60 days till Race Day

Aug
25

imageYup.. that’s right.. 60 DAYS.. 2 MONTHS.. until I hit the pavement to become a member of that 1% life.. A MARATHONER!!!

So yes I haven’t been doing may posts.. hell who has time to write when I’m training for a marathon, raising a family, college visits, and steadily being the SuperMOM without a new cape.. lol

But this past weekend I ventured out with a group of ladies and ran the Mt. Vernon Trail.  Lemme tell you something.. LISTEN LINDA.. if you are in the DMV and have NOT run this trail.. YOU MY FRIEND are missing out on something serious!  IT’S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.. great scenery and when you are like me who runs with music on the long run but really it’s just background noise then you will truly appreciate this trail.

It is relatively flat with some rolling hills and with the exception of the cyclists who don’t know how to share the trail and don’t ring a bell, scream or nothing it was alright with me.

My runboos and I as we figured out which way we were going to go

What really impressed me about the trail was that we could do in different directions and still cover a hefty amount of miles.  We set out to do 14 miles.  Originally it was 15.. but we got a later start than planned because well yeah there was a gate that prevented us from parking before 6am and we ended up not getting into the park until about 6:40am and then started about 6:45am but I digress..

Runboos and I heading out

Runboos and I heading out

So if you follow me on IG then you know kinda how this story ends.. it was a fantastic run through Mile 8.  I was comfortable and maintained a good 13:30 – 14:30 min pace through the first 18 miles.  at mile 7.. stretched and refueled and felt great.  Got to Mile 10 and my body said HEFFA WHERE YOU GOING… I was fine.. Mile 11.. cramping and some pain in the Achilles.. stop stretch I will be ok.. starting to lose sight of my training partners.. but it’s all good.. Mile 12.. WHAT IN THE ENTIRE FVCK IS GOING ON.. why did I sign up to do this shyt? What the HELL was I thinking..

Mile 13.. man Fvck This Shyt!!!

Mile 13.. man Fvck This Shyt!!!

I look up and I see the bridge and I realize the end is near.. then I also realize SHIT we miscalculated.. we went out 7 miles but it’s actually longer to get back why?? because of the damn near 1 mile warmup we did walking to get to the trail.. DAMN GINA.. So yeah I ended up with 15 miles anyway.. and let me tell you that shit hurt.  It was my longest run ever.. I’ve never run further than 13.1 ON PURPOSE and I did that this past weekend..

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MY LONGEST RUN EVER

The best thing about this run.. I was Captain Crankypants post race.. but my training partner drove us  home and we laughed and chatted on the way.. then I got home showered and threw on my cape.. hell I had a household to tend to.. did all of the mommy things.. and in between each I stretched.  Prepped Princess J’s bday party and stretched some more.. I awoke Sunday am with no DOMS and I taught my Strength45 class.. came home and was hostess with the mostest for Princess J and her friends.

I always knew I wasn’t a punk.. but after this weekend I KNOW I’M A BAD MAMA JAMMA!!! So I see your 15 and will raise you 18.. in 2 weeks.. cue T-Pain *oooh I can’t believe it*

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A Day in the Life of an Athletic Supermom – Guest Post

Aug
24

My friend and fellow athletic supermom Shaunna or as I like to call her Dr. Supermom & hashtag queen from SHEro Athletics penned this post to share.  Please feel free to comment and also go visit/like her FB page  so you can keep up with her.

 

Greetings all!

Yes, as all of my followers have probably figured out by now — I love hashtags. There’s just something about these little subliminal messages. Ironically, people make perfectly blatant statements in a status update, Facebook post, or tweet with one of these little off-the-cuff jewels. In addition to #SHEro, one of my favorite hashtags is #mycapeneedsironing

I use it all the time!

Yeah, it’s like that some days. My friends, family, and loved ones always give credit where credit is due by saying —

“Shaunna, you are doing your thang!”

“We’re so proud of you!” “You’re always into something.”

“You need to sit down somewhere — I don’t know how you do it.”

Or one of the most flattering responses ” #inspiration”

Yes, it had even gotten to the point where my inner circle called themselves “Team Doing Too Much” — a slight head nod to those who only see what we are actually doing (not including all of the behind the scenes work). They are already screaming — you’re doing TOO much. Mmmkay *side eye*

Soooo…the perfect, not-so-perfect day of a higher education administrator, entrepreneur, marathoner, triathlete, wife, and mother of two small boys looks a little something like this…

4:00 a.m.

Yes, a.m. In the morning. Even Jesus is groggy at this time of day. The alarm goes off. This is not a rest day, this is a workout day. No rest for the weary. Brush the teeth, kiss the Gold menfolk, throw some clothes in the wash, grab the gym bag, and hit the door. My training patna — Ace — is waiting.

4:45 a.m.

Post to my Facebook page. Yep, shout out to all of my other athletic folks, including parents who can only get a peaceful, uninterrupted workout, run, or weights in at this time of day. No fooling around. No kee-kee-keeing just yet because my body is functioning more quickly than my brain. Shoot, I can’t even tell you how I drove here. I’m about to sleep-run, sleep-swim, something…

It is then when proly two workouts commence. A mid-distance run; strength and swim; strength and run; or bike and swim. We mix it up on the regular as triathletes. Bidness. It’s allll bidness. We can kee-kee-kee later.

6:30 a.m.

Run through the shower, beat my face until it’s beautified, and throw a quick log into my iPhone app to ensure I remember the stats on my workout. (Announcement! Successful people MEASURE their goals). A quick stop at Starbucks for Mommy’s special treat. It’s time to see if the Gold menfolk are ready to roll for the day. Caffeine is the only way for me to get from here to lunch time.

8:00 a.m.

Get home. Throw the wet clothes in the dryer, check to see if the menfolk are ready for school and work. Starbucks still in hand. Grab my prepared vittles and the boys lunch boxes from the fridge and hit the door.

Time for the daycare drop off. Now by this point (if it’s a good day), lunches were packed, spare clothes were ready, and I could just grab my bags…and daycare bags…and toddler bags…then hit the door. If it’s an even BETTER day, toddler has sung to me all the way to school, counted how many school buses we’ve passed, and the infant doesn’t cry when it’s time for Mommy to leave.

If it’s a BAD day, I’ve had to get a second workout in by making the mad dash up and down all three floors of the house to throw the chil’ren’s things in a bag, pray that they have enough food packed to get him through the day (I have big eaters), and wait…did I get my wallet? Cell phone? iPad? Ohh, whatever. Let’s just get the boys into school and worry about everything else later. Wrestle the shoes, coat, and hat on. Wayment…someone’s crying. Why is my toddler crying? I’on know. Not hungry. Not wet. Not in pain. Oh well, you’ll just have to cry. Turn the radio up a little bit louder.

8:30 a.m.

On a good day, the manchild practically checks himself into school. “Mommy, hug and kiss…hug and kiss.” From there he throws up the deuces (“two fangas”) and says “See ya later”! Now that’s what I’m talmbout. The infant waves “bye bye” with one arm while he wobbles over to the newest toys.

This process can take either 5 minutes (good day) or 20 minutes (bad day). *insert sigh here*

Hopefully traffic is cooperating as I leave day care. Chat it up with my mom who’s finishing up her morning walk with her accountability partner (ANNOUNCEMENT! This health thing can run in the family if you make it so). If I have enough time, give Granny a call so she can ask me for the fitty-lemth time how potty training is going with the man-child. Then pull in to work. Woosah.

9:00 a.m.

My beautifully organized priority list is staring at me. Yes, the phone is blowing up and I shudder to log into my email accounts (plural – yes plural). First things first — anything that CAN be delegated SHOULD be delegated. Let other folk start their work, which is connected to MY work. Then skim emails. Don’t respond unless it’s important AND urgent. The rest can wait until later. Three action items – DO, DELEGATE, or DELETE is my mantra.

Drinnk water, pee, walk around. Every hour. Drinnk water, pee, walkaround. Every hour. (Yes, this is the routine of an athletic supermom who knows that Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is real).

1 p.m.

Oh wait. It’s lunchtime. Did I remember to bring the lunch that I prepared? I had this beautiful piece of salmon with roasted veggies…or a huge salad with protein…or…whatever is in my bag, that’s what I’m eating.

Keep checking completed priorities off the list (while simultaneously ADDING others). Meetings, classes, phone calls, until 5 p.m. Proly 5:15 p.m. Wait…it’s 5:30 already. Sigh. Another work day has come and gone.

*Scratch the record…*

Insert Guy’s “Groove Me” lyrics.

Hold Up! Hold Up! It ain’t over! The party’s not over…!

5:30 p.m.

Time to fight traffic again. This is when I finally get a chance to respond to emails. Sitting in traffic. I’on even know if this is legal or not, but last rush hour I checked? I was able to send 25 substantial emails in an hour — during what should have been a 20 minute trip. Traffic and sitting at stop lights will reduce you to this type of multi-tasking foolishness. Oh well. Squeezing blood from a turnip? Yep – squeezing 36 hours out of a 24 hour day.

6:00 p.m.

Walk into the house. Kiss the Gold Menfolk. Hubs leaves for his evening workout. I’ll see him around 8:30 p.m. or so. Check the mail – trash or shred because ain’t nobody got time to clean off the kitchen table which doubles as the bill-holder-upper. Start another load of laundry. Figure out dinner. Play some games with Trai (the toddler). Put a movie on for Kendrick (the infant). Repack the bag for the gym tomorrow (to include clothes for two workouts, business attire, and a snack for Mommy).

7:00 p.m.

Mommy is starting to slow down, which I can’t sit down — just on principle. If I do, I’ll be asleep before behind-hits-couch. From here, I make sure the chilren’s lunches and daycare bags are packed, charge all of my electronics for the next day, put away MORE laundry (I swear minions create laundry in my house), change toddler sheets (yes, when we were still potty training), and make sure at least one room in the whole house is clean while the Hubs is doing his thing at the gym.

8:30 p.m.

Hubs calls and says he’s on his way home from the gym. That’s my signal — It’s time for the boys to finish up their baths and evening snacks, not because they want to, but because Mommy and Daddy are whipp-ed-ed. Not just tired, but WHIPPED-ED. Yes, splash around in the tub so that Mommy can fold MORE clothes while watching you in the hallway. Clean the bathroom while you’re both in the there. Now, Mommy is starting to get delirious. What time is it anyways?

9:00 p.m.

Gold menfolk are clean, fed, and ready to go “Night night”. Time to play “Ring Around the Rosie” at least 5 times…and after that “One more time!” about three more times with Trai. The Kendrick already has his favorite sleep sack on, has his teddy bear playing music, and continues to gnaw on a bottle until he crashes. Back to Trai’s room…Yes, we must hug and kiss at least 3 times. Sing Jesus loves me. Say our prayers. Call out every family member’s name. Call out friends names and ask for Jesus to keep them safe.

9:15 p.m.

Both little ones are knocked out. Mommy resumes answering emails until she can’t feel her fingertips slide on the iPad anymore — they’ve gone numb. Touch base with Ace — my training patna — let her know that that bag is packed, and we’re on and poppin at 4 something tomorrow morning. Again.

9:30 p.m.

Watch “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with the Hubs, think about vacation spots, and wish we could eat like Guy Fieri all the time. Set the alarm for 4:00 a.m. Set the alarm for my other accountability partners who want a wake up “ping” from me.

Start over.

Yep, that’s how the average day goes in my world. Now, you all see why an athletic supermom’s cape needs ironing. It’s still on, but it ain’t perfect. And I’m not apologetic.

Why?

I was taught by a great mentor who said: “The duck looks smooth and calm on top of water. But under that water it is relentlessly paddling.” Welcome to my world.

What do your days look like? Does your cape need ironing?

#mycapeneedsironing

this post was originally featured on the SHEro Athletics FB page on Aug 21, 2015 and reposted here with permission.

 

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Rejection Or Failure

Aug
16

I have always said FAILURE is not an option but over the last 6 mos I’ve realized that failure is truly out of my control. I can do all the right things and the end result can be failure. How I handle and bounce back from that failure is key.

Rejection is never easy to accept whether from a mate, potential, job opportunity or friends rejection can spurn some ugly emotions.

A combination of the two and well they can prove to be deadly in a sense. And that’s where I am at that Crossroad with Uncle Charles praying so I am not lonely…. *sung in my bone thugs and harmony voice*

I have gone from being angry, to crying my eyes out, to not being able to cry, to bewilderment to my eyes just leaking water while having a conversation. Thank god I am an allergy sufferer that excuse came in handy a few times this weekend as the tears just left my body with no additional emotions.

