Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Run of 2010!!!

Nothing like ending 2010 with a 10 mile run! It felt great this morning! Got to run with my wonderful friends...I am so thankful for them this past year! Without them I would NOT be running! They are so awesome!!! We ran 10 miles in 1:49:24 at an average pace of 10:56!

AND...my ankle/foot is GREAT!!!! I have had no pain after this run so far! I will admit that I laid hands on it last night and prayed for no pain! I truly believe God listened! Yay!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hills and Chills!

Brrrr...21 degrees outside this morning! But it is worth it when you are running with some great friends! We ran a new route this morning...and it involved some hills. I know hills are good for me but I REALLY don't like them lol! But it was nice to run a different route! We planned on running around 3 miles. By the time we reached our starting point we were at 3.3 miles. Everyone else stopped but I just couldn't! Being the anal one that I am I had to make it to 3.5 miles lol. So I kept going and am really glad I did! I ran 3.51 miles in 38:00 at an average pace of 10:50. A little slower than my normal short runs but those hills slowed me down lol!

Ok...I have been running with hardly any pain anywhere so I guess it is time for pain to show up. Last Wednesday during my short run I felt something in my left foot below my ankle but not in the heel. It wasn't bad so I kept running. It was a little sore the rest of the day...it felt like I sprained it. I went ahead and ran my long run on Christmas Eve...it felt great after I was warmed up...and didn't hurt that bad before that. The entire run was great...I barely felt it. As the day went on it was pretty sore. It felt sprained still and a little bruised feeling. Well, same thing today. I could feel it when I started running but once I got warmed up I could barely feel it. It gets pretty sore as the day wears on...feels bruised more than anything. Ugh! I hate having pains!!!! I am going to just do what I normally do and keep running and hope it eases.

My running schedule is a little off this week. I am only going to get in two runs this week. The girls are all running tomorrow morning but I know I need to hold off since this foot thing is bothering me. So I don't want to push it and run two days in a row. We have our long run planned for Friday morning...New Year's Eve. I am running 10 miles! I hope whatever is going on with my foot works itself out soon!!!! Happy running!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Run!

What a wonderful way to begin Christmas...doing what I love to do...RUN! Had a great run this morning with some GREAT friends! It really hit me as I was running down the road watching the beautiful sunrise how amazing it is that God created all of that beauty. I have so many things to be thankful for...including the blessing that God gave me legs with which to run with!

I ran 8 miles in 1:28:56 at an average pace of 11:06!

Now ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus with my precious family! Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

4.25 Miles and Some Ab Work!

Ran with the girls again this morning! The weather was perfect..about 58 degrees with a little bit of wind! Had an awesome run! We ran 4.25 miles in 43:58 at an average pace of 10:20. After we stretched, me and one of the other girls did some ab work...it was great but so hard because my abs are soooo sore from CrossFit the other night!

Long run is planned for Christmas Eve morning!!! Happy Running!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Run With the Girls!

Started my first day of Christmas vacation by not sleeping in...but getting up at 4:45 AM to go RUN! Yep I am crazy! I ran with 3 other girls this morning! It was great running with friends instead of solo! It was chilly at first but I was sweating by the end of the run. We ran 3.11 miles in 31:35 at an average pace of 10:09!

Have a great day everyone! I can't believe Christmas is only 5 days away!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Long Run Day...in the Cold and Wind!

I had a fabulous run this morning! Really enjoyed running with my girls! And REALLY enjoyed running solo with Paige for a few of those miles...great catching up time! It was colder than I thought due to the wind but I warmed up once I started running. LOVE these long runs!!!

I ran 7.01 miles in 1:15:05 at an average pace of 10:42!

Having to rearrange my running days next week due to Christmas. We are going to do our long run on Christmas Eve!

Headed out to do some last minute Christmas shopping! AND to spend the $80 gift card to Running Wild that my sweet class gave me for Christmas! Some much needed sports bras are in my future!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Windy and Humid!

