Wordless Wednesday: Just Run.

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so blessed to have this as my running playground.

Just run. It’s a beautiful world out there.

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miles ahead. worries behind. sunscreen + sweat= happy spring runner but annoyed eyes.

**And don’t forget the sunscreen and NUUN during the warmer days! 

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

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TnT Tuesday: Electo Pops, a Chill Way to Stay Hydrated and Healthy

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Good afternoon Tuesday! I realize my posting has been a bit of a hit or miss and quite frankly sporadic as of late…you can pretty much expect that from me over the summer as I get busier. There’s that and I’ve been quite uninspired to write. Not sure why…maybe it’s because I have no marathon training going on currently? I’ve been staying busy with work, personal training, kid’s baseball, running, cross-training, and weight just kinda how ever I’m feeling. No strict must-run-this-pace plan. And I’m freaking LOVIN’ it! Yet simultaneously going stir crazy without a strict routine. *Note to self: I’ll have plenty of time later to kill self in training. Enjoy while easy running lasts.

But today I have a super cool tip for staying hydrated this summer in a new cool fancy way. Only requires two to three ingredients…depending on how much fruit you like. That and I have a totally hard time making anything more complicated than three ingredients… I kid, I kid. I can cook. When I feel like it. You see a trend here…running when I feel like it, blogging when I feel like it, cooking when I feel like it….summer has already hit my brain apparently.

Anyway, onward to our fun treat. I call them Electro Pops. Short for electrolyte. I told you it was fancy. I know, I know… you are all thoroughly impressed with my classy wit. But on a more impressive note, these little pops cost you about 10 calories or less (depending on if you use NUUN or Gatorade) each with a little burst of essential electrolytes. It’s an easy way to stave off that late night ice-cream craving and/or hydrate on a hot summer day. Also, way more cost efficient than purchasing popcicles with all kinds of refinded sugar and corn syrups in those pre-packed deals. And, the kid loves them.

Electo Pops Recipe

Step one: gather everything you need. Like this list:

  • knife, preferably a short one specific to fruit. or if you’re classy like me just grab a streak knife. whatever works.
  • straws
  • empty ice cube tray(s)
  • strawberries, blueberries (whatever fruit you like)
  • pre-mixed NUUN, Gatorade, or your electrolyte beverage of choice

Step two: cut straws into thirds and place one in each cube space

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straws and ice cube trays. super affordable and easy.

Step three: cut fruit into little cubes and fill ice cube tray. The more you stuff in there the better the straw sticks up.

cutting strawberries with a steak knife. it's okay to judge.

cutting strawberries with a steak knife. it’s okay to judge.

fill with yummy, refreshing fruit.

fill with yummy, refreshing fruit.

Step four: pour electrolyte beverage over until covering all cubes. Where’e my picture here? Think I was getting too anxious to freeze them and forgot to snap. Oh well, you get the idea.

Step Five: freeze for about 4-5 hours

one I pulled out had my strawberries shaped like a heart. proof these are good for you. ;-)

one I pulled out had my strawberries shaped like a heart. proof these are good for you. 😉

Step six: loosen tray, pull out by the straw, and enjoy! like this kid:

kid friendly. adult approved. win-win!

kid friendly. adult approved. win-win!

The funniest thing was that the kid was like, “ohmygosh these are soooo good!! Did you find this off Pintrest?” I replied, “No. No I did not. I just figured this one out on my own. I don’t need Pintrest. Pintrest needs me.”

hahaha although I am almost near positive this may have already been thought of before. I’m sure. But for now, my kid thinks I’m a total genius. 😉

So there you have it folks. A blog post and a neat, good-for-you popsicle recipe. You’re welcome.

Is your brain already geared up for summer? Any fun plans? Are you an ice-creamaholic like me??

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

Wordless Wednesday…Almost.

I usually post some sort of wisdom Wednesday, but today my brain just isn’t feeling it. So I’m jumping on the Wordless Wednesday band wagon today.

