Dear Former Gym Teacher

Dear Former Gym Teacher,

So on Sunday, I set out for my scheduled long run.  It started out rough as it was staying darker longer and I was trying to get out earlier to beat the heat.  Well after about 30 minutes of tossing and turning and fighting those inner demons in my head, I managed to pull myself out of bed and get ready.

As usual when it comes to my long runs, I tossed around different routes in my head and which way did I want to go today.  Down the paved trail where I would find rolling hill after rolling hill, or did I want to go through the park, where it was mostly flat, however I would have to circle passed my parked car at some point?  I ended up choosing the paved trail so I wouldn’t have to go passed my parked car and be tempted to call it good.

I’m sure dear former gym teacher, you would be so proud, I chose to go the path less traveled and “most difficult” in my mind.  So my run started out like any of my other runs despite the fact that it was already warm and a little too balmy outside.

Dear former gym teacher, you have to understand that on my long runs, my thoughts range greatly.  Most of the time, it is with great ideas and things I want to do.  Today it was a little different.  My thoughts went “dark” so to speak.  No I was not running in the dark for those that thought that.  I started thinking about growing up and being that “fat kid.”  I mean come on, I weighed 186 lbs in 6th grade (and you know, I haven’t even ever told my husband this).  I started thinking about when I did I start to feel self-conscious about myself and about my abilities or lack of abilities rather when it came to team sports and physical activity. When do I recall that I started to hate gym and physical activity?  I plodded along thinking and thinking and thinking.

It was you that made me learn to hate it and to dislike myself.  It was you that made me feel inadvertently self-conscious about myself and my body, even after I later on, became an athlete.  Definitely not a choice I made due to any encouragement from you that’s for sure.

I tracked it down to one particular instance.  ONE.  It only takes on time right?  This is it.

I headed to gym like any other day dear former gym teacher with my class and after our daily warm ups, we were instructed to go out and run two laps around the cinder track.  TWO.  For some, this may not seem like much, but for the 186lb 6th grader, who wore a size 20, this was a lot.  Yes, I get that your job is to instill good health, nutrition and fitness in our youngsters, but how you went about it in my case, was NOT helpful

So I remember taking off running to keep up with my classmates, because that’s what all kids do right?  Well about a quarter of the way around lap one, I, gasping for air had to stop and walk.  I felt defeated but I was determined to keep going, I remember thinking I could walk a bit then start running again.  I never saw myself different from others before, until this day.  So there I was having to stop and walk because I was gasping for air, when I heard you yell out my name along with a few others and sent us to time out by the football field posts.  Coming from the kid that had never gotten in trouble at school, to being reprimanded (in my mind), because I was too fat and couldn’t run 1/2 a mile without having to stop to walk like all of the other kids and your football players.  Really?  Did you try to come out and run with me, to ENCOURAGE me to keep going?  No.  Instead I had to sit there in time out, while other kids ran passed me, laughing, giving me “those” looks.  Yeah I knew they were talking about me (or at least in my mind with their actions they were)  I never held it against them, only you.  You were the one that called me out.  The shy and quiet kid.

Here, you put me in time out and I was sent home with a letter to my parents telling them all about it (and in my mind that your child is overweight and not good enough).  I dreaded having to take that letter home.  I was devastated and upset.  I was furious and in tears.  I remember handing that letter to my mom at bedtime and crying (yet again).  I had went all day postponing the inevitable task of announcing my sorryness as a child.  I remember my mom reading it and not saying a word.  She didn’t get mad at me.  She simply signed the paper and hugged me.  She loved me no matter what.  You on the other hand, dear former gym teacher, did not.

Not only did I have to bring that ridiculous piece of paper back to you signed, but I was reprimanded and had to run that 1/2 mile again WITHOUT walking while the other kids did something else.  I remember taking off on that nasty looking, old, beat up cinder track and running, slow this time, because I wasn’t having to “keep up” with anyone.  I cried the entire way around those two laps (without stopping yes).  I was gasping for air, my legs and knees hurt, my lungs and throat burned, face red I’m sure, but yes I did it.  Not because you had motivated me or encouraged me dear former gym teacher, but because I was FURIOUS and because if I didn’t make it, I would have to do it again another day.   I.  Hated.  You.

The time when I needed some encouragement and someone to SHOW me how to be healthy, you did not do that.  Instead you reprimanded me for something I couldn’t do.  I hated gym ever since.  Did you ever think to look that at home what I was dealing with?  The fact that my dad suffered from diabetes and was going on kidney dialysis?  The fact that I needed some guidance but my parents had too much going on with my dad’s health to help me.  Did you think about the long-term effects your choice of “fixing” the problem would do?  Did you think about how the kids would treat or see me after that?  Did you think about the fact that I needed help, and not being put in timeout?  Did you even know I was shy and quiet?  I got my feelings hurt easily back then?  Did you know because of you, I became aware of the fact that my dad was ashamed of my size?  No….

I.  Hated.  You.  It wasn’t for you that’s for sure, that I chose to go out for volleyball.  It was because of you that after middle school volleyball, I didn’t try out for high school volleyball, simply because there was a timed mile run and because of you, I was afraid.  Afraid of running.  Afraid of failure.  Afraid of being made fun of even despite the fact that I had a wonderful volleyball coach in middle school that encouraged me and knew I would try my best even when I made mistake after mistake and would have to run laps on the bleachers.  He saw that I would try even when I struggled.  I kept trying because he did not reprimand me and put me in time out.

It’s not because of you that I excelled at tennis during high school.  Instead, I had an amazing coach that made it fun and turned it into a game.  A coach that was patient and encouraging.  Not one to point out that I was still bigger than all of my friends, one that pointed out all of my strengths and what I had going for me.

It’s not because of you, that I later became a long distance runner and to this day have run numerous 5ks, six half marathons and one full marathon .  It’s.  Not.  Because.  Of.  You.

It’s because of you, that I was ashamed of myself growing up and afraid to go to gym.  I dreaded going to gym every day.  Even in high school when you were no longer my gym teacher.  The seed was planted.  I recall loving to play kick ball in grade school, but after THAT day in 6th grade.  No longer did I want to play any team sports or go to gym.

Dear former gym teacher, I hope that one day that this finds its way to you and that you take the time to read this and know, that’s it’s NOT due to you that I have learned to love running finally.  It was all of those other people and coaches in my life that encouraged me.  Please don’t take credit for something you didn’t do.  I no longer hate you, don’t get me wrong, but I still don’t like you.  There are far better ways to get someone to accomplish something especially a young mind, which you were put in charge of on a daily basis.  Life isn’t fair and kids are mean, I fully know this, BUT you are a teacher.  You were put in your job to help encourage young minds and shape them. You are put there to TEACH them.  Teach them to love themselves and each other, not to hate themselves and what they are.  Dear former gym teacher, I hope this finds its way to you and you learn that “tough love” doesn’t work all of the time.  Being a therapist, I know all about “tough love.”  It has a time and a place, once you get to know the person’s personality and if it’s appropriate for them.  Tough love isn’t for everyone.  Sometimes it can be more damaging than anything else.

Dear former gym teacher, it is because of you, I shed tears on Sunday’s run.  I shed tears because I recall how I felt just like it was yesterday.  I shed tears because I let you get to me like that.  I shed tears for all of the inner turmoil you caused throughout those years.

I have changed greatly since then.  I am no longer that shy and quiet kid.  I am a grown woman with kids of my own now and I will not let a teacher like you, do what you did, to my kids.  I am stronger and tougher than I used to be.  I am proud of what I have accomplished, all despite what you helped instill in me.  I am strong.  I am happy once again.  I run for myself.  I run for others.  I run to SHOW others that they can do anything they want to.  I, a former 186lb “fat kid,” am a MOTHERFREAKING.  RUNNER.  No thanks to you.

