Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Race Schedule!

It's that time again...racing season!!! Around here it's pretty hot until November! But I do have a few races lined up before then! Here's my (tentative) race schedule for the fall!

*Talladega Half Marathon in Talladega, AL on September 14th

I've never run this race before so I'm excited about it! My friend Donna has run it and had a blast! She convinced (ok it didn't take much convincing) me and Paige to run it with her this year! My hubby is also coming and he is running the 5K! It will be so cool to run on the race track!

*Gulf Coast Half Marathon in Mandeville, LA on October 19th

This race is an oldie but goodie! I ran it in 2011, 2012, and last year! This race has got me every year! In 2011 I ran the race after being sick with a stomach bug 2 days before the race. In 2012 I ran the race with a slight hip injury. And last year I ran the race with the same hip pain as the year before but my knee also starting hurting during the race which led to a slight knee injury! So I'm hoping and praying that this year is my year to run this race injury and pain free!!! We have also been training our Sole2Soul Sisters to run this race so it will be a lot of fun with so many of us there! Usually it's just me and Paige and maybe one or two other friends at this race. 

*Pensacola Half Marathon in Pensacola, FL on November 9th

This race isn't a definite yet but I would love to run it again! This was my very first half marathon back in 2010! It's a pretty hilly course and that scared me so I didn't run it again until 2012! I had a great experience that year so I was ready to run it again last year but a knee injury kept me from running it. However, I DID spectate the race and cheer on friends last year so that was fun! But I really want to be healthy enough to run it again this year! 

*St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon in Memphis, Tennessee on December 6th

You may remember that I attempted to run this race last year. But the race got canceled due to an ice storm. I had such an amazing time in Memphis and with St. Jude last year that I knew I had to come back and actually run this race this year! St. Jude means so much to me and I really want to run for those kids! I've also committed to run as a St. Jude Hero again and I would LOVE your donation to help the kids of St. Jude! You can donate HERE! Any amount is greatly appreciated!

So that's my schedule for the fall and the rest of 2014! These races should put me right over my goal of 14 races in 2014 (including the virtual races I have run this year)! And who knows? I am known to add a race or two in my schedule at the last minute lol! 

QOTD: Anyone running any of these races? Or have run one of them in the past?

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Weekly Chase #87!

Happy Labor Day!!! I hope you are all enjoying a day off from work! And having fun celebrating the end of summer! We are headed to my sister's house for lunch today! I'm looking forward to family time for sure!

Speaking of the end of summer....that means it's time to get serious about that healthy lifestyle!!! Summer indulging is over and it's time to get back into the game of eating healthy and exercising! The best way to do this...join my Road Runner Girl's September Slim Down DietBet game!!! The game officially started today but you can join in up until day 14! So don't delay and join HERE today! Lose weight and win money! That's what I'm talking about!!! I did my official weigh in on Saturday! I'm super excited to help encourage and motivate YOU to a healthier lifestyle!

Today is also day 100 of my run streak!!! I cannot believe I have been running at least one mile every single day for 100 days!!! I think I'm going to keep going...for now. :-)

This weekend we spent lots of family time together! My Saturday started with an amazing 10 mile run that I will tell you about on Wednesday! The rest of the day was spent with the family! We went to lunch, to Lowe's for a part to fix our garage door, we got the oil changed in my van, and then I got to go shopping!!! Old Navy was having a sale and the hubby had told me the other day that I needed some shorts that fit me (mine were too big). So I took advantage and hit the sale! The store was pretty bare though. But I still found 4 pairs of shorts and a few shirts!!! The thing about being a smaller size now....those are the sizes that are always left and on sale! I got really nice shorts for work for $5! Score!!!

