Week 2 of Marathon Training

So this week marked week two of marathon training for the Route 66 Marathon on November 23rd.  It’s been a hot one here in Oklahoma.  Granted we haven’t been in the 100’s yet but it’s been mid to high 90’s with higher than normal humidity making it hard for running.  Most of this week I had to get up early to get my runs in without feeling like I’m dying too much with the humidity.

Sunday started off my week, not so much with a run, but with some PiYo Sweat from Team Beachbody.  I’m noticing the fact as a runner I need to add in some flexibility training and as well as the fact it is helping me with some strength building in my core and upper body.

I started out my week with my first run on Monday running with my neighbor and one of her friends.  They are always a joy to run with because our conversations vary so much and usually revolve around our kids and daily motherhood/wife struggles.  It’s always refreshing to know that you are not alone.   Monday evening was spent with finally getting in PiYo Buns after my kids went to sleep.  This was my first time getting to this workout of the DVD.  Boy did it work my legs and butt!  Ohhweee!

Tuesday I ended up running by myself as my neighbor had something planned.  Tuesday is was even MORE humid than the day before.  I ended up having to stop and walk 3 times due to the humidity.  I had sweat just pouring off of me.  I think between the humidity and the PiYo buns the night before, my legs were pooped!

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Sweat running down my arm after my run

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Sweat dripping off the tips of my hair

Wednesday was a rest day for me completely.

Thursday, I didn’t make it up early enough in the morning before it got hot to make it out for a run, so I ended up going to the gym to get in a tempo run on the treadmill.  The treadmill is never my favorite, I find it rather boring even with the people watching and the TV so I make it into a tempo run which is easier to do on the treadmill.

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After I got my run in I think outside may have actually been a better choice.  At my gym they have a swimming pool so it’s always a little more humid in there, plus I passed one thermostat and it read 82 degrees.  I was just covered in sweat but I managed.  I wasn’t too happy though once I got out to my car.  I walked out of the gym to my car to find this:

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I couldn’t even squeeze my knee cap in between the side of my car and the door.  I had to climb through my passenger door to get into my seat.  In my awe of how some people can’t park, even when it’s a tiny Kia Rio, a couple of guys walking into the gym had to say a few choice comments and left some “presents” under the windshield wiper for me.  Made me feel a little better it wasn’t just me overreacting at least.

Friday was another rest day for me from running to gear up for my long run on Saturday.  I did get in my PiYo Sweat in for the day and felt great starting my day off with it.  I can’t say enough how much I love Chalene Johnson and her positive attitude with her programs.

Saturday morning I woke up early to get out the door and meet my friend at Turkey Mountain to get our long run in.  Granted this really was a long for us, but as we work through our training program, it is what it is.  I will say 6 miles was rough today, even at 7 am.  At 7 am it was already 80 degrees and the humidity was high yet again.  We are supposed to have cooler weather next week and I look forward to it!  On our run this morning we did see something I had never seen before.  It was rather sad to see, but as we were running the trail ends early due to construction and we still had a quarter-mile to run before we could turn around so we followed the roadway on the shoulder to get in that last bit.  Up ahead we noticed some kind of animal had been hit and as we got closer the coloring made me think of a Bald Eagle and sure enough as we got closer that’s what it was!  So sad to see but I don’t want to even think about what it felt like or heard to the car that hit it.  It was MASSIVE!

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Waiting for my friend Jennifer to arrive

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My husband ended up getting me a new pair of kicks for our anniversary (which is August 1st) after I went and got fitted for them

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The last three tenths of a mile back to our starting point is pretty much an uphill battle.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m used to hills as I run them pretty much all the time, but this thing was termed the “mean b***h” because it just stinks.  I think I can walk faster up this hill than I can run up it.   This hill is a series of short, steep hills followed by a small short “landing” that levels out some followed by another small, steep hill.  There is hardly anytime for your heart rate to recover.  Killer workout for sure!

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So I ended week two with just under 18 miles.  Next week will be right at 16 miles.

How is your training going?  What race and/or distance are you training for?

For those of you that haven’t read my post about WHY I am running the Route 66 Marathon you can find that here.  It is very near and dear to my heart as I am running it in memory of a friend and fundraising for the JDRF charity as well.

If you would be so kind as to help me reach my goal, I would great appreciate it!


Warrior Dash Race Recap

So I’m a little behind on my race recaps if you can’t tell.  Sorry!  So we ran Warrior Dash back in May.  It ended up being a fairly nice day to run other than the fact it was a little cooler considering there were water obstacles but we made it.  I was excited about this year, because I had FINALLY talked my husband into running a 5k with me.  Granted it wasn’t your typical 5k since it had obstacles and this year it wasn’t timed for us, but we had fun none the less.

My husband had started earlier in the year running first off to continue trying to lose weight but also knowing that he had Warrior Dash coming up.  I’m so very proud of him!  This was definitely stepping out of the comfort zone for him.   He started his weight loss journey back in October 2013 just watching what he ate and swapping one meal a day out with Shakeology.  Pretty soon by the first of the year he had lost 20lbs just by doing that.  Then once he started adding in running two to three days a week to his new, improved diet and Shakeology once a day, he managed to lose another 27 lbs.  Leading up to Warrior Dash, his side started hurting during his runs so he tried to slow it down and take it easy by adding some walking in there when it got too bad, but he managed.   At one he was up to 6 miles.

So back to Warrior Dash, it was fairly cloudy day and our heat was at 11:00 am. Packet pickup had changed and ended up being a HUGE ordeal with lots of standing around and waiting, unlike last year where it was quick, easy and painless.  I found this a little discouraging as I wanted to keep the whole ordeal pleasant in hopes my husband would decide to run again.  I know we waited in line for over an hour just for packet pick up and gear check.  We finished just in time for the start of our heat.  It was cutting it pretty close.

This year they changed some of the obstacles around which made it pretty fun as it was at the same location as last years here in Oklahoma.  Last year it was timed, but for whatever reason this year it was not for the non competitive heats.

There were a couple of obstacles where we had to walk up (one being a very steep hill) and some uneven terrain that was a little rough to run on.

All in all we had fun.  I didn’t get too many pictures since I even checked my phone.  There is some good people watching at these events though with all the costumes and such.

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My husband and I jumping over the fire pit.  Love that they captured his smile during so!


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Have you ever run a mud run or obstacle course?  Did you like it?

Week 1 of Marathon Training

So I made the big decision on Wednesday to take the first steps into this and it didn’t come easily.  I was in turmoil most of the week trying to decide sometimes to tears because I didn’t feel like I could just sit back and NOT do anything.  It was on my Tuesday morning run that I had went out running because of some saddening news.  One of my coworker’s husband had passed away.  I had the pleasure of getting to know him and in our many conversations he would remind me of my dad whom I had lost at the age of 19 to diabetes and kidney failure.  My dad had suffered with diabetes long before I was ever born and so has my mom (who is still living by the way).  So to hear of his passing was a little rough on me to say the least as he too suffered from diabetes and kidney failure.  Plus my dad passed in July of 2001 so to hear of Gary’s death in yet again July bothered me. Running is how I deal with emotions and frustrations as well as joys.  It is my time to meditate and think things through.  Tuesday I had no distance in mind other than to just run and think.  So I ran and ran faster, and yet faster.   I ran and I cried and ran some more.  Flash back to Sunday my husband was joking around that I could fundraise for a charity and run in the Route 66 Marathon.  I quickly told him he was crazy and dismissed the idea.  So during my run this thought began to inch its way back into my head.  As soon as I got home I brought up the fundraising website and low and behold the charities were listed.  Guess what charity was one of them?  If you guessed something dealing with diabetes, you are correct!  The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Oklahoma Chapter to be exact.  Too coincidental in my mind.  So I got ready for work for the day and went through my whole day thinking about this in my car.  I work in home health so I have periods of alone time in my car throughout the day.  The more I thought about it the more anxious I got and the more I teared up. Later that night I brought it up to my husband and asked him if he would help me out along the way because I had never ran anything more than 13.1.  Anything after that was foreign to me and a large part of it would be mental for me.  Plus it is hours of training and miles in my shoes (which by the way I would be needing new ones soon).  He gave me the go ahead and said he would be there somewhere along the course after mile 13.  The next day I emailed my boss and brought it to her attention as being a “field employee” sometimes it’s hard to get a hold of the people you need to.  She wrote back saying she was tearing up reading my letter and would talk to human resources to see what they could do to support my efforts and she was able to put me in contact with my coworker.   Thursday ended up being  busy day for me as it is a day that my daughter had gymnastics and I had promised her I would take her to Hobby Lobby afterwards.  So I sent my coworker a text as I didn’t want to interrupt any family stuff going on as I remember with my dad’s passing how busy you were afterwards.  She just so happened to call me back in the middle of Hobby Lobby.  So as I talked to her I wondered aimlessly around the store with my daughter eavesdropping and wondering why Mommy was crying.  I can write about emotions fairly well, but to put them into words without planning is difficult for me especially when I’m in tears.   I got her blessing and of course after I got off the phone Sofie immediately wanted to know why I was crying so I quickly explained to her and she got excited.  She said she couldn’t wait to go to another race and watch Mommy run and for a good cause. So throughout the week I had been still running as my schedule I had set up instructed which actually wasn’t too far off from what the Tulsa Runner’s World Beginner’s Full Marathon schedule said, which by the way I’m just jumping into week 2 since I already have a base.

