2014 Army Ten Miler Race Recap

Oct
13

Army Ten Miler has always been one of my favorite races since moving to the area. It’s my favorite distance (10 mile) and it’s absolutely great environment!!!

I had an amazing time with my training partner. Originally we set a goal to run 2 hours or less.. in the week leading up to the race, some really crazy things happened and we agreed we would take it easy and just finish. Long Run NOT race it.. We could have probably made our 2 hour time goal if I didn’t take a potty break at mile 2.. LOL Moving on..

It was a big race for me but I treated it as my long run. I was scheduled to run 10 miles as my long run anyway as I prepare for the Richmond Half. So to do this with 35K run buds was awesome. I ran without my watch and I didn’t turn on any apps from my phone. I ran solely off of my body and how I felt. A few times she said to me SLOW DOWN this is supposed to be easy LOL but my body was feeling good! BUT I listened.. this was an easy long run so I did that and slowed down the pace. We reviewed some splits and yup.. after that potty break at mile 2 the next 3 miles I really did push the pace.. OOOPS She wore her watch and I didn’t so I had no idea we were clearing sub 11 min miles my bad.. We went back to running 12-13 min miles and we finished, upright without injury.

Mentally I got over a huge hump.  After being injured and not really being able to run I couldn’t believe that I did the 10 miles without injury.  Soreness yes.. but no injuries.  *DOES A PRAISE DANCE* Emotionally I was torn a few different ways in this race.  It was the first race my homie Cheryl & I ran together as a team back in 2010.. Her birthday is also on Wednesday of this week and had she been with us.. she probably would have run it.  I’m going thru a major personal turmoil and this run helped to settle a few things in my spirit.  that’s a lot of alone time for 10 miles and well a lot of clarity can come from it.

I got to see a lot of folks who I respect in the running community and a few of my friends complete their longest race to date.  Just an overall awesome time and experience and despite it being crowded VERY WELL ORGANIZED.

If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter I posted a few pics there.. Today I will rest, ice & stretch some more. Tuesday I will do a shake out run or rest depending upon what my body says.. Training continues.. I’m RICHMOND BOUND.

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Blog Well Summit Oct 17 – 19

Oct
10

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Wordless Wednesday – Lil Debbie Edition

Oct
08

I’m beyond proud of her. She is truly living her dream. Here is some of her recent work.

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Jessie J

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Thursday Tunes – What’s on your Playlist?

Oct
02

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It’s Fall.. the weather is changing.. the mornings are brisk and perfect for a run but WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?

I normally don’t run with music.  If I do it’s usually during a solo run and without headphones.  I just let the speaker from my phone play the music.. it’s not loud because I still need to be able to hear my surroundings..

There has been a lot of new music released.. I’m an oldie but goodie type of gal and hate to switch up my playlists.. but I’m starting to get bored.. So please share your favorite songs that provide you inspiration on that run or sweat session in the gym!

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct
01

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The Fitness Games App – Review

Sep
30

So as a Sweat Pink Ambassador I was given the opportunity to try out a new app called The Fitness Games

It’s taken me a while to write this review because I did not like this app. Initially it took a while for my account to be upgraded to use the challenge features. Then it wouldn’t run in the background so it always had to be open which for me if I’m working out sucks. Especially if I’m trying to use 2 apps simultaneously. I.E running apps

I wasn’t successful with challenges with other participants. I don’t know maybe I didn’t set up the challenge correctly or they just didn’t want to accept. Not sure but my level of frustration probably won and I have up on trying.

In a workout app I want something pretty simple and to the point but will get the job done. It would be nice if it interfaced with other health & fitness apps like MFP or Runkeeper etc so if you tracked in one it will sync and you get credit for it there.

I can’t see myself using this app as my stand alone go to for fitness.

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Active Nation Day

Sep
28

Are you that girl??? I am!!!

Today is Active Nation Day so I want you ALL to join me in MOVING SOMETHING

I don’t care if you walk, run, hop in place move something for just 20 mins!!!

For the last few weeks I’ve been testing the Lorna Jane Active App and I love the inspiration it provided daily.  Move, Nourish, Believe yes.. it provided inspiration to not make an excuse and do my workouts, a few tasty recipes and inspiration/motivational quotes.  If you follow me on IG you have seen the inspirational quotes because I’ve posted a few

Sunday is my normal day to do my long run & teach my Strength class.  Today I didn’t want to move out of my bed.. then it hit me.. I scrolled thru my Lorna Jane app and as always the motivation was provided.

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I did a quick 20 min workout right in my bedroom to get my blood flowing and creative juices going.  I earned the Active Living Badge and now I’m ready to start my day!

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Things I like about the app..

