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The date is May 16, 2017. I honestly can’t believe it’s been this long since I’ve written anything. So much has happened in the last few years. Good, bad and everything in between.

I have so much to say, but where do I start? Injury, oh yeah, that. I started running in late 2011 and ran injury free until about May 2016. Something happened, still not sure what. But I’ve been fighting an achilles issue for almost a year now. I ran off and on, took breaks, walked, did intervals. Thought I was good and then November 2016 after limping for 2 days following a 10 miler, I knew I was done. I have been to several doctors and rehab, nothing was helping. So, I hit the gym full on, got my eating under control (more on that later!) and got strong and healthy. Stronger than I’ve been in a long time.

Fast forward to today and I’m doing some interval running, very low mileage. Some days I want to cry, thinking about the progress I’ve lost. But I have so much to be thankful for and the gym is growing on me!

The achilles injury really made me stop and reevaluate my priorities. I love running, but I love the social aspect of it more. That’s what I was missing so badly. My running group is also my gym group so it’s not the end of the world. I have figured out if I keep my mileage low, my pace low and my stride short I can run and not hurt. So for now, it’s what I’m doing. And I’m actually learning to love it!

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And the gym dates with John aren’t so bad either! We got a new Planet Fitness near us (aka The Purple Palace), anyone else a PF member? It is a lot of purple.

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John and I celebrated 20 years last year with friends in California. Definitely more on that to come! We have a driver in the house now. (yikes) We got a puppy. (double yikes)

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Meet Bear. He’s about a year and half now. Molly isn’t a fan, but they have their moments.

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Ally had her first high school cross country season, track season and we are sooooo close to the end of 9th grade! We are all ready for summer. So proud of this girl and how she handled her academics and athletics. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for her!

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John and I started eating low carb / high fat or keto last fall. He started in October and I dragged my feet for about a month or so. Still couldn’t let go of my carbs, even after my doctor suggesting it last summer. Fast forward 8 months and we are doing great! Hubby is down 50+ pounds and I got that 18 or so off that I gained during marathon training and life happening.

LOVE this guy!

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Just got an Apple Watch, still trying to get it set up and figure out how to use it. I got the Nike version, it didn’t cost any extra and I used to run with a Nike Watch so I’m hoping it’s similar. I ran with it this morning but the Apple workout app didn’t collect any of my run info. I’m sure it was user error but I’m not impressed with that just yet. I’m going to try it at the gym tomorrow. I still have my Garmin and will go back to it if this watch doesn’t get any better. I have 2 weeks to decide!

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Anyone else workout at Planet Fitness?

What watch do you run with?

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Weekly run-down

Last week was busy! Ally started middle school track. They only have 4 meets. The first one got snowed out and the second one almost got rained out. The field events did get cancelled. This week is the district qualifier, I’m not sure how that works since there haven’t been any field events so far.

Ally ran the 400, the 1600 and the 2400. She’s definitely a distance runner, not a sprinter. She came in 1st in the 2400, that race was about 4:30pm, then maybe 7pm she ran the 400 and came in 7th, then finally about 8:30pm ran the mile and came in 2nd place. That 400 was just a warm up for the mile. It was fun and I’m so proud of her! She has been working hard. I know she will have some competition in the district qualifier, so she has work to do this week.

Here she is in the first lap, taking her lead. Once she got out in front she kept the lead. She made it look so easy, but I know she was working hard!

first track meet

She was in 3rd place for the 1600 until the last 100 meters. I don’t know where she found the boost but she kicked it in gear and finished 2nd. This is the same girl that she came in 2nd place to during cross country. She wasn’t that far behind her, probably should have kicked it in gear sooner than she did.

1600 race

We had a busy weekend and a busy week ahead. Softball hopefully starts next weekend and she shows her rabbits at the Youth Fair. I’m glad this project is almost over!

weekly rundown

Training last week:

Sunday: 3 miles, average pace 7:58. Have no idea where that came from! :)

Monday: Early morning gym time. Abs, abs and more abs. Was feeling this by Tuesday.

