Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Glass Slipper Challenge Training Week 1!

Currently Training For:
Double Bridge Run 15K
Disney Princess 5K
Disney Enchanted 10K
Disney Princess Half Marathon

Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (Use the code ROADRUNNERGIRL15 to save $15 off)

Training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend has officially begun!!!! Yay!!! This is my absolute favorite race weekend! I'm sooo excited! And I'm even more excited that Jenny and I will be running the race together!!! Usually I run it alone so I can't wait to have my friend by my side!!!

Training started with a 6 mile run. I am taking my training real slow to avoid injury. I also think it helps as a run streaker to have rest long runs every other week. My rest long runs will be 5-6 milers and every other week I will increase my long run mileage by one mile.

So this week we ran from Jenny's neck of the woods. And her husband Eric joined us! It was a little weird not having a race this weekend. We had all just ran back to back race weekends!

We started around 6:15AM. The sun had already risen. It was a cool morning in the mid 50's. It was perfect running weather!

We started running. We were running into the wind and I was really hoping we wouldn't be in the wind for long. Luckily we turned and the wind went away!

We talked and talked the entire run! This was one of those runs where I felt great the entire time! I was never ready to be done. The miles just sped by!

And we were running out in the country. So we saw lots of cows and horses! Love it! 

Before long we turned onto the road that would turn us around and head us back home. Of course you sometimes see interesting things on the a dead snake cut in half! Lawnmower I guess? Eric said it was a corn snake. 

Even though we didn't get to see the sun was still so gorgeous! It was a beautiful fall day!!!

I finished the run strong and feeling great! I've discovered that around 8:30 is my happy pace on most days! I'm still in awe of that because I remember the days that a 10:30 was my happy pace.

And yes....Eric is super tall! And Jenny and I are short!!! Lol!

After our great run Jenny and Eric invited me in for coffee. Well a girl can't turn that down! Jenny and I talked all morning long over coffee!!! Love that sweet friend!!!

I'm super excited to be officially training for Princess! And Jenny and I will have a blast during our training I'm sure!!!

QOTD: Are you running the Disney Princess Half Marathon?

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Weekly Chase #150!

Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone!!! I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!!! I'm looking forward to spending lots of quality time with the family! So if I'm a little absent here on the blog and on social media please forgive me! I'm sure you will be doing the same!

I had a great weekend! Friday was our last day of school until after Thanksgiving! We have this whole week off! The last day of school was a ton of fun because we had our school wide Thanksgiving Feast! My class dressed as Indians and were sooo cute! And a few of the teachers dressed up too! So much fun!!!

After school Allison asked if I wanted Starbucks. Well of course I'm not gonna say no lol! So we headed to our Indian shirts lol! The baristas loved it!!!

Later that afternoon we rode along with Andy to some of his job sites. Can I brag on my engineer husband? He designed his first bridge and the final inspection (which the city said was the best final inspection they've ever had) was Friday. So he took me to see it (he's taken me there several times during the process). It was beautiful! So proud of my hubby!

After looking at the bridge we went to our favorite spot to watch the sunset. Andy has a job site there too. So we checked on it and then got to walk and enjoy the sunset. We are so blessed to live here on the Gulf Coast!

That night was pizza night with the family. I was running a long run the next day so of course we had to eat pizza! But my boys never complain!

Saturday morning I ran a 10K with Jenny and her husband Eric! The weather was perfect! I'll tell you more about our run on Wednesday! After the run I had coffee with Jenny at her house. We talked most of the morning! So fun!

The rest of the day was spent cleaning the house. Then we put up our Christmas tree and Christmas decorations! I normally wait until after Thanksgiving but we were all ready to put it up. That way we have more time to enjoy the tree! And since we are having Thanksgiving at Andy's sister's house I thought why not?!

Cullen supervised the process! And thanks for your continued prayers! He seems to be getting better! We are still monitoring his urination. And trying to make sure he drinks enough water and eats his new food. Please continue to pray that he doesn't get blocked again!

And I got to put on the star this year!!!

Sunday morning I ran in cold weather! The wind was 12 mph with wind gusts that were crazy! And the real feel temperature was 35°!!! I am going to have to relearn how to dress for running in colder weather. My ears and hands were so cold!

After my run I came in to warm up with some coffee. It was the perfect morning before church with Cullen in my lap, my Christmas coffee, and Christmas music playing in the background!

Then we went to church. After church we went out to lunch with Kirstin, Jim, Maddy, and Nancy to Panera Bread! I got my favorite Chicken Caesar Salad and it was so yummy!

Maddy came home with us for a play date. But first we stopped at Pet Smart to get Cullen a new toy since he's had such a traumatic week.

Later that afternoon we headed to Starbucks and met Kirstin and Jim. Kirstin and I both had a free drink that was about to expire! Can't let that happen!!! I got a Chestnut Praline Latte since it was so cold outside! Andy got the Gingerbread Latte and thought it was really good. Then we went to of my other favorite places to go!!!

