Weekly run-down

I made a decision a while back to work on getting my pace down. I’ve been comfy at 9:30 for a while, it’s really become my easy pace. My body automatically goes there. So, I’ve been trying to break that since I want to break a 1:45 half this year. It may just be my pea brain, but if I want to run an 8 minute mile in a race I need to run faster on training runs (at least sometimes). That being said, 8′s are tough. Real tough. Like vomit pace for me right now. But I guess that’s where I find out what I’m made of!

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I feel like a little bit of a slacker lately. I need to find a good schedule that works for me again. I like Monday mornings at the gym, good way to start the week off. Friday’s are almost always rest days for me. Wednesday is usually a gym day (but not the last 2 weeks). And Saturday long run.

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day

Monday: Gym day

Tuesday: Tempo run, 1.5 miles tempo, .5 mile recovery, that tempo part included a double hill, we ran it 4 times. Total miles 7.5, average pace 9:06.

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 4.25 miles, average pace 8:35

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Raced a 5k

Saturday was my first 5k race in almost a year. I haven’t really been training to PR it specifically, but was going to try. It’s a race I’ve done before, close to home. I love those races. Easy in and easy out. They had a new course this year and I think I like it better than the old one. I got up about 2 hours early and ate a really light breakfast (first mistake). We headed over to get our shirts and then had time to kill. Hence the second mistake, no fuel. I completely forgot about taking something else to eat or at the very least a gel.

Race started and I was feeling good for 1 mile. I swear I could feel the exact moment I used all my energy. It was gone, y’all. Nowhere to be found. I used whatever I had to get me from mile 2 to the finish. I could feel myself slowing down some. Got near the finish line, it’s in a park so you think you are almost there then you make a right turn and have about 1/2 mile in the park before coming back to the finish. I crossed paths with Ally and kept pushing.

One of my friends was out there yelling at me to run faster (thank you Dana!) It was her revenge for me telling her to run faster at track! In the end I got a PR but I know I could’ve done better had I prepared better. My PR last year was 22:30, I got a flat 22 in this race. Ally got a huge PR, almost 3 minutes for her first sub 20 minute 5k. I’m so proud of her!

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We both placed first in our age groups.

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Last week was the district track meet for Ally. She finished the season so strong, took 2nd place in both the 1600 and 2400, finished less than a second by first place. They were so close we couldn’t tell in the stands who won. She PR’d both distances as well. I’m looking forward to seeing her compete again. Final 1600 was 5:36 and 2400 was 9:08.

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Softball season started but already halted because of the rain. We need it desperately here, so I’m trying not to complain. I’m pretty sure we will have lots of make-up games to play!

Are you training for anything?

Did you run today?

Happy running,

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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

Weekly run-down

The last week was a blur, I’m not even sure I remember everything. Let’s start with the easy stuff: training.

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Training last week:

Sunday: RnR Half Marathon

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Track, 12×400, 200 recovery, 7 miles with warm up and cool down, average pace 9:02 (workout laps 7:30-7:50 pace)

Wednesday: 6.2 miles, uphill both ways, average pace 8:57

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Last week every single thing that could be planned and put on a calendar happened. We will start with Thursday, Ally’s district qualifying track meet. You’ll have to excuse all the proud mom moments about to happen!

district qual

She ran the 1600 and 2400 again. Placed 1st in both, set school records and PR’s for herself in both. Her 2400 was 9:18 (last week was 9:47) and mile time was 5:38 (last week was 6:02). I cannot even express how proud I am of her. She finally figured out she can run fast. She finally figured out she’s strong enough to do it! I held my breath on that 1600 though. It was hard to watch, but she makes it look so easy.

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She has some fierce competition in these two events. She will not be happy for me posting this picture but her face shows she was working hard! The district meet is tomorrow night!

Then Friday came along, and that was the start of the Youth Fair. Remember those rabbits? She had to be at the barn at 8AM Friday. That’s the day about 1000 3rd graders and teachers from our school district come to the barn for a tour, to see the animals and learn more about 4-H. That afternoon, went home, changed, grabbed all the rabbits and got back by 4 to get them weighed in. The judging and showmanship started at 5pm. She came in 11th out of 28. Not too shabby considering we had no idea what we were doing. We were just hoping they all lived for the 5 weeks!

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Saturday morning she had her first softball game. They had a tournament but she was only playing 1 game before heading back to the barn. She pitched the first game since the other pitchers had 3 after this one.

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It went into extra innings and ended up being a 2 hour game! What a way to start the season.

Back to the barn for the auction. Time to sell these bunnies!

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There were 70+ exhibitors and she was #47. It was a long afternoon. Kinda cool seeing all these kids with the animals they raised.

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When this was over we headed to the mexican market near us and grabbed some meat to grill. Went home and Ally jumped in the pool (yes it’s still frigid!) and John fired up the grill. We relaxed the rest of the evening. We even had dinner outside Sunday night, after some yard work, of course. It was a crazy couple of days but we were all pretty much together the entire time. I can’t remember the last time that happened. It was nice.

How was your weekend?

Anyone else out there do 4-H?

Do your kids run?

Happy running,

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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

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

Marathon Monday: training update

It’s just under 2 weeks until Rock N’ Roll New Orleans full marathon! A lot has happened in the last few weeks after Dallas. I finished Dallas not wanting to run New Orleans. I know that’s crazy to decide at mile 26 never to run another full again. But, oh well.

So, here I am 2 weeks out and I think I’m as ready as I’ll get. I have not had great runs since Dallas. I’m not sure if I was properly rested and recovered to continue training. I did the best I could, kept getting in miles that I could.

marathon training

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day, stair master and legs

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Gym day, elliptical, arms, abs, lots of stretching

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 6 miles, it was 16 degrees. I should get a medal for that.

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 13 miles. Best run I’ve had since Dallas

I’ve been dealing with pain in my arch since the week before Dallas. Also, the same week I started in a new pair of shoes. I wear the Asics Gel Cumulus in size 8, but the last pair was feeling a little tight so I went with 8.5 this time. I think that was my mistake. I’ve run in my old pair, now with almost 400 miles on them, and no foot pain. I finally tracked down a pair yesterday and am ready to break these new ones in, just in time for New Orleans.

new shoes

My little family has had a lot of loss the last few months and this week we had to say goodbye to our sweet Ranger. He was just shy of 15 years. John and I got him right after we bought our first house. He was a mess, but oh I loved him. I did not realize how badly I would be affected by this loss. It’s been a rough week.

Ranger

I’m participating in the Sweat Pink #noexcuses challenge! Today’s challenge is a 30 second plank. Tag it on Instagram and Twitter with #sweatpink and #noexcuses.

Sweat pink no excuses

I’m ready for an “easy” week with a few 5 milers then our last long run is next weekend, it’s only 6 miles! Yay for short, long runs.

What are you training for?

Anyone running Rock N’ Roll New Orleans?

Happy running,

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

Faith, Family, Fitness series: grief

It took me a little longer to write this post. I’ve been staring at the screen for days trying to write a sentence.

Grief.

It hits us all at some point in our lives. We can prepare for the passing of a loved one, as much as we can. We can tell ourselves it’s better, they aren’t suffering, they are in a better place, but it doesn’t seem to help me much.

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My grandmother passed away two weeks ago. 3 days before my 38th birthday. I had her in my life for 38 years and she was an amazing woman. I probably don’t even know half of the amazing things she did in her life. She raised 6 kids by herself, who brought 21 grandkids into this world, who in turn (so far) have brought 27 great-grandkids into this world. I think I counted everyone. She loved the Lord with all her being, never wavering from her faith. In the end her body failed her, but her Savior did not. She is walking in Heaven and worshiping Jesus, I know this. It does comfort me, but it still hurts terribly. It still makes me sad and I can’t even imagine what holidays will be like without her.

She gave me my Bible in 1993. In the front cover is written Psalm 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. She wrote poems, stories and letters to all of us over the years. I found the original copy in her handwriting while at her apartment after she passed. Tears were flowing while seeing her words. My cousin joked at the service that if you gave our grandmother a gift she would keep it for a while then give it back to you. It’s true. Everything she owned had someone’s name on it and we all got those things after she passed, and some over the years she gave us. She didn’t need the things of this world.

