Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sole Sister Run Recap!

Disclaimer: As a Gone For a Run ambassador I was given a complimentary race entry. No other compensation was received. All opinions are mine alone. 

EDIT: After reading all of your fabulous comments I realize that I ran this virtual race a weekend too early!!! My teacher brain has me all mixed up! Darn that back to school stuff lol! 

Currently training for:
Gulf Coast Half Marathon
Senior Bowl Charity Run 10K
Battleship 12K
Double Bridge Run 15K
Disney Princess 5K
Disney Enchanted 10K
Disney Princess Half Marathon


I was signed up to run the Sole Sister Run 7 Mile Virtual Race by GoneForARun.com! I also needed to run 9 miles for half marathon training. So I decided to run my virtual race during my 9 miles!

I was so excited because Jenny was back in town and ready to run! I couldn't wait to hear all about her trip out west! We figured out the details of our run on Friday afternoon. We decided to run our favorite route downtown even though we would encounter hills. We also knew we needed water for 9 miles so we made a plan for me to drop water Friday evening at Jenny's husband's work which was on our route.

The weather Saturday morning was hot and humid. But a runner still has to run even when the conditions aren't favorable. So it didn't stop us!

Since we hadn't seen each other in three weeks we had lots to talk about on the run! I loved this because it made it go by fast! Before I knew it we were at mile 3....and our water stop!

I labeled our water bottles appropriately! ;-)


We each drank half the bottle and then it was time to run again. We weren't ready to turn around and head back yet. We needed to run another mile and a half before we headed home. We didn't really realize this mile and a half was all downhill....until we had to turn around! Man was that hill hard!!!! We basically had a full mile of a steady hill! But we powered through it and had an average pace of 8:45 for that hilly mile! Wow! Before long we were at mile 6 and our water stop again. We drank the rest of our water while enjoying the sunrise through the trees!


We only had 3 miles to go! We could do it! Mile 7 came and I silently congratulated myself on the Sole Sister Virtual Race!

We hit mile 8 and I decided to dedicate it to my son Sawyer since it was his 8th birthday that day! But around mile 8.5 I got a serious side stitch. It was hurting! But I had to power through and make it to my 9 miles! I'm not sure if all the talking and hills made me run out of gas or what. But that stitch was intense! I was so happy when my Garmin reached mile 9!!!

We did it! It was a challenging run for sure! But I felt super proud afterwards! And I really felt proud when I saw that we had an average pace of 8:54 on such a hilly run!!!


We took a few pictures! We were so sweaty! My skirt was dripping! So gross!


Then I called my hubby to come outside and pretty please take some pictures of me and Jenny together! Because without meaning to we matched! We were color coordinated with our black and pink!!!


Goofy guy thought it would be funny to take a selfie too lol!


We stretched a bit and talked a bit. Then Sawyer (the birthday boy) and Hayden came outside and Jenny did a little birthday dance for Sawyer and they took selfies! So much fun! A mini birthday party in the front yard! Sawyer (and Hayden too) LOVED it!


It was a fun start to my Saturday for sure! And I even got a medal for those 9 miles! Win win!!!


QOTD: Did you run this virtual race? Are you training for anything right now?

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Weekly Chase #137!

We had such a fun weekend!!! It was Sawyer's 8th birthday on Saturday and we celebrated all weekend long!!!

Friday morning we took our "we survived the first week of school" picture!


And here's mine! I had to get a celebratory Starbucks frapp as a reward for surviving my first week back too!


After the boys got home from school, I took Sawyer to gymnastics practice and Hayden and I headed to Target for some birthday present shopping! Fun!

That night was pizza night (since I was running long the next morning). We also watched Donald Trump on TV since he was in Mobile. Several of our friends went to see him but we had better seats in the comfort of our home and on our couch lol!


I also enjoyed some snuggle time with this little guy on his last night as a 7 year old!


Saturday morning Jenny and I ran 9 hilly miles! I'll tell you more about that on Wednesday! When we were finished running we had a mini birthday party in the front yard with the birthday boy! So fun!!!


Then it was a birthday breakfast of cinnamon rolls (birthday boy's choice)!



And then present time!!!


Next our friends Kirstin, Jim, and their daughter Maddy all met us so we could head to the pool! The kids had a blast riding together and were so excited about the day!


