Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Colorado Springs, Glow Run!

A few months ago Prince Charming and I were talking about our fitness bucket list. One of the items on my bucket list was to earn some race bling in a different state.

The intent was to travel somewhere specifically for a run. Well, if you think I'm addicted to the Active.com website... you should talk to Prince Charming. Knowing my desire to earn some bling in a new city, he found the Colorado Springs Glow Run!

Over dinner we discussed our travel budget, and quickly came to the conclusion that we would skip the whole Horseback riding through Garden of the Gods and just drive or walk through it. (I'm pretty sure that's a clue that we are addicted to running).

Friday afternoon we took a break from our crazy sight seeing adventure for packet pick up.

Two words.

Absolutely Adorable! 

When we picked up our packets the young man (probably about 11 or 12) says to me "Are you really from Florida? I LOVE FLORIDA!" Prince Charming and I talked to him for a little bit about how excited for the run and then. ...

Decision time. 

Pink, Orange or Yellow. 
Okay, ... it wasn't THAT hard. Since I'd just gotten an email welcoming me as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, (YAY!!) Pink was the obvious choice!! 

Race Day! 

Prince Charming and I had a full day of adventures planned for Race Day. So, we got up super early and headed over to the the Olympic Training Center and then found ourselves at the Zoo. 

Now, if I wanted to take a rabbit trail I'd tell you all about the Zoo. BUT - this is a re-cap of my Glow Run experience SO, you'll just have to wait!! 

We hiked around the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a few hours and then headed back towards the hotel for some pizza and much needed rest! 
The run took place fully on the Pikes Peak International Speedway. (I felt a little like Lighting McQueen!) anyway! The energy was as vibrant as all the colorful shirts, tutus and glitter! 

We arrived pretty early so we had lots of time to take some goofy pictures use the restroom before the sun went down. The sun went down, we loaded into the start line and then ... We were off!! 
There were about 2,000 runners at the event but it didn't feel crowded. This was because the course was on the track and so there was plenty of space! The weather was a lot colder than I'm used to running in, and there is the whole, I walked 4 miles through a mountain zoo that afternoon AND some little thing called Elevation Sooo, I wasn't all that surprised when my Asthma started acting up during mile one.  After a walk break and some deep breaths I was back in business! 
Prince Charming and I did the whole run in about 32 minutes. Now before you get all excited congratulating me on my time I must tell you. The Course was about a 1/2 mile short! 

(Another clue I've crossed over into Running Addict!)  I was disappointed because I'd taken a walk break and was gearing up to push it the last 1/2 mile when I was brought to a halt by the clanking of medals and flashes of cameras. 

Sigh. ... 

Another disappointment was I could not find any water at the end of the run. I was only able to find food for purchase. It had to have been there, I just couldn't find it sooo, we headed to 711 for some slurpees! 

More Info About the Run! 

1) This Run is for EVERYONE
If you are new to running, prefer walking, want to encourage your children (or other family members) to be active this is the run. It is sooo non-competitive, and family friendly. 

2) Fun Shirts & Medals
I know a lot of people take shirts and bling into consideration. The shirts were cotton, BUT they had youth sizes for the kids (See family friendly) and the medal was pretty substantial AND it glows! 

3) Glow Zones
The glow zones were pretty cool to take some fun pictures - we didn't stop BUT I saw a lot of families and groups taking pictures! 

Would I do it again?

Conditionally.

I don't think Prince Charming and I would run it alone. However, if I were given the opportunity to run with some friends I would TOTALLY do it again!


Disclaimer: I was in no form compensated for this post, all views experiences and opinions are my very own. 













Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekly Chase!!


Road Runner Girl

The Weekly Chase is hosted by the following two bloggers:

Please stop by their blogs for some great chases and daily adventures. 

I've been in Colorado this week, so chasing my fitness / weight loss goals was quite interesting. 


How did I do?

1) Remember my weight loss goals. - Done! During the days I was in the conference, I ate a half a salad and a half a sandwich for lunch and very light dinners. No soda this week until after the Glow Run, and then ... well hiking through the Rocky Mountains. ... But, ... I did pretty well.

2) Explore the Gym! - Fail. I didn't even go to the gym. We went hiking, and exploring outside rather than the gym!  

3) Discuss 2 new ideas with my husband. - Done! We road tripped from Colorado Springs to Estes Park (about 2+ hours) and hiked all day. During that time we talked, dreamed and planned our lives in an ideal world. 

