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And The Race Is On

Friday, May 09, 2014

So I have officially completed my first two 5K races. I have been working for a few months to build up my endurance and to feel comfortable with running outside. I have done one other race before, but honestly I was not prepared for it and ended up walking way more of the race than I wanted to. Being honest I probably spent 75% of that race walking. My goal was to be able to complete an entire race without walking. For some people this might come easy (just ask my husband who hasn't ran in years), but for me it was definitely a challenge.

The first race was in Kansas City at Rock the Parkway.  I was initially just going up to cheer on my sister in law as she completed her half marathon. Did I mention that she is the one that inspired this little challenge? Somehow she convinced me that I was ready for this race and that it would give me a starting point for the real race I was training for in May. My nerves were unreal as we were standing there that morning, but I tried so hard to act like I had it together. As I started off I remembered her words, "don't run too fast in the beginning, just keep your pace." I truly think this is what helped me have the endurance to make it through. After I made the turn and knew I was on the downhill slope, I allowed myself to think about what I was actually accomplishing. Towards the end of the race there were families standing on the side with signs, children cheering on their mothers, and friends encouraging their runner and strangers alike. Crossing the finish line was hard! Yes my legs were sore, I was starting to tire, but the feeling that came over me was so intense. It was a good thing I remembered there was going to be pictures....because I had been running with tears streaming for the last mile. I did it, and not only did I meet my goal of not walking, I finished almost 5 minutes under what I thought I would.

The next race was special in a whole different perspective. I had a running partner with me this time to help cheer me on, encourage each other, and push us at the end. Danny joined me this race and agreed to start training with me. Like I said earlier, he hasn't ran in years but had absolutely no trouble running 3.1 miles. That week I had came down with strep throat and was not sure I was even going to be able to do the race. I probably pushed things a little, but I wanted to race even if my throat was still swollen and it had only been two days on antibiotics. We ran the race only stopping a few times to get the "gunk" out of my throat. Towards the end the same feelings came over me, only this time I had someone to share it with as we crossed the finish line holding hands. It didn't hurt that we still managed to beat my earlier race time by a few seconds. 

Turning 6

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It has finally hit me that my sweet little boy is going to be 6 in a very short time. Not really sure why this age has been so much harder to handle than 5, but wow am I a mess! Riley is such a funny, sweet, and bright boy that it is sometimes hard for me to realize that he is quickly becoming a little man. I can remember holding him in my arms at night rocking him to sleep.  It was our special time to just be the two of us. There were plenty of nights that he would fall asleep in my arms and I would choose to hold him just a little bit longer. I never realized that it would go by so fast.

As I watched him get ready the other morning it hit me like a ton of bricks. He has recently started wanting to do his hair himself. While he was putting the "finishing touches" on his hair he looked exactly like Danny does each morning getting ready. In that instant my baby was a little man!

I feel so incredibly blessed to be his mother and I look forward to watching him grow and change even more.....just maybe not quite this fast.

6 Random Facts About Mr. and Mrs.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

1. Our first dance song at our wedding was "I Wanna Know" by Joe
Danny and I met in college, so it is no surprise to anyone that our tastes in music were a little different back in the day compared to now. When we met there was no other song that could express our love better than the smooth tunes of Joe. It may not be the standard wedding song but it was definitely our song.

2. Feet
I seriously hate feet....they just look silly and the thought of them touching any part of me sends chills up my spine. Danny on the other hand seems to think that rubbing his feet on mine is the best thing ever. Ugh!

3. Homebody vs Social Butterfly
We could not be more different in how and where we want to spend our time if we tried. I think Danny would be more than happy to spend all of our time sitting at home together. On the other hand I would much rather be out and about surrounded by friends and family. Now, that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy spending time at home watching a movie and doing nothing at all sometimes.

4. Hannah's name
We came up with our daughters name before we were married one evening during a totally random conversation. It was one of those conversations that seems so funny at the time. When we were listing off possible names of our future children we were also stating what the appropriate nicknames could be. With Hannah we somehow came to the conclusion that it would be fun to be cheering for her from the stands yelling, "Hannah get a woot woot!" Like I said, way more funny at the time. =) Since that conversation there was never another name that came close to Hannah.

5. Pet lover
Our family owns two dogs and a fish. I can honestly say that before getting married I was not really a pet person. After spending time with Danny and seeing how much he cared for the pets he grew up with, it was easy to see how having pets would complete our family. Our puppies were definitely our furbabies until our kids came along.

6. Friday the 13th
The movie, the day, and spooky Halloween fun describe our special days. For some time we had a fun tradition to have a movie night on any Friday the 13th to watch those movies.  It usually included food, fun, my sister and cousin, as well as many of our favorite memories. It just so happened that we became on engaged on one of these Friday the 13th evenings.  Now whenever the date comes up it holds even more of a memory for us.

