Run Like Poebe!



Last weeks training ended well with my longest run of 15 miles. I started around a 9.30 pace and ended around a 9.40 so I was very pleased. I am even more pleased at how well this week’s training started out… STRONG! I decided this week to increase the amount of strength training I was doing, not only to help with the way my body looks, but to make me stronger in general. It started when I asked an experienced runner about my posture when running, as I tend to slouch my back when I get tired. She suggested more upper body strength training and also some yoga workouts. So that is just what I have started this week by adding PiYo workouts. These are new workouts brought to you by Beach Body and they are great. I have yet to get through them all, but I can tell you my core is feeling great. Not only do I already notice a difference in my body but what it is doing to my running is AMAZING! Hill training yesterday with Chad was probably the best run of my life. I felt so strong! At one point he said, “holy cow what speed are we running at?!” We had increased our speed by a minute and this was after about 4 miles of intense hills. I feel so good! I had tons of doubts last week and was feeling like maybe I had taken on too much for my body to handle, it is not the case this week and I am confident in my running. I am just so pumped up!

On a personal level I feel like I have learned so much about myself in the last week and I feel stronger as a person as well. I started talking to some people in my life who I know support me and love me, I reached out to the people that I know will never judge me and always have my back! My sister Sara just really said some things that have just really allowed me to feel at peace. We were talking about negative people in our lives and how you overcome harsh words and actions and she said this, “I ask God to take it.” She said that she just cannot even deal with it because it just stresses her out, which is what I was doing. I was constantly thinking about that one bad comment someone made and it was just weighing on me and making me feel so weak. I cried all the time about it. After Sara and I’s conversation I decided to do the same. I sat down and prayed and just told God I couldn’t handle it anymore and I just needed to give all these things to Him and I thanked Him for allowing me to do so. Since then I have prayed everyday, I keep my prayer book in my hand and I read it over and over. Every time a negative thought gets into my head, I start having doubts, I start thinking I should quit, I just give it all to him. I talk to HIM constantly, sometimes even out loud. When I start worrying about anything, I pray.

This constant prayer has not only helped with the negative but it has just made me feel free. It has helped me in general just be a positive person. I think if you would ask Chad he would say there has been a change in me this week. It is like that excited feeling when you get a new purse or pair of shoes, but instead of items, the feeling is coming from the Lord. I keep asking myself why I am so happy this week, what has changed? We do not have anymore money than we had last week, I didn’t go on a trip, I still am working my tail off at a job that is so tough, I still have all the stress from last week, but this week I have someone by my side through it all, and I can feel HIM right next to me everyday.

Sorry to rant and rave but I am just loving this new feeling… I feel like running like Phoebe from friends sometimes. LOL!

I also am trying out some new things with cooking and just experimenting with different things. Making lots of good homemade things and just made some great new cookie bars. I got the recipe from a friend off instagram and kind of made it my own. Recipe below. It is great if you are needing a little, ok a lot, of something sweet! I am starting to figure out my diet, what I need to eat the days of a big run, water intake, etc. I do not count calories anymore nor weigh myself, I just take it day by day.

I have a short run tonight, then 6 miles sprint work tomorrow which I am doing with Chad, a 7 mile run on Friday, long run on Saturday and I might just run a quick 3 on Sunday. Monday I ran 5 and yesterday 6 so total I am just hoping maybe over 40 miles total this week. My long run I am hoping for 16, I am trying to increase by one mile every week. Again, this is not exactly what the training is telling me, this is combining the training program with my own ideas. As my long runs get longer I feel like they take up a lot of time so I am hoping to start earlier (4 AM), in order to still make it home for our regular donut run with my kiddos. Last weekend I overslept and starting at 7 was not a lot of fun. I do not like to take away from the special family runs. However, on the way to get donuts they brought me fresh water and a banana so that was nice. Love my family.

So as I move forward I am only focusing on the positive people in my life, the Lord first. I am pouring all my energy into them, my training, and my work and letting everything else go! And you know what… I might even run like Phoebe just one time! 🙂 !


