Monday, May 2, 2016

The Weekly Chase #172!

Happy Monday y'all! And happy May! I can't believe it's already May! The countdown is on...only 3 weeks until Summer break!!! Yay!!!

This weekend was incredible! It started off on Friday night. I went to a women's conference with some of my friends from work....the Unique Conference. The theme was called "Shine" and it was an incredible weekend!

Friday night was great! We had a great time worshipping and listening to the guest speaker.

Then afterwards we enjoyed the after party where men dressed in black and white served us all kinds of yummy hor d'oeuvres!

Saturday morning I woke up pretty early so I could get in 6 miles before day 2 of the conference. It was soooo hot and humid during my run but I got it done! I'll tell you more about it on Wednesday. 

After getting cleaned up Sawyer and I headed to my friend Erika's house. Sawyer was having a playdate with her daughter Lily while we went to the conference. He was so excited! And I was ready for day 2 of the Unique Conference! We took a few more posed pictures! I LOVE that they had all these photo ops for us! 

We also got coffee while we waited on the doors to open. 

Finally they opened the doors. We enjoyed worshipping again and listening to three more sessions of guest speakers. 

During one of our breaks we enjoyed one of the other photo ops! Don't we look so cute???

Day 2 of the Unique Conference was incredible! And it ended with confetti and streamers falling! So much fun and such a blessing!!! I made sure to buy my ticket immediately for next year!

After the conference I picked up Sawyer. He had so much fun with his friend Lily and didn't want to leave!

But it was time to head to Hayden's Boy Scout event. His troop was participating in one of the local community events and they built a rope bridge. Sawyer enjoyed trying out the bridge and you can see Hayden in the background doing his job of walking beside the people as they crossed the bridge. 

I also got to witness my sweet Boy Scout breaking down the bridge when the event was over. He was working so hard and I was so proud of him!

On the way home I stopped by Starbucks since it was half price frappuccinos! I got a coffee frappuccino for myself and Andy. I got the grande size since it was so close to dinner time. 

That night we headed to The Brendel's house for a BBQ birthday celebration for Kirstin's parents. We enjoyed spending time with friends and eating some super yummy food. And shame on me because I didn't take one picture! :-( 

Sunday morning I had a great 5K recovery run. Then it was off to church! The rest of the day was spent around the house. We needed a down day since the weekend had been so busy!

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! Yep! The streak is still going strong!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, and ice daily. Yes!
  • Goal #3: Maintain my weight by logging my calories. 99%. I didn't log all my food on Saturday. 
  • Goal #4: Move 11,000 steps or more each day this week. Yes!
  • Goal #5: Run at least 1 run under 2 miles. Yes!
  • Goal #6: Eat less calories each day. Yes! I've been really watching my food portions and calories and it's paying off. 
  • Goal #7: Complete at least one page of the memory books this week. Yes!! I got several pages done this week!
  • Goal #8: Take at least one walk after dinner with my hubby. Well I took several after dinner walks this week but they were with my boys...not with my hubby. He had meetings or worked late every night this week so we didn't get to walk. 

Here are the goals I'm chasing 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: Eat less calories each day. I still want to keep this as a goal this week. It's helping me stay on track having less calories to log each day. It helps me watch how much and what I am eating. 

Goal #7: Take at least one walk after dinner with my hubby. I want to try this again this week!

Goal #8: Complete my May calendar and memory books. I need to complete my May calendar (and last one of the school year) for the parents. I also hope to complete my memory books this week so that's off my plate and I can focus on preschool graduation. 

So that's my plan this week! I hope you have a great week of accomplishing your goals!

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fitness Friday...April 29th Edition!

Happy Friday...finally!!! This week was long! I thought Friday would never get here lol!

Even though it was long I still had a good week!

On Monday my boys had Field Day at school! I know Field Day on a Monday is weird...but that's because the original date (that was on a Friday) had to be rescheduled due to rain. The boys looked so cute in their Field Day shirts before school!

They had a blast at Field Day! But Hayden came home a different guy! LOL!

After dinner that evening the boys and I took a 2 mile walk! Andy had a work meeting and got home late otherwise he would have joined us. I'm loving this weather right now!

Tuesday is our super busy day. Hayden has art class and then he has his weekly Boy Scout meeting that night. I am driving here and there to get him everywhere he needs to be. But he brought home a beautiful new masterpiece from art!

While Andy and Hayden were gone to the Boy Scout meeting, Sawyer and I took another walk after dinner!

Wednesday morning it was super humid during my run. Summer is approaching the Gulf Coast fast y'all! I was so sweaty after those 2 miles!