These are my legs:
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just legs.

These are my legs on NUUN:

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This is how NUUN makes my runs feel: electric!

Eight beautiful, sunny miles today at a faster clip. Still sticking with lots of cross-training on the elliptical, stretching, and weight training. Just being sure all my joints, ligaments, and tendons in my legs have the proper recovery from the marathon. My legs are getting some speed back in them though and feeling ready for a fast 5k this weekend!

What photo editor do you use if any? Which electrolyte beverage is your favorite? 

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

#MarathonMonday 5 Days Until #RnRNashville and Martina McBride!!

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I started in January…and we are now half way through April?! Time flies…

Hey guys! I can not believe it’s already been 15 weeks ((WHAT?!)) since I started training for Nashville’s Rock n’ Roll Country Music Marathon! Like I mentioned before I have given everything I feel like I could have during this training cycle. Most weeks were strong and I was able to hit all my target paces and in review it looks like I’ve only had about 2 weeks that were kind of funky. And still out of 16 weeks of training the only runs I missed were one speed session and two 16 mile long runs, however they were replaced with a.) Green Valley 10 miler PR race! b.) easy trail run with the hubby. Which is always nice!

I started tapering about three weeks out with a gradual mileage reduction with my last long run four weeks out with a 20 miler. Over the course I’ve run roughly 640-650 miles during this training session. I love how DailyMile adds it all up for me. I’m a logistics nerd and like reviewing my numbers. But I’m too lazy to write or add myself. Thank you DailyMile.

Last week was more slack than I would have preferred…during taper the idea is to reduce mileage while still keeping your legs poppin’. We just had a lot going on with work, my treadmill trying to murder me, home, ball games and personal training. I did do two solid elliptical sessions, a treadmill “speed” workout, and an easy 5k with our SMART Girls with a few easy after.

Could I have trained harder? More often? More strength training and yoga? Sure. But I’m no elite athlete. I am a mom and wife first. I also have a full-time job in the pharmacy on my feet every day while simultaneously trying to segway into my new career path as a personal trainer. Every one has a different journey in life. Some are kid-less and have better opportunities within their careers to train more often. I believe I gave everything I could have while maintaining a family life.

Takeaway: NEVER ever compare yourself to others. You do the best YOU can with what you have. And you should be proud of all you have accomplished! I’ve accomplished more this training cycle then I did in my previous cycles. And for this, I am proud.

supporting a local elementary school with our SMART Girls..I think I need new shades…my Nike’s look like they are taking over my face!

On a side note, I’m thinking I’ll make all my race shirts into a quilt… The, send it so someone special… I have so many tees and like this one, many are too big for me to even wear!

So a few things I’m stupid excited about for this weekend:

  • We are leaving town earlier this time so we will actually get to enjoy the expo, unlike our Savanna trip.
  • Um, I’ll be in Nashville. One of my favorite cities ever!
  • I’m running a marathon. And I’m going to run it strong.
  • We get to stay with family! My new bro-in-law and his family are the coolest.
  • I’m going with my favorite people in the whole world! My hubby who is running the half and going to run it supa fast, but minus the kiddo who was running the kid’s run…however, he didn’t want to miss his two ball games here , and Mrs. A aka BRF who’s going to kill the hills with me!
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    we are preeeeety much awesome. love this chick.

  • Then we are going to eat massive amounts of good food.
  • We get to see Martina McBride in concert!!!!!! Love her!

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What’s on tap for the last marathon training taper week:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 5 easy w/5 strides

Wednesday: 3 easy

Thursday: rest

Friday: 3 very, very easy

Saturday: 26.2 MARATHON DAY!!!!!

Sunday: walking and exploring Nashville!!!

Well, my bags are starting to get packed and I’m not forgetting the sports bra like in Savanna..making a list and checking it twice…, the excitement is ridiculous, and I am driving all my co-workers crazy about now…..

ha. probably not.