Sunday, 7/13 – 4.5 miles

Monday, 7/14 – 3.4 miles

Tuesday, 7/15  – 4.03 miles

Wednesday, 7/16 – 3.7 miles

Thursday, 7/17 – REST

Friday, 7/18 – REST

Saturday, 7/19 – 3.15 miles (Porter Peach Classic 5k, check back later this week for a race recap of it)

TOTAL – 18.78 miles

The schedule won’t really push me until about October when the higher mileage hits.  Luckily my running buddy Jennifer said she would train with me and she would run the half so I wouldn’t be alone.

My goal for the JDRF donation is $500, so if you wouldn’t mind, please donate whatever you can to help such a great foundation and help me run in honor Gary.  (P.S.  It IS tax-deductible as well, just FYI!)


Have you ever run a marathon?  Any advice for a newbie in training in this area?

Chicken (or Beef) Stirfry





2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and/or sirloin cut into thin strips

2 tbsp olive oil

1 Red bell pepper, chopped

1 Green bell pepper, chopped

1 Orange bell pepper, chopped

1 Yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 Onion, chopped

1 crown of Broccoli

2 large Carrots, chopped

2 stalks of Celery, chopped

1 package of asian stir fry noodles

1 bottle of stir fry sauce

1 cup of Quinoa (or white/brown) rice

1/4 head of cabbage, sliced


1)  Make quinoa or rice as directed.

2)  Chop all vegetables up into desired size.  Cook chicken or beef in olive oil until done over medium/high heat.  Add in vegetables and cook with meat until desired tenderness.  Add in stir fry noodles and stir fry sauce.  Coat evenly.

3)  Serve over quinoa or rice

10 Clean Eating Principles

So many people question “what is CLEAN eating?”

Clean eating is the attempt to weed out all the bad and unhealthy food choices from our diets.  Here are some tips for clean eating.

1. Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day.  Try to spread them out 2 1/2 to 3 hours apart.  The idea behind this is to keep your body fueled and your metabolism up.  Think of it as ‘fueling the furnace.”

2. Eat breakfast everyday within an hour of rising.  This helps get that furnace going.

3. Make your last meal 3 hrs before bed.

4. Combine your lean protein (to hold you over)  & complex carbs (quick energy) at each meal.

5. Eat sufficient healthy fats everyday.  We NEED some fats in our diets to function, specifically our brains

6. Drink 1/2 your body weight in oz of H2O.  (Example 140lb person needs 70 oz of water DAILY)

7. Carry a cooler packed with clean foods.  Never leave the house empty handed.   Set yourself up for SUCCESS.

8. Get fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes from fruit and veggies.

9. Adhere to proper portion sizes.


10. Stay away from processed foods.

Chicken Bowtie Pasta

This is a family AND neighborhood kid’s favorite and it’s simple to make!


1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breast

3-4 cubes of  Chicken bouillon

1 package of Onion and Chive Cream Cheese

3-4 Cups of water

8-12 oz of Bowie pasta

Shredded Parmesan Cheese to taste



1.  Place chicken, water and chicken bouillon in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours until done.

2.  Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add in bow tie pasta and cook until done.  Drain.

3.  Remove chicken from crock pot and shred.  Sit aside.  Remove one cup of chicken broth from crock pot and put into a large pot and place on low/medium heat.  Empty the package of onion and chive cream cheese into the large pot of chicken broth.    Heat until well combined.

4.  Add in shredded chicken and bow tie pasta and mix well.  Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan Cheese to taste.  Serve.


Makes 4-5 servings.