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The Lord has a way of working things out. Just three short days after burying my sweet grandmother, my dad got the call that we’ve been waiting on for too long, he was getting a new heart. This story is a story for another day, but let me tell you it’s been a long one, but a victorious one. A friend of mine posted this verse and it seemed to fit so it’s the one I’ve been praying for him.

I believe that I will see the goodness of the Lord
in this world of the living.

 Wait with hope for the Lord.
Be strong, and let your heart be courageous.
Yes, wait with hope for the Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14

He gives us a renewed hope every morning. I am praying for my dad’s new heart to literally be strong. It has been a tough week and he has a long road to recovery.

Thank you to everyone that has been praying for us, sitting at the hospital or checking on me during this time. It means a lot!

Do you have a verse that helps you when you are grieving?

What about a verse that gives you hope?

Thanks for reading!

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Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Modesty: does it even exist anymore?

I’ve always been a modest person. I don’t usually wear low cut clothes to work or even around town. Probably the lowest cut items I own are my workout clothes.

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So, I bring this topic up because last week at Ally’s 7th grade “meet the teacher” night I was appalled at the way some of the mother’s were dressed. I saw leather, stiletto heels and very, very low cut dresses. Let me tell you that I saw some things that only a woman’s husband should be seeing. It’s nice to dress up and go out with friends or your spouse and maybe you would wear something you wouldn’t normally wear but to meet your kids teacher?

Modesty doesn’t have to mean frumpy and old. It just means it covers you and looks nice. Doesn’t make other men gawk and stare or make women think something they shouldn’t think about you. I love clothes and I love to buy clothes and have new clothes. But, I’m very picky about what I buy. And everything I buy may not be the latest fashion but if I’m comfortable in it, then it’s what I buy.

1 Tim 2:9

Biblical or not, there’s just something indecent about the way our society is dressing these days. There’s such a thing as common courtesy, or there used to be. And by courtesy I mean, I should not be subject to seeing your lady parts or underwear (men included) while I’m eating dinner or shopping with my daughter.

I don’t think the above scripture means not to wear jewelry or nice clothes. I take it to mean don’t make it my sole focus. It’s ok to dress nice for your spouse, it’s ok to not want to look like a slob every time you leave the house. But when you look in the mirror and you think wow, my (blank) looks great in these jeans or you pick the lowest cut, skimpiest dress you can find to wear to Target (or to meet the teacher) then there’s the issue. I actually like to dress nice for my hubby, I want him to notice. I do not want other men to notice. So that means making choices that don’t attract unwanted attention.

I’ve noticed Ally is pretty much like me in her clothing choices. She asked for her first 2 piece swim suit this year and I indulged her, the top is still pretty modest compared to a lot of the choices lately. It’s getting harder to buy her clothes that don’t look to old for her. She’s too tall for the kids section, she does not like the clothes at Justice anymore, and some of the junior section choices leave little to the imagination. She’s so tall that even the dresses and skirts that would normally be ok are too short for her.

How in this day and age do we teach our daughters to dress and act modestly?

First, we teach by example. If I’m not dressing modest then my daughter won’t either. She won’t know any better.

Second, we tell them. In our home, we use Biblical examples and verses. We tell her what we approve of and don’t, then we tell her what the Bible says. This gets reinforced at church.

Third, don’t buy those clothes. If you don’t buy it, you can’t wear it and neither can your daughters.

It seems to be a hot topic among women. I posted the comment after meet the teacher and lots of my friends had comments on the subject.

How do you feel about modesty?

Is it important to you?

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Faith, Family, Fitness: dealing with disappointment

Disappointment. Everyone deals with it sometimes, maybe it seems like all the time.

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We’ve been house hunting and some days it’s fun, some not to much. This may seem trivial but when you are looking for a place for your family to live, it’s a big deal. And wanting a house, making an offer on it and finding out it’s rejected or you get outbid or whatever the case, is disappointing and a little heart breaking. I’ve been learning to lean more on God through this season. He has a plan for my family. I may not see it yet, but it’s there.

