Monday, July 8, 2013

She Runs under NEW blog name: Do Love and Run

Friends!!!

SheRunsWithEndurance is now under a new name, Do Love and Run. Share with others. The more the merrier :) I will be writing a post on my change of blog name soon. New blog name, but same purpose. To document my running/mommy/believer journey. To be accountable to those of you reading. To share my experiences and learn from others.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

July, here I come! Week 6 of training...

Okay, week 5 was...AWESOME!!!

Recap:
Monday: 5 miles at 5:30am

Tuesday:1000m x 5 = 5k + 1 mile of recovery laps and 2 laps for warm up = 4.5 miles AND 15 minutes of leg/butt strength work


Wednesday: 4 miles in the morning + 15 minutes of legs/butt and arms

Thursday: Kettlebells. Got killed! My legs were sooooo tired from my own leg work at home...I dreaded every squat or lunge we did. And I have NEVER enjoyed walking push-ups with weights or planks so much in my life! Anything to get off my legs.

Friday: Total rest. My legs were tired.

Saturday: 10 miles...only a few were truly flat. A couple of very painful hills...ran with a good friend which helped make the time fly :) After the run I sat in my mom's pool...nice and cold. Definitely helped recovered.


Sunday: She rested...again :)

And man has it been hot around here! Never have I actually wanted to get up earlier to run to avoid the heat. Running sure does make you want and do strange things...wishing you got up earlier to run...WHAT! Cant't believe I think like this now...it must be the heat getting to me.


Great. Week. Exhausted. But ready for week 6.

On a different note, our little BabyT was reunited with her dad and siblings...this is the hardest part of being a foster parent. More on this another day. For now, I just pray that she is safe and happy. I hope she never has to experience the trauma of being separated from her family again. I pray that her parents can pull through, pull it together, and give their children a life they deserve.

Training plan for this week...similar to last week:
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 3-4 miles speedwork
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday (4th of July): 10k race (maybe). If no race, then another 4-6 miles on my own. WOW. How is it that I want to race on my day off? Running has turned me into a completely irrational person.
Friday: ??? not sure yet...maybe laps at the pool.
Saturday: 9-11 miles
Sunday: rest

Can't believe its already JULY! Where did the year go?

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Anyone else racing on the 4th?

Oh yeah, and we went to the movies today...YEAH!!! Yes, it is a big deal for us. We took our girl to see Monsters University! Super cute. Good for grown-ups too :) Pin It

Monday, June 24, 2013

Week 4...What HAPPENED? And onto week 5

Well, last week was a royal training wreck! Total mileage...a whole 9 miles! Yup, that's it. 9 miles.

Work was busy. I was swamped with work all Monday and Tuesday and just planned on making up my miles later in the week...but lucky me I got sick. But Wednesday at 3am I was waking up from unbearable nausea and by 7am I knew I was not going to make it to work that morning. Food poisoning, a "bug", stress, whatever it was it knocked me out. So Wednesday and Thursday I spent trying to get better. Friday, I was feeling pretty good. So Saturday I FINALLY went on a run with a dear friend...



My legs felt so heavy. Luckily this lovely gal was very patient with me as I dragged myself around for 9 miles (and she just ran a 2:04 half marathon last weekend!!). Running with this lady makes time go by fast. 

I also tried out my new shorts....loved them. 

Do you like my invisible shorts?

So here we are, week 5 of 9. Half way point. I am over what happend last week. There is nothing that can be done about it. It is what it is. We all get knocked down...now time to get back up FAST. 

Here is this week's plan...which is always subject to change in my life...
Monday: 5 miles...CHECK! Got those babies done this morning  at 5:30am with my running buddy. 
Tuesday: 3-4 miles speed work
Wed: 4 miles in the AM + strength and stretch after work
Thursday: kettlebell class
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: Rest/walk/family time...

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Any struggles last week? How did you deal with them?


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Training Week 4

Week 4?!?! Already?!?!?



Last week recap:
Monday I walked 3 miles with the family.
Tuesday I did 3.5 at the track.
Wednesday: 4 miles in the morning.
Thursday: 6 on the treadmill
Friday: nada
Saturday: 6.5 mile trail run with the amigos and hubby on the bike.


Sunday: Celebrated my husband on Father's Day!


This week:
Monday (today): 5 miles with a hill somewhere
Tuesday: 4 miles at track
Wednesday: A little strength and stretch
Thursday: must go to kettlebells...but I am anticipating not making it since I am giving a training at work the next morning and will most likely be at work late.
Friday: 3-4 miles, most likely on a trail + laps at the pool (?)
Saturday: 9 miles
Sunday: Rest

Main focus this week: EAT! SLEEP! Stay away from carbs!

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Any specific goals out there for this week? 





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Sunday, June 16, 2013

What fatherhood looks like

Father.
PapĂ­.
Daddy.
Dad. 

A loaded word...as it should be. 

It is a word that carries so much meaning, responsibility, weight. 

Some men carry it well...others surpass our expectations...I am married to a man that has given fatherhood a whole new meaning to me and my family.

My husband has always loved others unconditionally. Especially the kiddos in his life. I see the love he has for little K and his nieces and nephews. It is really special. He is there for all of them in a heart beat. Now, having been foster parents to two little girls (both toddlers), he has shown true selflessness. These little girls may never remember him again. They may never remember the man that spent ALL day with them while they lived with us. Working with them. Playing with them. Feeding them. Cleaning them, Loving them as his own.

To love a child that will only be with you a moment is something so special. It is painful to give your heart to a person (no matter the age) knowing that you will most likely never see them again. However, my husband doesn't let that stop him. He loves these kiddos from the moment they set foot in our little home and never stops loving them.

