2016.059-060: Rollin’, Rollin’, Rock ‘N’ Rollin’ on the River

Hello, hello! Happy Leap Day!

I had a wonderful weekend in New Orleans! Technically, it was more like a wonderful day in New Orleans, but regardless of duration, it was indeed wonderful.

I started the weekend off with an easy 4 mile run Saturday morning and then mom and I got a quick walk for coffee before we left to head to NOLA. We loaded up and dropped Brookser off at the Dog Ranch Resort. We had to get a road trip selfie before we left and Brooks jumped on the opportunity to give mom and big ‘ole kiss! He got her good.

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Our hotel wasn’t quite ready when we got there, so we went straight to the expo. We stayed at the Omni Riverfront Hotel. The location couldn’t have been better. We were only a couple of blocks from the expo and a couple of blocks from the start line, and we were right across from the Riverwalk Market. There was a cruise ship docked right outside of our window.

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The expo was fairly crowded and we were there for quite a while. We ran into Larisa and some of the other Crescent City Classic blogger crew right when we walked in! It was really cool to get to meet some of them before the race, which is coming up in a few short weeks! We had a little mini photo shoot in the lobby of the Convention Center. A couple of us even ended up doing interviews with Rock ‘N’ Roll media team.

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I picked up my bib and we did a little bit of shopping. I love race expos! I think that basically boils down to the fact that I really just love running gear and there are large quantities of running gear at race expos and therefore, I love race expos.

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We ended up heading straight to dinner after we left the expo. We met Rebecca, her mom, Savannah and one of Rebecca’s friends, Meggan (who won the marathon this year!), for dinner at Drago’s. We ate fairly early because we are all wanting to get back to get back and get a decent night’s rest before the race. We forgot to get a picture at dinner, which is a major bummer (and a major blogger fail).

I slept great and woke up bright and early Sunday morning ready to run. I fueled up with some coffee and UCAN and was good to go. The race started at 7:30. I left the hotel around 6:45 to get a 2 mile warm up in and have time to get into the corral for the start. I think I mentioned this before, but I had an “elite” bib for this race. I didn’t really think too much about it until we went to line up at the start. The elite runners have their own corral, and for some reason, I was really hesitant to go into the elite corral. I didn’t feel like I “belonged” in the elite start (even though I qualified to be there) and I was also worried that if I started with them, I would go out too fast (which I tend to do if left to my own devices, without any other outside influences anyway). Bottom line is that there was a lot of doubt floating around in my head. Ultimately, I decided to just go for it and start with the elite group. I promised myself that I wouldn’t start too fast.

I didn’t! I think this is the most consistently paced race that I have ever run. My splits were: 6:33, 6:33, 6:31, 6:29, 6:33, 6:31, 6:29, 6:40, 6:30, 6:38, 6:32, 6:29, 6:25, 1:08 (for the last .2 (side note: I really need to work on running the tangents a little bit better)). I finished in 1:25:59 (barely squeaked under 1:26!) for 9th female. This isn’t a PR, but I am very happy with the time! I ran smart and I felt really, really good (i.e., strong and healthy).

The course is amazing. It’s really flat and really fun! The start is at the corner of Camp and Poydras. You run down St. Charles for about four miles and then you turn around and come back, before weaving over to Magazine and Tchoupitoulas. You turn onto N. Peters around mile nine, run through the French Quarter (by Jackson Square and Cafe Du Monde), before turning onto Esplanade Avenue. You stay on Esplanade for the last three miles of the race and finish in City Park. 

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Lower Alabama was very well represented at the race. We were all over the place! I absolutely loved seeing so many familiar, friendly faces along the course! Once I settled into my pace, I pretty much ran with the same group of 3-5 runners the rest of the way. There was one man that decided to draft off run with me. He stayed on my left shoulder from mile 5 on. His goal was to go under 1:26. I told him that if he stayed with me, I would make sure that he met his goal.