I'm absolutely exhausted from this trip, but i'm looking forward to chasing some goals next week! 

1) Blog about the Glow Run! 

2) Meal Plan 

3) Run 2 days 

4) Yoga 1 day 

Season of Growth 
Read 3 research articles for fun! 

What are you chasing? 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Greetings from Colorado!

If you follow me on Instagram (MrsCJimenez) or are my friend on Facebook you already know I'm in Colorado.

I attended a conference for work wed through lunch on Friday. The conference was full days. Therefore, I didn't do much exploring during the beginning of the week.

BUT. Did we make up for lost time today!

After my conference ended, I went to the following places:
- Focus on the Family
- The Air Force Academy
- Packet pick up for the Glow Run
- Ghost Museum (closed.)
- Garden of the Gods
- Colorado Springs Brewery

It's 9 pm and I'm exhausted!!

How about you? Go on any adventures lately?


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I'm an IRON GIRL!

As you probably know, my husband is in Graduate School (Gradschool Blog). The program is online, but not fully. Therefore, he has to travel to Tampa every so often to attend classes in person. When he goes, I try to find adventurous things to do (Tampa Adventure). I happened to see that the Iron Girl event would be taking place in Clearwater one of the weekends he had class! I was soooo excited, I began to check some of the Tampa Bloggers for discounts (or better, a give-away!).

Tampa Blogger Shout Out!
Sneakers & Finger Paints
Rebecca Roams
Mindy's Fitness Journey

Note: There are more, these are just a few.

Mindy was hosting a give away on her blog and I was determined to win! One of the entries was to tweet about the give away every day. So, ... every evening after work, I'd sit at my lap top and tweet away! The day the give away ended, I'd told myself that if I didn't win, it wasn't meant to be.

But ... it WAS meant to be. Because, I WON (post)!

Heading into the run, I had 1 thing on my mind.

Have Fun. 

I knew I'd be running it alone, and I was determined to have fun no matter what! Of course, I had my eyes on the 3 hour mark. ...but. ...

Those bridges were like mountains, and it wasn't like a just had to cross 1 bridge. I had to cross multiple bridges.

So, the idea of dropping 30 minutes off of my Half time was extremely hopeful.

The run began with us heading up a hill straight towards a bridge. Honestly, before we even hit Mile 1, I was drenched in sweat, questioning why I even wanted to run this thing in the first place, and tempted to turn completely around and go home. - Yeah, I was freaking out!

but I remembered my goal.

Have Fun.

So, I put my head up and ran.

As I approached mile 4, I see the pace car and the lead runner zoom by. We cheered, took pictures and continued on with the race.

Around Mile 4.5, I turned my phone on and sent a text to my family. I'm pretty sure they were just getting out of bed, but they all texted back with words of encouragement and I continued on my journey.

I walked, ran, and took pictures throughout the course. I wasn't tracking my run with any apps or anything so I really had no idea what my pace was. Since i'd lost the 3 hour pacers I didn't really care too much. I just wanted to (you know, Have Fun!)

Mile 8 I was given a girl scout cookie by some of the cutest little girls. Seriously, it was adorable! "Erin, do you want a cookie?" Now, I've never had a cookie in the middle of a long run before but ... who can pass up a cookie from a girl scout? 

Mile 9 was approaching and even though I was sooooo sweaty and tired I began seeing signs for "hot pirates ahead"


Of course they are hot. ... It's FLORIDA!

Right after I took my picture with the Pirate, I started to get nervous about those bridges. If I thought going over them the first time was bad ... going BACK over them might actually be worse!

I turned my phone on and saw a tweet from a fellow Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador.  Rachel had sent out a tweet to cheer me on, and you know what? It was amazing to have her support. Truly, I felt so loved! 

I made it back over the bridges, and found out that apparently "tired legs are sexy" and found myself at Mile 12.

Right before I left for the start line, Prince Charming told me "when you see Mile 12, you know you're almost there! Don't give up!"

Mile 12.

A couple ladies asked if I'd take there picture, of course I said yes and asked them to return the favor.

Mile 12.

Just one more bridge, and a spiral ramp leading me to the finish line.

Just off of the spiral ramp, I hear my name. I'd heard my name throughout the course, (seriously those girl scouts were cheering runners on by name! - how cool is that?) Anyway, this time it was my prince.

There he was.

With his sign, a venti coffee from Starbucks and our large camera. I couldn't help it, all I could do was smile.

