Monday, May 25, 2015

The Weekly Chase #124!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Let's not forget what this day is about. Thank you to all the fallen that have served our country so we can be free. And to those currently serving...thank you!

This weekend has been super eventful! Friday was the last day of school for my boys! They were super excited when they got home!

Friday night at 9:38 pm my nephew Ronan Asa was born! He weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20 inches long. He is PRECIOUS! I'm so in love!!!

Saturday was spent loving on Ronan! And of course a trip to Starbucks was in order after being in the hospital all afternoon! My sister in law's best friend Ann and I made a quick trip for late afternoon coffee! Yum!

Sunday morning was my 365th day of RUNNING!!!!!! My amazing friends came and ran 3.65 miles with me! They made it so fun by dressing me up in a glittery sash, fun sunglasses, a princess tiara, and fairy wings! And I also received two celebratory Starbucks gift cards....thanks so much Susan and Jen!!!! And Jenny brought donuts for after the yummy!!! It was an amazing morning and I'll recap it for you on Wednesday!

Mid run selfie!

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! And I reached my ONE YEAR STREAK on Sunday!!!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Yes! 
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Yes! There were a few days I didn't log all of my food but I knew how many calories I had left and still stayed in that range. 
  • Goal #4: Incorporate some weight training into my routine. Three days this week I did assisted pull ups on our pull up bar at home. It's a start!

Here are my goals for this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Yes you heard it! I'm going to continue the streak! I'm not sure the goal yet but for now I'm going to keep going. 

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Gotta keep this up especially since I'm continuing the streak. 

Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Logging my food keeps me accountable. I want to maintain my weight because I'm so happy where I'm at. 

Goal #4: Incorporate some weight training into my routine. Hoping to add in some weights in addition to the pull ups this week. 

Goal #5: Sign Hayden up for Cub Scout Camp. Hayden wants to go to Cub Scout Day Camp this summer. I've got to get him signed up before it's too late. 

Those are the goals for the week! It's the boy's first week of summer vacation so hopefully we can do some fun things as well!

Hope you have a great week crushing your goals!

QOTD: What are your goals this week?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fitness Friday...May 22nd Edition!

What a great week I had! It was my first week of summer vacation! The boys had school all week so I enjoyed some me time!

On Monday I spent time with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. We had a girls day! We got manicures and pedicures. And I got my hair cut! Then we had lunch together. It was so much fun! My sister-in-law is being induced TODAY so it was fun to have some girl time before the baby gets here.

Later that afternoon the boys and I walked to the park! We had so much fun!

Tuesday was me and Andy's 14th wedding anniversary!!! It's hard to celebrate in the middle of the week but we did get to enjoy lunch together on his lunch break! I had a Maui grilled chicken sandwich that was amazing! I'm so lucky to be married to this wonderful man!

Wednesday I went to see the movie Age of Adaline with my friend Jenny and her daughter Lily! It was a really good movie! After the movie we went to Starbucks (of course)!

Wednesday night Sawyer had his gymnastics extravaganza show. He did AMAZING!!! I'm so proud of my little gymnast! He's gotten so much better and stronger this past year!

Thursday Jenny and I went shopping! I had a ton of gift cards that needed to be spent. We had so much fun! We even found the cutest patriotic Mickey Mouse shirts at Target...and yes we both bought one!!!

And then...of course....another Starbucks trip! Oh and speaking of Starbucks...have you seen the new "mini" frappuccino that they are advertising? This girl is like...a mini? Say what? Venti is where it's at!!!

Thursday afternoon we saw my sister Christy and my niece Ella! It's been a couple of weeks since we've seen them and Ella grew a ton! She's just so cute!!!

This morning I'm meeting Christy at the coffee shop for some sister time. Then later today I'm hoping to be holding my new nephew in my arms!!! :-)

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I had some great runs this week. But the weather is getting hotter and more humid each day. Summer is definitely here! The good hip is starting to feel better again. I'm hoping it stays that way!

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:10, 1.71 mile run in 14:27 average pace 8:27

  • Sunday- 1.70 mile run in 13:49 average pace 8:08
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.71 mile run in 14:14 average pace 8:21

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:05, 1.76 mile run in 14:51 average pace 8:27

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 2:00, 2.26 mile run in 18:45 average pace 8:17

  • Thursday- #plankaday 2:05, 1.77 mile run in 14:46 average pace 8:21

My runs felt great this week! I am so glad my hip is feeling better! I'm going to continue to ice it for awhile just in case. 

This weekend I'm not planning to run a long run. I am playing it safe with the hip just in case. And Sunday will be my ONE YEAR STREAKING DAY!!!!  So yes...I plan on running 3.65 miles that day and CELEBRATING!!! And I have friends that are coming to run those miles with me too! Can't wait!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!!

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6.2 Miles Full of Adventure!

Ahhh! Another long run just for fun! Since I'm not training for any races at the moment it is nice to just enjoy the long run.

Saturday I had plans to run a 10K with Andria again! We decided to run the same route again since it is convenient and our favorite.

I walked outside that morning to super humid conditions. I knew the run wasn't going to be easy in the heat and humidity. But that's the life in the summer time here on the Gulf Coast.

We started the run nice and easy. I love running with friends! The conversation makes the run go by so fast! But right away we heard thunder in the distance. Uh oh! There was rain in the forecast but it wasn't supposed to happen until after our run. We decided to monitor it and keep going since it was still a long ways off.

We hit mile 1.5 and Andria yelled out at me. There was a snake in the road right in front of me! I screamed and ran way around it. I wasn't sure if it was dead or alive. It wasn't squished and I could see the roundness of its body so I just assumed it was alive. But I didn't stop to find out.