I felt really good at mile 11 and I knew that we only had two miles to go, so I picked it up a little bit. There was a man running in a banana costume that had been about 100 yards in front of us the whole way. There was no way that I was going to let banana-man beat me, so at mile 11 I decided that it was time to go catch the banana. Thankfully I caught him and passed him. There was a decent gap between the 8th and 9th place girls, so I didn’t really have any other people to chase, but by golly I caught the banana.

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How someone could run ~ 6:30 pace wearing something like that is beyond me. I told him great job as I passed!

Mom met me at the finish line and we walked over to do some spectating around mile 15 of the full marathon course. We saw several friends run by. I ran a few cool down miles with Rebecca as she passed and then headed back to meet mom. We caught a bus back to the French Quarter and walked around a little bit.

Check out the awesome finisher’s medal this year. It’s the St. Louis Cathedral, which overlooks Jackson Square. We walked over and got a picture with the Cathedral in the background.

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After that we hit up Cafe Du Monde for some coffee and beignets. I knew Daniel would be really excited if I brought him home some beignets … He was! He spent the weekend at home with his family, loving on our new niece.

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We wandered around on the Riverwalk for a while and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I was singing Creedence Clearwater Revival in my head the whole time. Rollin. Rollin. {Rock ‘N’} Rollin on the River.

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Daniel beat us home and when I got out of the car, we discovered that we were #twinning in our “Home T” shirts. That was definitely not planned! Great minds think alike I guess ❤ I had a great time in New Orleans, but it is so good to be. HOME. Y’ALL.

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Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend! I have really been enjoying seeing all of the posts from NOLA and Seaside.

2016.055-058: The One with an Acronym

We made it to the weekend!

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In an effort to keep things interesting and somewhat varied, I came up with an acronym for today’s post …  R.U.N. F.A.S.T. Somewhat coincidentally, that is also my goal for the weekend. What is this weekend, you ask?

R. Rock ‘N’ Roll! This weekend I am running a Rock ‘N’ Roll half marathon tomorrow (location to follow). I’m getting really excited! I’ll be doing a recap of the weekend once we get home, of course, but I wanted to go ahead and check in before we leave so that my race recap post can actually be just a race recap and not an entire week recap. It makes sense in my brain. Hopefully y’all are cool with it, too.

U. Uncle! Crying uncle?! Nope. I’m not admitting to defeat here. Thursday evening, Daniel’s sister, Michele, and her husband, Brett, had a baby girl, which means that Daniel officially became an uncle! I guess that means I also “officially” became an aunt. Rebecca is like a sister to me (we are both only children and missed out on the whole sibling thing growing up) and so Savannah calls me Aunt Sam (err well … she would if she talked), but I am also very thankful to have two wonderful sisters-in-law and now to have a niece! Ava is so precious. I can’t wait to love on her in a couple of weeks!

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N. New Orleans! We are headed to New Orleans this weekend for the race. The weather is supposed to be beautiful. There are lots of people from our area heading over for the race, which makes it even more exciting. New Orleans is definitely an interesting place with an exciting vibe. I like it in very small doses. We will be going back in a few weeks for the Crescent City Classic! Luckily, we only live a couple of hours away and so we can easily go over for a race and head back the next day.

F. Feet! My feet are so. much. better. It’s incredible really. If you are having any sort of feet issues (tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, etc.), you really need to consider pressure wave therapy as a treatment option. If you are local, go see Justin @ Eastern Shore Chiropractic & Sports Clinic. I’ve had three treatments now and I can really tell a difference. I’m so thankful that the pain is going away and that I have been able to keep training. Tax season = stress and running = stress release. We don’t want to combine tax season and no running. The results might be disastrous.

A. Aggravated. I can not come up with anything interesting to talk about that starts with the letter A, other than my acronym, baby Ava and how I am an aunt. I haven’t seen any aardvarks or amphibians recently, so let me just tell you about a workout that I did this week. It’s a stretch I know … I just kind of wanted to tell you about my workout.

