Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

What a wonderful thing to celebrate today on this Easter! He is RISEN! I hope you all have a wonderful day spent with loved ones!

QOTD: What are your plans for this Easter Sunday?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fitness Friday...April 18th Edition!

Happy Friday everyone! I can't believe how fast this week went by! We have enjoyed our Spring Break so much! We didn't do a whole lot but we still had fun! I really enjoyed spending time with my boys...made me start to look forward to summertime!

I also got a Fitbit Flex this week! This thing is pretty neat! I love knowing how many steps I'm taking during the day. It makes me want to walk more and more just to get those steps! I even had fun jumping on the trampoline with my boys this week because it meant more steps lol! The sleep tracker is pretty cool too! I already knew I was a pretty good sleeper but it shows when I get woken up by my cat Cullen in the middle of the night when he sticks his paw in my face lol!

It's time for Fitness Friday! I can't wait to tell you all about my runs this week! Even though it was Spring Break I found the time and the way to get it done!

  • Saturday- 6 mile run in 1:04:07 average pace 10:41
  • Sunday- 3.29 mile walk
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:05
  • Tuesday- #plankaday 2:00, 3.11 mile run in 29:43 average pace 9:33

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:10
  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:03, 3.11 mile run in 30:42 average pace 9:53

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:00

Weight loss this week: 0.9 lbs.
Weight loss total: 9.5 lbs.

So that was my week! Monday I ran at night after my hubby got home. Thursday I took the boys to the park and I ran while they played. They loved it! 

Today I am headed to New Orleans with my friend Paige! We are running the Crescent City Classic 10K tomorrow! I'm super excited! This race is always so much fun! We always run it easy and enjoy all the sights...and crazy people lol! After the race I will head back home and then we are staying the night at my sister-in-law's house for Easter! I've assured my boys that the Easter Bunny will still find them there! :-)

I hope you all have a great weekend...and a very Happy Easter!

QOTD: Anyone running the Crescent City Classic this weekend? Anyone have a Fitbit Flex?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Unplugged Virtual 5K!

Disclaimer: I am a Jost Running Blogger. I have been given free entry into the virtual races. I have received no other compensation. All the opinions are mine and mine alone. 

I received quite a surprise this month! I thought my time was up being a Jost Running Blogger. But I was given the opportunity to run April's race! I can't express how awesome Jost Running is! I love how the races benefit a different charity each month. And the bling is just amazing! 

April's race is called "Unplugged." It benefits Best Buddies International. The idea is that running is when a lot of us unplug from our daily lives. It is a time to clear our heads and a stress reliever. This month Jost Running wants us to take it a step further and also unplug from any other distractions during our run like our music. They want us to run to our own rhythm. 

So that was my plan! I didn't listen to music. I tried to just feel the run. To enjoy my surroundings. And to be thankful that I could run. 

The first few miles were tough like always. And it was hot. But I persevered and finished the run! 

And look at the amazing bling I earned!

Next month's race is called "Brave New Route." This one will benefit the ALS Association which is near and dear to my heart as I have a friend whose husband is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. I hope you will register to run this one!

QOTD: Do you ever run virtual runs?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday Morning Run Through the Fog!

I'm so happy to say that Saturday's run was the complete opposite of last Saturday's run! I had a great run!!!

The plan was to run 5 miles. I was meeting friends to run the first 3 and then I was going to finish the last 2 miles on my own.

I woke up to temperatures in the 50's (instead of the high 60's last weekend). It was also really foggy. I completed my normal before a long run rituals of going to the bathroom, getting dressed, stretching and rolling, and eating a little something (usually a plain waffle or a banana). Then I hopped in my car and headed to my friend Paige's house. She is a single mom and had her boys this weekend so she couldn't leave the neighborhood to run. So we were going to run the small loop of her neighborhood until we reached 3 miles.

Yes that sounds super boring. But...I was with my friend Paige, Laura, and Holly so I knew we wouldn't get bored. And we didn't! We talked while we ran and it was just like having girl time but we were exercising too!

The first loop we saw what I thought was a dead worm. But after closer was actually a snake! Since it was so small we all had the same thought...where is the mama? Yes my running friends are just as freaked out about snakes as I am! And unfortunately with the warmer weather, the snakes are coming out of hiding.

Before I knew it we had run 3 miles. My friends stopped and I said a quick goodbye and kept on running. And yes...I ventured out of the neighborhood for the rest of my solo run! Since I didn't have anyone to talk to I took in my surroundings. Last week I ran by the bay but this week I was running in the country! See how foggy it was? There are cows in this just can't see them due to the fog!

I was feeling great! We ran a little slower that first 3 miles and it really helped me on the last part of my run! I was able to pick up the pace a bit and finish strong! (I wish I would ALWAYS remember to start out slow!!!)

In fact, I was feeling so good that I ran an extra mile! So instead of 5 miles for the day...I ran 6 miles!!!

After my run I was pretty sweaty. In fact I was glistening! But a lot of that was from the fog. I could feel the water droplets as I was running! Crazy! You can see the sweat/fog on my forehead in this picture!

I was so happy to have had a great run! I feel ready to run the Crescent City Classic 10K with Paige this weekend! It's not too late to register for this one at the expo and run with me in New Orleans! I'd love to see you there! :-)

Also my friend Austin from Running Write is hosting a giveaway on his blog for an Armpocket Aero i-10! Head on over there now and enter to win

QOTD: Have you ever run in the fog?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekend Springtime Fun!

