself though, if that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have the wonderful people in my life now, but still the sadness is there.

We tried to quickly catch up and of course since she still lives in the same place, on our next trip up to Kansas, we plan to get together.  Sadly enough, I would love to be able to go back and look for photos that I have, but with my house having burned down in 5th grade, we lost everything.  I have no memories of her, except of what is in my head.  I sure hope more memories can be created!

So happy to have found you again Casey!

Crap now I have the song stuck in my head…”Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other’s gold.”  Passing on the love to you guys now!  HA!

QOTD:  Do you have a friend that you lost touch with through the years and have tried to find?

Motherhood, wifedom and getting your $h*t done

So one thing I always hear or get asked is “You are Super Mom!” or “How do you manage to find time to get everything done in a day?”

You want to know the real answer?  I DON’T! HA!  Were you expecting some miracle deal that I had?  Nope!  I don’t have a maid, even though I would entertain the thought of one, however the idea of paying for someone to clean up my house when I am perfectly able to seems a bit ridiculous in my mind.

Honestly, I don’t know about other moms out there but there are some days it feels easier than others to get everything in.  I always feel like I need more time in my day though.  That is a constant in my life that and coffee! Between spending time with my kids and husband, getting daily stuff done around the house, work, and exercising.  Some days aren’t long enough.  You know what?  That’s okay!  So what that my livingroom looks like a toy store blew up in it.  I DO have kids and one being a toddler after all, I can’t expect an immaculate house.  I would LOVE the thought of it, but I will have time for that when my kids are grown!   Do I feel guilty?  NOPE!  I prioritize my agenda daily.  So don’t for once think that I’m “Super Mom” and get all this in daily.  HECK NO!  My kids and husband come first, work and my health.  I may or may not get all my chores done around the house during the week, but we stay afloat.  Both of my kids help with dishes nightly, yes even the toddler.  He is at that wonderful age where all he wants to do is help, so I let him!  Yes, there might be “uh oh” moments along the way, but who cares.  He is learning!  So what that it takes me twice as long to do laundry because he wants to help carry the clothes, load them, put them in the basket and push the basket to the chair I sit in when I fold clothes.  But THAT’S OKAY!  I loathe laundry!  He makes it fun for me.  Plus I’m getting help with it so I won’t complain!  2014-01-18 18.30.35

I have a wonderful, loving husband that fully supports my running addiction. He may say I’m crazy from time to time, but he “gets it” as I “get” his storm chasing hobby.   (Which is quite interesting I might add!)  He has gotten really good in the kitchen too and will often help me out and get dinner going, even when I’m at home cooking myself.  Nothing is sexier than seeing a man in the kitchen right?!?!  🙂

So when you think you are failing, think twice.  Look around at all the stuff you DID do today and not what you have left to do.  Family comes FIRST, however your health and wellness should be just as important.  Without “mom” in the house, what would they do?  Prioritize your daily “To Do’s” and make a To Do list if you must.  Some days I need a list, some days I’m just on autopilot and know what I need to do.  Schedules are a must for me though on some things.  Menu planning, exercise, extracurricular activities and work.  My daughter participates in TWO, yes ONLY TWO activities.  Gymnastics and Girl Scouts.  I will not let her have something scheduled daily.  She often gets frustrated with it after a while and just wants a day off as well to play with her friends.  I see some parents that have their children doing something daily.  Not in this house!  She has to have time to get daily chores, homework, reading done without feeling rushed.  Plus I don’t want that feeling of feeling rushed through life.  Take it easy, enjoy it.  It goes WAY TOO FAST and your kids are grown right before your very eyes.

Rule of thumb, DON’T get down on yourself for not accomplishing everything daily.  However I feel like mom’s should make their health and wellness a priority too.

End of story.  Period.

QOTD:  What things do you do to make your daily tasks easier?

Peace and Quiet? What is this?

HOLY MOLY!  MY house is do I dare say it….q.u.i.e.t!  My husband and daughter left over an hour ago to go collect my husband’s deer stand from his hunting spot and my son is asleep.  What will I do with myself?  I do not hear any shrieking, screaming, whininess, nothing!  I have the whole house to myself!

Ok well shortly after I typed that phrase the door opened and my husband and daughter returned.  HA!  I jinxed myself!  Oh well!  I love seeing their smiling faces.

So I got my got in my miles today.  5.07 in the books!  It was a sad but happy 5 miles.  Today was dedicated to Megan Menzies.  The woman who was killed on January 13, 2014 by a drunk driver while running.

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I encourage EVERYONE to get out and do some sort of mileage today, whether it be walking, running, cycling, whatever.  Do it in honor of Meg and the other runners that were hit by cars this week.  Be extra aware of your surroundings, turn your music down on your headphones, or like I do, only wear one ear bud in and one out, pay attention if you are running on the roadway.  Run against the flow of traffic.  Always run when it’s daylight and if you DO run in the dark, where bright, reflective colors, use a flashlight or headlamp.  Be EXTRA careful.  Don’t assume people see you.