These kiddos come from difficult lives. As foster parents, they don't tell us much about the child's background, other than what is really pertinent to the child's health and wellbeing. So we often don't know too much about what their home life was really like. All we know is that we may only have a short period of time with this kiddos and need to make the most of it. My husband could very well be the father that these little girls have never had, and may never have again after they are unified with their families. 

Among the thousands of things he does all day, the time my husband spends with these girls (and our little K of course) he is giving them a father figure that is loving....being a gentleman always...yes, even if they are only 2 years old!...allowing them to feel the love and tenderness a father should have toward his daughter...a feeling of safety in his arms as he holds them.

My husband is not perfect. He is human. He is a human with the love of God living in him. And you can see the love of God in full force when you see him with all the little ladies in his life.

In watching him in this father role, my husband has shown me and reversed so many ideas of what I remember fatherhood when I was little. 

It isn't about making executive decisions all the time...it is about listening and seeing the needs of your family and taking their voices to heart and mind always.

It isn't only about disciplining. It is about being engaged in raising children daily and knowing them well enough to guide them in the right direction through different avenues...sometimes discipline, but more often through praise and affection.

It isn't about making sure to carve out quality time with your family...it is about spending 99% of your free time with your family...there is no need to "carve" it out...it just IS.

It is about being the ultimate [human/flesh] example of infinite, selfless, unconditional, boundless love.

Father looks like this...



To my husband, who I love so much...may God continue to give you the gift of fathering the children that come into our lives in such a beautiful way. Thank you for being a wonderful father to all the kiddos that come into our home. We love you!!!


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Friday, June 14, 2013

6 @ 6

Talk about kicking this slump in the butt...

Today (Thursday) we didn't make it to kettlebell class on time, which is terrible because I actually enjoy the torture of the class.

Now, I have not been shy about the fact that I don't like the gym. I really don't like to workout at the gym...I get bored very easily. But I had to do something....I needed to get our money's worth for the childcare we paid for.

So of course, I head right over to my default...the dreadmill. I started with a half mile walk, praying that some motivation would kick in FAST! After feeling warmed up, I sped the treadmill up to 5.0, 5.5, wow feeling fairly easy...6.0. I stayed at 6.0. How long could I stay at this speed? Usually 6.0 is fairly speedy for me. I normally do 6.0 for half a mile in between slower miles.

Could I do 3 miles at 6.0? 4 miles? 6 miles? Yeah, why not!?! 6 at 6...sounds good to me.

And it was on! Once I put my mind to it, I knew I would to do. Whether it took me an hour or all day...I would do.

AND I DID IT!!!!  NON-STOP!!!!

Okay, know to many runners out there, 6.0 isn't that fast. According to the treadmill, it was only a 10 minute mile. But I swear that felt a lot faster. Each one of my miles during my 8 mile run on Saturday was under 10 minutes...these 6 miles felt a lot faster than that!

But anyway, the point is that I did it! I have NEVER...
1. Run more than 5 miles on a treadmill...cuz I hate it.
2. Run more than 1 mile at one time at 6.0...usually it is a little "burst" at 6.0 followed by a mile or two at 5.5.

This is how I felt after my big achievement.

Ahh! I did it!


I am still surprised. When I reached 3 miles, I was like, "okay, half way there." Then I got to 4 miles and I was a little surprised that I was still going, and didn't feel like stopping. Then, as I watched the little red line make its way around the little track on the treadmill screening, I was literally saying to myself out loud,  "OH MY GOSH! You actually did it!"

I just ran my little heart out!

I totally showed myself today that I really can do this running thing. That I really can get better. Someday be a strong runner. A fast runner.


So I give myself a thumbs up...I would give myself 2 thumbs up, but I'm holding my phone :) 

Recognizing and celebrating my accomplishments...this is definitely one of them.

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How is going for you? 
Any milestones? 
How do you over come a "running slump"?


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Training: Week 3 Slump

Let's start with a recap of last week:

Monday: 4 miserable miles...wore the wrong clothes, so I was baking the entire time.
Tuesday: 3.75 miles
Wed: 1 mile for National Running Day
Thursday: nothing...played hookie from kettlebell class
Friday: 3 miles, trails
Saturday: 8 miles

Total mileage: 19.75...rounding to 20 :)

This week:

So far the week has been eh....

Monday I should have done 5 miles but instead I went for a 3 mile walk with the family.

Here they come! We threw in a long hill for some
EXTRA fun :) Hubby pushing the jogger.

Typical Vanessa pic...not paying attention.
But don't look at me, look at the beautiful view I
call home!


It was a lot of fun...but man, I was exhausted! Walking sure done take a lot of work!My props to walkers out there, especially my mom who can run over most people she walks so fast...and she is little too! She definitely walks faster than I do!

So 3 miles on Monday.

Tuesday (today): I barely made it to the track for some "speed" work...but I wasn't very speedy. Just felt tired. No motivation. But I was able to reach 3.5 miles including warm-up and cool-down.

I feel like this week I am being tested. Can I keep up the training? The initial motivation you have at the very beginning starts to fade away and it begins to shape itself into routine...and this is where it gets tricky!

Routine.
Something you can keep up.
Constant.
Habit.

Easier said than done...well, for me at least. I won't pretend like this is easy. I won't pretend that trying to run 5 days a week + strength workouts, working MORE than full time (I swear some days I work for minimum wage...got to love being salaried!), being a "mommy" of sorts, trying to pull my weight at home, keeping up with my reading and writing, AND not neglecting my family all in one week is easy...it isn't. And I am only training for a half marathon! But I am going to do it!