For I know the plans I have for

I was reminded of this verse by Ally. She had written it on a t-shirt she made at camp. I saw it after pulling it out of the dryer. It reminded me that God is in control of our future. He has us in his hands. It may not be on my time, but we will find the house for us. I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter in our lives in a home that is set aside for us. It’s hard not to get disappointed because we can’t see the bigger picture. I don’t know how this story turns out. I just have to trust in God and know that he knows the ending.

I have prayed, begged, cried and pleaded with God, laying it all out there. I think I was more worried about Ally and how she would cope with this. But she seems ok. She’s probably handling it better than anyone. For now, we have the 3 of us and 2 dogs living with my mother-in-law. I know it was God’s timing that our house sold so quickly. We will make it through this season and look back and maybe see the reasons or just be stronger because of it.

How do you deal with disappointment?

How do you help your kids cope?

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Faith, Family, Fitness: slowing down

Welcome to another installment in the Faith, Family, Fitness series. Today’s topic is: slowing down.

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I broke my 13 year no-speeding-ticket streak last weekend. I am not proud. I think God is trying to teach me something and I’m afraid it’s patience.

I went to the court house and paid my fine, chose deferred adjudication. I have 90 days probation and as long as I don’t get a ticket (anywhere) it’s off my record. If I do get a ticket, I could get my license suspended.

I am taking this very seriously.

I have noticed over the last few days of paying attention to my speed, just how fast I drive. I am always in a hurry in my car. I do not stay behind someone who is driving the speed limit and definitely not if they are under speed limit. In fact, I’ve been known to yell. Obviously not setting a good example for my daughter. Since she’s 12 and will be learning to drive in less than 3 years (YIKES) I guess I better get that under control.

I need to slow down my life. Not just driving, it seems I’m in a hurry all the time. Not wishing away the days but just always moving. I honestly don’t like it. I am one of those people that prefers a clear calendar, I like to be home in the evening. In the winter I come straight home from work and put on my pajamas.

And if I’m constantly in a hurry how can I hear God’s voice?

Be still verse

Be still.

Be still and know that I am God.

Just thinking on those words calms me.  I will be concentrating on slowing down, both literally and figuratively. Even if things are crazy around me, I need to remember to take a few minutes to be still every day.

Do you need to slow down?

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Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Weekly re-cap

Another week closer to summer! I’m sorry I’m counting down the days. So ready for 6th grade to be done. Ready to not have so much in our schedule. (is that even possible?)

Ally had 2 games this week and she pitched her first whole game. I couldn’t be prouder! This week was also her 6th grade track meet. She came in 2nd place in her heat in the 200 meter race and her relay team got 2nd place in the 4×100.

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I got a new Influenster Box this week too. It has lots of goodies in it, it’s a sport themed box. Can’t wait to try this stuff out!

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Weekly training recap2

This week training was a little lighter. I’ve been feeling an ache in my left ankle and thinking it may be tendonitis. Some runner friends suggested a few different stretches and convinced me to take a few days off. So, no long run for me this weekend.

Training this week:

Sunday: 4 miles with Allyson, average 9:36 pace per mile

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 2 mile warm-up, 8×400 with 400 rest, workout target pace between 1:45 and 1:50.

Wednesday: Gym day with abs, legs and the sauna

Thursday: My first tempo run, 8 miles total with 2 mile warm-up, 2 miles sub 8, 1 mile recovery, 2 miles sub 8, 1 mile cool down, over all pace 8:26 per mile

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Rest day

I will more than likely hit the gym sometime this weekend, but I think no running until at least Tuesday, maybe longer. I’m icing and stretching and rolling every muscle in my legs. I have a half in 10 days, with a PR in mind for it. I’ve been training for it and have a pacer. I’m really looking forward to it so I will rest now to be able to run later.

Ally is running a half marathon relay the same day. Her leg is 5.5 miles. It’s the furthest she’s raced. We did run/walk a 10k last year but that was not a good day. Things went south quick and she and I both prefer not to count that day. There are a few hills involved but since it’s here in our town, we can train the course. We ran 4 miles last Sunday and I hope to be able to do that again with her this week.

Did you workout today?

Anyone racing or running long?

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