Warrior Dash both

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Sincerely,

Your former fat student

This, That and the Other

Boy as I look at my website and try to decide what I want to do with it, I just can’t figure it out.  I always seem to get in my most thoughtful moods, when I’m NOT at my computer.  Imagine that!  So frustrating!

2015 was a rough year for me and I know for many others as well.  We sold our old house, moved into a rental house and lived there for 6 months while our new house was being built which meant going out to the build site every day to see progress and taking pictures, going to stores to pick out tile, carpet and flooring and many others.  It was an amazing experience, but definitely stressful and tiresome.  So glad my husband and I agreed on everything.  With living in temporary housing it meant a loss of space for our kids as well as myself.  They had a share a room which meant transitioning a three-year old to a new way which was very tiresome taking on a new job at the same time.  Now that we are in our new house, trying to transition him back to his own room is proving to be another challenge.  Here we are three months into living in our new house and it is still a nightly fight.  He even got a new big boy bed that is in the shape of a Jeep and he wants to still sleep with his sister.  Ughh!  Have I ever mentioned how trying three-year olds are?!?

Not only did my kids have a share a room, but I gave up my office space along with my workout area.  I made do often working from the couch, but not having my structured setting at my desk where I could live myself notes and things to do the next day.  My workout area at first was the livingroom then it slowly got taken over with new furniture and kid toys invading it.  It’s amazing at how much we moms give up for our families.

Now that we are in our new house and we made it through the holidays and our Disney World trip right before Christmas, it only made sense to start focusing on our health again which had been a huge challenge in 2015 with house showings, trips to the build site and two moves meant lots of eating out for convenience.  Which led to a 15lb weight gain.  No amount of Shakeology or working out will keep you from gaining weight if you still continue to eat poorly.  I want to be honest with everyone on that.  2015 was a year of reaching family goals, but a year of some sacrifice and making poor choices in nutrition.  Now that is all in the past, we have made choices and sacrifices as  a family to make our health our #1 priority.  I have my workout room back so now I have been getting up every morning before everyone else to get a workout in, for that happens to be Hammer and Chisel.  Running has taken a step back and is sitting on the back burner as I have dealt with a sinus infection off and on all year-long last year.  Going to the doctor and being told it was just viral with it never going away.  Finally getting medication for it right before Thanksgiving time and starting to feel better only to have it come right back after the medication was gone.  I finally broke down and scheduled an appointment with an ENT at the beginning of January only to have it confirmed with a CT scan that all of my sinuses except my frontal were pretty darn full.  Of all things, this is not for me, as the one bodily fluid I can’t stand to see is, snot!  BLEH!  When my kids have running noses, they get sent to Dad!  So with all the pressure and congestion, I am scheduled for a sinus surgery on February 19th to have them cleaned out, ballooned and to fix my deviated septum.  I’m hoping once all of this is done, I can once again breathe and be able to run again without my heart rate sky rocketing because breathing is so difficult.

With that being said I am currently on day 12 of Hammer and Chisel and I am loving it!  So far I have only encountered one workout that doesn’t include weights, which is a change of pace for me and I am truly enjoying it.  I do though that I need to get heavier weights as I am doubling up on my lighter weights and gripping TWO weights in one hand is rather difficult with my tiny hands.

I am hoping to get a few friends going on Hammer and Chisel and running so I can have some accountability along the way with it and get back to running my half marathons.  I have goals to crush!   If you are ready to get started, just let me know and we will get you going.  If not for you, but for someone else, send them my way!  I truly need the accountability.

Who is ready to join me??

My Newest Indulgence is….

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these…..P90x Peak Performance Protein Bars in Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor.  I just happened to buy these today.  I had been wanting to give them a try as sometimes when I am working protein bars are a staple for me.  I figured you can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter right?

Holy moly!  They are THAT good!  When I got home my husband saw them so of course he had to immediately try them.  Yeah he tried to hide the box from ME!  Say what?!?!  NOT COOL!

I kid you not!  Awesome, awesome, awesome!  Great peanut butter taste!  Not the normal protein bar grainy texture.  Was close to that of a candy bar almost.  I think these will make a great snack in the middle of the day or even a quick-lunch when I’m on the go for work.

This particular flavor has 260 calories, 8g of fat, 30g of carbs, and 20g of protein.  Not too shabby.  Another great thing is when you buy them Team Beachbody gives you a 30 day money back guarantee if you don’t like them.  Can’t beat that with stick!   I’m going to have to try these bad boys out some morning pre-run and see how it goes.  Won’t be trying it this weekend though at Hospital Hill.  I’m already going to be dealing with the 3 H’s as it is.  Heat.   Hills.  Humidity.  Enough said!

Oklahoma City Memorial Race Recap Part 2

So bright and early Bruno Mars serenaded me awake at 4 a.m.  One good thing about race mornings is I’m instantly awake when my alarm goes off!  Quickly got dressed and made our way downstairs to get some breakfast and much-needed coffee!  I ate a half of a bagel with peanut butter, half a banana and half a cup of coffee and saved the other banana and half a bagel for closer to the race just in case of a delay since the weather was supposed to be bad.  When I first woke up, I went out on the balcony of our hotel room and the weather wasn’t bad yet.  Just humid and slightly windy.

Once dressed and ready to go, we headed downstairs to wait for my sister-in-law then hop on the shuttle.  About half way to the start line, it started to rain a little but not bad.  After getting off the shuttle we immediately made our way to the portopotties to get that out of our way.  At this time they weren’t saying anything about a delay so I went ahead and threw away the other half of my bagel and banana.  Big mistake!  Shortly after that they called for the first delay of the day, saying that the storm was getting ready to come through and where we should take cover at.  We found a place on our side of the street and took a seat on the ground.  The wind picked up but nothing really happened CORRECTION, it was lightning, but other than that nothing.  A lady we sat next to said her husband mentioned hail where they lived but it being short-lived.  So we sat there a little longer, then they announced that they were delaying it even longer due to a storm system behind this one.  At this time a police officer came over and mentioned we could go into the bottom floor of the Federal Building and take cover.  Seats AND bathrooms in there!  SCORE!  So we headed in there to wait out the rest of the storm.  It was in there that they mentioned if it didn’t clear up by 9 am they were going to cancel it.  My friend Jennifer immediately got a little upset because she had been training for this day and did NOT want them to cancel it.  Eventually they announced we were on for an 8:15 am start time.  Nearly 2 hours later!  BUT at least the show was on the road!  YAY!

The outside of the memorial

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The starting line

 

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FINALLY getting ready to line up for the race after the delay

 

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The corral area!  OVER 26,000 runners in the 5k, half marathon, marathon, AND marathon relay.  Absolutely AMAZING!  This picture is showing from where we were at going towards the back of the pack.

 

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From where we were at to the starting line.

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With the delay, it seemed like they got us out of the corral fairly quickly.  I was a little nervous at this point as my stomach was starting to growl now.  I downed some sports beans about 8 am, hoping that would hold me over.  At this point since it had poured, it was even more humid than it was earlier!  For myself it started out pretty good despite the humidity.  Since this wasn’t my first time, I got to enjoy the crowd a little more and take it all in.  Watching the fireman as they walked in their full uniforms and tanks, reading people’s shirts and the crowd and their signs.

One hang up in the course of the run, about 4 miles in, Jennifer’s phone was saying only 10% battery life left.  I’m guessing that when we were in the bottom floor of the Federal Building, my phone kept searching for a signal so I turned it on airplane mode, she however didn’t, so I’m thinking that sucked the life out of her battery.  So she quickly turned off all her apps but her music.  This one little thing managed to save her enough battery that she was able to make it til about the last 1.5-2 miles of the race.  Jennifer was also nervous about her knee as she had been having some pain with it during her training runs and never made anything past 12 miles.  With some encouragement from myself, friends and family, she just did what she could leading up to the run, iced her knee and took some NSAIDS.  With her phone dying and shutting down her Nike + running app, I kept giving her updates about where we were at on the course.  There is nothing worse than wondering where you are at in the course of your run.  At one point I told her we were half way, and I thought she might kill me!  HA!  I think she was hoping we were further along!  Sorry Jenn!  I’m not sure at what mile marker her knee started hurting but I do know towards the end it was bothering her.  For most of the way, Alisha and I ran ahead of Jennifer by 5-10 feet but once we reached the 12 mile mark, I told Alisha lets fall back and keep with her as she had never made it further then 12 during her training runs.  I wanted to be her mental support if she needed it.