And isn't funny how life "suddenly" gets crazy busy when you are just getting comfortable with a training schedule? Today, I had to "escape" from work at 5:45 to get a run in. Didn't go by any offices...didn't "check-out" with any co-workers...I just quietly packed up my stuff and snuck out :) If not, they could have kept me there another hour easily.

Confessional moment...when things get busy and life sucks me in, I am a terrible eater...meaning I don't eat. Not good, I know. I skip meals all together. I snack on whatever I can get my hands on...and by that I mean a hand-full of pretzels I get from a co-workers office :) Thank God for those pretzels!

Here is a perfect example from just last week...


My husband knows me all too well.



I think this a big reason for my "slumpy" feeling these last couple days...not fueling my body well.

So, I am going to flip the rest of the week. The rest of the week will be awesome!

1. Better eating (well, eating PERIOD really!) and
2. Focusing on enjoying my runs...each run is a gift.

Since I didn't run much on Monday, I need to "make up" a bit of those miles...so I will add a couple miles to the rest of the week...

Wednesday (tomorrow in like 30 minutes!): 4 in the AM + 30 minutes of strength in the PM. Wednesday is suppose to be my rest day, but I don't need more rest!

Thursday: Kettlebells + a couple miles on the dreadmill on an incline.

Friday: long run, 9 miles

Saturday: Perhaps a trail run/walk with some amigos and hubs + laps at the pool perhaps.

Sunday: Rest. Rinse off the week. And Repeat.

This should get me to at least 20 miles this week.


How's your week going? 


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Sunday, June 9, 2013

back at 8.

Today (Saturday, June 8) I had a great run!!! But REALLY great run.

Not too fast, not too slow...just wonderful.

It was my first 8 mile run since my last half marathon in December. What was I feeling in anticipation for this run? Nerves, doubt, anxiety. Although 8 miles isn't a lot compared to what the majority of longer-distance runners run, for me and my beginner experience, I know that 8 miles is enough time for hurt, exhaustion, aches to creep in and make those miles miserable.

One very special difference to this run (and the obvious reason it was so great) was that this good-looking guy followed me around...


I didn't take any walking breaks to impress him :)

It was lots of fun having my hubby ride as I ran. He has taken quite a long break from running, trying to heal some major plantar fasciitis, but he joined me on 3 miles of trails jogging yesterday and his foot held up pretty well. But this morning he assisted me. Cutest waterboy I could ever ask for! But beyond having some eye candy the whole 8 miles, it was so comforting having him there. He would ride ahead of me, then ride back, talk a bit, look for dolphins, and repeat. I was totally blessed having him with me and am certain him being there with me helped me have such as great run.

I have learned that each run we go on is unique and shouldn't be compared too much to other runs. Yes, we always want to improve on time. We run the same loop regularly to see if we have gotten faster, stronger, better. But even running the on the same path, at the same time of day, in the same weather conditions, still does not set you up for an identical run. I have run these 8 miles many times before. Usually its a good run, a few times I have been miserable, but today was just right. Can't tell you what it was (other than having hubby with me!), but it was just great from start to finish. A new day, a new run. 

I did experience my usual sluggishness and achy knees the first 4 miles...but I already know this will happen. I am prepared at the beginning of the run to expect painful aches in both my knees and just an overall sluggish body. I just keep going. Ignore the little voice reminding me how much my knee hurts and how much I would rather cut the run short and get home sooner. When I first started running, this little voice was hard to overcome. Now, it is easier to ignore. 

I usually try to "get lost" in my surrounding. I don't run with music...(I actually find running with music to be very distracting, in a bad way)...so I tend to look around a lot. On this route, I see a lot of ocean. I look for dolphins. They remind my of my little K. She loves dolphins. One of her many career aspirations is to be a "dolphin trainer/doctor/lover". So I search for dolphins...and I always find one! I think of my little K and say a prayer for her.






After mile 4, I am LOVING my run!


I feel like I could go forever. Runner's high, I love you! But this is where I tend to always get off track. I start run too hard and before I know it, I am feeling like this...



Today, when I was at the half way point, I remembered this picture and told myself that TODAY I was going to feel strong right to the end...and I did.

Sorry, couldn't resist. Had to take a pic with this cutie!

Miles 5, 6, 7 and 8 were each faster than the mile before. All 8 miles were under 10 minutes, which is good for me, especially considering this is my first longer run in 6 months, post-injury. I ran my little heart out until my watch marked 8 miles. DONE!!! Feeling awesome!.


So happy to be back at 8 and feeling great!

Yesterday's 3 miles of hills were tough...this is definitely something I need to focus on. Hills!!!

Tomorrow, I'm talking off from training. Need to hit the office for a few hours to get a head start on the week...this way I don't miss any training during week 3! 

Happy Sunday to you.

Oh, and we met this guy too. Corporate world employee turned surfing goatman...he was totally awesome!




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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Growing up to be "that" kind of woman...

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be so many different things.

A doctor, a teacher, a dancer, pianist (I played the piano for a short time), a lawyer (people said I would be a good lawyer because I could talk for days)...I am sure there are many more my mom could tell you that I have already forgotten.

But today I remember my childhood aspirations because today my little K completed the 2nd grade and in a couple short months will be a 3rd grader. Daily she tells us all the different things she wants to be when she grows up...some make me laugh others blow me away. This girl is ready to do it all! She is ready to fight crime and give people a beautiful smile at the same time! And with each day that she shares more and more, I can't believe how fast she is growing in front of my very eyes. And while I want her to reach her dreams of being a teacher, a dentist, a police officer, and whatever she decides to do tomorrow, what I really want for her is to have is a deep love in her heart. I want her to have God's love so deeply embedded in her that she can't contain it. I want her to know the peace He will give her when she reaches hard times in her life. I want her to know that no matter the heart-breaks, disappointments or worries that this world can bring, that she will always be loved. I want her to be strong in her faith and grow up to be a woman that knows she can achieve anything because she has God on her side. I want her to experience the deep satisfaction on He can give us.

