Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My 100 Mile Month

I'm a pretty excited woman this morning. With my 4 miles before work, I reached a total of 100 miles in April! I've not ever run that many miles in a month before and I'm pretty excited about it. I really didn't know if I had it in me - well, the time at least. I knew I could pound out the miles, but with a pretty tight schedule and a general almost inability to spend time during family time at nights running, I wasn't sure that I'd be able to get the miles in, but I did, and I'm glad.

Prior to this month, the most miles I've ever run in a month was around 85 and I typically run around 75 miles. I just really, really don't want to spend time at night running when I want to be doing things with my husband and kids. And some mornings, I just can't quite force myself out of bed in enough time to get in extra miles.

This past month, the run club I'm a member of decided to do an April Challenge. If you recall, last May, we had a challenge to run every day and I completed that challenge after running every day in April before it (my own personal challenge). The goal of this year's challenge was to have us step up what we normally do. I decided to set my goal at 100 running miles and I'm glad I did.

100 miles seemed to be a good fit for me. Sure, I added an extra day of running some weeks (I usually run 5 days a week, but during the challenge, I ran 6 most weeks), but all in all, it didn't seem like too big of an adjustment. I didn't have any outrageously longs runs either to try and get in my miles. I ran one seven miler and a couple of six milers, but I normally do that anyway. There were a few days where I only ran two miles for the sake of time and due to races. I also used 4 miles as a base for most of my runs. In months past (I keep a detailed log), many of my daily runs were only a 5K while I'd run longer distances on the weekends and sometimes a day during the week, but this month, I predominately ran 4 miles on my morning runs.

I don't know that I'd ever want to build up to do more than what I did this month. Give or take a few miles, yes, but I don't want to add on another 10 or 15. I think 100 is good for my body. I don't feel fatigued, my muscles feel fresh and I was still able to maintain working out at the gym. I'm not a marathoner nor do I want to be and I don't really want to run another half either, so why pile on unnecessary miles? I'm all for quality of quantity in every area of my life.

I'm very happy with my 5K and 10K races and enjoy running longer distances (7 plus miles) when I feel like it, but as far as training for a longer distance race goes, I don't want to do it. I love to run and the way it makes me feel and I do it for me (and fitness of course). I get joy from running a quick seven miler, but the thought of training for another half (I should say training for a half because we all know I didn't train for my only half) is a turn off for me.

These 100 miles reiterated to me a few things:
- I really, really, really love to run.
- Rest days are important.
- Proper fuel really changes your runs (more on that later).
- When I plan properly, I'm able to get in the miles I want.
- I'll sacrifice some things - like 20 minutes of extra sleep or a relaxing lunch - to run. This is really because it drives me nuts to have an idea of how many I want to run and then not get them in.
- I am faster when I run more miles.
- Stretching is important.
- I really like getting to lay in bed with my husband in the morning.
- My appetite is insane the more I run.
- I don't have to plan out my workouts. I'll make them happen without a detailed plan. And plans make me stressed which is odd considering I plan everything else in my life in such detail.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TMI Blog Questions

I saw this on a blog and decided to follow suit on one of those too busy to really post days. And that's today!

 1. What are you wearing? 
Tracey Negoshian dress and Jessican Simpson pumps. Note: This is not from today. In fact, I don't have on pumps in this picture nor is my bathroom this color anymore, but it is a Tracy dress and I had this picture on my computer.

2. Ever been in love? 
Yes. I am.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup? 
Yes. Haven't we all?

4. How tall are you?
5'2 AND a half. Every little bit counts when you're short!

5. How much do you weigh? 

6. Any tattoos?
Nope. I'm not a fan of needles or permanently inking something on my body.

7. Any piercings?
Just my ears

8. Favorite song? 
This changes daily. Right now, I have John Legend's "All Of Me" stuck in my head. Maybe it's not my favorite, but it's been playing through my head all week.

 9. Quality you look for in a partner? 
Trust, compassion, confidence, Christian, laughter

10. Favorite quote? 
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

I could give you quotes all day. I would fill my home with my favorite quotes if I had the space to cover a wall completely in them. I love optimism and positivity.

 11. Favorite actor? 
Harrison Ford

12. Loud music or soft? 
It depends what kind of mood I'm in.

13. Where do you go when you’re sad? 
Running. I don't get sad very often, but running seems to cure most things for me.

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If it's a work day, 40 minutes tops. My husband will tell you I try to cram an insane amount of things into as short a period of time as possible. It's true. I should really post about my mornings some day. It takes me about 7 minutes in the shower, another 15 to do my makeup, about 15 to dry and style my hair and another couple to put on whatever I'm wearing and grab my jewelry and shoes.

15. Ever been in a physical fight?
No. I don't plan to be either.

16. Turn on?
Positivity and confidence.

17. Turn off? 
Negativity, laziness and a general bad attitude.

18. Fears? 
I'm petrified of elevators and won't ride them unless I absolutely must. And being lost/alone.

19. Last thing that made you cry? 
I think I had a pain cry when I had that horrible kidney stone about a month ago. I don't really cry. Sometimes though, the boys say or do things that make me get tears in my eyes out of love and just being really proud of them!

 20. Last time you said you loved someone? 
This morning to my husband as we were leaving for work.

21. Meaning behind your YouTube Name? 
It's just my name.

22. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? 
Kayla was the last person I texted. I adore her and am so glad this blogging world brought us together!

23. Favorite food? 
Italian and Mexican. And Chickfila. Does that count as it's own food group?

 24. Place you want to visit?
Right now, I really want to be on the beach listening to the waves and finishing the book I can't seem to finish. In the future, I want to go somewhere tropical and to Italy.