I crossed the finish line, gathered a bottle of water and ran over to the side on the fence to give my husband a kiss. At that moment, that medal (with glitter) didn't matter. The only thing that mattered was my Prince. It was such a joy to have him there cheering me on.

Did I meet my goal of 3 hours?

No. I did not. However, I did shave 20 minutes off of my official half marathon time so I have no complaints.


Iron Girl Highlights
- The Course, BEAUTIFUL!
- Volunteers, outstanding!
- Girl Scouts, adorable!
- Organization, excellent!

Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Question: Have you ever done an Iron Girl Half?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekly Chase - 4/22


Road Runner Girl


Hey, Hey, HEY! 

I'm so excited to be linking up with Mindy & Molly for the April 22nd weekly chase! These ladies host link ups on their blogs each week for people to network and encourage each other with whatever they are chasing! 

This week, I will not out on an adventure. Since I won't be in my own home, my goals are a little different this week. 

1) Remember my weight loss goals when making food choices. I posted this type of picture on Instagram the other day, but i'd typed the wrong dates so I deleted it. No, I didn't lose all that weight in 2 months. It was 14 months, I apologize if anyone was confused! 

2) Explore the gym! I will be staying in a hotel with a gym, so I'm excited to hit the gym a couple times on my adventure! 

3) Discuss 2 new ideas with my husband. As part of the "Growth" goals, I want to be sure to speak my husbands love language. He is an idea machine  Seriously, he has so many ideas that he loves to talk though. Me. Well, I'm the strategic planner. If you give me an idea, it is now my job (self directed) to come up with a plan to make it work. I have to plan. Checklists, diagrams, timelines ... you know. (That's normal-ish right?). 

So, I like to try and encourage my husband by listening to his ideas without figuring out a way to make it a reality, or crushing his spirit by giving him 3 reasons it won't work. 

I really do try!! 

Anyway, ... just 3 simple goals this week.  

What are you chasing? 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Introducing ... "Inspiration for your Perspiration"

Inspired Sweat?

Yep! 

Inspiration for your Perspiration started over on Darlena's blog. You might remember her from my "Sporty Little Christmas" features. She was the first spotlight I did back in December. (Darlena)

Anyway, Inspiration for your Perspiration began as a way for Darlena to connect her personal walk with the Lord with her running world (Full story Here). I loved to go over and check it out on Sunday afternoons. It was always so uplifting to see another runner sharing her love for Christ with her passion for running. 

From that, Darlena had the idea to make it grow. 

So, http://inspirationforyourperspiration.wordpress.com/ was born. Darlena gave an opportunity for other christian fitness bloggers to step outside of their normal lifestyle and fitness related posts to share about what the Lord is doing in their lives. 

I was super excited to be a part! 

Please take a moment to head on over to the blog and meet some other great bloggers. 


Friday, April 19, 2013

A Happy Birthday Post

Last Friday Prince Charming and I took my Mom to Disney's Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. If you've never been, and if you like flowers I highly recommend it!

Instead of a frilly or glittered card Prince Charming and I wanted to give her the gift of memories. So, on Thursday night after work we loaded up in the car and drove to Central Florida to stay at my parents house.

After enjoying breakfast, and getting into the park we convinced my mother (who is deathly afraid of heights) that going on Soarin' would be a "good idea". We waited line for about 20 or 30 minutes, and finally it was our turn to soar through California. We got my mom all loaded into the ride, the lights lower and I lean over and whisper ...

"Mom, you don't even feel it when it flips upside down!" 

I only wish I could have recorded my mother's response!!

 "WHAT, ERIN YOU DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT GOING UPSIDE DOWN!" 

She then proceeded to grip my hand so tightly I'm kind of sure I may have lost circulation at one point... just maybe? haha 

After Soarin' we explored through the countries.

We met some princesses and had some tea. Of course, we invited Alice, we didn't want the Mad Hatter to think she was just showing up uninvited you know.


We explored some more gardens and towards the end of the day, we checked in with our friends Mickey, Minnie & Pluto.

I hope that my Mom had a beautiful birthday celebration, I only wish my big sister and her husband were able to join us.

Happy Birthday Mom!




 







Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Miami Runs for Boston"

It was with great pride that I put on my Iron Girl Half Marathon shirt and laced up my sneakers after work on Tuesday. Prince Charming and I have followed the Brickell Run Club on Facebook for about a year, but we really never joined them. We live about an hour from the area and driving from our condo across down during traffic never really appealed to us.

Tuesday was different.