Thanks for reading guys and like always,

RUN ON! – here is the site for the recipes for those bars I was talking about! They are SOOO good. A couple things I did differently just because I wanted to use what I had. I did not have coconut butter but I did have Earth Balance natural butter spread. So instead of the coconut butter, I substituted with 1/2 cup of the natural spread and 1/2 of… you know it… Natural peanut butter. YUM! They were SO good and taste like a peanut butter cup! My husband even approved.

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BEST TRAINING WEEK YET- Remember where you came from!

The last week of training I feel was my best week of training yet! Not because I ran my best run, but because I learned a lot about what I can and cannot do. I ran over 40 miles total last week; this is almost double what I use to run to train for the half. I feel like I can do it again this week but I need to be a bit smarter about the way I do it in order to be more successful on my longer runs.


I began the week slow with a 5 mile run on Monday. I do not plan to ever run less than 4 or 5 miles while training from here on out unless I am doing hill training, and even then, I feel like 5 miles is a good distance for that. This is just something I am doing personally, this was not in my training. I feel like in order to get in as many miles as I need, running less than 5 is not productive. I have stopped worrying about speed as much and just focusing on the number of miles I go. I run as fast as I can without tiring too much. Usually that is around 9 minute miles for shorter runs. As the week progresses and I run more miles, obviously my legs get tired, so my speed decreases. I still am doing sprint work and hill work to increase my overall speed.

Here is where I went very wrong in my training last week…

Thursday morning I got up and ran 3 miles. I was planning on doing some strengthening work with a friend that night, so I thought I better get a couple miles in before my planned big run on . My friend and I decided to run that night instead of lifting which I thought would be no problem and I did get through that 6 mile run just fine. Keep in mind this is all after hill training I did on Wednesday evening with my hubby. So I got done with the 6 miles, got home around 8, was in bed by probably 10:30, setting my alarm for 4 A.M. for an early 13-mile run. The first few miles of my long run I felt strong. I did it with a group of girls who pace faster than me but I felt up to the challenge. I made it to about mile 8 or 9 and that is when I went down hill. My legs just gave out and I have NEVER in my 6 months of running felt this way. You go through mind battles all the time while running and I am used to that. Your mind tries to tell you that you are tired and need to walk. I can get through those just fine. This was a body battle and it was tough. I hurt all over and felt like I was going to throw up. The girls dragged me on and I continued running and made it to 13 miles, but I seriously crawled up to my room when I got home, laid on the floor, and cried. LOL! It was horrible but in a great way. (If that makes sense). I talked to some experienced runners that day and they said this is actually one of the best things that could have happened to me, because this is what will happen during my marathon at about mile 20 to 23. My legs will go out and I will have to find some way to keep going and make it to the finish line. They said the more this happens throughout my training the better. The trick is to learn how to run when you feel (both body and mind), when you have nothing left.

After this 13 miles it brought up a question from my husband that at first made me mad but after I thought about realized it made a lot of sense to ask, “if I tire that bad after 13 miles, do I think I can really run 26?” A half marathon is one thing, but to run non stop for over 4 hours almost seems impossible to me at this point and I think I need to start preparing now for the chance that I might not be able to finish without walking. I will do my complete best, but there might be a chance I cannot make it, and I think I will be fine with that. At the time I run my race I will have been running for about 9 months total so I think to even attempt it will be an accomplishment. Do not get me wrong, I will finish the race, even if I have to crawl across the finish line.

After the 13 miles, chad and I ran a 5k race together on Saturday morning and it was so much fun. We had planned to stay together, but I would never want to hold anyone back from doing their best at anything! So he ran ahead and I was totally ok with that. My legs were tired and I struggled through it, but I still finished a little over 26 minutes and my last 5k race I ran at almost 29 minutes so this was a big improvement for me. I finished 8th in my age group so I was pleased. We both agreed he needs to train more. With little training he finished 6th out of his age group with a time of 23 minutes so I think if he got out there and ran more he could be really good! And he LOVES to do it. It will take a little strategy from both of us trying to get his runs in, but we feel we can do it. We also have been doing strength training together.