I don’t think I’ve ever been attached to a “thing” this way since Bruce Leroy’s dad urled on my favorite teddy bear circa 98. The teddy bear I had since I was 11yrs old and slept with and pretty much used as a pillow ha broken neck and all but I digress

Material things usually don’t get me this worked up but the time invested  and lost kinda has me sick. A friend sent me a text and reminded me that God’s rejection is his protection. When I received that text my initial response out loud was F U don’t nobody wanna hear that shit. But I never replied. Instead 2 days later I replied and said thank you. Why…..because I have a clearer head and can see that & understand it now.

I’m in a slightly better place but dealing with rejection or failure is never easy so I’m taking it one day at a time. Today is a better day now let me go workout. That will be sure to keep me in a better mood

At least I hope it will……

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Truth Hurts

Aug
15

  
2015 has been a year of ups and downs for me. A complete whirlwind and then over the last 6 mos my life has been on a roller coaster ride that came to a crashing end last night. 

I’m tired of being ok. I’m tired of saving face. I’m tired of being strong. Truth is at this moment I’m NONE of those things. 

I’m hurt, angry, confused and just fed up. 

It’s LIFE right???? 

Well I’m a praying woman but at the same time I’m human and excuse my French but FUCK THIS SHIT!!!

Halfway through marathon training and my world comes crashing in. Things I thought were real were not. Things/People I thought I could trust well I could not. 

So excuse me while I retreat into my own little world as I get thru the next half of training. My posts may be dark some might feel cryptic but this here space is all I have to be my therapy besides the pavement. 

In Fitness,

BK

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I QUIT

Jun
30

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(img source: http://greatist.com/fitness/interval-training-start-guide)

Fitness Apps.. well most of them.. I reached my wits end the other day and I think when My Fitness Pal reset me back again after I had a 66 day streak I said F IT!!!

Then I realized.. WHY the hell am I so tied in with these damn apps to track my fitness, my food, etc.  I realized that my phone was being monopolized by apps and some I don’t even use!!! BUT because they are the latest and greatest fitness app and I got them for FREE.. I had to have them!!!

So I decided I’m breaking up with my apps.  I will keep a few that I use faithfully – Nike+, Nike Training Club and Pop Sugar Active.  The other fitness apps are specific to me (MindbodyConnect, Bikram Yoga Riverdale, LA Fitness) because I use them to register for yoga classes or when I go to the gym.  That’s it though.. I’m giving up on the rest of them.

I am finding that I’m tracking my food in my fitness journal, then going online to track in MFP.. it’s just like when I realized checking in everytime I went somewhere wasn’t a good idea lol

Back to basics it is for me.  I just can’t do it anymore.  As I’m training for marathon I want life to be simple.  Basic things.. and just like that I let go of the chain of my phone.  No longer am I tracking on my phone and my watch.. nope.. Just via my watch and I will upload when I can.

I love pictures so I will always take a pic but I’m very much over the need to be constantly connected and allowing the world to see your journey.  I’m learning to be selfish and some might be offended but my TRUE accountability partners already know everything.. I don’t need to be accountable to the world.. I can share what I want when I want..

So.. do you use a bunch of fitness apps to track your life or do you have a bunch of them you just don’t use?

Get at me in the comments :)

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2015 Race Schedule & Training Update

May
12

So yeah.. this thing has changed more times than a little bit.. but I can with certainty say I will be at the following races:

  • 5/17 –  Marine Corp Historic Half
  • 9/20 – Navy/Air Force Half Marathon
  • 10/10 – RnR Brooklyn Half Marathon
  • 10/25 – Marine Corp Marathon

My schedule is now half of what I originally planned and I’m OK with that.

My mileage has been low.. I’ve been focusing on strengthening my core so once I begin marathon training I wouldn’t be in any pain and could handle the mileage.  After having surgery last October.. I will be running this race literally on my one year anniversary of surgery..

I must have a thing about that.. LOL Actually I do it without even noticing.. and then it’s like WOW.. 2014 I ran the Navy 5 miler on the anniversary of my Achilles Injury I got at that race that will go unmentioned…. and now a full marathon a day later after my surgery.. LOL all good.. but I digress

Goal for Sunday’s half is to finish upright and without injury.

