Thoughts for Thursday: BELIEVE Journal and Why


say hello to my new secret weapon.

Hello Thursday! I have a lot going on today so this is just a brief post to introduce you to my new secret weapon. Except I guess it’s not really a secret if I’m displaying it out for you to see…but you’ll never see the inside {insert wicked up to no good chuckle here}.  I found the perfect running log/journal for my next adventure(s) in life thanks to Vita Trains 4 Life who blogged about this fancy little leather bound journal. ((You should check Vita out. Her writing is witty, humorous, and inspiring!)) Created by elite athlete women Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas it’s chalk full of inspirational words of wisdom. I love the layout of the book as it allows freedom to write, doodle, plan, and think out loud however I see fit. The journal also introduced me to Fleshman’s Blog where she answers Questions of the day.

In other news, on Instagram I was tagged to write five reasons why I run and I thought I’d share with y’all #5reasonirun since I’m all into goal setting and new dreams with my journal. It’s always a good idea to revisit the why behind the goal(s).

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post marathon swollen face. mmm. photo I chose for #5reasonsIrun

  1. Running is my freedom
  2. it makes me feel strong inside and out
  3. it’s brought me new friendships that otherwise wouldn’t exist
  4. it’s goal setting, achieving kind thing–always striving to be a better version of myself
  5. I like to eat bacon cheeseburgers. a lot.

So this is my official farewell and break-up with DailyMile. Bring on the new goals and BIGGER dreams!!

That’s all I got y’all!

Do you keep a hand written journal? What are some reasons you run? Do you re-check and re-set your goals throughout the year? What’s on your summer to-do list?

blessed and beautiful running.


Wisdom Wednesday: The Best is Yet to Come 

#Spring #running !! making wishes along the way…

I’m a girl with BIG goals, dreams, and ambitions. And I believe that the very best of me is yet to come. And I think that YOU should believe that about yourself no matter your age, place, or current position in life. As we get older we tend to think that our “shelf life” is becoming stale or expired. But I truly believe that we can only become better versions of ourselves if we press on each and every day to get the best out of ourselves. Don’t let age, failures, set backs, or other negative distractions stop you from pressing on. With each stage of life comes new challenges and successes. My marathon success most likely will not be the highlight of my 40’s or 50’s but rather other things will become the best of me. Like what, I’m not sure yet. But I do know that ready or not, life is going by and I better be ready to hold on tight! However, in the meantime, I read somewhere that women tend to fully peak at their marathon racing ability in their late 20’s, early 30’s. I’m 29 and been running for roughly 3.5 years. So I feel like the best of me in running the marathon distance is still out there. I’m still going to run that BQ. Bring it.

“Female long distance runners are like wine, they get better with time”

“Most of the time, endurance athletes peak ten years after they begin.” expert resource, Coach Rick Rothman

So like I mentioned yesterday, I have already created a game plan post Country Music marathon. Because without a few goals I am lost. So very lost wondering around aimlessly and I’m already too blonde to be wondering around aimlessly as is, so it’s better to have a game plan lined up.

Summer/Fall Goals:

  1. Journal offline with training. I’ve been logging all my runs/workouts on DailyMile but as I’m trying to re-focus my life and reduce stress I feel it’s best to get off one or more social media sites. And I think this is one that can go. I’ll be training but it’ll be top secret. 😉 This is something I feel like the Lord has led to me let go of.
  2. I’ll be taking the summer off strict training and focus heavily on core strength and yoga.
  3. Test my mile, 5/10k, and half-marathon time
    1. 5k is lined up for May 9th at the Tata Trot in Rosman, NC Find the race on FACEBOOK. This course is notorious for a solid 5k PR
    2. Half-marathon is lined up for June 6th at the Asheville Half in Asheville, NC I ran this race a few years back untrained and just for the fun of it. But I have yet to actually attempt to race a half-marathon. yes. that’s right. I’ve run FOUR FULL marathons and only half halfheartedly ran a half. once.
    3. 10k is lined up for July 4th at the Firecracker Run in Brevard, NC This course has been known to crush me because I don’t do well in heat or humidity. But I am determined to race it strong this year.

      I was all like, “omg I’m NEVEEERRRR running 26.2 miles again.” Then after “MUST DOMINATE AND CONQUER MARATHON NEXT TIME!!!” 

      So naturally you know I’m ready to sign up for my next marathon….