  • positive images & motivational messages displayed
  • a variety of workouts listed
  • Recipe ideas

Things I don’t like about the app…

  • It doesn’t run in the background

Here are a few images from the app to help you get familiar

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Check out this video from Lorna Jane and join in on the movement.  If this doesn’t get you out of bed and not hitting snooze I don’t know what will!

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Manic Monday

Sep
08

Is it really already the 2nd week of September? It’s the beginning of the school year for everyone and by now all the kids are back to school.  Back 2 School Nights are in full swing.. but MULTIPLE nights? *sigh*

Last week I attended a special presentation for student athletes at my son’s school.  This was actually a very informative session and I was impressed.  They had a local news sports anchor attend and give a presentation on social media and image.  This made me smile because while my son isn’t a social media fanatic.. I know several kids who are.  The kids weren’t truly paying attention until it was discussed about someone who they knew LOST their athletic scholarship because of how they conducted themselves on social media.  When you THINK nobody is watching.. EVERYONE is.

This week there is an IB Back 2 School night just for IB students.  I get it.. it’s a lot of information.. but couldn’t we coordinate these a little better? Maybe I’m just being bitter but my time is valuable as is my son’s education.  There should be a BETTER way to communicate upcoming meetings & any FEES associated with the programs.  This was one of the main reasons why I joined the parental advisory council.  Administrators don’t realize that they have to disseminate information in several forms because all parents don’t receive the information the same way.

Next Monday is the “normal” back to school night for his school.. I am thinking I MAY skip that.. but more than likely will just move my dental appointment instead. ha!

Death is always upon us.. and so many my age and younger are being stricken and taken by various forms of cancer. This scares me.. especially when it hits so close to home with family, friends and childhood friends you have known your entire life.  CANCER SUCKS and FVCK CANCER ok I got that out

The #30layers30days challenge while I haven’t shared but the initial post on the blog.. I’ve been writing in my journal the entire challenge.  Some of the topics are a little personal and as I write my thoughts about them I realize I’m not totally ready to share them here but this challenge has been truly eye opening for me.  So far nothing has been totally uncomfortable.. but I have been um challenged to truly express my thoughts but it has provided me with a way to approach the topic with those I need to discuss certain things with so I’ll just leave it at that.

My friends that were older than me joked when you turn 40 things are just different with your body.. Ummm I hate being a woman who is over 40 LOL like seriously.. is there a switch that just goes off and tells the body to act a fool? I’m thankful for a team of doctors who aren’t afraid to laugh with you thru everything and provide you with the support you need to keep your mind young even though your body is telling you that you are “old”. At least all of my issues are “fixable” lol Lifestyle changes are even more important now and I’m incorporating a few more which are definitely making a difference.

Running is going well.. training is going well…can’t believe I will be racing on sunday.. 1 year later to the date when I suffered what I thought would be a career ending injury with an Achilles tear.. again a team of doctors who are on my side who made it happen… God’s plan, their hands, my determination and look how far we have come.. #blessed #thankful

I dropped the ball on offering a fitness challenge for September.. instead I joined a few different ones to support my friends on their journey to a healthier life. I’m looking forward to reviewing a new app “The Fitness Games” stay tuned…

Hope your Monday isn’t as Manic as mine.. Have a great one!

 

 

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30 Layers 30 Days – Self Discovery Challenge

Sep
01

I saw this on IG and decided with a few friends we would participate in the challenge.  We were all going through a different cycle of our lives and this was a great way to help refocus.

DAY 1 // START. STOP. CONTINUE.

START:  What do you want to start doing?  What do you want more of in your life?  What feelings, what activities, what energy?   What baby step can you take today?

STOP:  What have you had enough of?  What are you tolerating or feeding into that is not adding value to your life?  What area of your life is begging for more boundaries?

CONTINUE:  What habits or trends do you want to continue?  What’s been working for you? What can you do to ensure you keep it going?

I want to START being more present in MY life.  The first step I took was scaling back on my teaching schedule.  I am only teaching on Sat & Sun. This was a difficult step but I knew it was for the best. Here’s to only juggling 2 things instead of 10 on any given evening.

I will STOP fighting with myself, my other half and with my children.  The negative energy isn’t worth it in the long run.. I’ve set up boundaries that I’m comfortable with and while I’m a “planner” and like to have everything laid out.. that’s not always the best so I’ve let go of that to a certain extent.. No rigid lines.. more flexibility.

I will CONTINUE to workout.  One constant in my life is exercise. I teach jazzercise, I run and I practice yoga.. they work for me and keep me sane.. Goal is to up the ante and do more intense sweat sessions.. While I am only teaching on the weekends.. I am training for Richmond Half Marathon and I will be adding more yoga to my life.. even if it’s 15 min chair session at my desk.

This is my start.. I put it out there..

If you are interested in joining the challenge visit here to sign up. You can follow along on IG & Twitter  #30Layers30Days

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Wordless Wednesday – Back 2 School Edition

Aug
27

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