 

What races do you have coming up?

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Happy Mother’s Day

May
10

  

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Tuesday Thoughts

Apr
07

This post may be a bit of a ramble.. it’s like a brain dump of sorts..

Family – Lil Debbie is doing great and is currently touring Europe with Nicki Minaj.  I’m proud of her living her dream.  Bruce Leroy he is all that I can ask for in a son.. he is a little overwhelmed right now with schoolwork and preparing for college applications, SAT & ACT exams but I’m giving him my full support.  He made me smile and said thanks for being there and not trying to do things for me.. if I mess up you let me figure it out.. and only step in when I ask or you see I’m way in over my head.. thank you.. *tears* Princess J is about to take over the world hunty let me tell you! that little strong willed somebody is finding her independence… and ooh that virgo spirit with a hint of leo.. ha! I better get in the saddle for this one!!! she is about to take me on a ride!!! ME… overwhelmed with so many emotions that I’ve been just going thru the motions because I have pretty much everything like a well oiled machined but I hit a glitch in the matrix and the wheels almost fell all the way off.. thank God for my faith I know I will get through.. in his time not mine

Fitness – I will say it.. after being sick for the first 6-8 weeks of the year.. I lost my mojo.. and lost it bad.. like ya’ll know this is my passion.. I try to push thru it.. and I can do it for my clients, my students…but I couldn’t do it for myself.  I finally had a break through but I won’t even lie.. the struggle still remains.. I am praying for the strength to get it together and turn it all around.. I mean I have a marathon to run in October..

Race Schedule – Well.. THAT has changed and now looks like this

  • 3/1 – Reston 10 Miler
  • 3/15 – NYC Half Marathon
  • 4/12 – Cherry Blosson 10 Miler
  • 5/17 –  Marine Corp Historic Half
  • 9/20 – Navy/Air Force Half Marathon
  • 10/10 – RnR Brooklyn Half Marathon
  • 10/11 – Army 10 Miler (tentative)
  • 10/17 – Baltimore Running Festival (tentative)
  • 10/25 – Marine Corp Marathon
  • 11/1 – NYC Marathon

You can register for the Navy/Air Force Half Marathon & 5 Miler and use my Ambassador code TERESA to be entered into a monthly drawing for all sorts of goodies!

Coaching – I’m not taking on any additional 1:1 clients but I will coach a beginner 5K program again this summer June – Aug.. It’s early in marathon training and works to help me stay consistent.. always a method to the madness.. :)

New Beginnings – are on the horizon for me.. I’m excited, happy, elated, scared and petrified at the same damn time LOL more to come as everything gets finalized…

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Manic Monday

Apr
06

Happy Easter Monday folks!

Hope you had an awesome holiday weekend with your family.

Friday I had an annual doctor appointment.  When I got on the scale I was at my highest weight I’ve ever been without being pregnant.  While I was about to break down, my doctor said some things to me that made me realize it wasn’t the end of the world.  I didn’t get to this point overnight nor will the changes I make fix it overnight.

My doc ran thru several factors that contributed to the weight gain and why I have been unable to lose the “pounds” despite losing “inches”.  I love that I have doctors who are blatantly honest with me and also help me find solutions.  The joke is that I have the exercise & fitness side covered.  Nutrition is good but can be better with some tweaks.

So this am I was ready to go gung ho and pretty much reverse the gains I’ve made.. but that ping from my medical portal telling me to contact my doctor was a god send.. in doing so we had the BEST chat ever and I have a new outlook on things..

Just like with marathon training.. it won’t happen overnight but as long as I follow the plan.. I’ll be more than ready..

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Run with the Marines

Mar
25

*knocks the dust off of this thing*

Are ya’ll still with me??? Hellloooooooooo

Remember these Goals??? Well LIFE happens and you have to be able to adjust..

I didn’t run the NYC Half Marathon due to health issues.. I didn’t get into the NYC Full Marathon by lottery and I opted to NOT go with a charity bib.. Instead I entered the lottery for MCM and as you can tell by the image above… I GOT IN!!!!

I will enter the class of 2015 marathoners on October 25, 2015.. let the countdown begin..

*cue music*

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