Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

From our house to yours....
Thank you for following along this crazy journey with me!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Heart of Thanks

It is important every day to stop and remember all the blessings in your life.  I know I don't do this nearly enough but I am certianly blessed with a healthy family and amazing all of you!
I'm thankful for the friends...some of which have become family...that I have made through running.  This community is amazing in it's way it takes you in and surrounds you!  I have made so many amazing friends not the least of which my BRF Jill!  What would I do without her?!

I'm forever thankful for my family!  The girls are blessed beyond measure to have all 4 of their grandparents loving on them and praying them through their lives as well as an amazing relationship with their cousins.  I'm so thankful for family each and every day!!!  (and clearly my sister and I need to get out from behind the camera so we can have a pic together!!!)

Finally and most importantly I'm thankful each day for my husband and the girls!  They bring such joy to my life and I love them!

What's on your heart of thanks?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Motivation

Think about all the places where you pour your energies.  Some of the places are ones that are given....your family, your job, friends....but you may be pouring so many energies into everything else that you are failing to pour it into yourself!  It is not a waste of time to invest in yourself!  Feeding your body with food that is going to make it feel great...moving it so that your heart is pumping...investing in YOU!  I know it's easy to is so easy, especially this time of year, to give until your cup is empty...but don't forget you.  You can't give overflowing if you aren't filling yourself!!

What are you going to do this week to invest in YOU?

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Woohoo it's Thursday!  This has been a crazy week and am certainly excited to be able to see the weekend in view!  Here's a fun dose of randomness!

Go to sleep...Our mini-chickie has been having some sleeping issues for well about 5 months now.
She was our sleeper until we made the fabulous decision to put her in a toddler bed.  That was when all hell broke lose!  She struggles to fall asleep (gets out of bed several times before finally staying) and staying asleep (which requires me to sleep on her floor until she falls back asleep).  I am just about at my breaking point now.  I am exhausted and physically in pain due to lack of sleep and sleeping on said floor!  This week I have missed a lot of my morning workouts because I either just fell asleep when my alarm goes off or she wakes up just 10 min before I get up.  I have been trying to fit them in at night or in the day but it is leaving me spent.  I also am a space cadet at work half the time which is never good when you work with kids all day!  I love her to pieces but we need to get this sleeping thing under control.
Virtual race time!  There is still time to join me next week for the Running on the Wall virtual 5 miler Turkey Trot!!  I got my race packet this weekend and the prizes this month are awesome!!!  The shirt is as always super comfy!  I can't wait to get my trot on!  Are you in?

Yearly miles...For the past 5 years I have had a year end mileage goal and for the past 5 years I have hit it.  This year my goal was to hit 1500 miles.  Between low mileage in February due to a back injury and low motivation over the summer I didn't know if it was going to happen for me this year.  Well right now I am sitting at 1293 miles total which means I will have to average about 35 miles each week from now until the end of the year.  I think I can do that.  We shall see!!!  Do you set a year end goal for yourself?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Motivation

Yes this quote is from a few years ago but this morning waking up this is how I felt..that I had been lazy/irresponsible with my weekend and have erased the progress I made over the week.  I am setting big goals for myself for the rest of the year and slacking off with nutrition on the weekend is not going to get me there!  I know that it is easy to let my guard down once Friday night rolls around but I need to dial it in!  I am the only one to's to 7 days of focus!!!

How do you stay on track over the weekend?

This week's goals for the Holiday Sweat Challenge are focused around core strength.  Since having two C-Sections and abdominal surgery prior, my core is most certainly my weakest area!  I am setting a goal of 20 minutes each day working on core strength.  What's your favorite move to strengthen your core?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

10 Years Later

On this day 10 years ago, I married my best friend. When I met my husband, I was not the crazy runner I am today.  In fact I had never run longer than 6 miles but I was a gym rat (Fun fact is that we actually "met" in college but I was a little too....ummmm...boy crazy to realize what a gem he was!  Thanks for the second chance babe!)  When we met and even when we got married, we would go to work each morning and see each other each night at the gym.  After being there for 2+ hours (yes I had 2+ hours to put in at the gym and I weighed more than I do now!) we would head home, make dinner, and relax.  Flash forward to today when we fly through our days at rapid speeds...go to the gym either at 5am or 8pm and try to wedge the best workout into the short time we have...then make dinner and crash after the girls FINALLY fall asleep!  Life is certainly different than it was 10 years ago and so are we.  My husband didn't know 10 years later he'd be married to one of those crazy runners who is out running in the middle of a snowstorm because she is training for yet another race.  He didn't know just how many races there was going to be after that first marathon....but he has been there...carrying the extra burden and letting me run.  I know that so often my focus has been running...getting back into shape after kids...getting faster...running longer.  My husband has been there....behind the scenes...lightening my load so that I could do this.  I would never have been able to do any of this without him being a partner in this journey.  I could not have asked for a better father for our girls (anyone who knows him knows that those girls hold his heart), a better partner, or a better friend.  On this day 10 years ago I made the best decision of my life...and I'd make it all over again!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Motivation

This is the first week of the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Amanda at Run to the Finish and Fit Approach.  I love doing this challenge each year!  It not only keeps me focused during a crazy holiday season, but it forces me to get creative with my activities.  This year I am also including my girls.  During the Summer and beginning of Fall we are super active and outside a lot.  However once the time changes we (probably more me) turn inside.  Each week I am setting a minute goal for myself to be active and also one for my girls.  I know that some days depending on weather or daylight, I am going to have to get creative on this but I am ready to show them that being active is important...and FUN!  So this week I am setting a goal for myself to be active 400 minutes...and for my girls we are going to shoot for 25 minutes a day!  I set my workouts in my calendar and have fun planned for the girls.  We are going to rock this week!!

What is your goal this week?