We wanted to show our support and be an encouragement to the running community. So we fought the hour traffic, dodged the many runners sprinting to the start area and found a space in a nearby parking garage.

The crowd was remarkable.

Prince Charming grabbed my hand and we made our way through a sea of runners and reporters. As I approached the welcome table, I was handed a bib. I smiled and asked for a waiver. The woman made eye contact and said "first time? Welcome!"

Kindness.

As I was standing there, I hear "we are out of bibs". Still a little speechless at what I was experiencing, I make my way back down the stairs and join my husband.

There we stood, at the bottom of the stairs as the former Boston Marathoners in the crowd were recognized and 26.2 seconds of silence occurred.

I began to cry.

There during the 26.2 seconds, I prayed through the tears. I prayed for those around me. I prayed for my country, and I prayed for Boston.

I prayed for the lost and I prayed for my Prince. I prayed that our lives would be an example, and a light in a dark and hurting world.

We listened to, and sang along with the National Anthem and then made our way across the street for a picture.

"Miami Runs for Boston"

After a few brief instructions, we were off!

It was as if we were participating in a real event. Lanes were blocked off, police escorted us through stop lights, I ran shoulder to shoulder among hundreds of runners.

I ran.

Local employees lined the streets and cheered as we ran. Some asked questions, others took photos and silently we ran.

I smiled and nodded to those on the streets, the farther I ran the more in love with running I became.

3.5 miles completed at the fastest pace I've ever run.

For you, Boston Marathoners. I thought of you and prayed for you and your families throughout the course.

When all was over, I walked away with a sense of pride.  I was proud to be a runner. I was proud to  be a part of a community, and proud to have the opportunity to show my support.

Now what?

I've shown my support, I've lifted it up in prayer. Should I continue to let my heart break? I don't believe so.

I believe that through Christ we have a peace that passes all understanding.

" And the Peace of God which passeth all understanding,
 shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus" 
Philippians 4:7

I believe that in this world, we will have trouble. 

"These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace.
In the World ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the World"
John 16:33

I believe we must continue to pray for those affected by this tragedy, but we should not let it consume us. We must allow God to work. We must do our part. As believers we must be always ready to share of our Hope in Christ. 

We must pray, and we must be bold. 

Yesterday I texted my sister. I told her that I was excited for my Marathon in January, and I understood if she didn't want to come watch me finish. Her response? "What?! I know where I am going". 

Boldness. 

Friends, we need to be bold. 

We mourn the loss, and respect those who are still affected - but we rebuild. 

We lace up our sneakers, and we run. 

I know my God has a plan, and I know that all things work together for good. 

"We know God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, 
for those who are called according to his purpose"
Romans 8:28

To those still hurting, I still think of you often in my prayers. I pray that you would find peace in this terror. 

With much love,
MrsCJimenez




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston.

As I crossed the finish line in Sunday, I was overwhelmed by the love and support of my husband waiting for me at the finish line. Before I got my medal, I ran over to him and kissed him. I then was congratulated by several total strangers and a medal was placed around my neck.

That evening we participated in a runchat on twitter and I was day dreaming of the day when I would be the one standing at the finish line waiting and cheering on Prince Charming as he finished a major race such as a Boston Marathon. The events of yesterday have left me heart broken.

I am heart broken for the running community. A community where at any moment during the run your hand could be grabbed in support, you will get a pat on the back, you will be asked "do you want me to take your picture", you will be genuinely loved.

The running community is so unique. As a newbie runner, I have been amazed by the love that surrounds me at each event I participate in.

When we stand in corrals, we stand shoulder to shoulder not interested in beating one another, but interested in beating our own time, or having a great run.

As a believer, my heart is also broken. Truly we live in a sad, hurting world. So many people around us are lost and hurting. We have hope.

As many people will be questioning, angry, confused and just completely broken, we must make an effort to show the love of Christ to those around us.

Running community, Boston, & The Leaders of this Country, I am praying for you.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Iron Girl - teaser!

Just finished fueling up on yummy things (like a slurpee) and am heading back home.

I had an incredible experience, and I feel very blessed to have won the entry to the Iron Girl on my friend Mindys blog!

Clock time: 3 hours and 11 minutes

Thank you Mindy for the opportunity. I can't wait to do a full re-cap soon!!

Find Mindy on Facebook "Mindys Fitness Journey"

Be a part of my story!
Follow me on twitter or Instagram! (MrsCJimenez)

See ya real soon!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

9.