Tuesday: Track, 5 x 1000 meters, with 400 recovery, 8 miles total, average pace 9:17

Wednesday: Rest day. Had intended on getting to the gym but never made it.

Thursday: 5 miles, average pace 9:11

Friday: Gym date with the hubby. We were there at the same time, but different workouts.

Saturday: Rest day. (feels weird)

Last Sunday I was running out of time to make it to the gym. Ally had softball practice in the middle of the day. It was at the park, the sun was out, so off I went for 3 miles. It got warm, quick. And of course our city hasn’t turned the water fountains back on yet. Fortunately I was close to the car and that made me run even faster. That 7:58 pace came out of nowhere. I’m happy to know I can still do it though.

I ran the Dallas Rock N Roll Half yesterday, that recap should be up in a few days!

What are you training for?

Did you race this weekend?

Happy running,

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She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:17

Weekly run-down

Last week was finally a full week of running and getting to the gym. No snow, no ice, not much sunshine either. But hey, we need the rain. It’s sunny here today though!

weekly rundown

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 4×1 mile repeats, 8 miles including warm up and cool down, average pace 9:17

Wednesday: Gym day

Thursday: 6 miles, average pace 9:11

Friday: Gym day

Saturday: 9 miles at the lake then breakfast with friends! Average pace 9:14

I was very glad to get several days at the gym this week. It was Ally’s spring break so I took a few vacation days. We did a few projects at home, did a little shopping, saw McFarland USA (was soooo good!) I cried.

I painted and organized my pantry. It needed it badly. I should have painted it when we moved in last August but things were crazy and I was just ready to move in!

pantry before

After (it looks a little better) At least the shelves are white now and not yellow.

pantry after

Next up, I need to paint the kitchen chairs and I have a chair at my dressing table that needs paint and new fabric.

Ally is raising rabbits this year for her first (and probably last) 4-H project. We have less than 2 weeks to go before they go to auction. They are pretty cute but nasty little things too. They have made a mess in our garage! And they will scratch your arms up too.

Rabbits

I have Rock N’ Roll Dallas half coming up on Sunday. I’m getting excited!

What are you training for?

Working on any home projects?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Weekly run-down

Starting a new series on Monday since I’m done with marathon training (for a while at least).

weekly rundown

My recovery after Nola has been so much easier than Dallas. Not really sure why, could be mental. I feel good, legs feel good, I like running again!

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track 16×200, with 200 recovery. We started with 10k pace and worked down to faster than 1 mile pace.

Wednesday: Rest day, had to work today.

Thursday: Hill training, 6.3 miles with 10 hill repeats in there. Whoa.

Friday: Gym day

Saturday: Hot Chocolate Dallas 15k (recap this week)

Sunday: Rest day

I tried on shorts yesterday, that didn’t go well. I have to get my eating in check. I don’t think it’s all about what I’ve been eating, but how much. I know what I need to do, hoping that disaster yesterday was enough to make me do it!

The Sweat Pink #noexcuses challenge came to an end. Here are a few pictures from the last week.

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I’m still working on my recap from Nola. I can’t quite get the words out right. I’ll get there.

Races coming up:

March: Rock N Roll Dallas, half

April: Green Door 5k, it’s a local race

May: Moonlight Madness Half in Dallas, it’s at night, will purely be for fun!

I am thinking I will run the DRC half again in November, it will be my goal race for a PR. Ally has decided she wants to run a half this year, so I’m thinking the Dallas half in December with her!

What’s on your race schedule?

Training for anything new?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: it’s taper week!

It’s finally here, less than a week to go. And guess what? I woke up congested and not able to take in deep breaths. I’m going to the doctor this afternoon.

grumpy cat

I got a new book and running journal. I’m excited to get into it.

Books

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Training last week: January 11-17

Sunday: Gym day, 3 treadmill miles plus weights

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 7 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 6.4 miles, hills, at Nola race pace. This group rocked those hills!

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I’m participating in the #SweatPink #NoExcuses challenge this month. Last week included burpees, squats and planks. There’s something new every day.

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I haven’t done burpees in a looooonnnnnggggg time.