    4. And the full marathon is set for the Rock n’ Roll Savanna November 8th. I loved Savanna so much and regret that I was totally untrained for the race last year. This year I’ve proven to myself that by training hard I can knock off 18 minutes on a tough course. So I’m feeling strongly that I can knock off some more time on a flatter course with cooler weather. I do believe the hubby and bro-in-law have agreed to run this as their first full marathon too…
  4. Creating my own marathon plan. In the past I’ve always strictly followed a pre-set plan. And they have worked. But this last time I just kept feeling like I could push more. So I’m going to tweak what I’ve been currently using to fit my own body and schedule.
  5. Focus on the blog a little more. I’m not the best at blogging. nope. But I love the running/blogging community.
  6. Work on creating more personal training routines for clients. This takes T-I-M-E.
  7. Focusing on nutrition… as I mentioned on Facebook I have a problem:

What is wrong with this picture?? #EatClean ha not. #workinprogress

So I bought this Runner’s World book on a whim since I found it on sale at our local bookstore. I feel like if I could learn to really manage what the heck I’m putting in my body then maybe my body would respond naturally by picking up in speed and strength. But who really knows. I’ve read where some elites have been known to carb load on donuts.

thoughts on that one??

How quickly do you sign up for a race post marathon or any other distance? Are you LOVING spring running? Any spring/summer races? How’s your healthy eating habits going? Mine stink!

blessed and beautiful running.


#MotivateMe Monday Week #5 & #6 End of Year!

#MotivateMe Mondays brought to you by Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel

#MotivateMe Mondays brought to you by Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel

It’s already been FIVE SIX weeks?! How? More crazy, I’ve kept every single mileage goal each week. Thank you #MotivateMe! With the exception of Christmas week…but I think after five weeks of mileage build-up it was due time to give my body a break. (oh, and I realize I didn’t post last Monday…forgive me. Last week was exceptionally busy for me.) I was feeling disgruntled over the fact that I didn’t meet my mileage goal the previous week either, until I read back to my first #MotivateMe post and realized I did in fact meet my goal. I had set a 35-40 miles goal for the week and hit 36. I was stressing over not meeting the 40 mile mark. But life happens. It’s called family, holidays, and work. I still managed to get in 36 miles! Celebrate each #SmallVictory. 36 miles is no small victory though, no? This past week was a wash with only 21. Do you tend to fall back on mileage or fitness during the week of Christmas? I think it’s okay and completely acceptable in fact. I usually spend all year running, training, or striving for good fitness that enjoying one week of free play (and treats!) is needed.

I haven’t been doing much strength training or cross training either. This is something I definitely need to improve on. When I’m already running what feels like a trillion miles, how do you add other fitness in?! Where there’s a will there’s a way and I’ll figure it out.

But in the mean time what have I been up to? Enjoying our new home, family, work, work, work, running, and more work, then Christmas with the family. We kept it low key for our first Christmas as a newly married couple/family.

Waiting on Santa...keeping things balanced with cookies and carrots..

Waiting on Santa…keeping things balanced with cookies and carrots..

Christmas surprise to me from the in-laws! I plan on breaking these pink Mizunos in to around 50 miles or so then keeping them off until the marathon in April. I’ve always wanted a pair of the Wave Prophecys and I must say I do love them. They seem a bit heavier but definitely have a nice bounce to them.




We made time to squeeze in a few fun runs with the family and pooch. Like I’ve mentioned before, when base building take time to enjoy the run! If you follow me on Facebook then you’ve already seen these cute photos…so I apologize for the duplicates!


The family that runs together, sticks together.

Yesterday, I decided to embark on an easy run around our new neighborhood. I figured I would get lost. And I did. Instead of an easy two miles the pooch and I got in four miles of rain, hills, and wind. We really have been fortunate with amazing weather most days, full of sunshine! Not too cold, no snow. It wasn’t really cold this morning, around 52*. Pretty warm for December.  Some slow miles here today, but we I had to walk up some of those gnarly hills. I believe Jazzy helped pull me up…Our new neighborhood is going to make for some killer hill workouts…


Rainy run with the pooch.


So we are one week away from marathon training and less than one week away from 2015. Who else is super excited?! I plan on going with the advanced Marathon Plan from the Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon Training this time. I have high hopes for a BQ time…I used this book back in 2013 and took 20 minutes off my marathon time…

What’s on tap this week: (last week before marathon training.)

Monday: Easy 3 miles at home on the ‘mill

Tuesday: 6 miles in town

Wednesday: Easy 4 miles on the ‘mill– Vinyasa yoga in the evening

Thursday: 8 miles easy

Friday: Off or XT/strength body-weight workout at home of some sort

Saturday: LSD 12 miles

Sunday: Easy 7 — Vinyasa yoga in the evening

Total miles: 40


How will you be running the last few days of 2014? Any big goals or races on tap for the new year? 

Here’s to a beautiful week!

Blessed & Beautiful Running.

