Friday, May 25, 2012

AHHHH, DE-STRESS DAY

Okay, so you all have already read that I did that 1/2 Marathon last Sunday. I know, you are tired of hearing about it but hey, I'm pretty happy about it.  Today is my ultimate de-stress day.  Typically I don't get a massage on Fridays but I scheduled this post-race massage for 5 days "post-race".  Why?  Well, originally the girl I see doesn't work until Friday and I didn't have time to do it the day of the race.  Good thing. If she had worked earlier this week, I think the massage would have been painful since my quads were killing me for a few days. SO, this afternoon, I go and get a nice massage to help relax those muscles. 

So what are your plans for Memorial Day weekend. Please remember the reason for the day. It's not to begin the summer!  It is for remembering those who have given their life in service of their country. Our brave Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Airmen (yes, I put them in order of precedence...the order the flags go in when the Service Flags are presented!). Thank you to all those who have given their life for our Freedom!

Random thought for today:
Thank a Service-member whenever you see them.  Thank them for their service. It means a lot to them to know that people appreciate the sacrifice it takes to write a blank check to The United States of America, up to and including their life!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DAY 3 OF RECOVERY

Wow, it's now my third day of recovery.  My quads are a bit sore still.

My wonderful husband made me go for a walk last night.  I told him it was about to storm and he said we had time and I needed to go. He was right in that I DID need to go for a walk. He was WRONG that we had time.  I ended up doing a little bit of running to make it home before the storm hit.  Did I mention it was a THUNDERSTORM hence there was LIGHTENING hence I WAS SCARED TO DEATH?????

SO proud of my friend Cheri who ran a 1/2 mile for the first time last night. I know that feeling of pride when you have accomplished something and know that Cheri is ON TOP OF THE MOON right now about it. WAY TO GO!

So now the next time I think I will do a 1/2 will be next April. I really think I need a GOOD base and to lose about 40lbs to enable myself to run better, longer and faster.  So, I'm thinking the Diva 1/2 again.  Not sure if I will do any longer ones between now and then.  Maybe the Awendaw Dirt Dash (Tonya?).  But I will be doing some 5k's just to keep my nerves down.

So what will I do with my time now?  Well, I'm still going to run hopefully 4x a week or maybe 5. I want to work on my core. I also have taken up quilting and want to get a few more quilts under my belt.  I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago I had a special project quilt that I want to make and I still do want to do that one, I'm just waiting to hear back from the intended recipient's son in order to get some of the things I need.  That is all I'm saying for now.  Rest assured, I will be documenting this process though and when I finish that very special quilt, I will share a picture of the quilt.

Now, I do have a lot on my plate. Janessa is graduating and going to college in three months, LJ is in T-Ball, I'm trying to quilt and plan for the graduation party and all the shopping that will need to happen to send Janessa off to college with the items she needs.  Whew, it's been quite a whirlwind lately.

So my random note is:
Love those around you with all your heart.
Give your best at everything you do.
Rest when you need to rest and work when you need to work.
And most of all, PRAISE GOD every chance you get!


Monday, May 21, 2012

I AM A DIVA!!!

Well, I FINISHED!  Not only did I finish, but I finished 17 minutes faster than my first 1/2 Marathon.

So, my goals for this 1/2 Marathon were:
1. Get a Personal Record (PR)
2. Run all of it.
3. Finish in under 3 hours (would definitely be a PR).

Goal number 1.  Done!  I finished in 3:07:01.  That was almost 17 minutes faster than my last 1/2 Marathon.  I guess I can admit that one reason I finished faster was I didn't stop for a potty break (that was 8 minutes last time).  NOW, let me say this, on my Garmin it says my "moving time" was 3:02.15 so I'm not sure where those 5 minutes of not moving were unless it was the times I was going through water stations or something because I only remember stopping once and that was at a full water station.  Regardless, I am very pleased with meeting goal number 1!!!

Goal number 2: Run all of it.  Okay, I didn't hit this goal.  I ran the first 7 miles and then ran/walked the next three then walked the next 2 then ran/walked/ran the last 1.1 miles(with more running than walking).  I know that wasn't running all of it but hey, I've NEVER ran 7 miles straight before...EVER!  So although I didn't hit this goal (which was lofty for sure) I came pretty doggone close.