Somewhere around this time Jennifer’s phone finally died, and knowing how much she relies on her music to distract her and get her through, especially when I know her knee was hurting her, I told her I could 1) sing to her or 2) she could have my phone and listen to my music.  Now keep in mind Jennifer and I listen to music during our runs that are quite a bit different from one another to say the least!  She opted for #2!  Good choice!  HA!  I don’t understand why she wouldn’t want to listen to me sing?!?!  😉

Once we crossed the finish line, I immediately hugged Jennifer, as this was a HUGE accomplishment for her.  She had JUST started running last July!  She was in tears as I knew she would be, heck I was the same way and I am not too emotional on things like this.  My time was 2:29:21.  This was a great run, good enough, that I felt like I could have went on.  Maybe this is a sign for me?  Who knows!

One of the perks at the finish line of the Oklahoma City Memorial race?  TONS of food!  I don’t think Carl’s Jr cheeseburgers have ever tasted so good!   This is definitely guilt free bingeing at it’s finest!  Well earned!

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Since Jennifer’s phone had died, she asked me to text her husband to let him know we had finished and then she of course had to take some “selfies.”  HA!  Love this girl!  So proud of her!


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And YES!  I’m STILL smiling after my race!  I love running and the feeling it gives me!  Two half marathons down this year, two more to go in June alone!

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2nd Half Marathon Prepping and Apera Bag Giveaway- Winner Announced!

First off…

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I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Easter and get to enjoy it with your families.  I have enjoyed seeing all the Easter pictures on Facebook this morning! Here are a few pictures of our egg hunt this morning.  It was rather fun to watch as Taylor got very excited and kept shrieking in delight and of course Sis, with her big heart, kept leaving ones for him to find and helping him.  Love her tender heart!  (You should see her when she sees the foster care commercials on T.V.  She is a puddle of tears!)

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He saw Daddy’s trucks in the front and got all excited here.  He LOVES trucks!

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My Mini Me!  <3

 

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Of course we had to have several egg hunts until my son lost interest in it.  He became more interested in helping Daddy work on the truck.

 

So this week marks my last week of tapering for my 2nd half marathon this year.  The Oklahoma City Memorial half.   This will be the one that my friend Jennifer has been training for since she started running last June.  I’m so excited to get to be a part of this with her.  I know how my reaction was when I completed it last year, so I’m curious to see what her’s is.  This is by far the best race I have ever completed.  The crowd outcome is amazing.  The  sentimental value behind the race itself and overall it is just a humbling experience.  I simply can’t wait to run it again this year.  I’m going to try to keep all my runs around 3 miles this week, every other day and still incorporate the 21 Day Fix and T25 in there and then after my 2nd half is over, I’m planning on starting T25 entirely on April 28th.  I’m also getting my daughter started on her training for her 5k that she has coming up May 9th.  She is determined to take 1st in her age group this race!  I told her we had about 3 weeks to prepare so that she would take her goal serious.  She did pretty good on her first training run last night!

So after the Easter festivities this morning, I got around to drawing the name for the Apera Sprint Pack.  The winner is Stephanie C!  Congrats!  Be on the lookout for an email from me!

 

Happy Easter everyone!  <3

Where has the time gone? + Rock n’ Roll Recap

So where has the time gone?!  I get on here and just realized it has been almost 3 weeks since I last posted!  SHAME ON ME!  So much has gone on in that time.  My daughter turned 8, we celebrated her, my niece and my son’s birthday (even though technically his birthday isn’t until April 9th), my son was sick with bronchitis, two ear infections, and a sinus infection, then I had my Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Dallas,  not to mention I now have bronchitis!  Luckily I went to the doctor yesterday and got all set up with medications for it, so I should be good to go!  Shew!  March has and was a BUSY month!  Some pictures from the birthday party.  My daughter and her friends and my son in his minion hat that his nana had made for him.  <3

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Today as my family is outdoors enjoying the weather.  I am indoors working at my desk trying to get caught up on my blogging, my challenge groups, looking over the rest of my half marathon training program (I have #2 for the year at the end of April), working on laundry, and trying to clean my desk (MUCH NEEDED!)

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As I sit here and type this now, I am enjoying a quiet house and sipping my coffee.  My husband is out mowing the yard, Sofie is out playing and Taylor is up taking a much-needed nap!  It’s amazing how much more I can think with the sound of spring in the background, the windows open enjoying some fresh air and no little kids SHRIEKING!  WOW!  It won’t last long I know!  I love my chaos, but a break is nice too

So on to the fun stuff!  My husband and son were initially supposed to make the trip with me from Tulsa to Dallas, however with my son being sick and running a fever, they stayed at home.  My husband ended up being sick later Saturday too.  So I needed up packing my awesome new Aspera bag for an overnight by myself.  With all the pockets and what not, it was able to hold all my running gear PLUS my regular clothes for my overnight stay with my friend Becky.  (Running gear included a couple changes of clothes for running gear depending on weather, water/fuel belt, running shoes)  I still had room to spare!

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Last weekend I had my first half marathon of the year in Dallas, TX with my sister-in-law.  We signed up for the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in order to cross Texas off our list of 50 states to run in.  1) Oklahoma 2) Texas (next up will be Missouri in June!).  The weather ended up being kind of crappy.  Cloudy, cool, and WINDY!  The temperature was between 45-48 degrees with a windchill in the 30’s!  Brr!  I will leave out the part about the sun coming out after the race was OVER.   My day started bright and early at 5 A.M. to get up and get dressed so that I could be out of apartment by 5:30 A.M. to go pick up my sister-in-law at 6 A.M. and get to Fair Park so that we could catch a bus before the 7 A.M. cut off time.  I always manage to get dressed quickly on race morning, however this morning I managed to set off the smoke detector waking my friend up as I made a piece of toast.  Whoops!  Just checking to make sure she could hear them in her sleep!  HA!  Love you Becky!

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Sorry for the bad picture, but this was on the bus ride from the parking lot to the starting line and it was still slightly dark at this point, plus not to mention the bumping ride on the bus (literally was a school bus).  Although the bus ride was nice and warm compared to being outdoors and waiting.  Once we were in downtown Dallas, the tall buildings helped shield us from some of the wind.  We made our usual stop at the lovely port o potties then made our way to our corral.

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They starting gun went off at 8 A.M. and then every 2 minutes they let out another corral.  It really wasn’t long before we were off and running, which we couldn’t wait for to get warmed up!  Waiting for the start is always the hardest for me when it’s cold out!

There were local bands every mile along the course, although I felt sorry for them since it was cold just standing there and then they were being asked to play in it!  YUCK!  My fingers would have been too numb to play a guitar that’s for sure!  Some bands were just setting up in the beginning too.  There were a couple good ones though!  Somewhere after mile 5, I noticed with my Garmin and how I was feeling that my heart rate was much higher than what it normally it was this early into the run.  I looked and sure enough it was in the 180s!  Not unusual for me towards the end of a long run considering I used to have a heart arrhythmia, but not this early on that’s for sure.  My legs felt great so I kept having to pull the reigns back on my pace to allow my heart rate to come down.  I’m sure with my allergies being flared up and what I’m sure was the bronchitis then already starting so my constant coughing wasn’t helping with this at all.  My goal for this half marathon was 2:15.  My finish time was 2:14:32, which I can’t complain about since I beat my goal, but I wonder how much better it would have been if I were feeling 100%.  Oh well, at least I finished and got to see this smiling face at the end.  Yes she even stole my Jimmy John’s sandwich and my wrap to block the wind!  Brat!  ;-P

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At the end they had the American Authors playing, but we didn’t stick around to really hear them since it was so cold and we had to make our way back to my car in the cold.  Trust me I think this was the LONGEST part of the race right here!  Walking in soaking wet clothes in the cold and wind!  BRR!!!