Sunday (after my run) we went to church. And then we went out to eat for lunch at Ruby Tuesday's. Did you know that they have "Fit and Trim" items on their menu? I got Hickory Bourbon Chicken with roasted spaghetti squash and fresh grilled zucchini! It was amazing and only 355 calories for the entire meal! :-)

Now it's time for another Weekly Chase! I'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 every day! Yes! And I hit day 100 TODAY!!! :-)
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, ice daily. I missed a couple of days. But overall I did really well with this. I got my first ice pack burn this week though. I was icing my hip (for preventative measures) and was eating breakfast, drinking my coffee, and reading blogs. Well...I think I kept the ice pack on for too long. When I took it off my skin was frozen solid! It didn't take it long to defrost but then it was really red and warm to the touch. It really scared me. But luckily, the next day it was only pink. And it has gotten better each day. Now it itches some....which I've been told is part of the healing process. So watch that clock when you ice people!!!
  • Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. Yes!!! I stayed under this week but didn't eat as well. I had my weekly pizza on Friday night to fuel me for Saturday's 10 mile run. But on Saturday I ate out at Firehouse Subs AND Zaxby's. I had the calories for it but know I can't eat like that all the time. 
  • Goal #4: Get my September monthly calendar completed for school. Yep! I got this done yesterday! Nothing like waiting till the last minute lol!

Here's my plan for this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Yes I think I'm going to keep the #RRGRunStreak alive! At least for this week. I think I will take it on a weekly basis.

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, ice daily. And I promise to watch the clock while icing this week!

Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. Gotta do well with this especially since I'm hosting another DietBet!

Goal #4: Limit my snacking at night. I have a bad habit of not snacking during the day but at night. I try to hit at least 1200 calories each day. Some nights after dinner I haven't made it to 1200 calories. So then I am snacking to reach that number so My Fitness Pal doesn't yell at me and tell me I'm starving myself lol! But I don't like eating snacks late at night and some nights I'm just not hungry after dinner. So I plan to eat an early afternoon snack and late afternoon snack and see how I do with that. 

That's my plan for this week! I'm excited it's a 4 day work week! Yay! Good luck with your goals this week too!

QOTD: What are your goals this week? Have you ever gotten a burn from an ice pack (please tell me I'm not the only one out there who has done this)?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Runner Spotlights #101

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend! We sure are!

It's time for another runner spotlight...my 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 mindy@roadrunnergirl.com! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be spotlighted...you just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Kaella from Kaella On the Run! She lives in Canada but has run a race in one of my bucket list cities...New York City! She also did a run streak...just like me! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!

Name: Kaella
State: Alberta, Canada

When and why did you start running?
I started “officially” running in December 2012 as a way to lose the baby weight (60 pounds) and ran my first race in March 2013. I was hooked! I signed up and finished 9 more that year. In March, 2014 I completed the NYC half marathon (my dream race) and have many more on the horizon. My goal is to get faster and stronger and keep enjoying myself.

Along the way, I decided to start streaking (run streaking) and recently completed 397 days of running at least a mile every day. Thankfully my husband is (mostly) supportive of my crazy habit. I usually get up and run before my family is up (5-5:30am) or else I take my son, London, in the running stroller after work. You can read more about my running story here:

What is your favorite race and race distance?
The half marathon is my favorite running distance. My favorite race was the NYC Half. I love New York City and was so excited to get selected in the lottery. Running through Central Park was beautiful and the energy running through Times Square was amazing! I think I ran my fastest mile there, haha! It is also my half PR which is pretty cool! You can read about my NYC Race experience here: http://www.kaellaontherun.com/2014/03/2014-nyc-half-marathon.html

What is your race day routine?
I don’t eat before a 5 or 10K race but I also eat before a half marathon. I get up three hours before the start time and have a piece of toast, or waffle, with peanut butter and a glass of water. I’ve laid out my clothing, gear and fuel the night before so I don’t have to worry about that. I usually have to use the bathroom a number of times before I leave the house and at least once, or twice, before I line up to start. I have Crohn’s disease so I my stomach is also a little upset when I’m anxious, or nervous, about something! I like to be on site at least half an hour beforehand.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
My running shoes. I’ve always been a Mizuno Wave Rider girl. They are so comfortable and light! I wear my retired ones on park dates, and long walks, with my son. I own far too many to admit. I’m saving for a new Garmin, though, so that may be my favorite item soon ;)

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I just wish I would have started sooner. The runner community is amazing, both where I live and online, and they motivate me every day!