I want all of this for me too. I want to grow up to be this woman too. So badly.

...and during my runs too!


I love this saying. I love the intensity, the power, the intimidation it carries. I want to be a fierce woman for God. I need to be. I need to live this each day for myself, for my little K (and all my future foster baby girls) and for my husband. It gives me so much confidence knowing my husband is strong in his faith and in his walk. Knowing that every day he is intentionally "taking" God with him everywhere. He deserves to feel the same about his wife. 


Goals for this moment in my life:
  • Be real. By this, I don't mean to imply I am a "fake" person...not at all. I think one of my good qualities is that I am a genuine person...sometime a bit too genuine. But to be real I mean to be me, just me. Not worker-me. Not planner-me. Not problem-solver-me. Just me. Raw. As if there was no work, or planning, or problem-solving to be done. Who would I be?...that's the me I need to be more often...she has come out a few times these last few weeks and I like seeing her. I think my family likes her too. 
  • Be vulnerable. With my husband and kids. Allow them to impact me. To shake my world. With God's word. For it to bury itself deep inside me in a soft and tender spot so I never forget that its there. 
  • Enjoy the path I'm on. I need to look around more while I walk this path. I need to stop looking ahead to the end of the road and start looking to my right and left and see those who are walking with me and see the path we are on. Sometimes smooth. Sometimes bumpy. Windy. Uphill. Downhill. Walking a dry desert or a lush garden. I need to look around. 
  • Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Praise. Praise. Praise. Praise. Praise. Rejoice. Rejoice. Rejoice. Rejoice.  Love some more. 
  • Read. Read my Bible. Read the 10 books sitting on top, on the side, inside my nightstand. Just read.
  • Cut myself some slack every once and a while. 
  • Show unconditional and endless love and support to everyone around me. EVERYONE!
  • Allow myself to experience God. All those things I want for my little K, I need to allow time for myself to feel, live, breathe all of that daily.

Today was suppose to be a kettlebell day. But instead I spent it with my monkeys. I will make up for it tomorrow...promise :) I just decided to cut myself a little slack today.



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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I run for my life.

There are so many reasons to run...

for fitness,
for health,
for happiness,
for stress relief,
for my family,
for the "runner's high",
for a break,
for my future,
to feel good (and hopefully look good too...just being honest!),
to feel confident,
to feel strong,
to NOT feel guilty when grub!,
to compete,
to feel in control,
to let go,
to see all the abilities this body has,
to feel God's strength inside me,
to know that I can...just that I CAN,
to endure and press forward.

I run so that I can feel that unique feeling running gives you. Exhaustion, but empowerment. A sense of feeling lost and a clear focus in one simultaneous moment. A racing heart, but at quiet mind.

I run for my life. 

I hope that you will  "run" for your life too...whether it is actually running, or walking, jumping, playing, dancing, goofing around, lifting weights, swimming, whatever...just "run" for your life...
you only get one to run for.

Happy National Running Day!





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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Week 2 Planning

Week 2 is here, so here's the plan...

Training:

Monday: 4-5 miles with a hill or two in there.
Tuesday: Speedwork (around 3 miles total)
Wednesday: Stretch, a bit of strength, but more of a "rest" day
Thursday: Kettlebells @ the gym + a couple miles on the dreadmill
Friday: 4 miles (hills or trails)
Saturday: 7 miles
Sunday: laps

Total mileage: 20-21 miles

This last week I was only suppose to run 15 miles, but I ran 20...skipped kettlebells to go running. It was one of those days at work where 4:30 came around and all I was thinking was, "Today I am definitely going to leave RIGHT AT 5pm! I NEED TO RUN!!!"


This is how happy I was to be home by 5:30pm
and ready to go running...for real! Yes, that is a
PINK top...and I actually love it!

I am definitely going to try to stick to my plan. Stopping at 3 miles is hard...this is just when I start to get my runner's high and then the adrenaline pushes me to 5 or 6 miles. Don't you just love that runner's high? It gets you all excited, makes you feel like you are on top of the world and could go forever. But then, around the last mile or so, your legs suddenly remind you that you should have contained that runner's high just a bit more :) HA.


Speechless.





But when you have a view like this, can you blame me for wanting to run forever?













I will be doing a 10k on the 4th of July as my "check-point" for my half marathon at the end of July. My first (and only, so far) 10k time was 54:40, 8:48/mile. For others, its an okay time. For me, I was so blow away that I finished in under an hour. Hopefully we can repeat (and improve!) history :)



Food:

We have this rule we try to stick to in our home...eat as much as you can from the refrigerator and pantry before grocery shopping. This week we have reached that point. We have lots of left-overs from the last week...roasted chicken, roasted potatoes with bell peppers, beans, frozen fish and frozen chicken breasts...pantry still has some bow-tie pasta, tuna. Time to clean out the left-overs.

  • Roasted chicken has become chicken soup.
  • The potatoes will probably be used for breakfast with some scrambled egg whites and some beans...top it off with some asiago cheese, please!
  • The fish will probably be cooked for dinner at some point with a side of quinoa or brown rice. 
  • The frozen chicken breast will probably end up in the crock-pot and ready to use in a mixture of things (salad, sandwich, burrito, etc).
  • And the pasta will be mixed with the tuna for an easy and quick meal. 