The Trend That Wouldn't Die

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I keep seeing celebrities and everyday ladies rocking the wedge sneaker.  They range in colors from black and tan to fuchsia and teal. The thing is, I just don't understand it. I have not been able to get on this bandwagon for many reasons.

1. How can these really be comfortable?
2. They look like a throwback to Back To The Future...."Hello, McFly!"
3. The cost!
4. There is literally no way I could wear a pair of these and not look completely stupid.

I really wish the trend would just die already so I can move past them. I was hoping that 2014 would be the year of something bigger and such luck. I have now officially seen them at Target which means that they are going to be making their way more mainstream. Instead of them costing hundreds of dollars and limiting the number of people wearing them, you can purchase them for the low price of $13.99!

What is your thought, can you rock the wedge sneaker?  What are some trends that you were hoping would find themselves on the way out this year?

Working On Working Out

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Over the past few months there have been many attempts at finding what routine works best for working out. Working out primarily in the afternoon is hard because my energy is so low and it is really easy to have conflicts that come up.  I don't have the availability to workout over the lunch hour, but I do think this would be a nice option to get in a little cardio when the weather is nice out. The magic time for me has been to get up bright and early and start my day off with a 4:45 am workout.  My runs have slowly progressed to about 35 minutes each day.  When I couple my run with lifting weights, I can easily put in a little over an hour.  

One of the things that has kept me motivated is seeing my progress. Not just in how my clothes are fitting or how many pounds I am down, but in how much more I can lift. I am not a huge fan of walking around the gym with a piece of paper and pen.....but I do like to see visually how I am progressing. Because I am vain and really don't want to draw anymore attention to myself I have been writing my "routine" down on a log after my workout.  I figure it is only a couple of set exercises that I need to remember how many reps/weight that I can quickly do it in the car before I leave the gym.  

If you are like me, I like to see everything on one page and I like it to be cute as well.  A few weeks back I created a little fitness journal log and I am sharing it with you! It is fun to look back even just a few weeks ago and see the progress that I have made.  All of those little goals and victories will add up to one huge accomplishment. What keeps you motivated?

5 on Friday: Running

Friday, March 07, 2014

I am linking up with Christina over at Carolina Charm today for Five on Friday!


Netflix!  This has seriously saved my life while trying to get my runs in on the treadmill.  I am not sure why I cannot get lost in music while running inside....but I am always checking the time. Surely it has not only been 45 seconds since the last time I checked!  House of Cards has been keeping me distracted while I have been getting in my mileage.  I think I subconsciously know that I need to get almost to the end of an episode before I am even close. Not to mention the crazy amount of drama going on in the show that keeps me focused. 


Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 shoes. I am VERY flat footed and running can really cause my arches and the outsides of my feet to hurt.  Since buying these shoes I have had very little issues.  They are so supportive and feel lightweight at the same time.  I don't find that going for longer distances seem to hurt as much as they did before, and I 100% believe it is because of wearing such great shoes. 


Paleo has made such a huge difference in the way I feel.  Honestly, the better I eat the better I feel which translates into a much better run. If only the wine wouldn't call my name so often.


Cute running clothes are my goal.  I have seen some really fun running capris that I cannot wait to get.  Only 15 more pounds and I will reach my first goal and reward....if I catch the sale just right I might even be able to squeeze in a cute top to go with them.


Having a partner and motivator is honestly the best thing to keep you going.  I know that if I don't show up and run she is going to know I wasn't there. On days that I think there is no way I am going to be able to do this distance she is right there to encourage me and tell me I can.  Even though we don't even come close to running the same distances or the same speed, it helps to know she is right there along with me!

If you’re stopping by from the link-up, please let me know...I would love to come and follow you!

New Year....New Word

Monday, January 06, 2014

Each year it is easy to start off with a list of resolutions and ways to be better in the coming year.  The problem I usually have is that I feel like the list just hangs there over my head.  Taunting me if I haven't quite succeeded in each area.

This year I am choosing to take my list and throw it out the window and chose one word instead. I have seen this concept all over blog land and to be quite honest it frightens me a little bit.  I like having goals and lists to check off.  Isn't that how we tell that we have succeeded in accomplishing what we set out to do?  The concept is easy....chose a word that describes how you want to live your life for the year. The idea is that you will remember this word daily and it will help shape decisions and actions, unlike that list we create and forget about until December. 

On my journey this year I have many areas in my life that I would love to see improvement in. Most of them are the same ones that I have had for a couple of years now and have somehow managed to not accomplish. I have started out with high hopes and have even seen some drastic improvements in many of these areas.  But then something seems to  It is easy to let life get in the way of our goals.  Whether it is time, outside commitments, lack of support, or just plain old bad habit; it is so easy to just give up and lose track of the end results we are yearning for. 

So, my word for this year is PERSISTENCE.

I am going to focus on my end goals and keep at them...even if I don't succeed.  I am never going to get where I want to be if I do not keep trying.