So here are my official time goals for this race:

A.) 3:34:59 for the Boston Qualifying time!

B.) 3:45:00 if I am having a rough day and the weather sucks.

C.) 3:59:00 if I am really having a really rough day

D.) just finish. If I am dying.

But ultimately, we all know the main goal of the marathon it to run strong, healthy, and happy. And I am so, so thrilled to be feeling well! Unlike I did last November. Arriving at the starting line healthy and uninjured is an accomplishment in itself!!

ps- Don’t forget to guess my finishing marathon time HERE for a chance to win a tube of NUUN Hydration!!

Anyone racing this weekend in Nashville? We can meet up! What do you do with all your race tees? Do you support St. Jude or what charity do you support? Are you a country music fan? How many miles do you typically run during marathon training?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

Making a Difference Link-Up With Miles-to-Go & NUUN GIVEAWAY!!

Miles To Go Y’all!!! I’m way excited once again to be joining Kelly over at Miles-to-Go for her making a difference link-up! Why? Because there’a giveaway here!! But first…

This is a once monthly event held on Wednesdays about giving back through running or anything fitness related. I had so many things to blog about last time, here, when it comes to giving back so I decided to break it down into four parts. I touched on the topics you can expect from me in the upcoming months last post so today I’m going to start with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital fundraising in honor of the marathon coming up in 10 days!!!!  I had set a personal goal to raise $500.00 and I’m only $75 shy of that.

Why am I so personally passionate about raising funds for St.Jude’s hospital??

  • Children are a precious gift
  • Medical care is outrageously expensive
  • Cancer sucks and it’s unfair that it attacks the lives of anyone, especially little lives
  • It reminds me to appreciate my own child and his health
  • Fund raising for others teaches my son to be grateful for his moving, strong, healthy body and what it means to give back
  • You never know when YOU may need the help someday
  • We can feel helpless in situations like cancer but giving back helps us feel like we have done something.
  • I may not be a doctor and so I can not help those who are ill in that respect, but I can RUN & support those who do have the skills to help heal! We can all play a part in this life to help others. Do what you can, where you are!

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St.Jude HERO! This tank is my super hero cape 😉 Be a super hero and give to kids in need!

From the St.Jude’s website:

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of 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.

If this isn’t enough to make you want to support St. Jude maybe this will,

And lastly….If that still isn’t enough to encourage you to give I have devised a challenge & GIVEAWAY for you: Since I am running the Country Music Rock n’ Roll Marathon next Saturday, I am offering YOU the chance to guess my finishing marathon time! Whoever comes closest WINS a free tube of NUUN.

NUUN has gotten me through many tough running workouts and helps keep my hydrated without all the chemicals and sugars other drinks offer.

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You know you want some!!

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The rules are very simple:

*must be a US resident. Sorry my Canadian friends!

*contents runs through April 26, 2015. Last entry must made by 7:00 am. 

  1. Mandatory: Donate just $1 dollar to St. Jude HERE, comment below that you did, and your guess for my projected marathon finishing time to the closest second. (ex: 3:35:00)
  2. Like Flying Feet in Faith on Facebook HERE and share this post.
  3. Follow Flying Feet in Faith on Twitter HERE and tweet about it.

YOU HAVE 10 DAYS TO GUESS AND DONATE! On April 25th I will run 26.2 beautiful miles. I will have my finish time and whoever is closest wins. Simple!

Winner will be announced on the blog the following Monday, but if you like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll have the sneak peak!!!

Prize will be mailed out as soon as I have the winner’s info that week.

Good luck and a HUGE thank you to all those who have supported, encouraged, and motivated me on this marathon journey. I can honestly say I have never trained so hard for a race as I have this one.

Pass on the St. Jude love!!!

pssst….If giving back is your thing feel free to add your link below to join in on the conversation.

Add your link HERE.

Do you give to charities or help fund raise in the running community? Have you ever raised money for a race or event?  

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig