Monday, December 26, 2011

No Excuses

Last week I began my first week of "real" training, yeah I know it's the week of Christmas but I thought that would be good since I knew would be eating lots of tasty food.

 My Motto for last week was: NO EXCUSES
Janice and I pre-run on Wednesday

Miss Bean and I pre-run on Thursday

Monday 19th 2miles
Tuesday 20th Rest
Wednesday 21st 4 miles with 3 x800 at 7:20 pace (in about an inch of snow too!!)
Thursday 22nd 2.30 miles with Stroller (Surprised myself with 9:06 and 8:57 miles, which is fast for pushing the stroller and there was snow on the ground!)
Friday 23rd Rest
Saturday 24th 8 miles (while it was snowing and there was about 3 inches of snow which gave the legs a double workout as well as I picked a route with some hills which I didn't plan, pace was avg 9:58...grr but part of that was stopping for cars)
Sunday 25th Rest and Merry Christmas

Total Mileage 16.3 miles for last week

I'm happy to say that I now only have 7 lbs before I'm at my normal weight! Yay!! I am still nursing so 3 of my lbs are from milk and fat stores for the milk too.

My Christmas was wonderful because it was my baby girls First Christmas which was so amazing to see her open her presents, which she really got into, lots of squeals and coos!! :)

Me, Miss Bean and My Hubby

 Miss Bean in Her Christmas Dress
Miss Bean Christmas Morning ready to tear open her present.

All in All it was a fabulous week of running and rest and a Merry Christmas!

How was your training on Christmas week? Did you follow through or give it a rest?

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!
On to the New Year...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

8 miles and a Christmas Tree

Last Saturday I tried to get up and go running by 7 but Miss Bean had other plans for me such as nursing for 20 minutes and then having a meltdown when I was about to leave soooo I didn't get out till 8:30 or so.

It was freezing...I think it was 27 degrees but it didn't matter what the temp said I was freezing. After mile 3 I couldn't feel my hips or butt and my quads felt like ice. I finally warmed up around mile 6 but by that time I had to go the bathroom and was just trying to race home and finish my 8 mile run.

All I was thinking about was GO GO GO...mmmm Starbucks...warm shower...pumpkin pancakes (I was going to make them after I got back)....heated seat...I want my heated seat.

My main motivation while running was trying to finish as quick as possible so I could get warm again. My Under Armour cold gear compression tights were not cutting it....think I need to invest in another layer or some other pants. Any suggestions?

Here is my stats:
Mile 1 9:57
Mile 2 9:57
Mile 3 9:19
Mile 4 9:23
Mile 5 9:54
Mile 6 8:57
Mile 7 8:44
Mile 8 8:40
Total 1:14:57 Avg Pace 9:22/mile

We planned to go Christmas Tree Picking on Saturday but by the time Miss Bean took a nap and got up and we got all packed to go they were just about closed...since they close at 4 pm.

Sunday we headed out to Carver Farms in  Newman Lake to pick a tree. This was the first time we had been to this farm but it's closer to our house than Greenbluff is so that is why we picked this farm and we have decided since our first trip this will be our annual place to go to pick our tree.

When we arrived there seemed to be a lot of cars there which was a good sign that it was a good place but also made us think they may be picked through but we would have to wait and see.

They pick you up from pretty much the parking lot with the hay ride and you take a ride for about 5-10 minutes and arrive at the tree field.

Miss Bean and her Daddy waiting for Hay Ride

Family Pic on Hay Ride
View of Trees From Hay Ride

Hay Ride pulled by tractor

We were excited to see that there were plenty of trees to chose from. Yippee!! :)

Field of Trees

Last year we decided that this year our Lil Bean would be picking our Christmas Tree. So we walked around for about 15 minutes until we received her approval of a tree.

Ooo there it is dad!

Yep it's perfect!

Miss Bean and Dada with Tree

Miss Bean selected a beautiful tree, it's about 8 ft tall and perfectly proportioned!

All in all last weekend was a productive and fun filled time! I meant to write this post on Monday but I've been too busy!!

I'm hoping to run this weekend with my buddy Janice :)

Hope everyone has an excellent weekend!!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trail, Biff, Snow

Yesterday my buddy, Janice, and I headed out to B&P to do a trail run. Initially we were going to run the paved trail but then we decided it would be more fun to run an "actual" trail.
Janice and I pre-run
Me pre-run

We were going to run 7 or 8 but we started running and the trail was very narrow, rocky and hilly so we thought maybe 6 would be more appropriate.

Basalt rocks on trail.

We were running just chatting along and I heard my Garmin beep so I look down to see where we were at and then BAM I felt the earth falling under me, I looked up and thought I would catch myself with my other foot but then another rock was there and TIMBER I fell on my side screeching to a halt. WHOA did that just happen?! I BIFFED IT!! Janice stopped and asked if I was ok and I was just a little shocked I fell and mostly thought it was funny, hehe.

We kept running and then it started sprinkling, a little rain is fine but then there was little flakes...snow flakes that is. Yep it was snowing, probable since it was around 33 degrees and the sky was dark and cloudy. We were around 2 1/4 miles into the run when we decided to go 1/4 mile more and turn around making the run only 5 miles.

 Took a pic of Janice at our turn around location.

We started running back and the flakes of snow began to get bigger and fall more abundantly from the sky.

Tried to get a good pic of the flakes but this is all I got.

We kept running and at first the snow was not sticking but then it started to stick and all those nice rocks on the trail that did not have tree cover began to get super slick so we walked through the rock portions of the trail so my buddy and I would not have another "biff" moment.

B&P bridge to trail with water rapids underneath.
Snow beginning to stick on trail by end of run.

We jumped in my car pushed the heated seat button, ahhh, warmth and decided a holiday espresso from Starby's would be our reward for being warriors while trail running in the snow. HAHA, at least WE THINK we are warriors. The snow kept falling and by the time we got our drinks there was at least an inch on the ground.

Here are the stats, although my Garmin went in and out so it's not totally accurate.

5 Miles at 1:02:44
Mile 1 12:44
Mile 2 10:46
Mile 3 13:50 (biffed it on this mile)
Mile 4 10:59 (started snowing more)
Mile 5 14:22 (slick rock sections)

Not obviously fast miles but given the terrain and I never stopped my Garmin during the "biff" and pics, I guess it wasn't that bad??

Thinking of doing the Jingle Bell 5k on  Nov. 19th since we are not going back east like we had initially planned due to my hubby's work.

Anyone else racing in November?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Picture of Peace

I love how peaceful she sleeps when I run :)
Running brings peace to my soul, she must sense that.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


So I have been completely uninspired to write about anything. But I have been running. :)

Here are my stats for my runs since last post.

10/19/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean
2.01 miles @ 20:06
Mile 1 10:36
Mile 2  9:26

10/21/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean
3.01 miles @ 30:31
Mile 1 10:27
Mile 2 10:11
Mile 3   9:50

10/23/11 with buddy Janice
6 miles @ 1:04
Mile 1 11:25
Mile 2 10:20
Mile 3 10:40
Mile 4 11:01
Mile 5 10:33
Mile 6 10:42

10/26/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean (this is becoming a norm but that is OK, makes me faster&stronger)
4 miles @ 40:10 (Tempo Run)
Mile 1 11:31
Mile 2   9:01
Mile 3   8:51
Mile 4 10:43
 I was happy with this run and so was my lil bean.

 10/28/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean
3 miles @ 29:33
Mile 1 10:23
Mile 2  9:59
Mile 3  9:08
Went out for 2 on this run and decided to do 3 because I felt strong, it was a nice change!

5 miles @ 45:42 on treadmill at 1%
Mile 1 11:01
Mile 2  8:55
Mile 3  8:08
Miles 4&5 17:38 (didn't look at what my mile 4 was because I was too focused on running and trying to not look at the stats on the tready)
I was happy with this run because I could run in the 8's for a sustained amount of time. I did do intervals which varied from 6:40/mile pace to 9:13/mile pace and because I ran on a 1% incline it ran true to actual pace per this pace conversion chart I found (HERE).

I am going to be working on GOALS because I was inspired from Healthy Diva's post (HERE).
I know I have a lot of goals because there is a lot of things I need to change and achieve in my life, especially since having my lil bean :)

As for now I am working on my speed so that when my 5k comes up I can totally kick some booty!!
Janice will be my partner in crime for the Partners in Pain 5k coming up in February and we both want to work on speed so we will be pushing it to the limit.

Hope all is well for all who read this post. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

6 miles with a Buddy and a Stroller PR

Sunday morning was my scheduled 6 miles with my friend/sis in law. I woke up and I could see light filtering in through the drapes in my room. She was supposed to text me when she was on her way but I never heard my phone. I grabbed my phone and she HAD text me and said she was going to be there in 5 mins!! Ahhh!! I got up and grabbed my clothes and walked out to the kitchen to get my water ready and eat some toast real quick. She arrived and we were all giddy to go since we haven't ran together for over a year!

Pre Run Pic

We headed out and it was probably about 40 degrees but a crisp cloudless day...just about perfect for a run!

We started out at a fairly slow pace trying to establish a pace to run the 6 at.

We spoke of our future race: Partners in Pain 5k (thank you Healthy Diva!)

We also spoke about how my life has changed being a new mom and how it's affected my marriage. She hasn't had kids yet and she wanted to know how it affects your marriage once you do. My experience is it makes it stronger because you become a "family" and it's the most amazing thing having a little being that represents both of you in looks and personality. It does take more effort because if you want to have a date night you have to enlist a babysitter. I believe that relationships are as good as you want them to takes time and effort to have a good marriage. You need to walk in love with your spouse and you need to love them with their love language.

All in all it was awesome to run with her again and the miles flew by :)
We are definetley going to make a habit of this now...Yippee!!