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Picture at the finish line!  (Sorry it’s so small!)

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This is race #1 of my goal of 5 half marathons this year.

QOTD:  What is your goal for the year?

 

Weekly Wrap up #4/Half Marathon Training #12 and GIVEAWAY ALERT!

So this weekend got away from me in terms of getting my weekly wrap up written up on Sunday.  With the weather as cold as it was this week, I took some time to relax and eased up my routine some.  I managed to get three runs in, plus I tried out a new workout program that you will hear more about below.

Sunday I spent recovering from my long run last Saturday.  Monday was just chaotic and the roads were iffy so I just stayed at home with the family instead of going to the gym to run on the treadmill, I did do a 15 minute workout DVD though.

Tuesday was a short day for me in terms of work, so I ended up having a lunch date with my wonderful husband since we don’t get date nights very often.  We must take advantage on days when work is slow!  We had lunch at Panera, then once we got home my husband mentioned going to the gym to run together!  This man knows how to speak right to my heart! *smiles*. We got in 3.13 miles running on the track at the gym.  After gymnastics I tried out yet another 15 minute workout DVD.

Wednesday was another long day at work then followed by a Girl Scout meeting.

Thursday, I got a wonderful surprise from my husband with this brand new piece of awesomeness!

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He is on a roll this week!  (Wonder what he wants ;-P ).  So of course I had to go try it out at the gym since if was cold.  I had to get it all set up to my foot pod from a previous model I had to use it at the gym, but that was fairly easy.  Enjoyed it so much I ran 4 miles at the gym on the track that night.

Fridays are ALWAYS crazy in our household and nothing but the basics get done.

Saturday was warmer than it had been and I was scheduled for a long run of 10 miles, so I eagerly got dressed wanting to test out my new toy outdoors!  It was a cloudy, overcast day with temps hovering right around freezing and a windchill of 25, but not too bad.  Set out for it later in the afternoon than I normally like and had a couple of cheats the night before and Saturday morning but I survived my run with no problems.  Plus I’m in LOVE with my new toy even more so now!  How can you not like graphs and data to see how you are progressing?!

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Total Mileage this week 17.13

Okay, so on to this exercise DVD I mentioned above.  As part of my Girl Gone Sporty Ambassadorship, I was contacted by Jamie at MASH Up Conditioning about trying out a line of exercise DVDs they are starting.  I happened to get the TEMPO DVD.  I happen to LOVE Tempo workouts so this was right up my alley!  If you have never done a HIIT workout you should!  Do you know what HIIT workouts are?  Read my post HERE explaining what HIIT workouts are.

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MASH Up Conditioning is a company that was started by Jamie and her business partner, who both, happen to be “moms on a mission to help others achieve optimal wellness in less time.”  In Jamie’s email she put it perfectly, “Our workouts are based on the science of high intensity intervals which are 5-6 times as effective as steady state exercise.  Our format combines Mind/Body, Agility & Strength, and High Intensity Intervals and are designed for 3 different fitness levels for safety and so that everyone can benefit.”

