Monthly Archives: April 2011

Jelly Beans & Walking

I just found out about The Jelly Bean virtual race hosted by RUN WITH JESS. It’s going on until tomorrow, so get on over there and sign up! You can either sign up for the 5k or the 10k (that’s the one I entered). And, you could even win one of several “door prizes”… how cool is that? So what are you waiting for, GO SIGN UP!!

This week has been a walking week. I’ve been putting in the miles, just in a different form. My BFF told me about the Leslie Sansone videos Walk at Home, so I decided to give them a try! I always like have more options for cross train days (and I really like walking too). This is the package I purchased:

I bought this for my daughter to use as well. It has dvds for: mini walks (1 mile walks I think), 2 miles, 3 miles and 4 miles; and it comes with resistance bands. I am in LOVE with the 4 mile video! I use the bands for mile 1 and 2. Mile 3 is just regular, then durning mile 4 they do intervals with upper and lower body resistance training. It truly is a total body work out.

Of course, you get out of it what you put into it, but the music is fast and you can even jog if you want to. GREAT STUFF! If you are looking for something to do at home (rain, snow, heat?? no problem!) I would recommend this series. I think I’m going to check out some other videos that she offers too. Oh, and I appreciate that she uses all sizes and shapes of people in her videos! It’s very refreshing!

I’m taking today off. But will be running my 10k tomorrow. WooHoo! I think I’m almost ready to get back out there and hit the road! I will be officially start training for my next Half (scheduled for 10/9/11) on June 5th. I’m excited!

In other life news (not related to running, except that I ate a cookie, a brownie and a cupcake which will require some running), we had a fun bunch of people over last night to hang out!

Here’s about half of the Motley Crew (or Crue…if you’re 80’s like me). The other half had yet to arrive. It was a great time of laughing, eating and just chillin’ for a while. A big THANKS to everyone who came!!

Hope you all have a GREAT Easter weekend!



Get Low

I just got the sound track from this movie… it truly makes me happy listening to it.There are a quite a few songs that are going to be added to my running list:

  • Angelina Baker
  • North
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (I mean really, who couldn’t use more whiskey before breakfast)
  • Monkey Bay
  • No Haircut
  • Drive to Town for Clothes
  • Jesus Come for Me (my mile 12 anthem….)
  • Lay My Burden Down

I’ve also added a few from Jon Schmidt:

  • Love Story Meets Viva La Vida (via Courtney on Daily Mile… thanks, Courtney!!)
  • Game Day
  • Waterfall
  • Bells of Freedom
  • Pachelbel Meets U2

Some of my favorite tunes to listen to are instrumental, so if any of you have any suggestions, please share!!

Happy listening!

Give a Little Bit of Heart & Sole…

No, unlike Lindsay over at Chasing the Kenyans (who rocked it by the way), I’m not going to post me singing. Trust me, no one wants to hear that.

No, fortunately for you the title of my blog has to do with the Heart and Sole 5k benefiting Alpine Christian Academy; which I had the honor of running in this morning! What a fun race, and what made it even funner (yes, I know, but it’s my blog and I can use funner anytime I want) is that I got to run it with a very good friend (and another very good friend was manning the aid station!).

99.999% of my running is done solo, because I prefer it that way. It gives me time to think and to, quite honestly, BE ALONE. I don’t get much alone time (homeschool), and really enjoy it durning my runs. In fact, I would probably be happy with being a hermit (I can hold quite and interesting conversation with myself… you should see me in the grocery store).

Today, however, was a nice change from the norm. We were able to chat and laugh and get to know each other better, which is pretty cool. PLUS I ran faster, not because she made me or I felt that I had to in order to keep her happy (I told her from the get go that I was a SLOW runner, and she graciously said she’d let me set the pace), it just happened. I set out to keep a solid 10:30 pace and we finished with a solid 10:07 pace! WooHoo!! I think running solo allowed me appreciate and enjoy today all that much more. Honestly, I’m not sure that I would always want a running buddy… but this occasional run was FANTASTIC!

This 5k was a great way to start a Saturday, and I’m glad that I was able to participate!

Here’s to hoping your Saturday holds great things!

Be Nice and 100 Posts!

This is a reminder to myself, to be nice to myself. I am the worst at self criticism and beating myself up over things. I need to be nice. PERIOD. I’m not sure why, but I seem to be nice to everyone BUT myself at times. Don’t I know that things tend to go better when I approach it with a good attitude and NICENESS? Then why don’t I apply that same pattern to myself? One of these days, I think I’ll get it… hopefully!


this is my 100th post! Wow!!

March Recap

My total miles for March totaled 57. A little down from January and February, but I’ll take it! I also ran the Azalea 10k (see the previous post) and set a PR for that distance (yes, it might have been my FIRST 10k, but it’s still a PR!). So all in all, March has been a good month.

I’m looking forward to April, and just found out about a 5k this Saturday that I will run. It’s on the Paul Boorman trail in Longview, that I have run a couple of times, so I feel confident that it will be a good time. I think a friend of mine is going to run it as well, so maybe I’ll see her!

I’ve also been thinking lately about what FUEL I’m putting into my body, and trying to make better choices through out the week. Don’t get me wrong… Mike’s hard lemonade and cheeseburgers are alive and well in my future, but during the week I’m trying to stick with whole foods (granola, yogurt, fruit, breads etc.) and leave the “fun stuff” for Friday and Saturday. I’ve also cut down on sweets during the week. Partly because I’ve been so busy and haven’t be able to get to the grocery store… and when I’m there I’m focused just on the items I need (get in and get out). But I think that I should probably try to make this a pattern… during the WEEK…. save those cupcakes for the weekend! Make it special and not an everyday thing. We’ll see how that goes.

I know this blog was kinda all over the place, but that’s the way my brain works sometimes…. my husband is used to it, and you’ll get used to it too.

Hope you all have a great week! Happy running!