Burpees

Saturday we shared our favorite healthy snack. I came across these apples last month and love them. The new health/organic food store here is carrying them.

Peeled snacks

Today’s challenge is 30 seconds of mountain climbers. My goal is to get that done tonight, after seeing the doctor. Right now I’m struggling to take in a deep breath.

Got my Nuun on board and my new Kate Spade tumbler. Someone (not naming names) dropped my chevron tumbler and it cracked.

Kate Spade tumbler

This week is all about water, Vitamin C and good food! Hubby grilled chicken last night, I made a home made turkey pot pie for dinner tonight. I got the McCormick Thyme in my #FrostyVoxBox in December. We are starting this week off right with food prep!

pot pie

Do you food prep?

Anyone use a running log or journal?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

I know you all haven’t heard much from me lately. My family has had some heartache these last 2 months and I just haven’t been blogging. I have been running, with the exception of one week off. I’m still training for my upcoming races, but I’m unsure about setting goals for them just yet. Part of me is just plain scared to.

Here’s what you may have missed:

It is just under 3 weeks until the Dallas Marathon, that’s #2 of 3 coming up quick!

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Training last week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 2 mile warm up, 6×400 (1:47-1:53) with 400 recovery,1 mile cool down

Wednesday: Gym day, light weights, elliptical, stretching and sauna

Thursday: 8 miles, 8:53 pace

Friday: 5 miles, 10:06 pace

Saturday: 20 miles, 9:38 pace

Sunday: Rest and recover!

Saturday’s 20 miler was tough. I started out feeling great and then about mile 17 I was done. My legs were so mad at me. I know marathon training is about training your legs to run when they are tired, but I think the 3 days in a row caught up to me. By Saturday night everything hurt, but miraculously Sunday I was pretty much back to normal.

I’ve been using Nuun Hydration before and during my run and also started using Advocare Rehydrate Gels. I do not like the consistency or taste of Gu or the other products out there. I’m really liking the Advocare version, it’s just the packaging is a little big.

20 miles is no easy feat. I enjoyed breakfast afterward with my training partner and friend. We might have had a mimosa as well.

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For the life of me I cannot figure out why we didn’t remember to take a picture at the lake. It was so pretty that morning.

me and alisha after 20

It was Alish’a longest distance so naturally I had to try something new that day as well, guacamole. Yep, I’m the weird one that doesn’t eat avocados or guacamole. It wasn’t too bad, the salt covered chips probably helped too. I might be convinced to try it again.

We are finally settling into the new house, got a few more things done this weekend. There is still a lot to do and now it’s almost time to get the Christmas stuff out! I do not decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving is over, usually sometime that Friday after, then it gets put back up usually by New Year’s Eve.

Do you eat guacamole?

When do you decorate for Christmas?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

It’s Monday again. The weekends seem to go by quick these days. I did get several projects done at home though. I’ve been wanting to paint some of our furniture and finally got it done. I need one more coat on the top and a layer of wax. It’s kinda sticky right now and I’m afraid the paint will scratch off. I probably should have sanded it down a little.

I’ve had this desk for probably 13 years, but never did anything with it. It’s in Ally’s room now. I think it was my grandmother’s but she doesn’t remember having it.

Before

Old desk

After

Old desk painted

Night stands in the master.

Before

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After

night stands after

Let’s get to the training update.

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Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Gym day, elliptical, weights, sauna

Tuesday: Track, 2 mile warm up, 4×800 with 200 recovery, 4×300 with 300 recovery, 1 mile cool down

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 15 miles

I normally use Wednesday as a workout/running day, but lately since I’m off I’ve been using that day to unpack and get things done at the house. This week I’m planning to start running again on Wednesday.

I am officially signed up for the Michelob Ultra 13.1 in Dallas on October 25. I ran it last year and it holds my PR. I’m planning to break that this year. It’s a fairly flat course and part of it is on a path that’s not concrete, it was so nice to run on. Last year it was the Allstate 13.1, here’s the recap if you want to catch up. It was a fun race!

That’s all I’ve got!