That evening we met our friends for dinner at Chicken Salad Chick. Sawyer missed out because he was at gymnastics...but he didn't mind because he doesn't like Chicken Salad Chick. Hayden and Maddy decided to sit at a table by themselves...away from the parents lol! They were so cute!!!

After dinner we were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset!!!

Thursday I had to pick up Hayden's Boy Scouts uniform from the alterations place. Since my mother-in-law is out of town and this girl doesn't know how to sew...I had to take it somewhere to get his new patches sewn on. My boy is now officially a Boy Scout now that all traces of Cub Scouts is off of his uniform! 

And I had to pass Starbucks on the way home...and I hadn't gone all know I had to stop lol!

In other news...did y'all see the newest from runDisney??? They are offering a Virtual Race Series this summer! There are 3 different 5K races....Yellow Shoes 5K, Red Pants 5K, and White Gloves 5K. Or you can run all three to complete the Virtual Running Shorts Series! Each race includes a digital race bib and a finisher medal. If you complete the series you get an additional medal and Mickey tumbler. What do y'all think???

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I had a great week of runs although it's started getting super humid out there. Last Friday was my 700th day of my run streak!!!!!!!!

  • Friday- #plankaday 2:15, 2.50 mile run in 19:58 average pace 8:00

  • Sunday- 2.67 mile run in 21:45 average pace 8:09
  • Monday- #plankaday 2:15, 1.90 mile run in 15:27 average pace 8:08, 2 mile walk

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 2:05, 2.31 mile run in 18:57 average pace 8:12

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 2:15, 2.35 mile run in 18:50 average pace 8:01

  • Thursday- #plankaday 2:05, 2.36 mile run in 18:50 average pace 7:58

Like I mentioned was a great week of runs! On Thursday I was so thankful to get my run in that morning because I saw lightning halfway through the run. Luckily the lightning flashes were several minutes apart so I think it was still far off. 

Tomorrow I plan on getting in 6 miles in the morning. I have a church women's conference that starts tonight and finishes up tomorrow morning. So 6 miles before the conference will be about all I have time for. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week? What do you think about runDisney's new virtual races?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

8 Miles...and a Dog Story!

It's really weird not having a race recap to write this week! I did a ton of racing this winter! But all my races are complete until the fall.

So right now I'm not training for anything. But that doesn't mean I won't be running long runs this summer.

My plan is to keep a base of at least 6 miles. Some weeks I will run more. It will just all depend on how I feel during the run.

This past Saturday I set out for 7-8 miles. I decided to run my favorite route to downtown and back. The weather was in the 60's. And it was sunny and clear!

This first mile was on sidewalk so I didn't have to worry about traffic. But then I hit the street and I had to be very aware. Also...the weekend before as I was running along this same street a man was walking his dog. He was on the opposite side of the street from me. His big, white, fluffy, friendly-looking dog saw me and started growling and charging at me! I was SCARED TO DEATH! And I think even the man was surprised! He started yelling at his dog but the dog kept coming. And there were cars coming as well. The cars ended up having to stop so that they didn't hit the dog. I could feel the dog brush up against me but luckily he didn't bite me. The owner grabbed him and I kept running. It was so scary. 

So this week I was on the lookout for that dog again. Luckily he was not in sight. I breathed a sigh of relief and started enjoying my run. Around mile 3 I had reached the downtown area. It's always so pretty there!

I was having a great run. I decided to go ahead and run 8 instead of 7 miles. I reached mile 4 and it was time to turn around and head back. 

Going back I realized that I had been going slightly downhill the way there. So the last half of this run was a lot tougher because it was hilly! And there was some wind that added to it. 

I tried to distract myself and not think about the hills. I absolutely LOVED running by this house that had these bushes in front. They smelled soooo good!!! Does anyone know what it is? Is it honeysuckle? 

I crossed over the main highway and then I only had about 2 miles to go. I was running down the street and I could see that there was a man running in the middle of the street heading my way. I think he spotted me and he ran over to the sidewalk. Guess what he was doing? Putting a leash on his dog! YES! The same white, fluffy, friendly-looking dog (vicious dog in my opinion) from last weekend!!! I was soooo thankful he put a leash on him! The man and the dog stayed on the sidewalk and as I passed by them the man kept running and said good morning to me. I responded and as soon as I did the dog tried to run after me AGAIN! He almost tripped his owner but the man kept ahold of him thank goodness. Whew! 

The rest of the run was uneventful. I made it home safely! And I made it those 8 miles!

The sky was beautiful after my run and I couldn't help but take a picture of the clouds! 

It was a great run! But next weekend....I'm changing my route up some. I do NOT like that white dog! 

QOTD: Do you carry anything on your runs to protect you from dogs? I need some tips! 



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