#MotivationalMonday #MarathonMonday Free Oxygen & Running Battlefield.


So this week in running… I gave myself two rest days instead of one, using one rest day as a XT (cross training) day on the elliptical and the other day for a short 1.4 mile hike. I feel like my body is simply needing the extra rest. Some people are running machines and I am not one of them. For me, it’s so difficult to not play the comparison game. Like why can’t I push harder when someone else can? Why am I not any faster?  Why have these past two weeks been mentally draining and like a running battlefield for me?! I did not hit my weekly mileage goal and here’s why…

No weekly running selfies or Garmin selfies this week. I just ran when I could. I didn’t get my speedwork in. First speedwork run I’ve missed all training season. I did run on the scheduled day I just didn’t push myself into the 800s…Several factors including: 

Late running start

Temps went up 

Windy as all get out

Read: excuse. after. excuse. 


I wanted to run an easy six yesterday but I had to work ALL day. On Easter. I know. (So over pharmacy. Working hard everyday towards becoming a full time personal trainer!) So long run on Saturday plus being on my feet all day Sunday I just felt so sore all over especially my feet. So my hubby and I went on a short hike post work. And after all that hydration talk on Friday, I still have felt dehydrated all week. Why?

So where’s the motivational part of this post, miss negative Nancy??

Read Here: St. Jude.

I thought I would share with you all  where some of the money goes when you donate to St. Jude.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

So regardless of how perfect or less than stellar my training goes during this marathon season, I know I’m running for a greater cause. If only 22 people donated just $20 dollars one kid could have one day of oxygen. I have free oxygen everyday. My body doesn’t fail me in health. It may become weary and tired at times…like during marathon training…but it is in good health. 

If you are blessed with free oxygen would you consider giving any amount to these kids? Donate HERE.


So what’s on tap for this week:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 7 easy w/7 strides + strength training

Wednesday: Mile repeats 8 m w/3 x 1 m + yoga

Thursday: 10 m w/8 @ MP

Friday: 6 easy

Saturday: 16 lsd

Sunday: 6 easy or rest/yoga

Total goal mileage: 53 miles

I’m betting I’ll add another rest day in on Sunday. So that total mileage will be lower, like this past week. But I’m okay with this. Overall I’ve had a pretty solid training season. Rest is a key element in training. And I’ve almost lost sight of this.

I’m so grateful that all the monster long runs are behind me. We begin the slow taper.

T-minus three weeks!

How’s your training going? Doubts? Fears? Excitements? Do you compare yourself to other runners occasionally?

blessed and beautiful running.



So how’s your strength training relationships going?  I’m sad to say I’ve abandoned mine lately. I didn’t mean to break up with it, life just got busy!  Excuses, excuses.  Right, I know. I think I may need this Tuesdays edition of Tips and Tricks more than anybody.
Yesterday I had a friend over and we were discussing training plans, shoes, running yada yada (best friend ever when you can discuss mile split times and not get bored haha ah sweet runbonding time) and I was showing him the Smart Marathon training book I use(ed) for strength training and in flipping through it I saw where I had HIGHLIGHTED and UNDERLINED where it said, “what is required, however, is a commitment to your strength training.”  And “do it at least 3-4 times a week.”  I was like GAH!  In marking these phrases I still do not remember to get it in. Guess I just closed the book and forgot. Or neglected it. He suggested, the brilliant friend that he is, that I cut the sentance out and tape it to my forehead. I had a better idea.

I wrote down the phrases from my book on a Post-It note, highlighted and underlined it, and taped it to my bathroom mirror where I’m sure to see it every day.  I’m considering taping more to the fridge, closet, pantry, tv, mirrors…everywhere I can see it; so I can’t hide from my commitment fears any longer!

**What are some things you do to help you remember to get that strength training in?**

Happy (&Blessed) Running!