Have you painted furniture before?

Did you race this weekend?

Did you workout today?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

I am in the throes of marathon training. Not really sure where/when the plan began, I’ve been training to train at a faster pace for a while. This summer has worn me out and made me feel like I couldn’t run another step. Part of that was heat and part was just plain emotions and being busy with the move.

So, with 12 weeks until my next marathon, it’s time to get myself in gear!

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Marathon #2: Dallas Marathon, December 14

Marathon #3: New Orleans Rock N’ Roll, January 25

You may recall the Dallas Marathon 2013 was supposed to be marathon #1 but it was cancelled due to Icemageddon. So, Cowtown 2014 became marathon #1. For a while I wasn’t sure I wanted to run another full (sometimes I still question my sanity in this department).

At any rate, I’m training and I cannot wait for the temps to cool off. Maybe I won’t feel like a loser who can’t breathe or run.

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Gym day, upper body weights, abs, stretching and sauna

Tuesday: Track day, 12×200 with 200 recovery, 2 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down

Wednesday: 2.25 miles with Ally, exploring the streets in our new neighborhood.

Thursday: 8 miles, 2 mile warm up, 3×1 mile at (about) 8:00 minute pace, with 1/2 mile recovery, 2 mile cool down

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Gym day, upper body, elliptical and abs.

Saturday was supposed to be a 12 mile run. By Friday afternoon, my heel was hurting with every single step. I knew I was not going to be able to run so I hit the gym instead. Not sure what I did, but thinking it was bruised. It already feels better this morning. The plan is to hit the track tomorrow.

I’m getting food and hydration back in check. I did fairly well this summer, despite everything going on. But the last 3-4 weeks have been ridiculous. If it’s not nailed down, I’ve been eating it. Not kidding. My favorite hydration right now is Nuun. It seems to keep the headaches at bay. I drink it before, during or after a run.

Did you workout this weekend?

What upcoming races are you training for?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Throwback Thursday: Cross training

TBT final link up

Ally “graduates” 6th grade in 2 weeks. I cannot believe her time in elementary school is almost done. She was so little when she started kindergarten and I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming. I posted this picture the first day of 6th grade this year.

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I wrote this post as part of a series last year, if you missed it the first time, here it is.

Cross Training for runners

Cross training

Here it is on Pinterest if that’s easier.

Did you workout today? I hit the gym for a little cardio and shoulder workout.

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Weekly re-cap

It’s time for the Saturday weekly re-cap. Softball games started for Ally this week so the evenings are a little busier now. Her team won their first season game, we are looking forward to a great season.

A friend asked me this week about shin splints. I suggested calf sleeves or compression socks. Whether this is helpful or not (it helps me) but I do this stretch to help my legs. It stretches out that muscle in the front/near the shin. I’m no doctor, I don’t know what that muscle is called, but it feels good! Usually I’ll do this while brushing my teeth.

Cross your legs like in the picture and then squat down, don’t bend over, but bend your legs. You’ll feel it.

Shin stretch

This picture is from this morning. Apparently we like our shaker bottles. We were in a world of hurt Thursday night when they were all (5) in the dishwasher.

shaker bottles

Now for a little training recap for the week!

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Sunday: 10 miles, 8:41 pace

Monday: Track workout, core and conditioning

Tuesday: Track, 8×200 with 200 recovery, 2 mile warm-up

Wednesday: 2 miles on the treadmill, arms and abs, and the sauna of course

Thursday: 5 miles

Friday: REST DAY!

Saturday: 8 miles, 8:20 pace

I am loving the track workouts! Monday and Thursday (if I go) is at night. It’s core, conditioning, sometimes speed drills, hill work, just about anything. Tuesday morning is speed work in intervals. I’m working on getting my pace down and getting consistent about it.

Looking forward to a great week. The weather here is really nice and we got some much needed rain last week.

Did you miss the Gone for a Run giveaway posted this week? You can find it here.  And the first Wednesday Wonderfulz link-up is here.

What do you do for shin splints or sore legs?

How many shaker bottles do you own? Be honest.

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1