P.S.  It’s q.u.i.e.t in my house again.  Husband and daughter are outside working on a project and son is sleeping.  Shhh…..*tip toes in for coffee*

Weekly Wrap up and ENERGYbits WINNER

So this week has been THE week getting back on track after having two sick kids and then my co-worker going on vacation.

Friday the 10th, I took a rest day.  Mainly because Fridays are so chaotic as is.  We go grocery shopping every two weeks and the 10th happened to be our grocery shopping day.  Plus Fridays are my day I have to get paperwork finished for work and submitted.

Saturday the 11th was the FIRST day we had TWO healthy kids after my son being sick all last week.  It was such a blessing.  The weather was okay (cloudy and windy), but I managed to make it out for a 5 mile run.  Sunday,  I woke up to my daughter sick.  GAH!  Luckily she was okay on Monday to go to school, however when I picked her up, she said her ear was hurting so we ended up going to Urgent Care and she did have an ear infection.  Luckily after the first doseage of a Z pack she was all better come Tuesday.

Normally Saturdays are my long, slow distance, but I had a running date scheduled with my friend Jennifer on Sunday so I moved it to Sunday.

Sunday I got in a total of 8 miles.   Five miles with Jennifer as that was her distance scheduled for the day and then 3 miles on my own.  My plan initially was to see how I felt after I got the 5 miles in with Jennifer as I don’t often run back to back days 5+ miles.  At the end of Jennifer’s 5 miles I was feeling good, (I had my ENERGYbits to thank for this!) so I continued on my merry little way.  Sunday the 12th was a gorgeous day, sunny, in the high 60s, but WINDY as heck!  It was fun seeing all the varying degrees that people were dressed here in Oklahoma!

Monday I ended up taking off, unintentionally due to my busy schedule with work and my co-worker ended up having to take off sooner than expected for vacation as she had the flu.  Quickly had to rearrange my schedule to accomodate more patients.  Not difficult, just cut into my exercise time.

Tuesday, I managed to get in 3.1 miles on the treadmill and P90x3 Yoga.   Just when I think I’m back on schedule with P90x3, life happens.  This will be my goal next week for sure!

Wednesday, I got in 3 miles with my neighbors out on the trail before it got dark.  My neighbor is running the Oklahoma City Memorial Relay with fellow co-workers.  Her husband who also decided to go running with us, had made up his mind that he wasn’t.  We kept talking about it, so maybe he will change his mind.  🙂

So today is the beginning of a new blogging for me.  My goals this upcoming week is to get back on schedule with running and P90x3 and I’m also going to work on a blogging schedule this week.

Oh yes, before I forget and the WINNER of my ENERGYbits giveaway is…..

APRIL L!!!  Look for an e-mail from me soon!

ENERGYbits review and GIVEAWAY!!

I am so excited to be doing my first giveaway!  About a month ago, I was contacted by Jonathan, from ENERGYbits via Twitter to see if I would be interested in a sample of ENERGYbits to try out and give one away if I liked it.  I said SURE!  Who wouldn’t want to get to try something out before they bought it to see how it went?  I had been hearing and reading TONS of stuff about ENERGYbits and how great they were.  As a long distance runner, I’m always looking at different types of fuels and energy supplements, so this was right up my alley!  I had done plenty of research on ENERGYbits as well to know that they were all-natural and have the highest concentration of protein in the world.

For those of you unfamiliar with what ENERGYbits are, here is a brief description from the ENERGYbits website.

ENERGYbits are made from 100% organically grown Spirulina algae.  It is used by many Olympic athletes for decades.  It suppose to help boost your performance as well as increase endurance.  Here is the nutritional data on them:

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Here is how they compare to other fuels and supplements:

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I figured on my long runs, depending on the length, I have to use at least one serving of fuel for anything over 7 miles, I would give ENERGYbits a try.  The sample I got contained 60 bits.

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Upon reading the instructions a single serving is 30 bits.  So this is what I did LAST weekend.  I only had 5 miles scheduled, but I figured I would make it on the hilliest portion of my various routes.

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So I ate my normal breakfast before my long runs, downed my 30 bits with water and got ready to head out.  (You are supposed to take them about 15-20 minutes prior to your run like most other fuels.)  It was an overcast day and kind of cool.  Honestly I was not in the mood to run, but I got out there anyway.  Physically I felt ready, but mentally with the weather the way it had been, I did not want to be out there.  I trudged up and down all the hills and finished my run.  Physically I felt fine, but mentally I was glad to be done!  To base my opinion off of this run, I could not adequately write a review.  I knew I had another serving left, so I wanted to give it another go, as honestly, I felt like the first use was my mental state throughout the whole run.