We had so much fun at the pool celebrating Sawyer's birthday!!! And Kirstin brought homemade cookies to celebrate too!





We stayed at the pool ALL day! Sawyer said it was the best birthday ever which was music to my ears!

Sunday we went to church in the morning. Then later that afternoon we had more birthday festivities. Andy's parents and sister, her husband, and baby Ronan all came for a birthday dinner. Sawyer chose to eat at Moe's Southwest Grill! He loves Mexican food!


Then it was back home for some cake! He requested a white cake with chocolate frosting! :-)



Birthday tradition...putting frosting on his nose!


This lucky boy got more presents too!


Cullen LOVES all the wrapping paper and gift bags!


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! I kept the streak alive! I had to wake up early and run in the dark but I still got that run in!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Yes!
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. Yes! I did great this week! Going back to school helped me stay on track better with my eating!
  • Goal #4: Survive the back to school routine! Yes! I survived! I was so tired after school but I made it!!!

Here are the goals I'm chasing this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Gotta get up early and get this done! Not letting my streak go!

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Gotta keep this up so I can have an injury free racing season! I always get injured in the fall. I'm praying that doesn't happen this year! Really...I'm praying for no injury ever!!!

Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. I plan to log everything I eat this week. Staying accountable is what helps me maintain my weight! I worked too hard to gain it back!

Goal #4: Finish my September calendar for work. I send home a calendar of what we will be doing to my parents each month. September is almost here so I've got to get this done. 

That's the plan for this week! I hope you all have a great week!!!

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week? 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fitness Friday...August 21st Edition!

What a busy week! It was the first week of school for us! The boys had a great week in 3rd and 5th grade! And I had a great week in preschool! I have the sweetest little class and can tell it's going to be a really good year! But I forgot how tiring it is to teach preschool lol! I've been so tired all week! I know I will get used to the routine again soon.

On Monday it was the first day for us. The boys were super excited that morning! We took our annual first day of school pictures of course!






And then of course I had to have a first day of preK picture with some of my coworkers!!!


I had a great first day of school! And my preschool and new students spoiled me with goodies on the first day! :-)


Tuesday was another good day! But I was starting to feel the exhaustion lol! When I got home from school I went to get the mail and saw this in my driveway! Yikes! He was really tiny (that's why I put my foot in the picture). But even tiny snakes scare me!


Tuesday night I got in a walk while the boys rode their bikes in the church parking lot! We live in the front of our neighborhood and there's lots of traffic so the boys don't have a place to ride. They had a blast! And this Mom burned some calories too!


Wednesday I had an even better day at school! All the kiddos are starting to get the routine! That afternoon I took dinner to my friend Susanne. She just had shoulder surgery but is recovering well! It was so good to see her! It has been awhile!


Sawyer has gymnastics on Wednesday nights. One of the other moms always brings several of the boys home after practice. Sawyer LOVES this even though it's only about a 2 minute drive! See how happy he is in the backseat of the car with his teammates??!! So cute!


Thursday after school I had a dentist appointment. It was time for my cleaning. Always fun times lol!


Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I had a great week of runs! Once school started I had to wake up earlier and that resulted in running in the dark. I'm not fond of that. I so enjoy running around 6:00AM when the sun is out. But it's what I have to do now that I'm back at work.



  • Friday- #plankaday 2:05, 6.21 mile run in 53:37 average pace 8:38

  • Saturday- 2.31 mile run in 18:45 average pace 8:08, 3.67 mile walk with my hubby

  • Sunday- 2.52 mile run in 20:26 average pace 8:06
  • Monday- 2.12 mile run in 17:15 average pace 8:08
  • Tuesday- #plankaday 2:05, 2.12 mile run in 17:13 average pace 8:08

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 2:05, 2.12 mile run in 17:25 average pace 8:12

  • Thursday- #plankaday 2:05, 2.29 mile run in 18:54 average pace 8:16


I had a great week of runs! It was hard getting up earlier but there's no way I could have waited until after school to do it! I was soooo tired all week lol! Plus it's just a great way to start my day!

This weekend I have 9 miles on the schedule! I'm hoping for a great run!

Don't forget about my DietBet! The game starts on Monday so it's the perfect time to join! Let me help you lose some weight and win some money! Sign up to play HERE

Happy weekend everyone! 

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

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