Today's post is brought to you by the number 9.

For some men and women, 9 months signals a time of preparation for their life to change.

They plan, pray, cry, discuss, celebrate, and probably go through the entire range of emotions.

Why? Because life is about to change. They will become parents. How exciting right?

9 months.

No, I am not in the above phase of life. Yes, over the next 9 months I'm sure Prince Charming and I will experience the range of emotions. We will laugh, we will cry, we will question if we are ready... We will doubt we are prepared - and even though we may be scared. in 9 months Prince Charming and I will lace up our sneakers, hop on a Disney bus and join thousands of our new best friends.

We will count down from 3 to 1 and when the fireworks go off, we will begin our 26.2 mile adventure through all four Disney parks.

Whether your next 9 months is a journey to graduation, parenthood, or training for a marathon. remember, the time will pass no matter what.

Dream big, and chase your dreams! I invite you to follow my journey to the finish line.

Follow my journey as my life changes from half marathoner to marathoner.

My plan is to post the good, the bad and the annoying. I'll keep it real and keep it fun.

Welcome to my story.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Is Pretty Muddy ladies only?

Last year when I was preparing for my very first mud run, I had couple of questions. If you have been reading my blog for more than a few seconds you may realize that there is a Prince in my life, and that Prince and I go on all our adventures together.  So, of course I wondered if my Prince was going to be able to join me.

Is Pretty Muddy really ladies only? 

Let's see what the website says ... 

oookay. ... looks like this Princess is running it alone.
Seriously! that was my exact response. I was totally freaked out. I'd only been running a few months, I'd just gotten my wisdom teeth removed, I didn't know anyone running with me and aahhh ... haha

I remember wondering how I could get Prince Charming involved.

So, I continued searching through the website, and ran across the volunteer section.

"Men & Women who can help us get ladies to the start line, to corral people into their appropriate waves, and maybe even help us have fun at the after party"
PERFECT! 
Prince Charming can be a VOLUNTEER!

I sent him a quick text (to tell him I was registering him to volunteer) and was excited for what the day would hold!

Little did I know, I was going to find out about 2 days before the run that I did have friends running.

So, ... since Prince Charming was scheduled to volunteer from 6:30 - 10:30 and my friends were not running until the VERY LAST wave ... I ended up volunteering right along side of him and we spent a Pretty Muddy Day together!

2012 Recap Here. 

So, YES! Gentleman are allowed to attend the run, they just have to work! 

What if my Prince doesn't want to volunteer? 

Last year there were plenty of tables and chairs set up for friends and families to watch the grand ending of the run!  So, even if your prince doesn't want to volunteer he can always create a cheer leading section in your honor!

What are the benefits of Volunteering? 

Do you see this shirt? 
Yeah. So, Prince Charming and I both have one and I swear I am always either washing or folding one of them! It is one of the softest most comfortable shirts I've gotten for "free" in a long time. 

Erin's Top 5 Benefits for Volunteering
1) Unique Volunteer Shirt! 
2) Opportunity to work along with the Pretty Muddy Staff
3) You get to meet people from your same city that you probably would never have met! 
4) Snacks? 
5) Make memories that will last a lifetime! 

If you are not the type of person to wake up early, give up most of your Saturday to volunteer, PLEASE remember my top tip for making a volunteer actually want to answer your question.

Approach the volunteer with a smile (think positive, happy thoughts). Before you ask your question, please be prepared that the volunteer may not know the answer. Remember, volunteers are typically only given information that pertains to their simple task. If we don't know the answer to your question, follow up with a second question "do you know of someone I could speak to that might be able to better assist me".  Most of the time volunteers are near an official staff member that they can point you too and hopefully your question will be answered.

Remember!

Volunteers are people too. They are worthy of a simple smile, a thank you and most importantly respect! 

Question: Have you ever volunteered for a race? - What was your experience? 

Disclaimer: I am a Team Pretty Muddy Blogger, I have been given one race entrance in exchange for this blog post. 


Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekly Chase!


Road Runner Girl

Special Shout out to our hosts of the Weekly Chase! Please check out Mindy and Molly's blogs for more great chases! 


I'm please to report that I had a great week! (Honestly, it was just what I needed. I've had FAR too many rough weeks with my goals lately). 