Did I miss anything? We have oatmeal for breakfast (our breakfast go-to) and the eggs. Green salad. Snacks for K's lunch...did I mention this is her last week of 2nd grade?!?! Here comes summer break followed too soon by the 3RD GRADE!!!

This will probably get us through the week. Then, GROCERY SHOPPING!!! YAY! Grocery shopping is like Christmas shopping for me. I make my list, check it twice (sound familiar!)...and I'm always "nice" so I always leave a few bucks from the budget for some "goodies"...maybe my favorite Trader Joe's macadamia cookies, a bit of chocolate, or maybe some more of these...

Yummy!

Here is to a great week...



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Let the training begin!

Next race...PAID FOR!!! Now time to start training.

9 weeks 'til race day.

Half marathon trail run......AAAHHHHH!!!!

Why? Cuz I am THAT CRAZY!

Luckily, the last few weeks have already been full of hills. Lucky me. It must be a sign to do this race.

Actually, I am really excited. I think this will be a great challenge for me. I will definitely have to push myself during training. Ever since the relay race I did with some friends, I have a new found respect for hills...they are not to be taken lightly...training is a must.

Something that has really kept me going these last few weeks are my running buddies, especially a special 3 new buddies. One, a lovely friend from church. With her 5 miles go flying by, which is so great. It has been a great blessing to have a great friend to share a few miles with.

Another new buddy is my little K. She has joined me for a few runs and it is so great to have her by my side. Yes, they are slower runs, but I don't care. They are great moments.

Running buddies.

My third new buddy is my foster daughter. We are a foster family and welcome little ladies into our home while their own home lives get sorted out. We are very new to this. BabyT is our second placement so far. She is a toddler and lots of fun. I will share more about our experiences as foster parents, but one thing is for sure is that it is such a blessing. Yes, it is hard. It is never easy taking care of someone else's child, and definitely hard when they leave your home to be reunited with their families. But the time these girls are with us is full of joy. We truly love these girls. It is evident that they need to shown love. Every day. They need to be hugged, held, loved. They need to know that they are so precious and important. If we can give a child a moment in her life when she felt totally loved and cared for, it is ALL worth it. 

Plus I now get an extra workout pushing the jogger around for 5 miles...FYI, not easy.

No pics for her privacy. So proud of myself running 5 miles under a
10 minute/mile while pushing BabyT around. 

I am facing a few obstacles to getting started and keeping up with my training. Mainly work. Work is getting really busy again. But no excuses. I am bringing work home so I can get out of the office around 5pm, get a run in after work, be home for homework time, bath time, bed time, and then get some work done before my bedtime. Morning runs will be incorporated soon. The Hubby is swimming in the mornings and I want to make sure he gets his workouts in too. He is training for a sprint tri the same weekend I am doing my half marathon.

Week recap so far:
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles + jogger
Thursday: 6 miles beachside
Friday: most likely a couple miles on some trails
Saturday: "long run"...probably 6-7 miles again.
Sunday: laps at the pool

So, here we go!!!



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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Workin' it!

Quick check in...this week is rockin'!!!!

Monday: 5 miles with a crazy hill with a new running buddy
Tuesday: 2 miles of speed work
Wednesday: 5 miles solo
Thursday: The most killer Kettlebell class!
Friday, a "light" workout.
Saturday: maybe another 4 miles
Sunday: Something...not sure what, but something :)

Fuel: Great. Luckily cutting carbs is not as hard as I thought it would be. I am able to fill the carb-void with other things, mainly more veggies and protein. Nutrition basics, really. Oatmeal in the morning. And I have cut WAY back on coffee. I am normally a big coffee drinker (multiple cups a day) and now I am down to 1 strong cup of coffee in the morning...that's it! When I told my husband that I was cutting back to only one cup of coffee a day, this is what he sent me...


I thought it was pretty funny. But really, I have cut back to one normal size cup of coffee per day.

My diet this week has been lots of soups and salad...an easy way to start cutting back the carbs. An example...
I mixed salad for 2 in the big bowl...ate my portion from the bowl...
didn't want to dirty another dish :)

 And I am feeling great.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Conscious Carb Cutting!

Yup! Cutting carbs! I need to do it. I want to do it...kinda. But either way, I WILL do it.

Let me explain that this will be VERY hard for me because I love carbs. I don't love sweets (except chocolate), cake, candy, ice cream, cookies, blah blah blah. I just don't. I DO love carbs. Bread, bagels, muffins, tortillas, pasta, rice...love! I will take a multi-grain bagel over a slice of cake ANY day. I think it is safe to say that I have carbs at every meal. But things need to change.

Now, I am not going to place strict rules on myself. This is not strictly about weight loss or "challenging" myself to do something out of the ordinary. Quite the contrary. I am trying to find a balance in what I eat. I eat clean, don't get me wrong. Eating right, healthy, is not something new to me. But there is definitely room for improvement in the carbs area. I do not eat fast food (except for In 'n' Out for the special and occasional burger treat!). When I eat out, I am aware of my choices and always try to pick the best option. But I know that carbs are the main thing weighing my regular diet down. This is about finding a way to incorporate carbs into my regular diet that is healthy, and within the needs of my body. We need to find moderation in everything. Carbohydrates are an essential component of our diet. HOWEVER, I confess that I do consume more than what is needed...I consume what is wanted :)

So, I will not be limiting myself the "amount" of carbs I will eat each day. I will simply remember to be mindful of my choices. I want to make sure that I create a habit that can be maintained. I will eat carbs when I know its a good choice. Likewise, I will skip carbs when I know it is a good choice.

Today for dinner I made a great choice.