So today, I was supposed to meet up with my friend Jennifer and go for our long run together.  I ate my normal breakfast and waited for her text.  Close to around lunch time she texted and said she was ready.  I decided to not eat anything for lunch, took my bits with water then got ready.  Jennifer was scheduled for 5 miles and I 8 miles.  We set out on a beautiful, sunny day, that for January was amazing.  68 degrees in the middle of winter for Oklahoma, heck yeah, I will take it!  We will ignore the fact that the wind was blowing 20-30 mph with wind gusts up to 40 mph!  So we set out and Jennifer knew our discrepancies in our training today even though we both are training for half marathons.  I told her I had run 5 miles yesterday so I figured I would play it by ear after we did her 5 miles and see how I felt.  Our first 2.5 miles we were running into the strong head wind but it went by fairly quickly as they always do when you have a running partner, as did the final 2.5 miles of our journey together.  Once we returned back to our starting point, Jennifer and I said our good byes and I decided to continue on as I was felling pretty darn good!  The only thing I had brought with me for my scheduled 8 miles was my water.  I sipped it off and on throughout the remainder of my 8 miles.  My last 1.5 miles was again heading back into the strong headwind, but again it was still fairly easy.  I managed to complete my 8 miles and drive home.  Once home after a long run, I normally like to lay down on the couch after getting a shake and some more water to rest.  However once I got home, I drank my shake and water, changed clothes and went outside to play with my kids.  I STILL had energy to enjoy the beautiful day with my family!

I think today was a MUCH better day to adequately write my review.  ENERGYbits is definitely something that I will be getting more of!

So with that being said, let’s get to the FUN part…the GIVEAWAY!!!

ENERGYbits has agreed to send a sample of these wonderful, little green bits to a reader of my blog!

To enter, follow my Rafflecopter giveaway.  Giveaway ends Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST

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Since ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com, Jonathan (their Brand Manager) has shared with me that he’d be happy to connect anyone with a current ambassador to share a discount on a bag of bits – you can email him at jlevitt@energybits.com.

 

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by ENERGYbits and while I received a free sample to review, I received no other compensation for this post and my review is 100% my own, honest opinion.

Question of the day:  What fuel or supplement do you use?

Virtual Run

I have seen a lot of goals this year and one of them that was highly popular was completing a 5k.  There were other distances I saw, but a 5k was the most popular. This is something that was brought to my attention that I think is really neat.  It is a A VIRTUAL RUN!  How cool is that! This is something that another fellow runner and his wife are doing to help raise money for The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society through Team in Training.

To participate you will simply need to register between now and Jan. 31, 2014. Choose your distance and run by Feb. 7, 2014. Once complete they would love it if you would post your pictures, your distance and if you want your time on this event site.

There will be a medal for this event. If you ever wanted to do a run of any kind, HERE is your chance! Go out and get registered! Will benefit YOU and finding a cure!   

Link to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/run-to-fight-cancer-registration-9966777901

Link to Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1407048956204106/

Would you rather…(running survey)

1. Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?  

Snowstorm (if it’s not too bad) 😛  If there were a thunderstorm, I would be at home with the kids, while my husband is out stormchasing lol

 2. Would you rather breathe through your nose or breathe through your 
mouth?
Nose!  You know, being a nose breather actually makes scuba diving harder!
 3. Would you rather do 100 squats or 100 crunches? 
100 crunches!  Runners need a strong core
 4. Would you rather have a baked good for dessert or an extra serving of your
favorite entrée?
Silly question…DESSERT!  <3
 5. Would you rather run on a treadmill for an hour or run around 
the same street block for an hour?
Street blocks for sure!  I don’t call it a “dreadmill” for nothing.
6. Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?
Headache I suppose…
7. Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?
Work day.  If it’s on a day off, I feel lazy.
 8. Would you rather be a race director or a race volunteer?
Volunteer for sure!  That usually means free entry to races or discounts.
9. Would you rather spend your money on running gadgets [HRM, GPS watch, Headphones] 
or running shoes?
BOTH!?!?!?  Hmm….gadgets I suppose.  <3 my gadgets!
10. Would you rather run in a relay or do the run portion of a distance 
triathlon?
Relay.  Team work!

 

Making New Year’s Resolutions

So are you one of those people who make New Year’s resolutions?  I am hit or miss on this.  I pretty much do.  I just don’t tend to call them resolutions, but I do set goals for myself for the year.  HA!

My main goals are to run 5 half marathons, tracking my mileage and continue on my healthy trek.  It’s a lifestyle change after all!

Have you set goals or resolutions in the past and never achieved them?  Here is something to think about that might help you succeed.

Rules to Resolutions:

1)  Enlist a friend and/or family member to help you stay accountable.  This is a HUGE one.   Not only is it to hold you accountable, but it also puts your plans/intentions out there in the wide open universe and everyone knows it!

2)  Track your progress in a journal.  Another HUGE one.  It let’s you see PROGRESS!!  Without seeing progress, it’s hard to stay motivated.  When your tracking your progress and even when your setting your goals.  Make sure you think S.M.A.R.T!  S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Realistic  T – Time Bound

3)  Hire a coach for EXTRA support.  This is where I come into play at.  My coaching is ALWAYS free!  I can be that friend or family member that helps keep you accountable.  Plus I’m not going to sugar coat things for you.  That is the therapist in me I think.

4)  Don’t be hard on yourself!  Keep your eyes on your end goal, and don’t stress over bumps in the road.  Enough said!

So with that, what are your goals or resolutions for the New Year?  I want to hear them!