Here are the stats:
6 miles @ 1:02 Avg Pace 10:23/mile
Mile 1 10:40
Mile 2 10:37
Mile 3 10:24
Mile 4 10:08
Mile 5  9:59
Mile 6 10:27

Today I determined I would go out and do a "magic mile" pushing the BOB with Miss Bean.

Going into this I was thinking I would try to get around an 8:00-8:30 min mile
On my warm up mile I started getting bombarded with thoughts of what if it's only a 9 min mile and who knows how good this will be....yada yada yada...I then told myself that it was just me against me and if it sucks than nobody has to know.

Warm up mile was 10:38

Then here I go!! I started on a mini hill and was huffing after I conqured it and just kept telling myself to not look at my watch and just go because it didn't matter at this point how fast I was going.
I thought about how Dorothy Beal of Mile Posts just PRd her marathon with a 3:13 and if she could do 26.2 that fast the least I could do is a 1 mile as fast as I could pushing a stroller. Towards the end I started repeating "I can do ALL things through Christ" because God gives me joy and the joy of the Lord is my strength!! :)

Looked down at my watch as I heard the beep
Drum Roll Please...
Oh Yeah!! I was stoked :) It was so much fun running faster and I was overjoyed with the time. It's almost a minute faster than my last "magic mile" 3 1/2 months ago which was not pushing a stroller at 8:43. Needless to say I'm excited that I can do that with being 15 lbs heavier than "normal" and 25 lbs heavier than when I was at my half marathon.

Cool down mile was 11:23

Well that's all folks for now!! My hubby is home and wants to hang out.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Running in a Nut Shell

Food for thought:
Did you know the origin of "In a Nut Shell" stems from this incident in history:
The Roman writer Pliny (vii. 21) tells us that the Iliad was copied in so small a hand that the whole work could lie in a walnut-shell. Pliny's authority is Cicero (Apud Gellium, ix. 421). Huet, Bishop of Avranches, demonstrated the possibility of this achievement by writing eighty verses of the Iliad on a single line. In the Harleian MSS. (530) we have an account of Peter Bales, an Englishman, clerk of the Court of Chancery in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, under date of 1590, who wrote out the whole Bible so small that he enclosed it in a walnut shell of English growth: "Whilst they (as Homer's Iliad in a nut)/A world of wonders in one closet shut."

Last Friday I ran 2 pushing the BOB with Miss Bean as cargo.
2 miles @ 20:47 Real easy little run.
Mile 1 10:26
Mile 2 10:19

On Monday I ran 5 miles solo since my mother-in-law watch lil Miss Bean.
5 miles @ 49:32
Mile 1 10:01
Mile 2  9:48
Mile 3 10:18
Mile 4  9:57
Mile 5  9:24
This run went well. I felt good and was nice and steady the whole time.

Yesterday went for 2 pushing Miss Bean in the BOB. This run was not my friend. For 1 it was cold...45 degrees cold 2 I kept having to make sure my little one was covered in her fluffy little blankey so that she wouldn't get cold 3 because of the cold I felt sore and stiff.
2.51 miles @ 31:20
Mile 1 13:07
Mile 2 12:04
Mile .51 6:08 (12:04/mile pace)
Needless to say I felt like I was running with bricks attached to me and was not in my A game what-so-ever.

I'm planning to run 3 tomorrow as long as I feel up to it.
Today I'm doing Pilates for some core work and stretching.
Saturday will be Jillian's day to rock my world.
Sunday morning bright and early I have 6 miles planned to run with my sister-in-law. Whoo Hoo!! I'm excited to have a running buddy and we haven't ran together since June of 2010 when we ran 10 miles...3 weeks later I found out I was prego and told not to run.

Another Happy Note today is I'm down to only losing 16.5 more lbs. That's 57.5 lbs down. I'm on target to loose 8.5 more lbs by 11/17, just need to keep counting those calories and keep running and working out and it shouldn't be a problemo!!

Everyone have a BLESSED weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather while running!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I've been struggling lately with feeling like an outsider. I mean I have always known I'm different...but who isn't?? We are supposed to be different from one another. Imagine if we were all the same then life would be so boring. I guess it stems from not feeling like I "belong".

Does anyone else ever feel as if everyone else has their group or clique and somewhere you missed the sign up sheet??

It seems that everyone else has it "figured out" and somewhere you missed the bus and are still on the curb.


Is it the fact that everyone "else" doesn't have it "figured out" and they are all just acting like they do...they act as if they know it all...they act like their life is perfect...and they exemplify that they know what next step they need to take.


Is all my pontificating and analyzing done just because I'm too busy trying to figure out what other people are doing and not concentrating on myself because my life sometimes overwhelms me??

I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and you can read my face like a book. If I'm sad, I frown...If I'm happy, I have a smile on my face...If I'm mad you can see the fury burning in my eyes.