Chicken Lettuce Wrap from Sharky's. 400 calories and it is
enough food to share or take home for tomorrow's lunch!
As you can see, NO CARBS :)

Join me for Conscious Carb Cutting. 
I'll keep you posted...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Kick-your-butt Kettlebells

Wanted to DIE in class today...I loved it!!!

I must confess, I REALLY don't like the gym.

1) I don't like the machines...I can barely manage 5 miles on the dread-mill. I don't run with music, but on the treadmill, I have to BLAST pop/rock/funk music to get me through the miles.

2) I don't really like classes. I have major ADD. I honestly don't know how I managed to get through graduate school and actually learned something. In all honesty, I have a really hard time concentrating if I am not fully engaged, entertained, and enthusiastic (yes, awesome alliteration, I know!) I will most likely lose interest in about 10 minutes, or drift in and out of whatever is going on.

3) I REALLY don't like watching other watch themselves...Okay, yes you're cute. Yes, you have big bulging muscles. Yes, your make-up is still in place after sweating ONE drop. COME ON! I am all for self-love but there is a time (after you leave the gym) and place (umm, like at home!) to drool over yourself.

HOWEVER, I do LOVE LOVE LOVE my Thursday night Kettlebell class! My own local Jillian Michaels. Holy COW does she make you work...and the woman kicks everyone's butt in class AND she just had her second baby!!!

Any whoo, she rocks. I am totally engaged during the class. I respond very well to the bootcamp/circuit training style she has. It is hard, no joke. But after you feel like a rockstar...too bad you don't look like one right after. I can't even believe how much I actually LOVE getting my butt kicked in this class. SIMPLY ROCKS!



Earlier this week I posted a picture of my knee....

As I mentioned before, I totally rocked the rubber-banded ice
pack at the office.

I didn't run Tuesday or Wednesday to rest it. During Kettlebells I felt great...completely forgot about the knee issue. No pain. So then I tested the knee on the treadmill...didn't even get to ONE MILE without some pain. So I immediately stopped. Can I say FRUSTRATED!! Okay, patience. Let's give it another day. Saturday I will test it out again. This can't be happening. I am wondering if its the shoes. I just recently went to neutrals (hesitantly) and maybe that's what is causing all these goofy pains in my knee and foot. Hmmmmm...continuing....

So then my hubs and I went to the grocery store...bad idea. NEVER, I repeat NEVER go the grocery store hungry after the gym. I swear I wanted to eat everything in sight. But we were strong, got the 3 things we needed and bolted out of there!

Dinner time. I marinated some chicken quarters (without the skin, of course) over night with onions, salt, pepper, a tiny bit of rosemary, and lemon juice. Threw them in the crockpot today and voila...


DELISH!

The hubs had chicken with a TINY bit of rice. 

It was WAY too hot today for any hot foods for me...I truly CRAVED a cold, crisp salad. 

I grubbed on this...TOTALLY HIT THE SPOT!


Yummy!


UMMM, this looks so good...making me hungry. Off to bed before I eat something.





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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The little lady and I

Every day is different. You have your good days, your not so good days, your frustrating days, your "I can't believe its already 7pm!!" days, your never-ending days...and then you have a day like I had over the weekend...pure joy.

My husband attended our church's men's advance...men don't "retreat" they advance...which left me and little K with a weekend together.....GIRL TIME according to the little one. I had been looking forward to this weekend for a while. Time to spend alone with my little one, completely focused on her. With my new job and our crazy schedules, the last few months have been very "full" with rare moments to really enjoy each other. Be in the moment together. 

Chillin' before the meet.

Saturday started with getting ready for the weekly track meet. Little K has really blow us away with not only how well she is doing, but how much she is really liking the sport. We got up, got dressed, apple and cinnamon oatmeal (the pre-race staple meal in our home), packed snacks, chairs, umbrella, and off we were. We got to the track and found our spot in the stands and set camp for the day...we were so comfy in our little camp site. The weather was absolutely perfect for a track meet. Sunny but not too hot, with a gentle, crisp breeze every once and a while.

We were so ridiculously comfortable...I could have been there forever. Breakfast burritos, apples, mandarins, pirates booty (yes!), and of course a large dose of coffee.

After absolutely rocking her meet, Little K and I chilled poolside. I'm too chicken to get in, but the freezing water was great for my achy foot. I feel some tightness coming and going so I am trying to be as proactive as I can and prevent plantars fasciitis...watching my husband deal with this is no fun.

This girl can run all morning, help me wash my car and my mom's car, then swim for an hour,
and STILL be ready for a girl's night movie...


The evening ended with some delicious chinese food and a movie. 

The day was perfect. It was one of those go-with-the-flow, no plans, no appointments, no "to do's" kind of day...haven't had one of those in a while. I was so happy to see my husband on Sunday afternoon when he came home, but like I told him, I was thankful for the time alone I had with little K. 

This girl is just growing up so fast. I don't want to miss a minute of it. This experience I am living of stepmotherhood is more incredible than I ever imagined. Yes, it is hard. Raising any child is hard. Being a step-parent can be hard. It is a special relationship you build with a child. It takes time, a lot of time. I have known little K for a very long time which has been a real blessing for our relationship. Every day I look at her and thank God for allowing me to be a small part of her life. She transforms my life daily.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Workin' though the pain

Injuries. What to say? How about they stink!

Since October of last year the hubs and I have each been dealing with our own ouchies. I've been doing a little better than he has these last few weeks.