The DVD has 7 complete 15 minute workouts containing 5 minutes each of Mind/Body, Agility & Strength, and High Intensity Intervals.  The short, effective workouts are great for busy moms.  I tried a few of the workouts and they were short and sweet but effective!  I got my heart rate up and was starting to sweat.  The great thing about these workouts were there were the 3 different levels with one person performing each level.  Level one was amazing and doable by anyone if they were just starting out.  I would have liked to see the instructor actually doing most of the workout with the others as to me, that says a lot.  I have tried out a lot of exercise DVDs, not all Team Beachbody ones either, and that has always been something I have looked at, whether the instructor is doing the exercise with the group or not.  In my mind frame if you are going to be showing me what to do, then do it yourself.  I don’t want to exercise when I have someone walking around and talking.  When I did the 30 Day Shred, I had the same issue with it.  That is just me though.  Other than that they are great exercise DVDs. If you are looking for something to do at home in a short amount of time, just starting out, or have never done a workout DVD in your home, then this would be a great, basic workout DVD to start with.

For the programs I did, you would just need a yoga mat and some hand weights.  I used my 10lb hand weights and was fine, but if you are just starting out, you may need lighter.  If you wanted a longer workout, on the inside there is a way to string the workouts together to complete a longer session, however the downfall to having to do this, as easy as it is, would be to have to stop and push a few buttons until you got to the one you wanted.  When I’m working out, I don’t want to have to do this as I feel like it interrupts “my burn.”  But by in far, a small thing to look past.

What is your favorite exercise DVD and/or program?

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

 

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!

Week 5 and 6 of Half Marathon Training

So this is week 6 of my half marathon training and it has been a somewhat of a bust. Last week when our weather was nice and in the mid 60’s congestion hit and I assumed it was my allergies. It started differently though which I thought was odd, but blew it off since I hadn’t had issues with them really all summer long. Fast forward to yesterday, I got to thinking with all my prescription allergy medicines that I have available, nothing was really helping, so I began to suspect an upper respiratory infection.

So I finished up with work and drug myself into the doctor with both of my kids (that should tell you how desperate I was to breathe normally and not get short of breath eating!). Yep, I was right! (Maybe I should be a doctor…). Steroid shot, antibiotics and codeine cough syrup and 6 hours later I could breathe through my nose again! Yay!!! It’s the small things as a mom/runner.

So despite my sickness, I got some running in, but it began to get difficult with the congestion.

Week 5
12/15/13 – 6 miles outdoors in 1:02:15
12/16/13 – 2.48 miles indoors with my husband in 34:12
12/17/13 – 4.00 miles outdoors in 39:45
12/18/14 – 2.65 miles indoors with my husband in 34:04

Week 6
12/22/13 – 5.00 miles on the “dreadmill” in 50:55
12/23/13 – 3.00 miles on the “dreadmill” in 29:37 (virtual race against my husband)
12/25/13 – 3.06 miles outdoors in 30:36
12/28/13 – 7.00 miles outdoors with hills 1:10:20

This week also marked the start of week #1 of P90x3 that my husband surprised me with. These have been the perfect length to incorporate into my half marathon training! 30 minutes to get strength and crosstraining in in between running.

I have the best husband, not only did he surprise me with that, but he also got me a new pair of my favorite New Balance shoes and Santa happened to bring me some compression socks that are awesome!

How was your Christmas? Did you get any new fitness items/gadgets?

Half Marathon Training Week 2

So this week marked week number 2 of half marathon training and I have to admit it wasn’t the greatest. With Thanksgiving this week, I was pretty busy cleaning our house and getting things prepped for all the festivities that we were hosting at our house. The last day I ran was on Saturday, November 23rd with Sofie in preparation for the a Tulsa Turkey Trot on Friday, November 29th. Which you will see a race recap on tomorrow.

Even though I didn’t get my runs in this week I did start on my 2nd round of P90x.

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After my first day, I was already pretty sore, but I could happily say I did not have to modify push ups anymore like I had to do in the very beginning of round 1. Day two was one of my favorite DVDs, Plyometrics. It always gives a good calorie that’s for sure! I happen to take Thanksgiving off due to cooking most of the day and rested with Sofie in preparation for her first timed 5k, in which she finished in 31:30.

Today I will end week two with a 4 mile run. Easy enough for the second week. My first of two half marathons will be March 23, 2014 at the Rock n Roll half in Dallas, TX