Totally different weather from the 20 degrees I ran in on Tuesday! Today was humid, in the 60's, and windy. The wind made it a little harder since we ran against it half the run. Enjoyed running with my girls today!!! We met at Laura's house to run...was great running a new route for a change! We ran 4 miles in 41:50 at an average pace of 10:27! Ready for a long run of 7 miles on Saturday!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful...

but the endorphins from a run are so delightful! And although it's much warmer in my bed, let me RUN, let me RUN, let me RUN!!! Brrr! It was cold out today (in the 20's) but I had a great run! I had to run against the wind the last mile home which was a little challenging lol! Glad I got out there and ran despite the chilliness! I ran 3.1 miles (by myself) in 31:06 at an average pace of 10:00!

I hope everyone is staying warm out there!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Long Run Day!

What a gorgeous run this morning!!! We ran a new route that had open fields and woods on the side of the road. We even saw two deer dart across the road! This run started my training for my next half in February! It felt great and strong...and we even ran hills! Love runs like this!!!

I ran 6 miles in 1:04:50 at an average pace of 10:47!

Now time to go sing in our church Christmas Musical!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

COLD but AWESOME Run!!!

Woo Hoo! I got to run with my girls this morning!!! It has been awhile and I have missed them! AND I had a GREAT run this morning!!! Felt like I could keep going forever! I haven't felt like that in awhile. Got that runner's high...feels sooo good!!! We ran 5 miles in 51:06 at an average pace of 10:12!!! I will take it!!! It was SUPER cold this morning but when you are all bundled up and there is no wind...it is not too bad!

For what I mean by super cold...look at what my car thermometer said the outside temp was:


Brrr!!!! Yep, I think you can say we are officially CrAzY for running in that kind of weather lol!

Looking forward to my long run on Saturday. I have decided that for my next half-marathon (Rock 'n Roll Mardi Gras in NOLA in February) I am going to do my training a little differently. Before (for the Pensacola Half-Marathon), I ran 3-5 miles twice a week and then did a long run of about 10-12 miles almost every weekend. I am going to revamp training this time and do it the way you are supposed to. I am still going to run 3-5 miles twice during the week but my long runs on the weekend are going to start out slow and gradually build up instead of just running 10-12 EVERY weekend. So Saturday I am going to OFFICIALLY start my training and do a long run of 6 miles. I am trying to avoid overuse injuries...because a lot of the girls I am running with are getting injured. Scares me because I already have little pains here and there that I have to get through...I don't want to get seriously injured for training too hard. Trying to play it smart this go around! :-) Anyway, enough for now! Be back after my 6 miles on Saturday!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Brrr!!!

Another cold day...upper 20's here. But I bundled up warm and was fine! I will say that I like to run in about 50 degree weather the most. It's not supposed to be this cold here lol! The sunrise was beautiful this morning! A great way to start the busy day ahead of me!

All my friends did not want to run in the cold this morning so I set out by myself again. It's not too bad because if I run by myself I can sleep in a little longer lol! I ran 3.11 miles in 32:03 at an average pace of 10:18. My legs felt tired the entire run but I didn't quit. Glad I ventured out on my own this morning...despite the cold!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jingle Bell Run 5K!!!

This race was sooo much fun! We wore tutus, Christmas socks, Christmas tree hats, and our purple Sole2Soul Sisters shirts! Channel 5 News even came out and did an interview with us!!! The course was very very hilly! I thought one of the hills was NEVER going to end! Still pretty happy with my time...not a PR but that is not what I was intending to do. My official time was 32:02! This one was all for fun!!!

Me all dressed up!


Me and Paige!


Sole2Soul Sisters Officers with Santa!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

COLD Run!

Brrr! It was freezing this morning...made it really hard to get going and get warmed up. Thank goodness there was no wind. I kept wanting to turn around, go home, and crawl back into my warm bed. But I persevered and finished what I set out to do! I ran (by myself again) 3.5 miles in 37:23 at an average pace of 10:40!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

13.1 Decorating My Christmas Tree!!!

A gift from my friend Andi, who ran my first half-marathon with me!



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