I guess this is one reason I feel like an "outsider": I am a book...ask me a question and you shall receive an answer. My conscious goes wild if I say something dishonest. I try to hide my emotions but they exude out of my being like the air I exhale. If someone accuses me of doing something I didn't do, I get angry, not because I did it but because they would actually think I would do something and have them not know.

This is a reason I RUN.

Running calms me.

It's not that running is my life but it is a tool I use to put my mind and body in sync.

When I run my mind slows down because I concentrate on the air I need and the next step I take.
I begin to focus on the "Here and Now" and not the future or the past.
I pray. I pray to Jesus My Lord for He is my best friend. Many people don't believe in a relationship with God but that's why Jesus came to this earth to live and die for us. He came to reconcile us with our Heavenly Father. He came to save and not condemn. It hurts my heart when I see mislead Christians accusing people that God did something bad to them or a loved one because they are "sinners" and that God is judging them and it's His way of bringing them back to Him.
HELLO?! No it's NOT!!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."-John 3:16-17
It's satan that does those horrible things to people.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."-Jesus speaking- John 10:10
He loved us before we loved Him. He reconciled us to Him because of His love for us.
"We love Him because He first loved us."-1 John 4:19
"For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life"-Romans 5:10

It doesn't matter what I do, I know that Jesus is my answer. When uncertainty surrounds me I know it is Him who will lead me out. He is my Light, my Rock and Fortress...My strong tower I run under when the world seems to fall around me.

So I am an "outsider" because I'm dependent upon Him. I don't have it all figured out and I need to seek Him for my next step. It's His Spirit that shows me the way in which I should walk and leads me to the Truth. "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."-Jesus Speaking-John 16:13

I didn't start this post with Him in mind but because He knows my heart and knows that these feelings are not from Him. He has led me out of my darkness and into His Light. He is my Shepherd, He restores my Soul.

Today if you're reading this and you feel empty or you feel lost or sad and you're looking for guidance.
Ask Him, Ask Jesus. If you don't know Him, Just Ask Him to come into your Heart and Lead you to what you need to do. He is there waiting right now and is more than willing to help. It says in Romans 10:9-13 " that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

If you pray this prayer and would like to tell me or need guidance or a friend. I am here too. Email me HERE.

Have a BLESSED day to all who read this and YES JESUS DOES LOVE YOU!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

It started raining on Tuesday and has not stopped therefore I only had got one run in on Monday and then I was stuck since I don't have a rain shield for the BOB. Thankfully my mother-in-law came and watched the lil bean today so I could go to the gym and get a run in...WHOO HOO!!

Here is the recap of my "long" run on Monday (if you can call 4 miles long)
4 Miles= 41:57
Mile 1- 10:54
Mile 2- 9:50
Mile 3-10:10
Mile 4-11:00
So I made a mistake on this run because I took a hilly route and I tend to run up hills faster than normal...which when pushing the BOB is a bit more difficult than doing it therefore the middle two miles are faster than the beginning and end miles...and the last mile my energy was zapped due to pushing so hard on mile 2 which had the most hills.
Lesson learned here...don't run faster up hills when pushing the BOB!!

Today I did some speedwork on the treadmill at a 1% incline (always do some incline since the tread "helps you run").
3 miles=26:45
400- Jogging Warm Up
800- 10 min/mile pace
400-9:00 min/mile pace
400- 8:30 min/mile pace
400- 8:20 min/mile pace
400- 7:53 min/mile pace
400-8:30 min/mile pace
800-9:00 min/mile pace
400-9:30 min/mile pace
400- was progressive 200-8:34 pace 100-7:30 pace 100- 6:40 pace
I really enjoyed this run because I finally was doing a decent pace and my legs feel a lot better running at this rate but I need to build up my cardiovascular and endurance for this pace...which will come...I just need to stay steady and be patient and not dive into too much too soon or injury will come and I'll take myself out of the game...definitely don't want to do that.

I've really been wanting to blog more but lil bean is crawling ALL over the place and keeping me very busy.

Tomorrow should clear up and I'm planning to do 2 miles tomorrow pushing the BOB.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feeling like a Runner again

You know your a runner when you wake up in the morning excited to go running :)

Sunday morning woke up and went out for a nice little "fun" run and didn't look at my Garmin the entire time while I was freeing!!
Ran 2.81 miles in 28:34
Mile 1 10:49
Mile 2 10:03
Mile .81 7:41 (9:31/mile pace)

Yesterday took Lil Miss Bean out in the BOB and it was so pretty and I felt great. She fell asleep while running so that was good.
Ran 3.01 Miles in 29:54
Mile 1 10:24
Mile 2 10:04
Mile 3   9:22
Miss Bean in her Sheepers Hat getting mentally prepared for the run...hehe
After the run feeling happy after her nappy, hehe I rhymed!

Today I dropped the Lil Bean off at Grammy's house and went to the gym to not only run but lift.
Ran 2 miles
1st 400 was walk to jog
2nd 400 was 10/mile pace
3rd 400 was 8:30/mile pace
4th 400 was 9:00/mile pace
5th 400 was 8:30/mile pace
6th 400 was 9:13/mile pace
7th and 8th 400 was 10/mile pace
Lifted leg weights, did 100 crunches and then did the eternal stair climber for 10 min on fat burn mode.

