Friday, November 21, 2014

Fitness Friday...November 21st Edition!

Happy Friday! Today is a super busy day! We are having our Thanksgiving Feast at school today! My little class is dressing up as pilgrims! They are going to be super cute!!!

This week we hit some record lows for this time of year....again! We had two mornings where the temperature was in the low 20's but the feel like temperature was in the teens! It was cold! But I LOVED it when I was running!

Check out the frozen dew on my mailbox Wednesday morning! That stuff was rock solid ice!

Thursday I went on a field trip with my Hayden! We went to the state's capitol...Montgomery! In fourth grade they learn about Alabama History and get to take this amazing field trip. He was so excited and we had a blast! It was a long and tiring day but I'm so glad I got to experience it with him!

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I had low mileage (again) this week due to my calf strain injury. Dr. Justin seems to think it's right on the verge of being pain free...but I haven't reached that yet. Because of the cold weather this week I wore this awesome C9 brand jacket that I got from Target. It kept me sooo warm! But it looks like I'm wearing the same outfit in all my pictures lol! I promise I had different tops and bottoms on each day. I just wore the warm jacket as my top layer on the cold days! ;-)

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:30, 1.30 mile run in 10:50 average pace 8:21

  • Saturday- 1.51 mile run in 13:03 average pace 8:38
  • Sunday- 1.51 mile run in 12:43 average pace 8:25
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.30 mile run in 11:29 average pace 8:49

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.31 mile run in 11:19 average pace 8:38

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.31 mile run in 11:21 average pace 8:40

  • Thursday- 1.31 mile run in 11:30 average pace 8:46

The runs went well this week. The calf doesn't really hurt when I just starts to get tighter and tighter the farther I get into my run. Hopefully that tightness will ease up soon!

My eating was good this week! I'm still staying within the range of my calories and the scale is still staying the same. So I'm happy!

No long run...again...this weekend. But at least I can run some! I'm trying to stay positive! Dr. Justin DOES want me to run one mile in the morning and then one mile in the afternoon one day before I go see him next to test the calf. Wish me luck on that!

Also...I'm sure most of you saw my post on Wednesday about the tough decision I had to make about St. Jude Memphis Half. I'm still sad I'm having to DNS that race but know in my heart it's the right choice. Thanks so very much for all of your kind words about such an emotional decision for me! You guys are amazing and so supportive and I'm so thankful for you!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week? Racing this weekend? Tell me about it! I want to live vicariously through you! ;-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Tough Decision...

So this post is hard for me to write. As most of you know I have been dealing with a calf strain injury for the past month. I've been getting treatment from Dr. Justin and making progress. But inside I've been stressed out. Stressed out because my next race is December 6th. And the last long run I ran was 6 miles on November 1st. Before that I ran my sub 2 half marathon on October 19th. So I haven't trained at all for this race. And that was really scaring me. All my friends said my body was so used to the half distance and it would be fine come race day. But I have never not trained for a race. Or gone into a race with no long runs the whole month before.

This race is near and dear to my heart. It's one I've been fundraising for...the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon. You may remember that I set out to run it last year. I traveled to Memphis only to have the race canceled the night before due to an ice storm. So I was really looking forward to running for those kids this year.

Since I've been injured I've been debating this race. Questions have been going through my mind about not training, will I make the calf injury worse if I run it, can I afford the hotel room and weekend travel?

A few weeks ago one of my roommates for the weekend sent us all a message and said she couldn't go. She has a lot of big life changes going on as well as a family vacation the week before the race and it was just too much. Then the next week, the second of my 3 roommates canceled also. And then yesterday, the 3rd roommate canceled. So that would leave me with a huge hotel bill for the weekend. All of my other friends already have rooms.

All the doors to this race keep slamming in my face. So in my heart I feel like God is trying to tell me something.

I've decided I'm NOT going to run the St. Jude Memphis Half least not this year. This will be my first DNS.

As soon as I made this decision...a feeling of peace came over me. All this pressure and stress has been lifted off my shoulders.

Now I can focus on getting my calf injury healed properly. I can continue my run streak but not stress over only being able to run 1 mile runs.

It was a tough decision to make. I've been super emotional about it. But for some reason...St. Jude is not supposed to happen for me this year. I hope one day I will be able to run this race.

To all those that helped me fundraise and reach my goal this year....thank you! Please know that even though I'm not running, your donation is still helping those kids at St. Jude.

So what's next for me? Like I mentioned, I'm focusing on getting healed and continuing my streak. My next race is Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans on January 25th. I should have plenty of time to get my body healed and back in race shape in time for that race. (Remember you can use my code ROADRUNNERGIRL to save $10 off the half and full or the code ROADRUNNERGIRL10k to save $5 off the 10K!)