Me: I've just got aches and pains everywhere right now. My groin injury for a few months ago is pretty much healed, just feels very tight so when I start to over-stride I have a reminder to watch my form. My knee is better. I recently transitioned over from stability to neutral shoes. I was VERY nervous at first. I stuck with Asics since my feet don't seem to like other brands (except for  Saucony...I may try those someday). I'm running in the Asics Nimbus (most current model, sorry I don't know the number). The thought was that the stability shoes may be providing too much stability, so the idea is to see how I respond to these "neutral +" shoes...only time will tell. So far, 2 weeks and they are great. So those two injuries are hopefully recovering. Other than that, I just have those aches and pains from getting back into my running routine. The pain shakes off after a little bit. Just feeling tight.

The hubs: This poor man has been dealing with plantar fasciitis. He is trying really hard to work through it, but it is taking a long time. Currently, it is still pretty bad. All we can do right now is massage, stretch, ice/heat, roll, repeat with a lot of rest. Absolutely no running right now.

These are our new best friends...   


My "hurt" is a good hurt. The hurt that reminds you how bad you need to keep going to get past this kind of pain. The "getting back into it" pain. My husband's "hurt" is the kind that tests you. It tests your patience, commitment to get better, and self-control. Wait for it to get better. Do all you can do (rolling, icing, stretching, etc) to get this better. Do not run when you think its better. 

Patience. Commitment. Self-control. 

My hubs can do it. 

Its funny to see how much healing from an injury is similar to the sport itself. 

Patience. Yes. Very necessary when starting something new like running that does not really "click" for most of us when we first start. It hurts, bad. You wish your body could just "GO" and not slug around at a painfully slow speed, especially when others are zooming by. You wish things were just better. But no, things just aren't that way when you start off. Hence, Patience. Learning to be kind to yourself. To recognize and celebrate the "little" victories like not having to take a walking break, or adding a mile to your routine. Knowing and allowing for the process to take its course...allowing the body to adjust to this really new movement. Allowing your brain to register everything you are asking your body to do. Patience. 

Commitment. Commitment is married to patience in my book. Without one, the other is weak. Running is something that certainly does not "happen" over night. You don't magically wake up and run faster or have the ability to go farther (well, some rarely freakish people can, but most of us not so much). We have to commit to the process. Some days will be great. Others will be terrible. Commit to the sport, especially on the bad days. Sticking with it regardless.

Self-control. Knowing how much is enough. Knowing just how hard to push. Pacing. Honest self-checks. Not running like superman just because you are "feeling" like superman. Sticking to what you know is right for you.

Here's to putting these into practice as best as possible. 

Over the next few weeks the plan for me is to just build back to where I was last summer. Just getting back into my routine. No training plans, goal times. Just get out there and run injury-free and trying to stay that way as I build back up in mileage. For my husband, all this month and next month will be dedicated to healing. We have a race in mind for over the summer so hopefully he will heal and be ready to get out there again, slowly of course. 


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Honoring Boston & feelin' the runner love

Yup, I rocked a race shirt to work yesterday. Through social media the word spread to all runners to sport a race shirt the day after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon...I just could not resist.

Half Marathon of the Harbors 2012 race shirt.

It was really awesome to not only be part of a movement who knows how big, but also to share my love for running with my co-workers and be an example of just how committed and supportive the running community at large is...

runners 

stick 

together.

Though I am very new to running, though I have not [yet] run a marathon or any major, large, or televised race, though I have SO much to learn and grow in this new hobby/lifestyle/sport...what happened in Boston hit me hard. 

The day after the Boston tragedy, I ran with my track buddies. I didn't do the workout, just race a few miles at an easy pace around the track, testing out new shoes and PRAYING knee pain would stay away, and watching everyone speed on by. Watching everyone, these speed monsters, lap me time and time again, it made me happy. I felt a sense of joy to see people running, happy in their pain from the workout, feeling satisfied at the end, being thankful for another day of doing something they really love. I don't think I have ever enjoyed being lapped this much (and I get lapped all the time!). 

I am heart-broken for all those impacted by what happened on 4/15, but so thankful to be part of a community so strong and united during such tough times. 

So happy running found me.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston

Never is my wildest dreams would I ever have thought that I would write a post like this one. On April 15, 2013 tragedy struck in Boston. On the day that is "the" day for runners all over the world...a day many work endless hours to reach...a day many of us only DREAM about...a day that celebrates a wonderful city and a wonderful tradition of embracing the amazing ability of the human body...bombs went off. A little after the 4 hour mark of the marathon, 2 explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. One second people were cheering and celebrating as they reached the end of their 26.2 journey, the next second complete chaos. I won't be posting photos of the events that happened today...many of us will unfortunately never forget them. 3 lives were lost, over 100 injured. Tragic.

There isn't much to say about this other than how incredibly sad this day has been. I began watching the live stream of the marathon online but had to get to work, so I stopped watching around the one hour forty minute mark of the women's race. For my lunch, I planned to rush home to finish watching the race, but by the time I turned on my car the radio was announcing the sad news. The rest of my day was spent in disbelief and heartbreak for all those involved.

Today will be a day I never forget. I pray for those impacted by this terrible event that they find some comfort and peace after such a shattering event...I pray for those of us who run that we always remember that safety is #1...I pray that we all realize how precious life is and that each moment, each step, each deep breath, is a gift.

Live this gift to the fullest.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Got inspiration?

This last weekend was quite the adventure! I participated in a 5 person relay covering 65 miles in beautiful SoCal...I will be posting more about this crazy adventure soon...but today's blog is focused on one little word...inspiration.

My last few posts have made it very clear that I have not been "on track" with running. Being such a newbie at this sport, my issues with my groin and knee made it so difficult to keep up with the momentum I had after only a few months of running. After starting to feel better, it was tough to get back into the groove of running slowly. So I went months without running. Most of September, October and November was spent trying to heal my injuries. December I managed to complete a half marathon and improved my time by 10 minutes from the previous year...but after that I went back to very minimal running due to pain creeping back and then major changes with work.