Now to hit on that negative person in my life that made a bad comment about me in a two piece swimsuit, I am pleased to say I got right back out there in my two piece this weekend at the pool with full confidence. It took some time to get over it, but then I realized that if I let every negative comment someone makes get to me I am going to live a pretty miserable life. I actually had someone who read my blog stop me at the pool on Saturday and tell me that I looked so good, and she was so proud of me for getting back out there. On my next blog post I am going to take a picture of me in a swimsuit. By no means do I have a perfect body, but I think it is sad that 5’9, 140 pounds (yes that is my weight), is considered fat to some people. Sad to say I am raising my kids in such a world. But I am staying positive and remembering where I came from, and I have come a long way! We are all perfect in God’s eyes and that is how we should see each other. Never again will I ever judge someone, I have been there and it hurts.

That is some advice I have for anyone trying to lose weight, get into shape, change their lifestyle. You cannot compare yourself to others, there is no point. Compare yourself to you, to where you have been and where you are now. Be proud of the progress you have made. I have posted a picture below of me at my worst. This is probably a time in my life when I weighed the most, and I was miserable. I have come so far and I am not stopping! No matter what people say!

So training continues, growing continues, learning continues, and life continues. Every run gets me further to my goal, and every prayer gets me closer to God!

Thanks for reading everyone and…

Run on!

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CRITICS! The good and the bad.

Week 4 is here and I the plan is to get in over 40 miles total this week and I am pretty pumped, or at least I am trying to be.  The weather is awesome this week so I am hoping to run both morning and evenings just to get in some extra miles here and there. Again, I am not following my training to the exact mile, but I am combining the Hal training, a friend’s training process, and just doing what feels good. My goal is to run the event, not win it. Week three ended great and I am feeling pretty good about where I am at. I feel if I keep going at this pace I will be able to complete a 26.2 mile course by October.

I want to stop and talk about the critical people in life, because I am sure we all deal with this and it is a hard subject and one that effects me more than I would like. I recently went to the pool for the first time with the kiddos, and for the first time in 2 years I wore a two piece swimsuit. For all you mothers out there you probably know this is hard to do and you are constantly worried that you might not look the best because of stretch marks and imperfections that our little miracles might have caused. I felt like I had worked really hard though and I wanted to feel confident with myself enough to do this so I went for it! I actually felt pretty good while I was there and my husband also made a very positive comment when I got home about the way I looked, so by the end of the day I felt like I had made a good decision and felt confident.  However, the next day I found out from a friend that someone I knew, who I considered a “friend” was talking down about the way I looked in my swimsuit. It hit me hard and not only was I just completely hurt, but also just really down about my body image. I let it get to me for several days after, and I am not sure if I will continue to wear the suit and that alone makes me very sad. It is crazy that people are so critical, that say things so hurtful, that people can steal your sunshine in an instant.  My husband keeps saying to not let it get to me, but it is so hard. Unfortunately if you put yourself out there, you are always going to have people that do not accept you. I am sure there are people out there that make fun of this blog, of my posts, my pictures, my stories and I can say it does not get to me, but it does. Is it going to stop me? No.

So as I wrote about the negative let me cancel it out with a positive, I have received a TON of positive feedback and I am so grateful for that and that is what I continue to focus on. I will continue to give positive feedback to all my friends and anyone out there wanting or trying to make a change, trying something new, or just putting themselves out there. Life is so short, why not encourage as many people out there as we can? Why must the world be so cruel, I have no idea? I do know that we can change it one positive comment at a time.

Now that i am finished with that let me say how excited I am for the rest of the week! I am running a 5k race with my hubby on Saturday for the 4th of July and I am so pumped! He is my biggest supporter and has just been there for me 100 percent and I love sharing this all with him.  I plan to run 10 miles early before just to get in more miles so I am for sure not planning to run my personal best during the race. I am just doing it for fun. I feel like I have to run for fun some of the time and not be so focused on time and distance. I feel like I would get way too burned out if I did not.

I will post some new recipes and pics of my runs this week and also report on how my race went. Again thank you for all the support and just remember to stay positive, no matter what!


Run on!

WEEK 3- I have got this!