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 my goals from last week!
  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yes! The streak is still going on!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. I missed a day this week of rolling. I had to wake up earlier and leave early for Hayden's field trip to New Orleans one day this week. I had enough time to run but I didn't roll. I had the intention of rolling when I got home but forgot! 
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Yes!
  • Goal #4: Move 11,000 steps or more each day this week. Yes!
  • Goal #5: Run at least 1 run under 2 miles. Yes! Most of my runs last week were under 2 miles. I was trying to let my body recover some from back to back race weekends. 
  • Goal #6: Dye shirts for Thanksgiving Feast. Yes! I got these done and they were super cute!
  • Goal #7: Get everything ready for Hayden's field trip on Thursday. Yes! And we had a blast on the field trip!

Here are my goals for this week!

Every week goals:

Goal #1: Run every day! 
Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. 
Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories.
Goal #4: Move 11,000 steps or more each day this week.
Goal #5: Run at least 1 run under 2 miles.

Goal #6: Map out our shopping plan for Black Friday!!! It's a tradition every year that me and my husband go shopping on Black Friday! It's the only time of the year I can get him to shop! We always have so much fun together! And we get a lot of our Christmas shopping done on this day!

Goal #7: Buy ingredients for the dishes I will be bringing for our Thanksgiving meal! We will be going to my sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving. I need to buy the ingredients needed for the dishes I will be bringing.

So that's it for the week! If I don't get to blog much this week I apologize! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week? Are you going out of town for Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fitness Friday...November 20th Edition!

Whew! What a crazy week this has been! It's been quite the emotional roller coaster. Monday morning around 3:30 AM my precious cat Cullen woke us up in pain. After assessing his symptoms and looking in the litter box we discovered he had not peed at least for a day (I knew this because I emptied the litter box on Saturday night). We were worried he had a UTI (he had this about a year ago). The only thing is that he wasn't showing the same warning signs as before (peeing outside the litter box, constantly cleaning himself).

Because this can be fatal my awesome hubby drove Cullen 45 minutes away to the ER Vet. My poor cat was blocked and couldn't pee. They gave him pain meds, sedated him, and put in a catheter. They said he would have to stay in the hospital for a few days. Luckily my husband was able to convince them to let him bring Cullen to our vet near our house.

I was so worried about my baby!!!! We didn't know if he was going to pull through this or not. It was just a waiting game. Our vet wanted to keep him a few days to see if he could pee on his own. He would also have to be on a special food for the rest of his life. I HAD to go see my little guy as soon as I got off work.

He looked so pitiful! But he immediately wanted me to hold him which was a good sign in my opinion.

A lot of you saw my post on social media asking for prayers for our Cullen. Thank you so much for praying!!!

The next day the vet called with an update around noon. She said he had been mischievous during the night and took the cone off and pulled out his catheter! She said the good news was that he peed on his own! That was one of our concerns because some cats never pee on their own again once they get blocked. So praise God! She said they were going to watch him the rest of the day and overnight and if he continued to do well then he could come home the next day. I was so happy with this news! I went and celebrated with Starbucks of course!

Around 4:30 that same afternoon the vet called with another update. She said he was still doing well. He was eating and peeing. She said she thought he would be more comfortable at home and it was my choice if I wanted to come get him now or let him stay overnight. Of course I wanted to go get him!!!

So my baby is home!!! He's not acting like himself yet. I'm hoping that will come in the next few days. When I first got him home he drank tons of water and ate a little bit of his new food. He also went pee several times. But I can tell he is still not right. So I'm asking for you to continue to pray for my little guy. I want him feeling better. And he has to learn to like his new food...because it's all he can have for the rest of his life.

They had to shave his front paws to take bloodwork and put in an IV. He doesn't like it at all! I think it looks like he has on mittens...or UGG boots lol!

He has been so exhausted! I'm wondering if he slept at all while he was staying at the vet. Probably not...especially since the little stinker pulled out his catheter overnight!

So not only did I have a sick cat this week...but I also had a super busy week at school. Our preschool does a Thanksgiving Feast each year. All the students dress up as either Pilgrims or Indians. Then we sit as this huge long table and have a feast! It's really special...but a ton of work. I had to get their placemats done, a centerpiece for each child done, and their Indian (my class was Indians) costumes done. Today is the feast and I'm sure all the work was worth it!

Yesterday I also had a long field trip with Hayden and all the fifth graders from his school. We went to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans! It was a ton of fun but a super early morning (we had to be at his school at 6:30 AM) and long day (we didn't get home until after 5:30). But Hayden had fun and that's what matters!

It's time for Fitness Friday! I had a great week of runs! The best run I had was the Battleship 12K race on Sunday! It was so much fun!

  • Friday- #plankaday 2:05, 2.06 mile run in 16:58 average pace 8:14

  • Saturday- 2.54 mile run in 20:02 average pace 7:53
  • Monday- #plankaday 2:05, 1.81 mile run in 14:49 average pace 8:11

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 2:05, 1.81 mile run in 14:56 average pace 8:16

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 2:05, 1.80 mile run in 15:04 average pace 8:22

  • Thursday- 1.88 mile run in 15:23 average pace 8:11

So my week of runs went great. After the 12K I focused on recovering from the race and ran several runs under two miles. I think my body needed that break. 