Goal number 3: Finish in under 3 hours. Okay, I was 7 minutes off but honestly, if I had hit goal 2 I would have hit this one too.

Am I upset I hit only 1 of my 3 goals?  NO WAY! NOT ON YOUR LIFE!  I'm VERY pleased with my race. I was about 1/4 mile from the finish when I spotted my husband and son (bright green shirt/bright orange shirts respectively) and got ALL kinds of choked up.(at that point I was running again).  When I got to them, I was in tears.  LJ slapped my hand giving me a high 5 and Jon said "keep going honey, you are almost there".  I turned the corner still running and saw Janessa....bring on more tears.  Then I saw the finish line. Now, I wasn't sure which of the strips on the ground were for the finish so I ran through all of them.  Pretty sure now the first one was the one.  Regardless, I then saw the "hunky firemen" standing there giving out medals. One particularly buff one didn't have a shirt on (wowzer)...even my husband said he was jealous of that guy.  I didn't get my medal from him...I picked the guy all the way to the right..he was cute too though.  Received my rose.  Water.  Then one of the "entourage" opened my water for me...THEN I saw my family again.  BRING ON MORE TEARS!  I was so emotional.  I had to really hold back the sobs.  I then made my way past the champagne (um, no thanks...not a fan and I'm pretty sure at that point I would have passed out if ANY alcohol would have entered my body).  Had my pic taken and then picked up some fruit, bagel and vitamin water and joined my family.  Overall, it was an AWESOME experience and I'm very very very pleased with how I did.

So, my next goal is to run the whole 1/2 marathon and finish under 3 hours.  But first, I am going to just keep running, lose about 40lbs and THEN pick out my next 1/2 Marathon...and I'm thinking that the Diva 1/2 in North Myrtle Beach will be a good one to do again.  I like the course. I like the fact that it's mostly women.  And the medal is pretty awesome too.  Most of all, I just like finishing!

Random Thought for today:
Even if you don't hit your goals the first time, be proud of your accomplishment in getting out there and just keep trying.

As John J. Bingham says: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the Courage to Start". 

Friday, May 18, 2012

T MINUS 2 DAYS

ACK!  Where did the time go.  I'm two days out from the DIVA 1/2 Marathon.  I've done some carb loading this week and am still hydrating. 

I did find out that a friend of mine from high school is running the 1/2 (go Tanya!) and that one of my former co-workers Natalie is running it (she says she's not prepared but WHATEVER!  She's a beast and will do just fine thank you).  I'm excited and WAS nervous until a girlfriend from work posted a saying on facebook about no fear.  Thanks Leslie!

So my goal for this 1/2 Marathon is NO WALKING!  I don't care how slow my pace gets, I WILL NOT WALK!  Now, I am hoping for a personal record and since this is only my second 1/2 Marathon that shouldn't be very difficult.  Honestly I would love to do under 3 hours (I know I know, some of you are saying WOW, THAT'S SLOW) but we shall see.  I'm loving it that my family will be there cheering me on. 

So my random thought for today is pretty simple and something I learned from exposure to some pretty great people:

NEVER QUIT NEVER!!!

I will be writing that on my arm in sharpie early Sunday morning as a reminder.

Friday, May 11, 2012

NEW SHOES AND CHEER

My friend Lori just found out she won a new pair of her dream shoes. Congrats Lori!  She is so excited.

Can't blame her either. I just received two new pair of shoes in the mail this week(one Asics 2160 in blue & white and one 2170...in purple & yellow!!!) that I got for an AWESOME price on a running retail website.  Anyway, I was so excited I figured I would start breaking one pair in.  Now, mind you I know I don't have enough time to break them in before the 1/2 Marathon and that's okay but I would like to have a few good runs in a new pair of shoes.

SO I laced them up and off I went.  Jon went to get LJ so I had a good amount of time to just run. I planned a 5 mile run (and actually planned it correctly...lol) and took off.  About mile 1.78 I crashed...not literally, just ran out of steam. I'm not quite sure what happened there except maybe my lack of a real lunch caught up with me.  So I walked a little bit.  Now, usually my walking is much slower than running but yesterday, they were pretty close in time. 