What is your fondest running memory?
I know I’ve mentioned it three times now but the NYC half is my favorite running moment. You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I ran through Times Square or when I crossed the finish line in under two hours (my goal!)

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I used to host a kids television show when I was a teenager. I got to learn how ice cream was made, meet some real-life heroes and go hang gliding. I was also an extra in some movies.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I love meeting new people and interacting with other mother runners online. Thank you for reading my story!

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

Thanks so much for sharing with us Kaella!

QOTD: What are your plans for Labor Day?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fitness Friday...August 29th Edition!

Happy Labor Day Weekend y'all!!! I am looking forward to my 3 day weekend! We don't have much planned but it will be great to just relax after a busy week! We are still trying to get adjusted to our school and work routine around here!

This week was filled with school and work. We did get to see my sister Christy and niece Ella yesterday! I was missing them like crazy...it's been 2 weeks since we've seen them! I had to get lots of Ella love! :-) We went to a new park and it was so cool! The boys didn't want to leave!

It's time for Fitness Friday! I got ALL my runs in this week! But I've been getting up early to run. Running at night last week was just too hard for me! It was too hot and my legs were just too tired after standing on them all day at school. Running in the mornings has worked out better for me this week....even though I do not like it when that alarm goes off lol!

  • Friday- #plankaday 1:10, 2.06 mile run in 17:55 average pace 8:43

  • Sunday- 3.11 mile run in 28:20 average pace 9:06
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:02, 2.05 mile run in 17:42 average pace 8:38

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:05, 2.06 mile run in 17:15 average pace 8:21

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:01, 2.07 mile run in 17:39 average pace 8:32

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:10, 3.11 mile run in 27:25 average pace 8:49

Weight loss this week: 1.8 lbs.
Weight loss total: 31.6 lbs.

Running was great this week! I really enjoyed (once I got out of bed) running with the sunrise! And I really like starting out my day with my run! Hopefully I can keep it up! I'm almost to day 100 of my streak. I'm still not sure if I'm going to continue streaking or stop. I'm hoping I will just know when the time comes lol!

I had a pretty big weight loss this week...almost 2 pounds! I really don't need to lose much more but I still have about 2 more pounds to go. 

I'm also hosting another DietBet called Road Runner Girl's September Slim Down! If you read my post yesterday then you know all about this! Hosting the DietBet was so much fun and I'm excited to host another one! I would LOVE it if you would join in and play!!! You can sign up HERE!!! :-)

This weekend for half marathon training I have a 10 mile run on schedule! I am running with my Sole2Soul Sisters! One of our sisters that moved away recently is going to be in town and is running with us and then we are all going to breakfast afterwards. It should be fun! My half marathon is in TWO weeks! I can't believe race season is already here! Yay! 

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!!!

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DietBet Recap...Plus Another Game!

I had a BLAST hosting and playing my first DietBet game!!! It was such a fun way to lose weight! And the best part about it....winning money!!! It was so successful that I decided to host another game!!! This game is called "Road Runner Girl's September Slim Down" and it starts September 1st!

To refresh your memory, here's how DietBet works:

1) Join a game. You can join my game HERE!
2) The pot grows as players join
3) Whoever hits the goal splits the pot!

Sounds easy, right? The game I'm hosting is a 4 week game with a goal to lose 4%. You start out with a bet of $25. During official weigh in time (August 30-31st) you will submit two digital pictures to the DietBetter referees. One picture will be a head to toe shot of you standing on the scale in airport security attire (that's light indoor clothing with no shoes, belt, hat, outerwear, pocketbook, watches or accessories and empty pockets).  The second picture will be a close up of your official weight on the scale with a piece of paper in the shot showing the word of the day (will be distributed by Dietbetter at the time of the weigh in and serve as an official timestamp). No one will see your weight or pictures except the Dietbetter Referees.

At the end of the game you will have a final weigh in (with photo proof). If you made the 4% goal...you split the pot with the other players that also made the goal! It's a win win situation! You win by losing weight AND you win by earning some money! The more players that play...the bigger the pot!

Sounds fun right? I promise you it is!!!

I told you I had fun playing didn't I? Well here's how it went for me. I started the game with my official weigh in photos. 