My goal is at this point to drop 11 lbs by 11/17/11 because we have a trip planned to go see my hubby's family back east and if I drop 11 that would mean I would only have 7 more lbs (3 lbs are milk) to go and probably fit into most of my regular jeans so I don't have to buy clothes. Right now all my maternity clothes are too big for the most part and I bought a 1 pair of jeans that are now getting a tad too big but I'm too stubborn to buy more at this point. Therefore, I'm going all out Jillian style and kickin my butt over the next 6 weeks.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wittle Words Wednesday

I know Wittle is not a word...but just think I am 2 saying it and it will be cute.

Speaking of cute...

Here is someone who is cute:
Miss Bean just chillin in the chair, her shoes are too big, size 2 are still too big, but she looks scrumptiously adorable anyway.

Oh and the folks at Scenic Half sent me my free photo which I didn't pick up due to Miss Bean's melt down. How Awesome, I'm thinking of definitely doing the Half next year or actually racing the 10k...Yippeee!!

That's all I'm writing...just keeping it wittle.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Scenic Half 10k Recap

I was completely giddy when I got up yesterday morning, like a child on Christmas Morning, totally pumped. I love the anticipation and the build up of race day. It's an awesome feeling and that's one of the main reasons I enjoy being in a race. I'm an adrenaline junkie and I thrive in that kind of environment.

My main focus on this run was training and being a support for my stepmom. She really pushed herself on this race and PR'd as well as placed in her age group. Whoo HOO!!

I was definitely her pacer because she needed to listen to music and she couldn't talk and run at this pace so I just cruised next to her. It was pretty cool to be the one keeping the pace and encouraging her on. We stopped and walked through all the aid stations for water and I didn't stop my garmin. She ran the whole time and only asked to stop once in the sixth mile because her foot was bugging her and her Ipod was stuck on the same song and she needed to switch it. I asked her if she wanted to sprint to the finish and she did. When we rounded the corner just after mile 6 and only had .22 to go I picked up the pace and as soon as we saw the finish sign I yelled just let me know when you want to sprint and she yelled "This is me sprinting!!" I looked down at my watch a realized we were in the 9's and felt bad for asking that because if I would of looked at my watch before I would of realized that we were doing a sprint for her. At the end she was stoked though with the time.

Garmin Time of 1:09:46 6.24 miles
Mile 1 11:03
Mile 2 11:04
Mile 3 11:23
Mile 4 11:22
Mile 5 10:59
Mile 6 11:38
Mile .24 2:13 (9:23/mile pace)

I don't know the official time and it's still not up on their website....hmmm

Immediately after the race I had to run to my lil bean because she was not feeling very well. I had to nurse her on a park bench facing the lake...luckily there was not anyone else around and my hubby guarded me. She then pooped and had to change her diapee on the same park bench, I put her on my lap because it was cold. She was really tired and didn't take a nap while I was running so I had to carry her around and until she was feeling better and then I gave her back to my hubby so I could get my pic and then she threw up all over him :( Needless to say right after that I knew we had to get going and I wasn't going to get my free pic or massage. A mother's job never ends.  I carried her back to the car and she fell asleep. She is doing better now and didn't throw up again. Not sure if she got stressed because I was gone or what because she had no fever.

I also met Tasha in person who I had met on the Dailymile and she also has a blog. She is a super fast runner, an inspiration to me and was very nice. We didn't get to chat very much due to the lil bean but it was great meeting her in person.

Ok, I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed with myself in this race. I was glad I helped my stepmom complete the race and get her personal best but last night when I got home I just felt BLAH. It's probably just the post race blues. But I guess what I'm disappointed with is the fact that last year I could run 6 miles in 45 minutes in a training run. Yes and that was before I was pregnant and before I gained all the weight from pregnancy. I guess what I am disappointed with is the fact I gained so much weight and put myself in this state and I just want my fitness back and my speed back., it will come, it's just frustrating until it does. My thoughts last night dragged me down even until this morning until I started to think of all I have accomplished since having my lil bean:
1) I have a bright beautiful healthy little girl.
2) I'm a stay at home mom (Yes I love this!)
3) I've already lost 56 lbs (26 lbs of those have been counting calories and exercising, the first 30 went off super easy in the 8 weeks after giving birth)
4) I only have 18 lbs to's in the teens now
5) In the last 4 months I dropped my EASY running pace from 13 min miles to 11 min miles.

Overall I need to not focus on the here and now regarding my weight and my speed. I need to look ahead and keep my eyes focused on the prize. I will be skinny again and I will be fast again, it might take another year or two, but it will happen. God reminded me of this verse:

"while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

I NEED to BELIEVE not only in Him but in myself and that He gave me the gift of running and I need to enjoy it and I need to enjoy life.

Thank You Lord for turning my frown upside down :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Last run before 10k

Yesterday I departed from my house with the Lil Bean and the BOB to accomplish 2 EASY miles.

When I went to run my legs felt very heavy and I was not feeling very chipper so I knew right off the bat that these miles would be SLOOOOW. And yes they were,.

2 miles @ 24:31
1st mile 12:26
2nd mile 12:05

Today I was going to do Jillian's 30 Day Shred but I decided to pass on it because I also walked 3 miles yesterday and my legs are still a little sore and I want them to feel rested on race day which is on Sunday!

I'm pretty excited about the race on Sunday and am trying to stay positive and not put myself in the Ferris wheel of self doubt.

My plan is just finish the race and run for fun because I don't want to truly race till my speed is back.
Maybe I'll race Bloomsday this year? Sounds like fun and it is still far enough away from the Coeur d'Alene Half that I want to do the last weekend of May.

Anywho hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

last couple runs

On Sunday I went for a 2 mile EASY run and it felt great!
22:36 for 2 miles 11:18/mile pace

Yesterday did my first 5 mile run post baby. The last time I ran 5 miles was July 7, 2010 which was when I was 7 weeks pregnant and didn't know. I remember I had to walk in the middle of it because I was SOO HOT, that is one thing about pregnancy that I didn't like was being so hot all the time. I found out 4 days later that I was pregnant and then the doctor told me not to run...grrr. So here is the recap of yesterday:

5 miles: 54:41
Average Pace 10:56/mile
Mile 1: 11:51
Mile 2: 11:10
Mile 3: 11:38
Mile 4: 10:59
Mile 5: 10:01

The last mile I felt really good and was on a roll. I didn't feel like slowing down. It was nice to go at a decent pace. I'm excited for my race on Sunday except I determined that it will just be a training run because I'm not really in the shape to race it the way I want to. Once my speed work is back down to 7 minute miles I will race a 10k but as for now it will just be a fun run.

There is a lot of crazy stuff going on around me right now and it was so nice to get out and run and just hang out with God and pray. Running really helps my mind get focused on things "I should" be thinking about...positive things.

I realized I  need to focus on being thankful, here are some things I'm thankful for:

I'm thankful for a husband that works and allows me to stay at home with my babycakes.
I'm thankful that I am not injured and can run.
I'm thankful that I am losing weight and won't be this heavy forever.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, September 9, 2011

3 miles, in an oven?!

What an Oven?!

No really I felt like I was in an oven. I'm glad I was not because I had Lil Miss Bean with me but it was extremely hot while I was running. The weird thing is that I used to LOVE running in the heat but ever since pregnancy and childbirth I've been a little warmer than I used to...could it be the extra 19 LB's that my body is carrying...yes, I think so!! (positive note: I lost a pound since I started blogging :)

My plan for today was 3 miles with 2 800 meter repeats at 9 min mile pace.

I completed it, my repeats were not exactly 9 min mile but suffice to say the 85 degree weather is to blame.

1st mile was 12:00 min mile warm up. Which really wasn't bad considering the heat and the fact I didn't feel like running today...but who listens to their feelings anyway?

Repeat 1: Time:4:46 (.51 of a mile), pace of a 9:16 min mile

Light jog of 6:12 for .51 of a mile

Repeat 2: Time: 4:38 (.51 of a mile) pace of 9:06 min mile

Light jog for about a 1/4 mile and then Lil Bean starting fussing quite a bit so I started running
Last 1/2 mile was 5:33

Final Time: 32:29 for 3 miles...Avg Pace Per mile 10:49

I don't know about anyone else but I sure feel like Wonder Woman when I do speed work with the stroller...I feel Bad-A...might just be me...but I thought I'd share.

What makes you feel like a super hero??

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jillian kicks my butt and 4 miles W/O a Stroller

Yesterday I went to my mom's house and I decided to workout to Jillian's Get Ripped in 30 days. I was thinking "I've done her 30 day shred so it should not be too much harder." Boy was I wrong!! She tweaked a couple different things and it made a huge difference in the workout. I was sore yesterday and was still sore when I woke up today. Knowing that I also had to run 4 miles was kind of a downer but at the same time the run should help loosen up my muscles. I contacted my mother-in-law to watch the Lil Bean so I didn't have to push the stroller too because I was already starting out sore.

Recap on the Run.
4 miles at 44:24

1st Mile was 11:42...My thoughts on this mile were..."Figure out how to breath" "Just get in a rhythm" "I should get faster than this, hopefully...someday!"