Friday Favorites: Favorite Posts from 2014

Hey guys!! No, I am not quitting my blogging gig. Yes, I had an amazing Christmas! And yes, I am so excited for next week because

a) I have great posts to share with you all
b) the NEW YEAR is coming!!!

I LOVE New Years! It’s a time for renewal, refreshment, new goals, dreams, and chances.

So for this Friday, instead of linking up with other bloggers’ Friday Five (which I’ve had a blast with!) per usual, I decided to go out on a limb and share with you all my most favorite posts from throughout my 2014. Turns out, it’s a Free Friday over at Eat, Pray, Run DC so we get to post what whatever is on our minds today. (As I was re-reading through some of my posts I found a few grammar errors…doh…forgive me, please. Better grammar and spellcheck is on my New Years resolution list.)


January: I had nothing. Took a hiatus here, I guess???

February: Selfie! You’re So Vain I Bet You Think This Post Is About You!

March: The Day I Learned To Like The Color Purple

April: Being Wise Sucks. Ankle Problems.

May: Wisdom Wednesday: Marathons and Marriage

June: Baby Steps and Baby Carrots

July: #IRun4 A Deeper Meaning To Running

August: Missing the Long Run

September: #MotivationalMonday How I Got Into Running

October: Getting Back Into The Stride Of Things

November: Turkey Trot 5k PR and Choosing Joy

December: Running and Worthless and Crazy as Crap

Are you excited about the Mew Year? Any big goals? If you blog, leave me some of your favorite posts so I can enjoy yours too!

Blessed and Beautiful Running.

Thoughts For Thursday: Backwards Bucket List

Yesterday I had made plans to cook a real dinner. Didn’t happen and I felt like the worst woman on the planet and had a mini meld down because of my “failure”. Ever happen to you? Well, after reading Keren’s post from Healthy Mind Happy Body I was inspired to focus on all the great I have accomplished. Most of us have goals, dreams, and aspirations for our lives. Especially if you’re the ever so busy “A” type. We write goals down, create feverishly long lists, and organize our sock drawers by color, type, and fabric. Okay, maybe that last one is just weirdos like me. However, I say this to bring home a valid point:
We tend to be so busy making our lists that we forget the current list—the present. In the middle of our planning and organizing the beauty that is the here and now is flying by at lightening speed. So instead of focusing on what I feel I need or want to accomplish or haven’t accomplished, or mercilessly beating myself up because I haven’t accomplished, let me list for myself what I have accomplished. What I have checked off my lists.
I know. I’m making another list…some things can not be stopped!!!

1.) I gave birth to a son. This in itself is a powerful, strong, and striking miracle of the human body.

2.) I became a certified pharmacy tech. This may not mean much to you, however, as a new mother going through divorce at the time, this was a huge accomplishment for me personally.

3.) I took up running and finished my first 5k in 2011.
Thank you KaeLee Denise for the photo!

4.) I wanted to run a marathon. By the ocean. So I did. I ran my first 26.2 at the Outer Banks, NC in November 2012.

5.) Then I wanted to run a marathon in my home city, Oklahoma City, Ok. So I did in April 2013.

6.) I wanted to volunteer in a way that gave back to girls and the running community. So I signed up to volunteer with SMART Girls in the spring of 2014. Best. Decision. Ever.

7.) I had several goals to home cook meals from scratch. I met my fiancé and then I did. I’ve broadened my list of meal specialties.

8.) I’ve kept a basil plant alive for over a year now. This is a miracle in itself. I also wanted to grow a vegetable from a seed. Mission almost accomplished. Those meant to be carrots…
Look how tiny:

But my son brought home a seed from school for Mother’s Day and voilà, success:

9.) I wanted to run a sub-23 minute 5k. I worked hard and accomplished this in May 2014. Even scored first female. Small town rights I tell you… But I’ll take it!

10.) I allowed myself to be loved and to love. This has been my biggest challenge, but by far the most rewarding.

You know, in reflecting on these accomplishments it pumps me up to keep going. I think I spend too much time downing myself, focusing on what I haven’t done well, feeling frustrated, and like I’ve failed over and over again. This list is such a strong reminder that I have accomplished much and will continue to acheive what I set my heart on.
So this is my challenge to YOU.
Stop right now and create your backwards bucket list. Even the smallest accomplishment is worth jotting down. Feel free to share it here, on your own blog post, or just keep it in your personal journal. But do write it down. Seeing your success on paper will bring positive reinforcements into your mind to keep you going strong. If you do blog about it please link back in the comments here. I’d love to spread the positive vibes.

Your turn: do you make lists? Are you A or B personality? Do struggle with staying in the present?
blessed & beautiful running.