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Cake Chase 5k

The gang (Phil and Sarah behind the camera)

Jude’s first 5k!

My kids and me! Rach did the 1 mile walk. Yes, I am now the shortest one in my family.

Jude and I coming in for the finish.

Across the finish line: 32:23 (10:22 pace). I’ll take it!


All Hot and Sweaty

3.1 miles 32:08

That sounds like the title to a bad song, sorry about that. Well, I did my run for the Jelly Bean Virtual Race! I chose to run a 5k (since I have one that I’m getting ready for at the end of April) and finished in 32:08 for an overall pace of 10:22. MUCH closer to what I would like my “regular” pace to become! WOO! I did, however, start out WAY to fast, and had to try to recoup during mile 2, so I need to work on that.

It was a nice day, on the cool side but very, very humid. We had some bad storms move through our area last night, so it cooled things off, but whew… you could cut the air with a knife (so cliche, I know…again, my apologies). Later the kids and I headed to the gym and I ran another 2 miles, bringing the total for the day to 5. I’ll take it.

I hope you all (all 2 readers… Mom and Beth) have a GREAT Easter weekend!



Okay, so I’ve realized something. While I recognize I will probably never place in my age group (unless of course I’m still running when I’m 99 and there are only 2 other people in my category), I can run faster than what I’ve been telling myself I can run.  I think I’ve been phoning it in lately, and I’m not sure that I like that. It’s been two years since I’ve started this journey, and I think I’m finally ready to BAM, Kick it up a Notch (but just so we’re clear.. NOT a Carl Lewis notch).

To help with this endeavor I purchased some new shoes:

After much research I went with Asics Gel-Neo 33. They are more along the minimal line than my current shoes, but are still in the Stability category. I’ve run about 6 miles total in them so far and gotta say, I LOVE THEM. I think they encourage a mid-foot strike much more than my Kayanos, and they are much lighter to boot (8.5oz compared to 10.4). Both runs were around 3 miles and I averaged 10:54 on Friday  and 10:13 today. While this isn’t jaw dropping, it is much faster than I usually run. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the black, but it’s growing on me….plus it was my only color option. During and after my legs felt fantastic. I did feel a little more “tiredness” (for lack of a better description)  in the ball area of my foot, but I think that could be due to the whole mid-foot strike thing. The next day, my legs still felt great. So I’m taking that as a good sign. I’ve yet to wear them on a longer run, but will do so soon.

I’m running a 5k in April, and my goal is to train to feel comfortable at a 10:00  to 10:15 avg. pace. I’m also thinking about signing up for Longview’s Alley Fest 10k in May and seeing if I can PR. My overall goal is to have a faster “base” when I start training for the Tyler Rose Half in June (the half is in October). We shall see how all this goes.

In the end, my running has to be fun or I won’t do it. But at the same time I think I can give more than what I’m giving. I like the idea of pushing myself a little bit further (every 2 years isn’t too bad).


Happy Running (or whatever makes you happy)!


Oh, The Runs!

NO… not those kinds of runs…. these are FUN runs!

The Jelly Bean Virtual Race

The first one is a virtual 5-10k hosted by Jess. She lives in Peoria, which is right next to where my family lives. While I can’t be in Peoria to run with her, I will be running here in texas. Check out the link (her name) to get involved in this fun race. (it’s a super cute race bib!!)


Tyler Azalea 10k

Then there’s the Tyler Azalea 10k coming up THIS month! This is such a GREAT course through the Historic Azalea district of Tyler. The flowers are in full bloom and just beautiful. If you are in the area, you definitely need to check this run out. I ran it last year, and think I’m going to make it a tradition!

Kilgore’s Cake Chase

The last one, is the first annual Kilgore Historic Society Cake Chase. I’m automatically IN for anything to do with free cake! My son is thinking of doing this one with me. YAY! I haven’t checked out the course yet, but it sounds like it’s pretty much in my neighborhood (literally). And, well, like I said earlier… there is free cake. What more needs to be said?

Alpine Heart and Sole

I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to have the time to squeeze this run in as well. I did it last year, with my friend Pamela, and had a great time. For right now, it’s at the back of my brain.

Hope you have a GREAT week!!

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

A BIG Happy Thanksgiving!! I participated in the Daily Mile “Feed the Turkey Trot” this morning and ran my fastest 5k to date (non-treadmill time… why do I always go faster on the treadmill??) 31:30! I was muggy and warm (in the 70’s at 7:30 AM!!), but it felt good to get out there and run. I was able to print out a certificate and all that good stuff. 609 people participated, and it will be interesting to see where I place when all the results are in.

I still need to register for the Miracle Match Half that will take place in January, it was on my list to do yesterday….but like a lot of things yesterday I put it off. I’m not nervous about the distance, I mean 13.1 miles is a lot, but I’ve eeked out 12.1 so I’m pretty sure I can do it… what really is freaking me out is the PEOPLE. I like to run alone…. actually, to be honest, I like to do most things alone. The idea of all those other runners around me, and then add spectators on top of that, and that gets my heart rate up just a bit. I KNOW that they won’t be focusing on me (I’m not that conceited… geesh), but still the freak out factor is there. BUT, I’m still going to do it, and I’ll just focus and push all that out and just run. So TODAY (or perhaps tomorrow) I will register! (I need to do it before Dec. 1st to get a $10 discount)

I hope each of you have a wonderful, family filled Thanksgiving!





R & R

I think it’s some time for some R&R. While running on Monday, I had a little “tweak” in my left calf. I didn’t really pay attention, but then yesterday and today I was feeling it again and it didn’t “run out”. I felt this same thing when I first started running and it became a really big deal and I had to take of a couple of weeks to let it rest and heal, so I’m going to be proactive! I was looking back through my journal and noticed that the last time I took any amount of time off of running was back a week 9. Seeing as how this is week 19, I think it’s time to take a couple of days off. I don’t want to aggravate my calf anymore than necessary, and I don’t want it to become something that I have to take extended time off for. I’m still going to lift weights, but am probably going to totally rest my legs (we’ll see) at least until Tuesday of next week. I’m hoping that by taking action now, it will prevent me from really hurting later. Don’t worry, I shall return, I’ve come too far to stop now!! On another note, I set a new PR today for 5k mileage- 33:29! WooHoo!