QOTD: Have you ever decided to not run a race that you are registered for?

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Weekly Chase #98!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and stayed warm! Friday and Saturday was super cold here on the Gulf Coast but on Sunday it warmed up and was in the high 60's! But today a cold front comes in and Tuesday and Wednesday morning the lows will be in the 20's with a feel like temp in the teens. Brrr!

This weekend was the camping trip with the Cub Scouts. My husband is a den leader and had to be there so he camped. But me and the boys decided to just come up on Saturday and stay for the day. I did not want to risk the boys getting sick by sleeping in the cold air. Hayden had his rain gutter regata boat races that morning. His boat didn't win any of the races but he DID win first place for "Most Nautical Boat!" He was so proud! His boat was a pirate theme and was named "The Black Pearl!"

Hayden's boat is the first one on the left! :-)

After the boat races we got to spend the rest of the day doing whatever we wanted. It was cold but still nice to enjoy the outdoors! The boys had a blast building a huge fort at the edge of the woods with some of the other boys! I didn't see them all afternoon lol!

Our pack meeting and campfire that was scheduled was moved inside in the dining hall. It was just too cold outside. Here's Hayden receiving his awards he has earned so far. 

Sunday was a day getting all the camping stuff put away. It was also a day of laundry and getting ready for the week.

Now it's time for the Weekly Chase! It's a new week and I have new goals to achieve! I hope you will link up your own goals with me too! And feel free to use the badge below in your post too! You can grab the badge HERE! :-)

Road Runner Girl

Here are last week's goals!

  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yes! The #RRGRunStreak is still alive! I hit day 175 this week!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Yes! Trying to get this calf strain better!
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Yep! :-)
  • Goal #4: Have a fun day with the boys on Tuesday. Yes! We had a play date with friends and all had a blast!
  • Goal #5: Help Hayden get his rain gutter regatta boat finished for Cub Scouts. Yes! We got it all painted and decorated! 

Here are my goals for this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Still hoping to keep the streak alive! The calf feels better with each run. It still gets tight towards the end of the run and for a little while after the run. But it's progress and I'm happy!

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Gotta get this calf better so I can run St. Jude Memphis Half in 3 weeks!

Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. I'm starting to get the hang of this maintaining thing. Although I still feel a little guilty when I indulge...even when I have the calories for it.

Goal #4: Get everything ready for Hayden's Montgomery trip. Hayden and I are traveling to Montgomery this week with his class for a field trip. I need to go and buy snacks and lunch items for the trip. 

Goal #5: Get everything ready for our Thanksgiving Feast at the preschool. I need to get my class's placemats, centerpieces, and pilgrim costumes ready for our school wide feast on Friday. 

It's going to be a busy week! Hopefully I can stay on top of all my goals! Hope you are successful with your goals this week too!

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Runner Spotlights #112

Brrr! I have been freezing all weekend! This Gulf Coast girl is NOT used to this cold weather lol! I have been enjoying running in the cold though. ;-)

It's time for another runner favorite time of the week! I love reading other runners' stories about their running journey! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please email me at! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Rachel from Running on Happy! Don't you just love her blog name? Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!

Name: Rachel
State: Ohio

When and why did you start running?
I had a very brief running career at the end of middle school and early in high school, but I was so slow and unmotivated that it is hardly a blip in time. I didn’t run again until after my first child was born. I had a lot of trouble losing pregnancy weight and finally I realized I had to do something other than sit around and go for “walks.” I took up running in 2010 and I will never look back.

What is your favorite race and race distance?
It turns out I really enjoy the 5K. I like to get runs done, and I like to try to go fast. Plus I feel like with every 5K, a new PR is almost always possible. One of my very favorite races is a small race near where I grew up, on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. It’s small, I love the hilly course, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment every time I run. I also have a soft spot for it because it was my first official race. :-)

What is your race day routine?
I don’t really have one! If it’s a 5K, I just wake up, get dressed, and get to the race. I’m training for my second half marathon right now. My first half I didn’t really do anything special. Just had to wake up at the crack of dawn to get to the race on time. I’m not one of those people that wake up super early to eat because my stomach can’t really handle food pre-run. If I need to fuel, I do it on the course. But I usually fuel enough the night before that I’m good for the duration.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
I’m a big fan of my shoes. I know that’s such a weird thing to say. But without them, I wouldn’t be running at all, so yep – I love my shoes. :-)

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
No way. I just follow a healthy, balanced diet. I avoid process foods for the most part unless I’m in a pinch. I try to minimize sugar intake, but with a sweet tooth that’s hard to manage at times. :-)

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I wish I had known how addictive it would be. I heard about it, but you don’t really know until you’re in it. And once you’re a runner… well, that’s all she wrote!