I had one workout this week and otherwise, it’s been just easy running, trying to keep the legs fresh for the half this weekend. I knew that I had to get the workout in early in the week (to maximize leg freshness at the end of the week), so there was no time for procrastination. Tuesday morning the schedule called for lactate threshold repeats at a strong, smooth rhythm that is pressing but sustainable (with a goal range of 6:20-6:25 pace). I ended up averaging 6:31 for the repeats. I likely could’ve run them a little bit faster, but 6:31 felt really comfortable and so I just kind of settled in there and didn’t vary the pace at all. I watched Gilmore Girls during the workout and that definitely made the time pass by quickly. I usually don’t watch Netflix during workouts, but my iPod was dead and there was no way I was doing the workout without some form of distraction.

S. Stitch Fix! I got my”fix” this week. I’m not sure if this is my February or March box (I’ve lost track), but regardless, it was a good one. I got a dress, two tops, a pair of shorts and a really cute crossbody bag (not pictured). The dress has a really cute cut out on the back (again, not pictured because I’m guessing it’s probably not supposed to be worn with a sports bra, haha). I’m going to take the bag to New Orleans, so I’ll make sure to get a pic of that then.

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Brooks likes modeling with me. He also likes long naps on the couch.

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T. Tenley! A few weeks ago, I asked for prayers for baby Tenley and so I wanted to post an update. Since my last post, they have run a lot more tests, tests that that could’ve made diagnosis much worse. If no other tumors were found (brain, bone, muscles, etc.), she would be considered stage 1, which would be such an answer to prayer …

The prayers are being answered! All of the additional scans came back normal! They did another chest CT to look at the spots on her lungs and are confident that they were not cancer. The ECHO and EKG came back normal. Her bone scan came back clear. The MRI was normal. Praise God!

She had surgery to remove the suspicious portion of her bladder where the cancer was and to place her port for chemo. The urologist was able to go in with a scope to identify the cancerous area. He then burned around the edge of the tumor so that her surgeon would know what to take out. The surgeon removed all of it, including a little extra around the edge of the tumor. It was sent to pathology and they confirmed that the edge did not contain any cancerous cells, so they are confident they removed it all. Prasie God!

Please keep the prayers coming! She will be starting chemo next week. This will be hard on her little body, but she is tough and we she is wrapped in God’s loving arms. He is a good, good Father ❤

Alright guys, I gotta run (literally) and get packed for the trip!

 

 

 

2016.047-054: The One without a Race Recap

Hey guys!

How is it time for another week-end recap post already? I guess one good thing about tax season is that time really starts to fly by (which I’ll admit, can definitely be both a good and bad thing depending on how you are looking at it). Let’s catch up on the non-work related stuff that happened this week (which will be somewhat minimal).

We are one week away from the New Orleans Rock ‘N’ Roll half! I’m really excited to go back to New Orleans and to only be racing the half this year. This will be my first race running with an “elite” bib. I’m pretty excited about that! Thank you to Rock ‘N’ Roll for the sponsored entry!

This week was a cut-back week in training for me. I took a day off and I didn’t run any doubles. I’m hoping that the cut-back will payoff next Sunday in the form of fresh(er) legs. I saw Dr. Justin again this week and I definitely feel like we are making some good progress on the feet issues, which is very encouraging.

