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Month: September 2011

The Stress Fracture- 6 Months Later…

The Stress Fracture- 6 Months Later…

What a crazy week.  Coming off of the running high from last week, I guess there was only one way to go… DOWN. I know I shouldn’t let my emotions and psyche be so connected with being able to run but that’s who I am…  Monday was a regular tempo run.  I had not run at all over the weekend and I was feeling fresh and ready to go.  I decided to “take it easy” and not push myself to…

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16 Weeks!!

16 Weeks!!

This weekend it hit me that my marathon is only 16 weeks away! Let the official countdown begin! I have already began training but at least I know the big race IS coming… I was testing out some shots on my phone on the way home from church and for some reason I liked this one, don’t ask me why… Let’s call it my Marathon training game face! Anyway, here are a few races I have between now and then:…

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Just getting out the door…

Just getting out the door…

Right now one of my biggest running “challenges” is literally just leaving the house.  I scheduled today’s 12 mile run on Sunday.  I planned when and where my running friend and I were going to meet.  I had my older two children’s clothes and shoes laid out last night, as well as my running clothes and gear packed.  I woke up early (or should I say Ashton woke me up early) and thought I would be able to make it…

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You know you’re obsessed when…

You know you’re obsessed when…

This morning as I stepped into a freezing cold ice bath- while holding a protein smoothie I had just made I realized I was maybe crossing the line from hobby to obsession… This is actually the third ice bath I’ve taken in a week.  Our ice maker has been busy…  Anyway, at first I thought it was the ice bath pushing me over the edge but then I started thinking how many people push themselves to run 6 miles at…

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Good Times: Run Happy!

Good Times: Run Happy!

What a week! Again, only 4 days of running but I feel good about all the runs.  Check out my new shirt… I went to Conway with my mother-in-law and Ashton yesterday for a relaxing day of shopping.  First stop- The Sporty Runner.    I have only been there once before but it is a great one stop shop for runners!  I found this shirt and had to add it to my running collection!! After so many months of not…

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Finding My Identity

Finding My Identity

Last night in my Ladies Bible class at church, we were in smaller break out groups talking about finding our identity.  My discussion group leader made the point that we all have many different roles and sometimes we have a hard time finding who we are as an individual.                                                                        Being a Wife                                                                    Being a Mother   Being a Daughter                                                                       Being a Sister                                                                    Being a Friend   It can be a lot to juggle and I can see…

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4 Days

4 Days

One of the hardest things about returning to running after a stress fracture is finding the right balance of rest and running.  Right now, the magic number seems to be 4.  My body seems to be able to handle running 4 days a week.  I would like to be able to move on to 5 soon (and maybe someday 6) but for now I am content.  When you only run 4 days a week it is really hard to build…

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What I DID do today…

What I DID do today…

What a day! First of all, let me just say what I did NOT do today… Laundry, errands or any housework.  I had all 4 kids home and I decided early on it was going to be a fun day. A Few Highlights from today- Labor Day 2011… 1. Woke up early and ran 7 easy recovery miles with a friend. (9:03 avg. so the pace was perfect after Saturday’s 5K race) 2. Spent almost 2 hours at the park…

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Race Report- Chilis 5K Queso

Race Report- Chilis 5K Queso

Yesterday I ran in the Chilis 5Queso Run.  Overall, it was a great first time event race.  PROS: All proceeds of this race went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  I love supporting St. Jude’s whenever I have the opportunity.  The race staff was very friendly and for a local 5K the race swag was great! The t-shirts are very festive and fitted- not like most race tee’s. Also, biggest pro- NO STRESS FRACTURE AREA PAIN AT ALL! I was a…

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5K Tomorrow… Ready or Not!

5K Tomorrow… Ready or Not!

Tomorrow morning I am racing in my first 5K since May of 2010. It was the 4-H 5K and I had found out just a few days before the race that I was pregnant! It was also Abi’s first 5K.  I believe my time was a 20:54. My goal for tomorrow is to beat that time! I want to break 21 minutes and beat my last 5K race time.  I’ll let you know how it goes…. 🙂 Tia