OH OH OH OH, I forgot to mention. I ordered an Ipod Shuffle because my arm strap for my phone caused a LOT of chaffing and who wants that during a 1/2 Marathon. So I had the shuffle loaded up and clipped it to my shirt.  I don't know but it felt strange to not be carrying anything heavy (phone, water bottle, nothing).  SO off I went.  At about mile 2 I started running again when some pretty awesome music came on my iPod...it was just wonderful.  I ran about 4 of the 5 miles and had a pretty good time.  Of course, having a cheerleader at the beginning of the run helped (there was a young girl in her teens who was walking home from school and clapped for me. I've seen her a couple times and she always stops walking and claps and says way to go...such a sweetheart).

Random thought for today:
MAKE IT A POINT TO STOP AND CHEER SOMEONE ELSE ON.  IT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOT ONLY IN THEIR DAY BUT IN YOUR DAY ALSO BECAUSE IT ALWAYS FEELS GOOD TO SPREAD CHEER.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CRASHING

Crashing.

The term used when the emotions and jubilation of an event leads to a low the next day.

Did I crash today?  A little.  After the high from yesterdays Federal Employee Association's Federal Employee of the Year Luncheon (No, I didn't win for the area but I was the nominee from SPAWAR which in and of itself is a HUGE HONOR) and then going to see a sweet little girl who was born on Monday, I went home and crashed. 

The last week (as in 7 days) has been filled with so much emotion and emotion and emotion that it was inevitable that I would crash.  From talking to an old friend (which warmed my heart) to Janessa getting accepted to CONVERSE College, to my Mom coming to visit, an unplanned extra .5 miles for my 9 mile run on Saturday, LJ's first T-Ball game, my husband being his usual sweet self and then the luncheon yesterday one could assume correctly that I am WORN OUT.

So it's Wednesday.  What is a girl to do?  I SHOULD go run but there is supposed to be storms in the area so I think it will be a night of inside exercise (read: situps, push ups, lunges, jumping jacks, mountain climbers and planks) and then a healthy dinner and I will be good to go.

Random thought:
Always know that after an emotional high is bound to be some down time. Use that down time to refresh yourself vice feeling let down.  It's much healthier to rest and refresh than get depressed.  Besides, why be depressed or down..I am a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Monday, May 7, 2012

BUT I HAVE A RIGHT TO BE ANGRY

Wow, I received this in my inbox this morning and it hit me very hard.

This hit me right between the eyes.  And right in my heart.  How many times do I TRY to be forgiving but it just doesn't happen. I mean, I TRY but I am not successful.  Don't get me wrong, nothing has happened recently but I think everyone has a time and person in their past who they have been angry with and then had to go on without an explanation or apology from that person.  How many times have we done this and wondered why and never REALLY forgiven that person.  What right do I have to NOT forgive?  I mean, JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS to forgive my sins.  I have NO RIGHT to not forgive others!!!


I'm copying it here but you can read the entire blog at http://www.proverbs31.org/devotions/i-have-right-be-angry-2012-05/

 