This was also the first week in several weeks that I haven’t had a race. Instead, I got in a good, quality mid-week workout. My schedule called for 6 X 1 mile repeats at 6:05 to 6:15 pace with a 400 (0.25 mile) recovery. I hit the treadmill early Thursday morning and here is what I did …

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2 mile warm up: starting at 6.6 mph for 2 minutes and increase the speed by .2 every 2 minutes

Mile 1: 6:15 (9.6 mph)

Mile 2: 6:11 (9.7 mph)

Mile 3: 6:07 (9.8 mph)

Mile 4: 6:03 (9.9 mph – this felt too fast)

Mile 5: 6:10 (I was originally trying to negative split each mile, but I had to re-evaluate and re-group during mile 5 – I ended up with a “blended” pace of 9.6, 9.7, 9.8 and 9.9 mph for a quarter mile each during this mile)

Mile 6: 6:03 (after backing it off, I was able to comfortably pick it back up to 9.9 mph)

1.5 mile cool down: 7.0 mph

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Daniel and I got in a solid 10 mile run Saturday morning. We averaged 8:02 pace for the run, which is a little bit faster than our normal, everyday pace. We both felt good, so we just went with it!

My mom and dad were in town this weekend and Mom and I got in two good walks. Our fire hydrant friend is ready for St. Patty’s Day!

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I had a tennis match Saturday morning. I am playing on the same 4.5 USTA team that I played on last summer and we each have to play two qualifying matches to be eligible to play at state in June. This was the first time that I have played singles in quite some time (possibly since state last summer) and I was definitely rusty! I’ve been playing doubles on a semi-regular basis, but haven’t been playing singles at all. I typically prefer singles, but I have to say, I’ve gotten quite used to and comfortable with doubles.

I felt so alone out there on the court during my singles match. It was like I was missing my security blanket or something. I’m really baffled by this phenomenon, as I tend to prefer singles and individual sports in general (um hello … running). Maybe things are changing and I am growing up?! Whatever it is, we’re going to just pretend assume that it is a positive thing.

Rebecca and I ran 16 miles Sunday morning with our usual Sunday morning group. Thanks to our friend Larry’s coercing, we ended up with a slight variation in the normal route. This variation involved lots of bugs, a lake, hopping a barbed-wire fence, and some cross country running. We like to keep things interesting (or something like that)!

Sunday afternoon we had our first “official” team meeting for Ragnar Tennessee. I haven’t told y’all about this yet I don’t think, but … we have a group of 12 local runners (i.e., our friends) and we will be conquering an approximately 200 mile journey between Chattanooga and Nashville in May. I have done two of these relays in the past and I am so excited about this race and the group we have going! We met at the Warehouse Bakery Sunday afternoon to talk race details and logistics.

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If you aren’t familiar with a Ragnar Relay … You and 11 of your craziest, most-awesome friends pile into two vans and tag team running 200 miles, day and night, relay-style. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each person runs three times. Each leg ranges between 3-8 miles and varies in difficulty.

Daniel and I did Ragnar Del Sol in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2011 (less than 6 months after we got married). I remember a friend telling us that if we could survive a 24 hour relay race together, our marriage would be one that would last. We definitely survived and both had a blast!

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Love on the run!

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I also ran Ragnar Northwest Passage in Seattle in July 2014. Unfortunately, Daniel wasn’t able to go on this trip, because of school and work (you know silly, adult-type stuff).

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This time around, Daniel is taking charge and he and his buddy, Kenny, are organizing the trip! He even has a spreadsheet of all of the estimated costs, etc. My kind of man!

Country Music, Honky Tonk Row and a course designed for ultimate adventure await us this year. We will start in Chattanooga and run along the Tennessee River, heading northwest towards Nashville. We will run, day and night, across the rolling hills of middle Tennessee. The race will finish up at the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Woo hoo! I’m pumped! Have you ever done a relay race?

2016.040-046: Double Bridge Run Race Recap

Hi friends!

Apparently I am back to my once a week posting regimen. Lots has happened since last time we talked … let’s catch up with some week-end highlights!

I got some new shoes and y’all, I love them. I finally see what all the fuss is about with the Hokas. They may look like shape-ups, but they feel like pure bliss. Hokas are cushiony soled running shoes for distance runners and are known for their light weight and maximal cushioning. They are basically “maximalist shoes,” as opposed to minimalist shoes.

