I have ran a total of 1,598.4 miles this year. I have got to figure out how to end the year on a round number. If I can earn a college degree I can at least do that, right?
T-minus 12 weeks and 3 days until Tokyo!!
October was a loooooow mileage month for me- I ran 52.7 miles. I felt that in preparing for NYC I was better off getting rest than racking up miles. In the end, I’m glad I did. I was listening to my body and that’s a good thing.
I feel like the frequent usage of the term “listening to your body” shouldn’t diminish it’s importance. But I want to be clear, there’s a difference between your body telling your that you need more sleep (like you just slept a solid, blacked out, coma-like 8 hours, but still want to sleep another hour when your alarm goes off at 5) and wanting to press snooze because you stayed up too late catching up on Netflix. There’s also a difference between feeling famished and needing more fuel to burn and feeling like you could use a little midnight snack before bed.
November has come and gone and I ran 84.7 miles. Low again considering my previous months this year, but I can’t tell you how good it feels to start from scratch! To rest, eat, do the workouts my coach lays out and just enjoy the entire training process from start to finish.
And I don’t know what it is lately, but the cold weather in the morning- it’s the best! (Keep in mind I’m in Arizona and “cold” means 35-40 degrees F.) Maybe it’s because I did so much running this summer in the desert heat. The cold weather, plus fresh legs, plus the unloaded weight that has come with relying completely on a coach and his knowledge…. I feel like a whole new runner.
December is a crazy month- not for running, but life in general (I know I’m not alone here.) My morning run in the dark is something I look forward to every single day. Although I only have a few races lined up for 2016, I can’t wait to see what the year has in store!
P.S. Turkey Trot Race Rundown coming your way this afternoon!
P.P.S. Leaving for Disneyland today!!! Shhhhhhhh……….
- Little Lou Clover is eating a donut so that means…. gym success!!!! We went Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Monday I was planning on taking a basic strength training class, but missed it because my church meeting ran late. But, I was not about to not go- I had given her so many pep talks! Once we were there, I stretched and foam rolled and decided that it was good to break her in with a short trip anyway. On Tuesday I took the strength class I had missed on Monday. On Wednesday I took a PiYo class- combination of pilates, yoga, and cardio (I still run in the mornings, but since it was only week 1 of training, the mileage has been relatively low.) On Thursday mornings Lou has her cute little dance class, and I plan on getting in some rest for the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Half on Sunday, so we’ll start up again next week. So proud of my brown-eyed girl!
- Song of the week is: “Whip It” by LunchMoney Lewis. It’s on my playlist for Vegas. Also, a note about Vegas: I realize that I might have left out the fact that, earlier this year, I was planning on running the full. But you guys already know: my legs are tired! I have decided to do the half (so that makes 5 full marathons this year, not 6 like I have previously mentioned.)
- I read this article recently and found it very informative and insightful. Morning running for the win!
- I’m finally fully unpacked from New York and the last two things I put away are the two things I used the most: these sneaks and this jacket (in black.) I wore them everyday, everywhere. This is the second cold weather season I’m going into with them and both of their price tags were well worth it.
- I started reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Barely into it, but already enjoying it.
I’ll see you in Vegas, people!!
Any songs I need to add to my playlist?
Read any great books lately that I need to know about?
I’m so excited to bring to you another edition of She Runs Around! Let me introduce you to Chelsy of Fit and Faithful Fitness Consulting, my most recent girl crush. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with her, her blog, and her Instagram feed– she’s positive, uplifting, honest, and incredibly inspiring. She completed her first marathon in 5:32, and her recent PR is 3:31! She just submitted her application to run the Boston Marathon in April (read more about it on her blog here. Click here to read her blog post about how to qualify for the Boston Maraton.) Wow! She also sells faith-based apparel (click here.) Her faith and positivity are infectious. I believe that I found her blog just at the right time. As I was emailing her back and forth and told her how inspiring she is after a couple failed attempts at a PR/BQ this year, she told me some very wise words, “I have definitely been down in the dumps several times after a failed attempt. It’s hard. So many things just have to work out perfectly. Keep chasing that goal!! You will get there!!” I hope you love her as much as I do!!
- When did you start running and why?
It was right before my senior year of college – I had no post-grad plans, I had outgrown the college scene, and that freshman 15 hadn’t quite disappeared. I was pretty lost in life and searching for something that made me feel good. And that’s when I gave running a try. Oh, it was awful! But I loved it. I loved the challenge and the idea that it was something most anyone could do, even a non-athlete like myself.
- What does a typical day look like to you?