What is your fondest running memory?
I’m part of a mileage challenge group on Facebook. We are spread out across the country. After being part of the group for two years now, I finally had the opportunity to meet some of the people in the group back in March at a race in Louisville, KY. It was really awesome to meet face to face. I’m thankful for the camaraderie and now it’s even better to have voices with the names and profile pictures.

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I’m planning on getting my JD in a year or two. 

Here are all the different ways you can connect with Rachel!

Thanks so much for sharing with us Rachel!

QOTD: Did anyone race this weekend? Tell me about it!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fitness Friday...November 14th Edition!

Brrr! Is anyone else out there cold? I know there are some record winter weather scenarios out there right now. Here on the Gulf Coast we are getting super cold weather that we don't see that often...especially not in November. Thankfully I bought a new winter coat at Old Navy last weekend (my old one was too big since the weight loss). I've always wanted a red pea coat and LOVE this one! I wore it for the first time yesterday and got several compliments!

And Cullen apparently loves it too since he started climbing up my leg to be picked up when I was trying to take a picture lol!

In other wardrobe news, I also received some new items from PrAna through a campaign with Fit Approach! I got this awesome sweater and leggings! I'll tell you more about them next week but for seriously need to check out their early winter is amazing! And you can save 15% with my code: pspf14rrg !

This week was busy as always. But the highlight....we had Tuesday off from work and school for Veteran's Day (thank you so much to all those that have or are currently serving our country so we can enjoy days like this)! After my appointment with Dr. Justin for treatment for my calf we headed over to a friend's house for a play date. The boys had a blast playing and I had fun getting to know a new friend!

Wednesday was back to school and work. But I DID have my weekly coffee date with my sister! :-)

Nothing exciting happened on Thursday...except for the freezing cold weather!

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! It was another week of low mileage due to my calf injury. I only ran 1 milers each day. On Saturday I was a little sad I didn't get to do a long run but I apparently needed to sleep in because I slept until 8:30 am that morning!

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.26 mile run in 11:11 average pace 8:53

  • Saturday- 1.26 mile run in 11:07 average pace 8:49 (And my hubby came and ran some with me!)
  • Sunday- 1.26 mile run in 10:55 average pace 8:40
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:10, 1.25 mile run in 11:13 average pace 8:59

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:31, 1.26 mile run in 10:53 average pace 8:38

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:13, 1.26 mile run in 11:08 average pace 8:51

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.26 mile run in 10:57 average pace 8:41

The runs went pretty good this week. I had pain in the calf but on Thursday my calf felt the best it has felt in three weeks! I can definitely feel improvement since I'm been seeing Dr. Justin for treatment. On Tuesday he said the knot in my calf had gone from golf ball sized to a large grape size. On Thursday he said the knot was smaller than a grape. So I'm not 100% pain free yet but I'm getting there! Yay!

My eating was pretty good this week. I'm still counting my calories to make sure I stay in the range I need to maintain my weight. I did enjoy some comfort food this week. I made some chili last night and it was so yummy! But I had the calories to eat it! :-)

No long run again this weekend. I still get to keep my run streak alive with the one milers. Dr. Justin said that once I have no pain during the one mile runs then I can start bumping up the mileage. I'm ready for that day! I miss my long runs! 

We were supposed to be camping with the cub scouts this weekend. But since the weather is going to be below freezing we decided to just head to the camp site on Saturday for the day and enjoy the festivities. I don't want the boys getting sick from sleeping in the super frigid cold air. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Stay warm!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week? What temperatures are you feeling where you live right now?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gone For A Run Decorative Pillow Review!

Disclaimer: As a Gone For A Run Ambassador I received this product free to review. I received no other compensation. All opinions in the post below are mine and mine alone!

I always love when I get sent new items to review from Gone For A Run! They have the absolute best gifts for runners! 

This time they sent me the cutest decorative pillow ever!!! I chose this one because I'm absolutely in love with the chevron pattern right now...and the aqua blue color is one of my favorites! I also chose to have 26.2 on there since I've run two marathons thus far. You gotta be proud of running that many miles! 

The pillow looks perfect on my recliner in my reading nook!

This pillow measures 14" x 14". It has a zippered cover that will make it easy to throw in the washing machine when needed.

I love that the design is printed on both sides of the pillow. And if you look closely you can see a runner stick figure in the design. It's very subtle and oh so cute!

This particular pattern is available in several colors: aqua, fuchsia, gray, navy, and peach. Surely one of those will blend in with your decor!

And the pillow is definitely comfy!

Gone For A Run has several different decorative pillows. Be sure to check out their decorative pillows page to see all that is offered!

Be sure to check out all the awesome gifts on Gone For a RunAlso be sure to follow Gone For A Run on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Instagram!

QOTD: Do you decorate your house in running decor? Which pillow do you like the best?



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