Last Week's Chase (here)

1) Water Detox - Done! I actually lost about 5 pounds this week with the detox. :) 
2) Eat Salads for dinner and lunch (5 times) - I had salad about 3 times this week and the other days I had just steamed veggies and cheese or chicken (mostly veggies) So, I'd say it was a success! 
3) Cook Dinner! - Well, we went to a friends house for dinner one night, and we had dinner at church another night. BUT, on the days were home I cooked. 
4) Long Run on Saturday - DONE! 

I'm SUPER excited about my goals for this week! 
During the month of April we are encouraged to think about a Season of Growth. With that, we are to chase goals that will help us grow! To grow as a runner, or a better wife, or ...whatever you want to focus on and improve. This week, I want to focus on finding balance. 

I  confessed to Prince Charming the other day that I really struggle with keeping up with a training schedule, working schedule, cleaning schedule AND staying active in our Church. It's just too many things!! 

So, this week. I'm going to find balance and it will look like THIS! 
Yes, I will take the time to exercise but I also need to take the time clean, and read my bible. So, I'm working to find balance. I have asked my Prince to help me (he agreed) AND now, I'm asking you. Help me to find the time to both keep my laundry pile in order AND actually get some runs in AND read my bible. 

Goal 2: Hydrate! - I'm running a Half Marathon on Sunday, and I need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! 

Goal 3: Rest, Stretch, Roll - I need to be properly rested, stretched and ready for Sunday

Since my first goal is pretty big I felt I should have some simple goals for the week. That way I can focus on this little thing called balance. 

What goals are YOU chasing? 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April's 5 by the 5th!

Tuesday I took my family out for a 5K before heading out the door for dinner with friends. It was glorious! It was 82 degrees, humid and well buggy - BUT- I live in South Florida, of course it's going to be like that sometimes. Anyway, as part of my #13in2013 Challenge that I'm doing, I have to run 13 races in 2013. If you've ever registered for a race, you may know that running can be pretty pricey. WELL, thank you @MommyRunFaster for hosting the 5 by the 5th Challenge! Laura is hosting a challenge in which, by the 5th of the first 5 months in 2013, you have to run either a 5K, or a 5-miler! Then, after everyone (from all over the place- literally) completes the run we enter our times on a spreadsheet, and Laura hosts give-away AND a link up. So, we have the chance to win prizes and read the stories of so many other bloggers.

I didn't have any exciting places to run like last time, I just ran around my neighborhood. But, I took my little rats with me so it was fun!

Here's some pictures from the run!



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I love/hate to run

I've been tweeting and talking a lot about motivation lately.

Well, yesterday I went for a 5k (virtual 5 by the 5th challenge). It was glorious!! I took my husband and two dogs with me and the 4 of us just had a great time. No goals were established. It was just about having fun. To keep it "fun" I even wore my #teamsparkle skirt!

If you are struggling with a desire to run, or work out or whatever healthy choice that has you turning the other way, own it. I fully admit that even though I loved running, the last couple weeks I didn't want to run! (At all!!) admit it, then tackle it. Think of it a different way. When I laced up my nikes, I had one goal. "Have fun". It was great, I found myself actually enjoying the run, enjoying the time with my family and well... Looking forward to running on Thursday!

Question: am I alone, does anyone else have to work to re-kindle the love of running?

*please excuse any typos, this was typed on my phone.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oatmeal

Dear Mom,
Remember when I was a kid and you would beg me to eat my oatmeal?

Claiming "it's good for you".

Well, I must be a grown up now because I LOVE it!! You know what else?

You were right. It IS good for me!!

Love,
Me.

Alright! What's your favorite way to prepare oatmeal? Mine is peanut butter and cinnamon!

Tell me in the comments below!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Weekly Chase - April 1st

I find it a little sad that the day after we celebrate Christ's Resurrection, we spend the day with practical jokes. My status will not be updated with false information, in fact ... I'll probably avoid Facebook for much of the day. Sometimes we need a little detox!

Anyway!  It's time for another Weekly Chase! Special shout out to Mindy (http://www.roadrunnergirl.com/) and Molly (http://mollyritterbeck.com/) for hosting this link up each week. Be sure to check out their blogs for more inspiration, and great chases!

Road Runner Girl


I'd forgotten that on Thursday I had an event at work, so running didn't happen that night. I did put on a fancy dress and lip stick! - so fun!.  My wonderfully AMAZING husband took care of cleaning the bedroom (seriously, i'm so blessed!) and I washed the dogs on Wednesday. 

This week!

1) Water Detox - Jillian Michaels
2) Eat Salads for dinner / lunch at least 5 times. 
3) Cook Dinner! 
4) Long run on Saturday!! 

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