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My feet are really appreciating the extra love and support. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve been dealing with plantar fasciitis on my right foot and also some extensor tendonitis on my left foot. I saw Dr. Justin last week about it. He recently got a new pressure wave machine. It sends pulses of high-pressure waves through the skin. The soft tissue and bone that are subjected to these pulses heal back stronger, due to the growth of new blood vessels in the affected areas (that is my understanding of it, at least).

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 Are you guys liking my feet pictures?

Rebecca and I finished the #runlovechallenge Thursday evening. We ran 8 miles Monday morning and 5 miles Thursday evening, which gave us exactly 214. We even had a few days to spare! We both really enjoyed the challenge and it was great to spend some quality miles together over the last month and a half. We are both busy, but we stayed accountable to each other and completed the challenge. 214 miles together was a pretty lofty goal (in my opinion), so go us! Haha.

Saturday morning I ran the Pensacola Double Bridge Run. This race has been on my running “wish list” for years, but I hadn’t ever been able to do it until this year. I really enjoyed the race and will definitely be back again!

The race has an early start time of 7 a.m., which meant that we had to leave at 4:30 a.m. in order to get there and get on the bus to the start. The course is a point to point course, so you park at the finish and take a bus to the start. The busses stop running at 6 a.m., so you have to be prompt! There were five of us who all met up and rode together, which made for a fun race-day experience. Running friends are the best.

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The course is unbelievable. It starts in downtown Pensacola at the Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park, winds through historic Pensacola, over the 3-mile bridge spanning Escambia Bay, through Gulf Breeze, over the Bob Sikes Bridge and the Intercostal Waterway, and finishes at the Pensacola Beach boardwalk.

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I made a conscious effort to start out a little bit more conservatively than I have in the past few races. My goal pace was 6:30 to 6:35, so I planned to start out at around 6:45 and then was going to drop the pace down if I felt good. My first two miles were 6:39 and then I dropped it down to 6:33 for the next two. We went over the first bridge during mile 5, and my pace slowed to 6:37. I got back into a groove during miles 6 and 7, which were 6:29 and 6:33.

I settled in with a pack of three or four girls and we worked together for most of the race. One really nice thing about bigger races, is that you have people to pace with. Here we are coming across the first bridge.

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Photo cred: Tim Ard

We went over the second bridge during mile 8, and my pace slowed down a lot more to 6:54. I was able to regroup and I finished the ninth mile at 6:35. The last 0.3 was 2:12, for a total time of 61:44. I placed 46th overall and 10th for the women. This was a pretty competitive field, so I am happy with a top 10 finish. There were over 3,000 runners!

Jessica, Lizzie and I did a 6 mile cool down. They are both training for Boston and needed to do their long run Saturday, so of course I joined in for the fun.

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I got home from the race just in time to catch the second half of the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, which were run in Los Angeles, CA. I was so happy for Amy, Desi and Shalane! It was really cool to watch Amy and Shalane work together to make the team. Their teamwork and friendship is truly inspirational and really made appreciative of the running friendships that I have. I was also stoked for Meb! He is just legendary. This is the 4th Olympic marathon team that he has made. That is 16 years of marathoning!

We enjoyed a fairly uneventful Valentine’s Day. Daniel had to work Sunday morning, but he made sure to get my card and flowers ahead of time. He got me the cutest card with roadrunner on it. You make my heart beep-beep fast. I love it.

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When he got home from work, we got in a run together, picked up dinner to-go from Vinny’s and watched Friends. It was a perfect evening!

I hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day and have a wonderful week! Gotta run!

2016.034-039: A Prayer Request & A Race Recap

Hey guys! Long time no see.

Life has been a little bit crazy this week and I expect said craziness to continue for a few months (well for 2 months and 1 week to be exact). In case you forgot, here is what I look like with some beloved Dunkin Donuts coffee. In case you forgot, I like coffee. I also love the Lord, my husband and running. That pretty much gets us caught up I think.