May 7, 2012
By Tracie Miles
"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires." James 1:19-20 (NLT)
I had been lied to, betrayed and hurt. I was angry, and thought I had every right to be.
Day after day, anger crushed my desire to forgive. Although I had asked God to fill my heart with mercy, my mental list of reasons I should be mad kept overriding my empty prayers.
It was as if voices in my head were arguing with each other. One tried to convince me I was correct in feeling angry; the other tried to persuade me that mercy was the right choice.
For months, the loudest voice was the one that aligned with my damaged emotions, and unfortunately the one I listened to. Yes, I have a right to be angry. Anyone would agree.
Listening to the voice of bitterness and unforgiveness, I started lashing out in my actions with impatience and unkindness. Oh, I could play the good-Christian-girl for a while, masking my feelings. But if something was said or done to trigger my suppressed hurt, hostility and resentment would catapult to the surface.
Reading our key verse from James one morning, I felt God urging me to realize the misleading direction my emotions were taking me, and damage they were doing. I couldn't help but notice how it says "everyone" should be slow to speak and slow to anger.
This truth from God's Word left no room for my excuses or righteous indignation, even though I felt like my anger was justified for being wronged. And then a few verses later, I read James 1:22: "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (NIV).
I knew that from a worldly perspective, I had every right to be angry. But from God's perspective, my anger was adding to the sin of the situation. My unforgiveness was keeping me from living out the reality of the Gospel in my own life—by extending the same mercy and forgiveness God has given me through Jesus.
Through the words of James, God softened my heart, making me aware that although I said I'd forgiven this person with my words, I had not forgiven with my heart and it was time to do so and move on.
In every area of life, including managing our most powerful emotions, God tells us to be quick to listen (to Him and others), slow to speak and slow to become angry. As we apply these practices in our relationships, we become 'doers' of His Word, not just 'hearers' and that leads to the righteousness God desires in each of us.
Dear Lord, please forgive me for harboring anger in my heart. Equip me with a supernatural ability to forgive those who have hurt me and to guard my heart when old emotions threaten to surface. Strip my heart of anger and replace it with joy. Thank You for Your mercy. Help me be more merciful because of You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

My thoughts on this one:  TRULY FORGIVE!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

MY FIRST BLISTER

So this morning I woke up at 6am and headed out the door for my 9 mile long run in preparation for the DIVA 1/2 Marathon in two weeks.  Thinking I had figured out a 9 mile route in my head, I headed out.  Two hours later I quickly noticed I had miscalculated.  My run was almost a half mile longer.  No biggie though.  Right before I started the last mile I saw two geese with baby chicks...THANK YOU LORD, THAT MADE ME SMILE.
Three hours later I notice the blister...its my first one from running...sort of a badge of honor.
Thought for today:
Watch for the simple things in life...cause they can make your day!!
And don't worry about the blisters, they mean you have accomplished something!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

BEAUTIFUL MORNING, BEAUTIFUL DAY

It was such a beautiful morning this morning. Even with traffic snarled up something terrible, it was just so pretty outside.  After a wonderful nights sleep, I'm ready to tackle the day.

First, Mom is on her way here! SOOOO HAPPY!  I can't wait to see her.  I want to show her my quilt.  Share with her Janessa's accomplishments.  Let my husband give her a hard time(like he always does...in fun of course) and see my little boy give Mamaw a big hug and show her all his jets.  And of course, watch Molly and Jack chase squirrels.

My random thought:

God is just amazing.  His blessings come in all shapes, sized and colors.  Be thankful for EVERYTHING in your life...good and bad because a wise man once said to his wife when he was going to Afghanistan "God's got this!"  And I believe it!  God's got this!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WHAT A COUPLE OF DAYS!!!

WOW is about all I can say about the last few days.

First, my stepdaughter Janessa was accepted into Converse College and will be leaving home to swim for the Lady Valkyries come this fall.  WOW, so happy for her.  THAT was a big event in our life.

My running has been taken to another level.  I'm upping my mileage again this week.  My long run this weekend is supposed to be 9 miles.  ACK!  I KNOW I can do it and proved it to myself on Monday when I was running.  My good friend Katie gave me some awesome advice and I put it into use on Monday and didn't walk once during my Monday night training run.  THAT is huge for me.  Now I do need to make sure my music is set correctly cause there's nothing worse than a not so tempo song for a tempo run...ugh.  BUT, I know that Saturday morning at 6am, I'm going to head out and knock out 9 miles.  Okay, maybe it will be 6:30am...lol.

I spoke with a dear old friend yesterday and that made my heart smile.  It's wonderful when you can talk to someone from your high school and college days and it's like time has stood still and you have only been apart for hours vice decades.

I also had a friend from my high school days post a very sweet post on my wall on facebook and really touched my heart.  Thank you Michelle!  Maybe someday we can get together and do a race just for fun.

My random thought for today:

Never be afraid to reach out to old friends and talk to them or simply say "Hello".  Don't let years go by and regret not popping in and saying hello.  You might just miss a blessing.