This weekend I'm running a long run here at home. It's weird not having a race this weekend since the past two weekends in a row I have raced lol!

Happy weekend everyone! I'm excited because this starts Thanksgiving Break for us! No school all next week!!!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Battleship 12K Race Recap!

I was so excited to run this race!!!! The Battleship 12K was a new local race...and a new distance. I've never run a 12K race...have you? It was also put on by one of my favorite race directors ever! So I knew the race was going to be epic!

I didn't have to wake up super early for this race since it started in my town! When I arrived it was pretty cold out there (high 40's with 10 mph winds). I had been debating on my outfit for days. I knew I was going to wear compression socks, a running skirt, and a tank (that I had made especially for this race). But with the cold I was debating on wearing a long sleeve shirt under the tank. I also had a throw away jacket and throw away gloves that I could shed when I got hot. Well....race morning my hubby talked me into wearing the long sleeve shirt under the tank. It was great before the race started...but I got sooo hot during the race! So this is a note to myself to trust my gut and don't overdress lol!

Several of my Sole2Soul Sisters were running this race. So we had a pre-race picture of course!

Then I quickly got in line for the porta potty because my coffee was going straight through me lol! Luckily I saw Jenny after my potty break! We headed to the start line with Kirstin and Jim! We had to take a few start line pictures of course!

Finally it was almost go time! Since this race was to honor veterans there were people running with flags. And members of the military had red race bibs on so it was easy to identify them and tell them thanks for their service.

After singing the National Anthem...we were off! We were starting on the Eastern Shore and running to the Battleship in Mobile! Most of the run would be on the causeway. We would run over three bridges. And the scenery was going to be gorgeous!

Jenny and I didn't line up correctly at the start so we had to do a lot of weaving and passing people the first mile. But once we got with runners running our same pace we were able to get in our groove. The day was absolutely beautiful! Running by the bay was sooo pretty!

Around mile 2 the gloves had to go! I was starting to get hot! I carried them in my hand for awhile but then ended up throwing them.

We came up on one of the bridges and who did I see standing there taking pictures? My awesome photographer friend Tim!!! He got some great shots of me and Jenny as we ran by! I'm always thankful for his pictures!!!

I was feeling great the entire time! I was having a great run and was so thankful for that! The only thing I would have changed was I wouldn't have worn that long sleeve shirt lol! It didn't take long for me to roll the sleeves up as best as I could!

We passed so many runners that were wearing red bibs! We thanked them all for their service! I kept getting chills and tears running with all these veterans! As one brave soldier that was running with a leg brace told us, "You just gotta do it." TEARS!!!! I am sooo thankful to be an American!!!

The view was just incredible! It was soooo pretty running on the causeway! I've run it before but it was dark and scary. In the daylight it was gorgeous and so much more enjoyable!

Before long we were at mile 6...with only about 1.5 to go! We could see the Battleship in front of us! We just had to run over one more bridge, turn into Battleship Park, and run to the finish line!

Jenny decided to turn on some music. The first song that played was the song that got us through the last 3 miles of our last half marathon (you know...the one we PRed at)...."No Longer Slaves!" We couldn't believe it! We started praising while we were running! It was just the push we needed! Before long we made the left turn into Battleship Park! We had half a mile to go! There was a final water stop...and second grade children were handing out mini American flags to all the runners to run to the finish line with! I almost lost it! So amazing!!!

That gave me the sprint I needed for that last half mile to the finish line!

Thanks to Jenny's husband Eric for this picture of me running to the finish line! I love that you can see the Battleship in the background!

I finished with an official time of 1:02:35 and came in 3rd in my age group!!!!

I was given my medal by a soldier in uniform! So special! Then I got water from my friend Donna's husband Gary! So glad he volunteered to help with the race!

I absolutely LOVE running with my Jenny!!!! We always have so much fun together!!!

I'm so glad Kirstin and Jim ran this race too! Now...if only my hubby would take up running so I wouldn't be the only one without a spouse in race pictures lol!

Thankful for my Sole2Soul Sisters as well! They all seemed to have a great and fun race too!

I also had a blast seeing my fellow Gulf Coast blogger friend Larisa! It's been so long since I've seen her! She chose to rock the mic instead of run and she did an amazing job!!!

Jenny and I started to get chilly so we headed to the Community Coffee trolley. They were handing out three flavors...Dark Roast, Decaff, and Pumpkin Praline!

Can you say FREE COFFEE!!! Heck yes!!! We were a tad bit excited!!!

You could also write a note to soldiers overseas and Community Coffee would send them some free coffee as well! Jenny and I were amazed that we wrote almost the exact same thing on our cards!!! #Twinsies

Since we were at Battleship Park we decided to take a few pictures with the Battleship!

Look at my race swag! An awesome finisher shirt, amazing finisher medal, and I got the bag as my age group award!!! Wow!!!

This race was AMAZING!!!! I will definitely run it next year!!!! The best part was running with and for veterans!!! God Bless the USA!!!!

QOTD: Have you ever run a race for veterans?

Disclosure: I was given a comped race entry in exchange for race promotion. No other compensation was given. All opinions in the post are mine and mine alone. 



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