And then super inspiring things started...though I was oblivious of it at the time...how sad, I know. I guess sometimes it takes time for all these wonderful things to blend themselves in your brain and your heart until they piece themselves together and you have you AAHHHH moment.

My little K started running track...and then my husband started asking me to run with him. I never run with him...he is too fast and I always feel like a turtle next to him...but something told me to just go on the darn run with him and it was so much fun. We started our "running-in-the-dark dates" that hopefully can continue at least once a month or so...just the two of us on dark paths with only my headlamp. And then I was asked if I was interested in running this crazy relay to help complete the 3rd team...again the little voice in my head (and my husband) said "DO IT"...do it even though you haven't been running...even though you hate hills and NEVER run hills...do it!  All these things just started to pull me back.

Then just this morning, a teammate from the relay wrote me a kind response to an email saying that my little blog could hopefully inspire others...and that word rung so loud inside me. It hit me deep inside my gut. All these super inspiring/motivating things going on in my life and not FEELING the inspiration pouring out from them.

Now having had a little kick in the butt from my friend's email (and the relay!) I pieced some things together...I am thankful to my friend Rafael who just threw that word at me in an email... inspire...it really got me thinking...

Crazy people who never left each others' side after 10+ hours of running!

5:30am


Final stretch of 65 miles


My little K running her heart out and completely blowing us away with her hard work and determination!

Finish line of the 200m sprint.



And my man! He leaves me speechless. I never thought I would be so blessed with a partner who REALLY is my partner in everything.


Sprint tri outside of Sta. Barbara 2012.

I think sometimes in this busy world, it can get very easy to forget to appreciate the "little" things...which really aren't so "little" and actually let ourselves feel and be inspired. If this little blog can inspire someone to do SOMETHING...ANYTHING...that would bring health and happiness into their lives...wow...it would be an honor. It has been about a year and a half since I started running, and a year and a half ago I was dying after 3 miles...now, in such a short amount of time, I am loving this running thing more and more.



 Inspiration is everywhere...we just need to let ourselves see it more often. My goal...to be inspired daily.










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Monday, March 4, 2013

Turn it into glory

Daily Kick in the Butt quote from Runners World...

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
William Barclay, Scottish Theologian 

Ran 6 this chilling evening...it was glorious.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

4.5 pain-free miles!

Hooray to no more pain!!! 

So thankful for my night-time run with my hubby...absolutely no pain. Granted, they were the slowest 4.5 miles I have run in like a year, but I was so thrilled to get through the run with virtually no pain (just the normal knee/ankle/joint pain after no use for like 2 months). 

I owe it all to the hubs, who talked me into heading out the door at 6:20pm, in the dark, for a run on a Saturday night...that's what we do for fun together :)

AND, I think I have discovered a "new" hobby thanks to another friend...but more of that to come later...but back to my run...

I must admit, I was not in the mood to run for about the first 3 miles. Just felt like a big slug...like I was dragging this body around my neighborhood...but I pressed on...didn't want to disappoint the hubby who was being such a trooper going at my turtle speed. I just kept telling myself, "You have to do this...how else will you ever know if you're ready to get back in the groove of things!?! KEEP GOING!" 

And then, FINALLY, I got into a "groove". We reached our car at 4.5 miles, and I honestly felt like saying, "how about 2 more", but I didn't want to over-do it on my longest run since my half marathon in December...YES, you read that right, 4.5 miles was my "long run".

Overall, just thankful! Thankful for a husband who motivates me and doesn't complain about going super slow...who doesn't leave my side no matter how many times I tell him to run ahead and I will catch up later...who actually loves running with his wife (I believe him too when he says that)...

Thankful for a body that tells me when something is wrong, then heals, then allows me to continue pursuing goals I have for myself...thankful for this time I have had to think while I heal...to think and realize just how much I actually love this running "thing" and how much running gives me. Joy, time, feelings of accomplishments and awe of what I can do, goals to reach for and records to break. 

Hopefully I can stay injury-free :)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Getting back in the groove

Come back #2...

My knee is feeling much better. I have not done much running since my last post...my knee just would not allow it. But I have been pain-free for about a month so this week I plan on running my regular Tuesday/Saturday runs and hit the gym on Thursday for some strength training.

I really need to start running again! My routine without running just isn't the same. I have 4 races planned for the year, 2 halves, a 10K, and a 5K (and maybe one more 10K if time and funds allow). I hate racing 5Ks...too short, too fast. But this 5K is a work event, corporate games in April, so it is a freebie and a good motivator to get back on track and work on some speed.

I recently started a new job working for a non-profit. I am coordinating the health component of the program. So far it has been great. Still the typical long hours, but I'm a work-a-holic, especially when I really love what I am doing. But I feel very happy and blessed with this opportunity. It has worked out great for my family. As I reach my second month on the job, I feel like I can start getting into a new routine with family, work and running.

My new big thing is cooking. I am really making it a point to not just cook more, but making meals for enjoyable, different, fun. I have been reading my cookbooks and Googling recipes that fit both my busy life needs and my beginner cook skills. I will share my cooking endeavors as I go...so far, the family has enjoyed my new "hobby".

Here is one of the popular hits with the hubby and by baby brother...tortilla soup. It has really hit the spot since my husband and little K have had tremendous coughs this week.

Another really exciting thing is that little K started running track last week! She is running with a local kids group and is loving it! And am so happy that she has taken an interested in running and is something we can grow in together. More about her adventures as the season continues.

I hope to be posting more often again...got a little lost for a bit. But it is nice to be back...


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