Monday Mission Accomplished

Ah ha!  It worked!  Knowing I had to (refer to last Monday’s post) take a picture to show proof I filled up my running journal with runs and XT gave me a swift kick in the bootay to get my week on!  Okay so I was supposed to show proof Sunday but whatever….what’s a day right?  It was much easier last week because I was on my little staycation (away from work thank you Jesus!) But now it’s back to the grind….boooooooo!!!
Getting 30 miles in last week felt like a piece of cake. I’m curious to see how I feel now that I’m back at work on my feet all fun-lovin day.  (Will someone pleeeeease pay me to run and blog all day?)
Anyway, on another note…. I really like my Runner’s Journal. It’s technically called, The Complete Runner’s Day-By-Day Log 2012 Calendar by Marty Jerome. It has all the calendar space I need and includes tips and quotes that help encourage me each week. 

The quote in the picture is one from the Running Calendar, one I love the most!

Happy (&blessed) running!

Excuses, excuses…why hello Monday!

Last week went by way too fast!  It was a busy week full of work and the kid’s swim!  Thursday the kid had swim meet #3. And it was out of town by about 1 hour and 45 minutes away. And the meets are generally very long. Say about 3-4 freaking hours long!! We didn’t get home till 12:45 that evening. I’m no night owl. I like my sleep. I swear I’m an 80 year old woman in a 26 year old body. But next morning guess who had to be at work at 8 am???  I made it by 8:02. I know, I know. I’m a total slacker. I say all this mess to say that last week’s MT(marathon training)W(week)#2 did not go exactly as planned. Oh, I did get three solid runs in (minus one mile on the long run…gaaaah) but forget about any other form of excersice. I did manage to get a few push-ups, crunches and yoga poses in but I guarantee nothing noteworthy.
I had a list of excuses that week:

•kid’s swim practice and then swim meet out later-than-a-hooker late
•work early, work late, work more
•household needs and demands
•felt extra sleepy all week, haven’t slept well
(Been waking up in the middle of the night STARVING!  Is this normal during marathon training??)
•blah, blah, blah

And here I am. Blogging. Not moving. It’s only Monday.
BUT…I am on my “staycation” officially!  I would think it would definitely be easier to get my workouts in, right??  This week already has some goodies lined up for the kid.  I’m telling you, it’s all about the kid! 😉
Monday (that would be today): the kid has a friend coming over for a ‘playdate’ (which means I shouldn’t be Blogging but cleaning this house! We also had another little friend, aka cousin, over last night till later-than-a-hooker late–which was fun! I don’t mind it at all. Just makes for a sleep in next am kind of am and not get up early enough to get my workout in.)
Tuesday: We have a movie date with my sister and my neice!  Ice-Age!  Think I’m more excited than the kid…
Wednesday: I get my hair cut! Yay. 

*Okay, so by now I’m sure you’re all green with envy of my awesome week so far.  Ha!  This is where poor, single mothers find their joy and excitement.*

Thursday: open
Friday: open

Okay so I guess the week isn’t too full…but as a mother it can be so easy to say, “I just don’t have time to get my workouts in”. Yes YOU do!!!

Here’s some helpful tips I’ve thought of:

•Starting everyday off with prayer is a huge help.
•Keep a runner’s or fitness journal.
•Write down a schedule!!  Everything from wake-up time, laundry, runs, playtime, tv time <–shouldn't be too much if any of this!, shower time, phone calls, Blogging, whatever. And try to stick with it.
•Get shut eye! Easier said than done. Especially for mothers! Try to set a certain time for yourself to be in bed. So if you know you’d like to be up by say 6:30 get to be no later than10:30 for 8 hours of sleep….okay so I may be in fantasy land now but it is a nice idea.
•Get organized!!!!!  Knowing where things are is a huge time saver!  I have a small area of my home where I keep all my workout gear like magazines, yoga mat, dvds, ect.
•Lay your workout, running clothes and/or shoes out the night before where you will see them first thing in the morning.
•Or just sleep in your workout clothes. Me? I prefer pjs. But whatever works for you and gets you going!
•Make workout time fun with the kid(s). Say you don’t get up in time to get it in before the madness of the day starts, get your kid in the action!!  Get out the jump-ropes, try fun yoga poses together, take a bike ride.
•There WILL be days and weeks that do not go as planned. Just know that it is OK. Life will go on and so will your training plan.
•Just keep on keeping on!!!

Here’s a personal challenge:
Here is a picture of my blank planning calendar for the week. By Sunday I will post a picture of it FULL.  That’s the plan!

*So what about YOU?  How do your “planned” weeks or training plans go?  What excuses do you find yourself falling for? *