My days start pretty early with a morning run before work. I work in Human Resources so my day is spent in an office from at least 8am-5pm. If I don’t run in the morning or have plans to meet my local running group later in the day, those 8 hours drag on. Right now, my husband and I are still living that newlywed life sans kids and taking advantage of all this free time in the evenings and on the weekends knowing one day it will change. We recently converted a cargo van into a camper and spend the weekends at different state parks for my husband’s mountain bike races. I get to run the trails so that’s an added bonus.
- What sort of training plan do you follow? How many days a week do you run?
In the past, I have always followed Hal Higdon’s plans. In recent years, I have done the typical build up for long runs on the weekends with my local running club but not really followed a specific plan. I run twice on Mondays, track on Tuesdays, trails on Wednesday, speed work on Thursdays, and rest on Fridays. The past two years, I have just kind gone with the flow and listened to my body. It will tell me if I need to cut back or if I can go more. Running with a local club has really helped keep me motivated and I have enjoyed not having a set plan. It makes the sport a bit more relaxed and freeing, which is what running should be. I absolutely believe in a training plan though and wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t started out with one.
- How has running changed you?
How has it not changed me?! God brought running into my life at a time I needed it most. I was searching for something, and running was it. I think it saved me from continuing down a path of self-doubt, insecurity, and dark places. It’s become a hobby that my husband and I can share in, although he’s a cyclist. And it’s introduced me to some of my best friends. I think I am a happier person because of it and definitely more optimistic about life. It’s challenged me and helped me grow in my faith as so much of training for a marathon is metaphorical to our walk with Christ – and to God be the glory! It’s also lead me to create Fit & Faithful (www.fitandfaithfulfitness.com)
Last week, my friend Melissa, owner of Core Body Pilates, invited me to her home for a Favorite Things Party. Her home is absolutely beautiful and the party was so much fun! I was awful at taking pictures, so please forgive me.
Everyone was asked to bring two of their favorite things priced around $20 and an appetizer. Besides the socializing with lots of fun ladies, the best part was seeing what people brought for their favorite things. So… I wanted to share them with you, too. After we enjoyed the appetizers, everyone got up to explain what they brought for their favorite thing, and then drew two names out of a jar. Whoever they drew got what the presenter brought. Simple and fun! I’m ready to throw a Favorite Things party now!
Here is what was brought to the party:
- Capri Blue Volcano Candle. Melissa said during the holidays they sell these in a large, gold jar, and she’s buys them every year. She said the large ones last forever.
- Chef’n Veggie Chop. Kristy brought these- she said they’re life changing! The other girls at the party who owned them all agreed. I have already bought one and am excited to use it.
- One party guest brought two darling pieces of watercolor artwork from Taylor Town Design Shop. Click here to visit her Etsy shop. The prints were beautiful and the artist can also do custom orders like houses, temples, states, etc. Great gift idea! Here is her print of the Mesa, Arizona Temple:
- Latte Bowls from Anthropologie. They are the best bowls and come in the cutest colors!
- My friend Catie brought these cute journals and bracelets. She said that she recently read her old journals and loved it, so she encouraged all of us to always write in our journals.
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish- gel nails without the light. She said they were great. I have recently bought some and think they will be great for my girls. I got this color for me, and this color for my girls. Don’t forget to get the Top Coat.
- Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita. The party goer who brought this said it’s the perfect lip color for everyone, and it’s such a great color that it’s usually never in stock. Already ordered it!
- I ended up winning one of these ice packs brought by a physical therapist that attended. Perfect! She said they are the absolute best. I’m gonna order another so that I can put one on each leg 🙂 They need to be ordered by a medical professional, so contact your nearest physical therapist to purchase one.
- Bedhead Massive Shine Hairspray. We tried it out- it smells delicious! Yep, you guessed it- already bought it.
- They’re Real Benefit Mascara. Can’t wait to try this one. My mascara just ran out!
- Another Benefit product: Gimme Brow. Another one I can’t wait to try.
- One party goer brought Hempz lotion, Winco Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears and a Diet Dr. Pepper. She said they’re all her favorite. Cute.
- Kenra No. 25 Hairspray. The girl who brought these said that No. 25 is the best. I tried it out- smells really good!
- Someone brought their favorite Nike running visor which happens to be my favorite running visor!
- Last, but not least, the Twinkle. The description states it’s for eyebrows and bikini, but the girls at the party who used these on their faces used it all over and swore that it helped brighten their skin and clear it up. I’ll try anything that will do that!
- Shop for most of the items here:
Huge thanks to Melissa for being such an amazing host and to all of the fun girls that were at the party!