I am in the middle of week three and things are going ok with training. I feel like I need to stop slacking off at the beginning of the week because it is hard to catch up at the end of the week and it puts a lot of pressure on the weekends to get my miles in, so this will be my goal for next week. As the week progresses I am feel good. Today’s run was amazing, I think it was because of a couple things; 1) the temperature was much cooler than it has been an humidity was low, 2) I have changed my diet recently which I will talk a little bit about here in a second. I started at strength training class and it was awesome because it focused a lot on core and arms, which are my weak points, and it left my legs good for the run. Afterwards, we ran hills, and I mean hills, but for the first time in a long time I enjoyed the group run. I didn’t think about my time. I didn’t worry about the fact that I might be slowing the girls down because they are better runners than I am, I just ran. We laughed a lot and in the end my time was great for hills! I went back and compared the time that Hal, training program, wanted me to run hills at and I was dead on so I was extremely happy about that.

All of my runs are not positive, I struggle a lot. I have received a couple emails saying how do you do it every morning? Are you not tired? I do not blog a lot about the times I do not make it out of bed and have to run in the evenings and try to bear the heat, mostly because when I look back on this experience I want to focus more on the good things. I also do not want to recap the bad moments, they have passed, I have learned from them, and I have moved on. However, there are times I give up, walk, quit, do not get out of bed, cry, and oh yeah, I threw up running sprints last week but I am guessing you probably do not want to hear about that either. LOL!  It has all taught me to not take any of this too seriously because who really cares. I will never be an Olympic runner, I will never win a marathon, I am just doing this because it is something I enjoy. If you stop enjoying it, what really is the point? That is why instead of running last night, I watched a movie with my hubby.

My body is getting stronger and my stride is SO different than it was 3 weeks ago. It is lighter and I run more on the front of my feet. Why? I have no idea! I am sure an expert could tell me, but that is just what I am observing. I feel myself sitting back more, relaxing, breathing different, and just really feeling more at ease. I am sure that is because my body is just really getting used to running mile after mile. Now we will see if I am talking the same talk after 14 miles on Saturday! HA!

As far as my diet, I had a great talk with my sister-in-law Michelle who is a cross fit competitor in the Kansas City area and someone I look up to in the fitness world. She has transformed her body over the last year and I knew she would be a good person to get notes from. It is not that I thought I was eating bad, but I just did not feel like I was getting a good balance. I was eating a ton but still feeling weak during runs. I felt sluggish and just knew something wasn’t right. Some things she suggested were; 1) Drink plenty of water. I thought I was drinking a lot of water until I compared it to her 3 liters she drinks everyday and I about passed out. However, active people need to rehydrate so I started carrying a jug with me so I make sure a consume this amount of water everyday! 2) I was eating carbs but not the right carbs and not at the right time. She suggested instead of pasta trying to pull carbs from other food such as my peanut butter. I have been using PB2 because it takes away a lot of the fat, but natural peanut butters, any kind of nut butters are going to give you lots of energy. This is a problem because I am not a fan of natural peanut butter and I cannot handle almond butter what so ever.  She suggested Cashew butter, and it is much better. So now 30 minutes before runs I have my cashew butter with a half of banana. Protein is SO important and I do not think I was getting enough.  I am trying to have eggs for at least one meal a day and research on different ways to make them. Today I mixed eggs with peppers, onions, bacon chips, and garlic.. I poured the mixture into muffin tins and backed at 375 for 20 minutes or so. I topped it with avocado and it was SO good. I am also trying to eat bigger meals, yes BIGGER to keep me full longer. This was something else she suggested. I am trying to have a big lunch and a smaller dinner, which use to be complete opposite for me. So far these changes have had a very positive effect on my running. I am not counting calories so I couldn’t tell you where I am, but I am just trying to consume more veggies and fruits, and less complex carbs.

I am super excited for some fun at the lake this weekend with my family. After my long run on Saturday I will only need 5 more miles to complete my weeks mileage as long as I stay on track, so I am excited to run them at the lake. Hopefully my sister will run it with me as she has started running too! We hope to do a race together next fall.  I love that we now have this whole new world of training to share.

Thanks for reading guys and for all the support and nice comments!

Run on!