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When life gets a little crazy, it is easy for me to become overwhelmed. I get overwhelmed with feeling like I am not giving 100% to anything and instead, half-way doing a lot of things. I am not a half-way type of person, and yet, there is only so much that I can do. When I start to feel overwhelmed, other feelings like “failure” and “guilt” often pop up as well and it is just not a fun place to be.

Last week, a precious baby girl who the daughter of a couple in our small group, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She is 9 months old. I was literally at a loss for words. I don’t understand why, but I know that isn’t my job. What I do know is that God has his loving arms wrapped around all of them right now. He is capable and He is in control. In the midst of this storm, Tanner, Jordan and baby Tenley are making a huge impact on others. They are praising Him through the storm and they have faith that she will be healed. I want to ask all of you out there to please, please join us in praying for baby Tenley.

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There are also several fundraisers going on to help with their medical bills. If you feel led to donate, here are some ways:

There is a t-shirt fundrasier here –> https://www.booster.com/tenleytough

There is a go fund me account set up here –> https://www.gofundme.com/upnd7e2s

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In the midst of all of the chaos, I debated on whether or not to even write a post. I decided against in for several days, because I literally couldn’t form the words. This morning, a wonderful email hit my inbox and the timing couldn’t have been better. It said …

“Thank You for my life. I pray that I am honoring You with my life. I often wonder if I am doing enough with my life. I wonder if I am fulfilling my purpose and reaching my potential. I pray that each day I would submit my life to You and live for Your will. Help guide me and affirm me. Help me to be confident in all that I do and may I do it all for You. I pray against lies from the enemy that make me doubt and make me feel inadequate. I am Yours in Jesus’ name AMEN!”

I may not be able to do much, but I know that blogging is a way for me to reach people, so I will keep at it. I also have a race recap to share today, which kind of seems silly at this point, but at least some of you come here to read about running, so I will give you an abbreviated version.

I ran the Joe Cain 5K in downtown Mobile Sunday morning. The race advertises itself as flat, fast, & ugly! Totally accurate. The course starts at the corner of Broad Street and Canal Street in Mobile and runs through the “bail bond district.” I just made that up, but you really do pass by at least 10+ different bail bond businesses, as well as the county jail, along the course. Really ugly.

Jessica and I before the race …

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I ran 19:34, which was decent enough for 1st female and 8th overall (out of 671 participants). I was hoping for faster, but … it’s okay. I ran as well as I could have. My legs are feeling really fatigued for some reason that I can’t exactly pinpoint. Coach reminded me that I needed to be taking an iron supplement, which I had somehow forgotten about. My splits were perfectly positive (which in running is not a good thing): 6:10, 6:15, 6:20 and 0:49 for the last .15.

Savannah ran the Moonpie Dash after the 5K. This was her first race (she is almost 17 months). She was by far the youngest and cutest participant.

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There is a big street party after the race. We hung out for a little while and enjoyed some quality people watching. For overall female, I got $100 and a Yeti Tumbler. I was very happy with that award! I also won a door prize, which was a spa gift certificate. Sweet.

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That’s all I have for today. Please pray for baby Tenley!

 

2016.032-033: Happy February!

Hello and Happy February (a day late)! I can’t believe that the month of January has already come and gone.

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I didn’t really think through the fact that this whole post numbering system was going to get more difficult now that it isn’t January. I won’t be able to just name my posts based on the day of the month. I will probably miscalculate at some point.

Also FYI, if you ever need to calculate the number of days between two dates, you can use this handy little calculator –> http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html. I use it at work sometimes and felt the need to share.

Rebecca and I have been having some mathematical difficulties in calculating our #runlovechallenge mileage, which is actually quite comical given the fact that we both have master’s degrees and that I am a CPA and she teaches math! Ha. After the Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon Sunday, we are “officially” at 182 of our 214. We are counting 15 miles for that day, because I ran the half and she ran the full. We ran the same course for 13 of the miles and I also did a short warm up and cool down. We didn’t technically run those miles together, in a side-by-side sense, but we figure that it was close enough!