We had a great weekend! The weather was absolutely gorgeous! The past few weekends it has rained so we were so excited to see sun and warm weather all weekend! We had a jam packed weekend and spent a good part of it outside! I wanted to share all the fun things we did!

Saturday morning I ran a 6 mile run with friends. It was a great run! I'll tell you more about it tomorrow!

After I got cleaned up from my run, me and the boys met my friend Paige and her boys and headed to the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center for an Easter Egg Hunt. This was our first time doing the Easter Egg Hunt here and they said they had 10,000 eggs!

We parked and had to walk a few blocks to get there. We took a few pictures along the way....all my son Sawyer's doing. Yes he knows his mama and her love of pictures well! :-)

We started off the day making all kinds of Easter crafts which the boys loved! They even got cupcakes! And guess who else made an appearance? The Easter Bunny of course!

Then it was time to hunt eggs! We were told that there were 10 golden eggs hidden throughout the Exploreum. Anyone who found a golden egg would get a prize. So off we went in search of eggs AND golden eggs! By pure luck...I happened to see a golden egg and pointed it out to Hayden who was right beside me! He was so excited he found a golden egg!!!

After the hunt we headed to find out what Hayden's prize would be. Here he is with some of the other golden egg finders!

Each child who found a golden egg got an Easter Basket! They also got another prize depending on which number they had inside their egg. Some of the prizes were money to the gift shop, a week of summer camp, and one on one time with the scientist guys. When they got to Hayden's egg he won the grand prize...monarch butterfly luggage! He was excited (which I couldn't believe he was excited about luggage lol)! The luggage had a price tag on it that said it cost $329.99! Whoa! We felt like celebrities because the people at the Exploreum wanted a picture of Hayden and his family with the luggage!

Then it was time for the raffle drawing! And Sawyer won a stuffed butterfly and two passes to come back to the Exploreum!!! It was my boys' lucky day!

After the Easter festivities were over we walked around the Exploreum and the boys played.

And I got to hang out with my Paigey!

After the Exploreum we ate some lunch and then took the boys to the park and down by the bay to play! It was a fun day!

On Sunday we hung out with Paige and her boys again at the Strawberry Festival in one of the towns near us. The festival has fair rides for the kids and craft booths for the adults! The boys had a blast riding rides!

And my favorite part...the Strawberry Shortcake! Yummy!

It was a fun time with friends and family!!!

After the Strawberry Festival we took the boys to the park to play. Then I had a 3 mile walk around the neighborhood!

It was a fun weekend out in the spring weather!

QOTD: Do you have spring weather yet? Or is it still cold where you live?

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Weekly Chase #67!

It's my Spring Break!!!! It started out great this weekend! Friday afternoon the boys played at the park while I walked 2 miles. Saturday I ran 6 miles and then me and the boys went with my friend Paige and her boys to the Gulf Coast Exploreum for their Easter Egg Hunt! It was quite an eventful day which some of you may have seen on Instagram! I'll be writing a post about it this week!

Saturday night my boys had their first official sleepover with Paige's boys! My house was so empty without them there! But they had a blast!

Then we spent the afternoon at the Strawberry Festival! The weather was amazing this weekend! It felt like spring and I even wore shorts and a tank top on Sunday!

Now it's time for another Weekly ChaseI'm ready to tell you all about my goals for this week! 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 3 times this week. Yes! I ran Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday of this week! I also got in three walks!
  • Goal #2: Roll and stretch daily. Yes!
  • Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. I did great with this every day but Friday. But Fridays I always go over a little because I carb up for my long run the next day.
  • Goal #4: Shop for Easter goodies. Yes! I got all my shopping done for school. Now I just need to shop for my boys!
  • Goal #5: Cook more meals at home this week. 50%. I didn't do as well with this as I'd hoped. We still ate out a few times. But I'm doing good about choosing healthier options when I go out.

Here are the goals I'm chasing this week!

Goal #1: Run 3 times this week. I want to run two short runs and then Saturday I'm running the Crescent City Classic 10K with Paige!

Goal #2: Roll and stretch daily. Ongoing goal!

Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. This is going to be a little tougher this week since we are on spring break. When I'm at home I get bored and want to eat! 

Goal #4: Shop for Easter. Got to prepare for this awesome holiday!

Goal #5: Make spring break fun for my boys! So far I think I've done good with this! We have plans this week to go see a movie with friends on the day it's supposed to rain. We are also going to the beach one day with friends too.

So that's the plan for the week! 

QOTD: What are your goals this week?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Runner Spotlights #83

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your weekend is going well! It was the start of our Spring Break and we are already enjoying it! I'm looking forward to sleeping in this week! ;-)

Now 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 Crystal from Running With Rhyno! She is a runner from Canada! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!

Name: Crystal Rhyno
State: Alberta, Canada

When and why did you start running?
In 2009, I was working at a newspaper in a northern community. Our newspaper sponsored a big race every year. They wanted someone to run the race and write about the training. I wasn’t a runner but I was up for the challenge.

What is your favorite race and race distance?
Right now I would say the half-marathon because I don’t need to do a lot of training to do well and feel good.

What is your race day routine?
I like to get up about 2-3 hours before race time (depending on the distance). I eat breakfast, stretch and visualize the race.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
I would say it’s my brightly colored bandannas.

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
I eat a plant based diet and lately I have been drinking protein shakes to add more protein to my diet.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
Mind over matter.

What is your fondest running memory?
My first marathon was the NYC marathon in 2011. Best memory was getting hugs from 4 firefighters along the route. Everyone was so friendly and supportive!

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I hate public speaking but I am working on it.

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

Thanks for sharing with us Crystal!

QOTD: What do you do on Spring Break?



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