To win the DietBet I needed to lose 4% in 28 days...or 5.1 pounds. The weight I needed to be at the end of the game in order to win was 121.7. 

So for the next few weeks I counted my calories using My Fitness Pal. I ran. And I checked in on my DietBet page every day to see how all the other players were doing. We commented on each other's posts and encouraged and motivated each other. It was great! I could weigh-in as much as I wanted (they weren't official weigh-ins so I didn't have to submit photos) to see my progress. 

Was it tough? Well yes. Dieting IS tough. But when you have money on the line it makes you even more motivated. And I had all the other players in the game that I felt like I couldn't let down. 

The 28 days FLEW by! Before I knew it it was time to do my last weigh-in to determine if I had won. I was so nervous stepping on that scale. I thought it was going to be close! 

I was shocked to see that I lost 7.3 pounds during the DietBet!!! I had lost 2.2 pounds more than what I needed to win! I was so excited!!! I ended up winning $34.96!!! 

Because it was such a blast I was super excited to get asked to host another DietBet! I LOVE encouraging and motivating others in their weight loss journey so I'm super excited to host again!!!

I hope you will join my Road Runner Girl's September Slim Down DietBet!!! Sign up to play TODAY!!!

QOTD: Have you ever participated in a DietBet game? Are you going to join my game? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Beachy 10K!

This past weekend we stayed out at the beach. So my long run and #RRGRunStreak had to happen at the beach! I know what you are thinking....how awesome to get to run at the beach right? Well...it's definitely very pretty...but it is about 10 degrees hotter and the humidity mixed in with the salt air is so not fun! But I was determined to get it done! I made sure to wake up early enough to try to beat as much of the heat as I could.

This scene was gorgeous! It was worth being hot and miserable!

The sweat hadn't started pouring yet in this picture!

The first mile and a half led me into the historic Fort Morgan. I've run here many times but it never gets old!

Of course once I reached the Fort I had to turn around. I usually go out the same way I came in. But this time I decided to take one of the side gravel roads. I had to watch my footing here because of the rocks. But it was a nice change. And it looked like I was running straight towards the sunrise for a bit!

This road took me right in front of another part of the Fort...Battery Dearborn!

From this point I headed back on the main road. But then I saw a side street that headed towards the beach so I decided to take it. It lead me straight to the sand!

Then I turned back around and headed back to the main road. This is where I started to struggle. It was soooo hot! It was soooo humid! I was soooo thirsty! We WERE under a heat advisory so it wasn't a surprise that I was struggling. Luckily I knew that in the back of my hubby's truck was a cooler of waters. So I kept telling myself to make it to the condo parking lot and I could get some water.

I reached mile 4....and the parking lot! I grabbed a bottle of water out of my hubby's truck and I drank the ENTIRE water bottle!!! Usually I only drink a few ounces of water during water stops. But my body needed that full 16 ounces of water!

I headed back out knowing I only had to go 1 mile and then I could turn around and run a mile back to make my total of 6 miles. The water refreshed me a bit so I didn't struggle as badly those last 2 miles. But I will say that I was so happy when my Garmin reached 6.2 miles!

The best part about running at the beach? Stretching on the beach after the run! I love stretching and listening to the waves and seagulls! So peaceful!

QOTD: Are you ready for fall temperatures? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sawyer's Birthday Beach Weekend!

This past weekend we spent the weekend at the beach! We were able to stay in the hubby's Aunt and Uncle's condo! And Andy's parents stayed with us! We had an absolute blast! You may remember we stayed at the beach a few weeks ago for Hayden's birthday? Well Sawyer so wanted to do the same thing for his birthday but we didn't think we would be able to. Well thanks to Grandma she got it all worked out so we could! I had a very excited birthday boy!!! :-) Enjoy our weekend in pictures! :-)

It was an absolutely amazing weekend! The summer crowd was gone so we almost had the beach to ourselves! The water was calm (just like I like it) and crystal clear! We saw tons of fish, crabs, dolphins, and stingrays! It was so relaxing and just what we needed after the hectic first week of school!

QOTD: What is your favorite way to relax?



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