2nd Mile was 11:.13...thoughts on this mile were.."OK, I feel better! I got in rhythm" "Why does it feel better when I run faster??" "How is it possible to shave 30 seconds of time when I already ran a mile prior to this one? Maybe I should slow down. No I need to listen to my body and go with the rhythm." "I feel good"

3rd Mile was 11:10...thoughts on this mile were "It's hot out, why is there not a breeze." "I don't remember these hills being this hard." "Thank God I don't have the stroller!" "How am I going to run 6.2 miles??" when I start getting negative I start praying because it's the only way to stop being negative, so I started praying and waiting on God to give me some good thoughts...and guess what? He did...He is faithful...I thought of "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."(Philippians 4:13) and "Greater is HE that is in me than he that is in the world" (ref 1 John 4:4) then revelation can "Greater is the LOVE that is in me than the hate that is in this world".."For God so loved the world the He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)  "I feel much better now Thank You Lord"

4th Mile was 10:19...mainly because I had to go potty really bad and I had to book it home...I know they recommended not running this fast if you are supposed to be doing 11 minute miles but I couldn't help myself and I did feel good

All in all, I'm happy with the pace so far. It's as good as it's going to be for now. Not running for 7 months of my pregnancy and 8 weeks postpartum definitely took it's toll on me but I'll be back were I want to be in a jiffy I just need to stay positive and my Lil Bean is totally worth it :)

Pic of the Lil Bean when she was 2 1/2 months old in the BOB.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Training Plan Update- Run #2

Making some updates to my training plan since I failed to do a workout and then changed a speed work run.

Sept 1st: 2 miles Easy w/Stroller at 12/mile pace- Completed
Sept 2nd: Jillian's 30 day Shred workout-Fail, Did not Complete
Sept 3rd: 2 miles with 2x400 repeats at 8:30/mile pace - Completed but changed slightly, details below
Sept 4th: Rest, Walk- Completed, Walked 2 miles
Sept 5th: Xtrain
Sept 6th: 4 miles Easy with Stroller at 12/mile pace
Sept 7th: Xtrain
Sept 8th: Jillian's 30 day Shred
Sept 9th: 2 miles with 2x800 repeats at 9/mile pace - Changing to:3 miles with 2x800 repeats at 9/mile pace
Sept 10th: Xtrain - Changing to Rest, Walk
Sept 11th: Rest, Walk - Changing to 2 miles Easy
Sept 12th: Xtrain
Sept 13th: 5 miles Easy with Stroller at 12/mile pace
Sept 14th:Xtrain
Sept 15th: Jillian's 30 day Shred
Sept 16th: 2 miles easy
Sept 17th: Rest
Sept 18th: 10k Race and shooting for a 10:30/mile pace

My Run on the 3rd I did slightly different partly because I couldn't remember what I had planned and didn't have time to look at it before I left due to being a mom and spending more time preparing Lil Bean to go than myself.

Total Mileage 2.45 miles, 2 running, .45 walking

1st Mile 12:31, very much a warm up mile because I was dragging, but that is pretty usual for my first mile

2nd Mile: I split up into 2 separate 1/2 miles the first being speed and the second a cool down
 1st 1/2 mile was 4:15 (sweet 8:30 pace pushing a jogging stroller :)
 2nd 1/2 miles was 5:48 which was cool down

I would of jogged in between splits of 400 instead of turning it into one split of 800 but as I said I kind of forgot what I was doing and then Lil Bean started getting upset towards the end and I just needed to get back home. All in all I feel good though. The ironic thing is that my legs feel so much better running faster than slower, I'm excited to start getting back to a quicker pace so that my EASY pace runs are in the 9/10 minute a mile pace because it feels better to run at that speed. I always feel the NEED FOR SPEED when I run slow, going slow just doesn't seem right.

Friday, September 2, 2011

2 miles with a jogging stroller...feeling like a Sim

Yesterday, went out to do 2 miles and was not feeling it.

Started to run and was completely sluggish, my mind and body were not into it.

First Mile: 13:19...super slow

Then after the first mile I had to go potty...BAD. I thought maybe I could hold it but it was not going to happen so I had to fast walk home so I didn't have an accident (sorry TMI). I don't know about anybody else but when this happens I feel like a little SIM character. I got home and did my duty and then went back out for another mile.

Second Mile: 11:23...felt way better

Overall I completed 2.94 miles...the .94 was walking before, after and during the run.

Lil Bean fell asleep and looked super cute so I took a picture.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Race Post Baby

Going to run a 10k!!

I'm super excited about it, my step-mom will be running with me, which is way cool, she just completed a Sprint Tri 2 weeks ago and this will be her first 10k.
I was initially going to run the 5k but then I decided the 10k would be possible after pushing the Lil Bean in the BOB for 3 1/4 mile. The 10k is on Sept 18th so I have 3 weeks to prepare and will be able to safely build my mileage before the race.

Here is my plan:
Sept 1st: 2 miles Easy w/Stroller at 12/mile pace
Sept 2nd: Jillian's 30 day Shred workout
Sept 3rd: 2 miles with 2x400 repeats at 8:30/mile pace
Sept 4th: Rest, Walk
Sept 5th: Xtrain
Sept 6th: 4 miles Easy with Stroller at 12/mile pace
Sept 7th: Xtrain
Sept 8th: Jillian's 30 day Shred
Sept 9th: 2 miles with 2x800 repeats at 9/mile pace
Sept 10th: Xtrain
Sept 11th: Rest, Walk
Sept 12th: Xtrain
Sept 13th: 5 miles Easy with Stroller at 12/mile pace
Sept 14th:Xtrain
Sept 15th: Jillian's 30 day Shred
Sept 16th: 2 miles easy
Sept 17th: Rest
Sept 18th: 10k Race and shooting for a 10:30/mile pace

I believe I should be able to obtain this pace but running with my step-mom may make it slower or faster.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hello World!