That made us run faster for sure! We made it to the downtown area in no time! Right before our turn around a little bunny rabbit darted out from the bushes in front of me. I could tell he panicked because he darted out in front of me, stopped, and then turned around and headed back for the bushes. He was so cute and I was sorry I scared him.

We made it to our turn around and stopped for a quick drink. It was so hot! We were both dripping what seemed like buckets of sweat!

Before getting serious again we had a little fun. I bought my first Lululemon skirt and was wearing it that day. Andria took a few pictures of me running in my new skirt. I LOVE the ruffles in the back!

After our fun we headed back home. We decided that on the way back we were going to see if the snake was still there. If he was then I was going to take a picture for my boys. They always want to see pictures when I tell them I saw a snake. But this mama ONLY takes pictures of the dead ones. I don't get close enough to take a picture if they are alive...yikes!

So the next few miles were spent focusing on finding that snake. Kept my mind off the run...and made me super aware of any other critters lol!

Finally (after thinking he must have been alive and slithered away) we found him. And dead he was. The hubby later told me it was a rat snake and harmless. Still! :-(

After the snake picture we only had a little over a mile left in our run. We were running on the street that always has lots of traffic. But for some reason, that morning there was barely any traffic. We turned onto my everyday route and were in the home stretch.

Boom! We had done it! It was a hard run in the heat and humidity. But that didn't stop us!

We had just finished running and then it started sprinkling! We had missed the rain...but we both said the rain would have felt nice when we were running!

I'm always so very thankful that God has given me the ability to run and friends to run with! I'm so very blessed! :-)

QOTD: Do you see lots of snakes while running in the summer?

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Weekly Chase #123!

Well here goes! My first week of summer vacation! boys are still in school this week! Yes my preschool gets out a week earlier than my boys. I plan to have some "me" time but I will also be busy going up to my boys' school for awards ceremonies and end of the year parties. Should be a fun week!

And sister in law Katie will have her baby this week! She is due this week so my fingers are crossed!  :-) I can't wait to be an aunt again!!!

So since it's the start of my summer vacation I celebrated how any other coffee addict would celebrate...with a Starbucks frappuccino of course! ;-) I was so blessed to get more Starbucks gift cards from my sweet students so I'm set for the summer! :-) That makes me one happy girl!

Saturday morning I ran a 10K with my friend Andria! We had a very eventful run that I will tell you all about on Wednesday! But for now...Andria took this picture of me running....and it's one of my favorites!

The rest of the day was spent relaxing at home. It rained off and on all day. But that didn't stop my boys from having fun. They had a blast playing in the sprinkler AND the rain in the backyard!

I enjoyed reading my first book of the summer. I started the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. It's an older series (I think the first book was written in 1996 or so) but I'm loving it! And there is 20 books in the series so far! Anyone else read this series?

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 streak is still going strong!!! Only 7 more days until I reach a year!!!!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Yes! My hip has been bothering me again so I've been very diligent with this this week.
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Yes. I've done pretty well with this. I even logged the end of the school year cake we had at work! ;-)
  • Goal #4: Clean my classroom and take everything down for the summer. Yes! It was sad taking everything down. I've had such a great school year! My students were sad while we were taking it all down too. But it's done and next will be redecorating for the next school year. That will be here before I know it!

Here are my goals for this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! I plan on reaching that year mark on Sunday! The question that everyone has been asking me is if I'm going to continue the streak. My answer...I don't know yet! I love running every day. But my hip seems to be telling me it needs some rest. If I DO continue I'm going to really need to take some of those one miler days a lot easier than I have been. I'm going to need to use them as actual rest days by slowing way down and running easy. 

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Gotta keep this up!

Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Summer is here and I definitely don't want to gain any weight. It will be hard to log everything when I'm on vacation but I will do my best.

Goal #4: Incorporate some weight training into my routine. Now that summer is here I will have more time on my hands. I would like to tone up (especially my arms). So I hope to start some basic weight training. I don't belong to a gym so it will have to be things I can do here at home. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I'm clueless when it comes to weight training!

So that's the plan for this week! Hope you have a great week of crushing your goals!

QOTD: What goals are you working on this week?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fitness Friday...May 15th Edition!

At 1:30 PM today I will officially be on summer break!!!! is my last day of school. I am going to miss my sweet class so much! They have been amazing this year and I'm so proud of them and the big kindergartners they now are! Bittersweet!

But I'm not going to lie! I'm looking forward to spending this summer with my boys! We have several plans that include Disney World and my best friend Stephanie coming to visit us in July! Yay!

This week was so busy with the end of the year stuff that a teacher has to deal with. I had to pack up and clean up my entire classroom. We also had our end of the year graduation party. But now it's done and I'm ready for the break!

Hayden had his last art class until the fall this week. So Sawyer and I had our little mini date at the pier. And that always involves funny face selfies! ;-)

Since frappuccino happy hour is no longer an option, I didn't make any trips to Starbucks this week. But...I DID have my afternoon coffee at home! Yum! And....I got two Starbucks gifts cards this for Mother's Day and one from one of my students! Yay!!!

Now it's Fitness Friday time! I had great runs this week but I did take it a little easy because my hip was sore again.  :-(

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:17, 1.67 mile run in 13:43 average pace 8:12

  • Sunday- 2.26 mile run in 18:25 average pace 8:09
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:06, 1.67 mile run in 14:05 average pace 8:27

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:10, 1.68 mile run in 14:14 average pace 8:29

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.71 mile run in 14:30 average pace 8:29

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:31, 1.76 mile run in 14:39 average pace 8:19

My runs felt great this week! My hip is still a little sore but I'm hoping the new shoes will help. I've been icing it every day as well. 

This weekend the plan is to run another 5-6 miles. I plan on taking it at an easy pace just to be nice to the hip. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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



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