Speaking of numbers, I “ran the numbers” on January training and I plan to do a monthly recap at the end of each month to summarize the month (from a running perspective) and see what was accomplished. I think taking time to look back and reflect will be beneficial to my overall training. Here we go …

Total running: 355.50 miles. This is a lot (for me). Now that I am no longer marathon training, the mileage will be significantly less in February.

Workouts: 4. 3 X 2 miles, 20 miles w/ last 4 @ GMP (goal marathon pace), 6 X 1 mile, and a 4 mile wave tempo.

Longest run: 24 miles!

Shortest run: 4 miles.

Favorite run: The Battleship Run!

Favorite race: First Light Marathon Relay!

Rest Days: 1

Cross Training: Um … does walking and/or tennis count as cross training? If so, 18 miles of walking (16 with my mom and 2 with Brooks) and ~ 5 hours of tennis (I played doubles twice). I didn’t do yoga all month! Oops. I really need to work on that.

Other random data from the month: 152.75 hours worked and 250.03 hours slept (averaging 8 hrs. and 4 min. per night). I’m definitely an 8 hours a night kind of a girl! I’m also definitely a data-obsessed kind of girl. Fitbit tracks my sleep time, which I think is really interesting. I definitely feel so much better on days when I have gotten my 8 hours the night before. I don’t get 8 hours every night, but I make up for it with naps on Saturday and/or Sunday (preferably both). Those naps are crucial to bringing my average up to 8.

There you have it. I’d say that January was a pretty good month. I am looking forward to more races and lower mileage in February! Don’t get me wrong, I love high-mileage training, but I’m ready for a little bit of a break from that for a little bit. I’ve got 3 races planned for February: a 5K, a 15K and half marathon in February. I’m excited to run all. of. the. races.

I’ve actually already matched my # of rest days for January and beat my shortest run (I did a 3 mile run this evening) and we are only at February 2nd! I’m definitely on track to meet my goal of less miles this month.

Now that we have “closed the books” on January (I’m throwing out random accounting terminology, so you know it must be tax season), let’s talk about February for a minute. I found a challenge on Pinterest that I think I want to do for the month of February. It’s meant to be done in a personal journal, which I think will be good, but I also might share some of it here with you guys ❤

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First of all, I want to clarify this whole concept of “love yourself.” I am not referring to a prideful, worldly type of self-worshiping love. I am talking about being thankful and appreciative of the person I am in Christ. A love based on humility and thankfulness, not on pride or arrogance.

Loving yourself is a critical part of your spiritual journey. Loving yourself as the person that God created can help to free you from the bondage of self-rejection, self-hatred, bitterness, low self-esteem, being overly critical of yourself, etc. The list goes on and on really. For me, it can be a daily struggle. Satan tries to plant lies in my head, but I will not let him win.

We were all created in God’s own image. Our bodies and our minds were formed by The Lord in His likeness. Let’s take a lesson from David and praise God, because we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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David wasn’t boasting in who he was, but rather being thankful and rejoicing over the beautiful creation that God made in him! I am hopeful that this challenge will challenge me to base my self worth using The Lord’s valuation and no one else’s.

Anyone else need to practice some self-love? If so, join me in this 28 day challenge. I just realized that we will need to add a day to this. Hmm … I’ll come up with something good!

In other news …

Daniel and I have started watching Friends on Netflix. He hasn’t ever seen all of them and we were needing a new series. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in quite a while. I had forgotten how funny that show was.

We’ve been getting in lots of quality cuddle/sleeping time on the couch.

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Oh, and Daniel made me a shoe rack. My pile of shoes had gotten a little bit out of control, so I asked if he could make something for me. He definitely delivered. It’s perfect.

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That’s all I’ve got tonight folks. Talk to you soon!