This is my first post.

Where to start...

Running is not only my exercise of choice but it is a tool I use to help figure things out on a day to day basis. It helps me get my head clear and puts my body into subjection...when I don't feel like running...that's when I need to run the most.

I started running in 2005 at just 1 mile a day to get in better shape because after high school, some college and a motorcycle accident...I needed to get into shape and also help repair my stomach muscles from surgery the year before. Running was the only thing I did that was a good core workout that got me into shape and didn't make me sick. For some reason ab work of any kind made me sick before I got back into shape after my accident.

I ran in high school but no long distance running. Just for basketball, tennis and track ( I did hurdles only though). I enjoyed running for the sport I was in but didn't make it a sport I involved myself in till 2005.

Fast Forward....2010...January

I had not ran in any races, but one of my friends asked me to run the Coeur d'Alene Half Marathon with her that May. I said sure...never thought of ever entering a race before...oddly enough...even though I liked running and had been running but probably only 2-4 miles, not really sure because I never really tracked how far or how fast I ran...I would just run, for the sheer enjoyment of running.

Weird I was...but I guess not totally weird because there was a running community awaiting me that I was completely ignorant of but now am fortunate of it's existence because there is so many people who share this love of running.

I meant to start training in February but, I only got a couple runs in a week, so my real training started in March. I started out training off of Hal Higdon's plan and then switched to a plan in the middle. I really wasn't sure how fast I was because I had no watch (now I have no idea what I would do without my Garmin) but I tracked out mileage on and then ran the appropriate amounts, I did my speed work at the gym so I would know how fast I was running and planned to have my first half marathon be under 2 hours...far fetched since I had never run a race before, let alone a half marathon!...but I like to push myself hard...sometimes too hard...but you never know what your made of till you push the limits and see what your capabilities are.

May 29th 2010 Coeur d' Alene Half
Chip Time: 1:54:43  Avg Pace: 8:45  Age Place: 29 /132  Place Overall:293 /1228
 Sweet!! I did it!!

I was totally stoked and was planning for a second half that October and than to do the full in May of 2011. Oh the dreams I had....until I found out...

I was pregnant!! What?!

Sooo no go for me. I was told by the first doctor I saw to not run...then I saw my OB a month later he said I could but by that time, my fitness was not there and my heart rate was going too high from what he allowed, although I never knew what my heart rate was prior to being prego while running. My lovely hubby got me a Garmin for my birthday, after the race, which had the heart rate monitor with it. Anywho I ran a couple times and then just started walking because of the whole heart rate thing.
What I wish I would of done is do some more research and found some blogs like I found later on, for instance...  Zoe , who is by the way an inspiration for me, because she ran while she was prego and also ran a marathon 6 months after giving birth, this chick is hardcore awesome!!

Fast Forward to February 25 of 2011
The day I became a mom and it altered my life like nothing ever has before, but ALL in a good way.
I love being a mom. I love my Lil Bean she is the best!!

Now I needed to get back in shape and lets just bare all here, I gained a lot of weight, I mean a ton, lets just be honest...74 not necessary. No matter how you look at it. When I was prego, I felt nauseous if I didn't eat, so I was always eating, and then my Lil Bean dropped 5 weeks before I had her and she was right on my tailbone and it hurt to do anything and so I was put on partial bed rest and laid around all day...even with those shortcomings...I should OF tried harder to eat better, but lets just say I LOVE ICE CREAM!! and with no went all to my booty!!
Embarrassing IT IS but I'm over it, can't do anything about the past, so lets move forward.

Pre-Baby, March 2010

20 days before Baby Arrived

2 months Post Baby

Last Week

NOW here I am August 30th of 2011...starting a keep myself on track to run and loose the rest of my weight, so far I have lost 54 lbs, got 20 lbs more to go.
AND I want to be involved in the blogging/running community of all of these cool chicas who inspire me and have helped me stay motivated to keep running to loose my weight, because let me tell you, starting out running when you are 40 lbs heavier then before, makes you feel like you are carrying a hippo while running down the road. NOT FUN!! Which leads me to another person that has inspired me, Kerrie, reading how she lost her weight while running and knowing she was fit and then gained and then lost, really makes me feel like I am NOT alone.

SO there it story...I know I am long winded...but hey..this is the condensed version.

I gave the 2 shout outs I wanted to give to the 2 people in this blogging community that have inspired me to have a blog. I also wanted to not feel like a stalker while reading their blogs and others, when they know nothing about me.

More to come...feel free to comment.