 25. Do you have a crush? 
On my husband.

 26. Last time you kissed someone? 
This morning when my husband was leaving for work.

27. Last time you were insulted? 
I don't know.

28. Favorite piece of jewelry? 
My engagement ring.

29. Who should answer these questions next? 
All of you! And is there anything else you want to know about me?

Monday, April 28, 2014

One of the best Saturdays!

This Saturday was so much fun! I adore days spent mostly outside and with my family and this Saturday certainly fit the bill.

The morning started out with a race. ArtFields is a very unique art competition and exhibition in tiny Lake City, SC. It draws in crowds from all over and includes a $100,000 prize for the winning piece of art. We aren't here to talk about ArtFields - yet - so back to the race.

In conjunction with ArtFields was the Color Me Art 5K. I had not ever run a color run up (I'm not crazy about getting painted), but it was a blast. The weather was absolutely perfect. The race wound around town and started and finished at a central ArtFields location on the green in Lake City.

With my mom before the race.

I managed to avoid getting color on me throughout most of the race. There were three guys in front of me and I was by myself, so I was able to say "no thanks" as most stations asked me if I wanted color.

At the finish line, I got covered in paint, but it was fun. I finished in 20:10 (6:30/pace), was 1st female and 4th overall. I was really happy with the way I ran this race.

The boys didn't want to get near the paint!

The boys were excited about the trophy. It's the largest one I've won.

After I finished, my little guys wanted to run, too. They wanted to run some in the race, but didn't want to get painted.

We think K.C. is going to be our little runner. He is fast!

During the race, the boys got to run around and play and also took some pictures with Kevin and my mom.

After the race was over, we decided to walk around and see some of the art, but first, a stop at the Bakery was in order. We may have gotten a few treats.

We had a great time looking at the art. The boys even loved it! They were so cute looking at the different pictures. They have cards to pick up for most of the art and they picked up their favorites. BeBe got them some treats, too. K.C. chose an ArtFields hat and koozie and Kaden picked out a big cup. 

We stopped at the Caboose for lunch and had burgers before going home.

My sister and her boyfriend had his senior prom Saturday night and a friend of mine did her makeup. She came over with her precious baby and I enjoyed getting to see her and the baby while she helped Stephanie get ready.

After everyone left, Kevin, the boys and I went for dinner at the Mexican restaurant near our house. We had a great time. The boys wanted to play outside when we got home, so we did.

Yesterday was nice, too. We went to Sunday School and then went down to my parents for lunch. My mom and I helped give a bridal shower for a friend. While we did that, Kevin and the boys hung out with my dad. Kaden got to "drive" the golf cart and Kevin took the cutest video of him driving (don't worry, he was in Kevin's lap and he was holding on to the wheel, too, and controlling the gas). Kaden was just talking away the whole time. It was too funny.

I love days and weekends like this one!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

*Warming: Picture Overload!

We had a great Easter celebrating the resurrection of our Savior!

Our Easter celebrations started a week early as Kaden had his Easter program at school. We had to make some type of hat and he wanted to do bunny ears just like last year. We even had to pull out the photo book to make sure we did them just right.

The kids all walked into their program waving palm branches and then sand a few songs. One of my favorites was "Rolled Away." They did such cute motions as they sang about how the stone was rolled away and Jesus had risen from the dead.

We had an Easter Egg Hunt at church last Saturday morning. The kids had a blast finding eggs and playing in the bounce houses. I also - for the first time ever - got a picture of both of the boys with the Easter Bunny.

Last weekend, we dyed Easter eggs. This is a tradition that I'm sure everyone has. The boys had a great time. FYI: If you run out of regular vinegar, balsamic does not make your colors turn out correctly. Also, if you run out of white eggs and have to use brown eggs, dye them in darker colors.

After we dyed eggs, Kevin and I hid over 100 plastic eggs in our backyard. The boys had a great time finding them.

In Sunday School the last few weeks, we've been using Resurrection Eggs. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby and they are great. In each of the twelve eggs, there is something that is used to tell the story of Easter. It also came with a book that includes scripture and a few sentences about each item. The final egg is empty to signify the empty tomb. I loved watching the kids as they opened the eggs one-by-one and listened to Christ's resurrection. They were able to go through the eggs and recount the story. Our boys and our Sunday School class loved these.

We had an awesome church service Sunday. We went to the early service as I had to sing in both services and loved it. We normally go to our regular service, but I really think I'd like to start going to the early service. There was so much energy and we got to see a lot of people we don't ordinarily see.

After church, we went down to my grandma's for lunch with my family. It was delicious as always. We stopped by the rehab center where my granddad is still and visited with him on our way home. He is still so sharp mentally and it pains me that his body is so weak.

When we got home, we had a few last Easter Bunny things to take care of as the boys weren't home on Easter morning. When they got home, we went on a scavenger hunt to find the baskets the Easter Bunny left them.


They each got a bathing suit, a water quirt thing, some movies, books, a color changing car and some candy. They were excited!

My sister and her boyfriend came over early before dinner and we all played baseball outside. I am so proud of how well the boys are doing with baseball!

Stephanie's boyfriend, Dalton, is a pitcher and will be playing in college this fall.

Later that night, our family came over for dinner. My mom cooked a delicious meal and brought it to our house. I'm so thankful that our families get along so well and really enjoy being together. The boys' got treats from their grandparent's too. The MiMi Bunny brought new baseball cleats and the BeBe Bunny brought a basket of goodies. My mom gave us a few things too including a book titled "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book."

I'm thankful that we serve a Risen Savior and seek to live everyday like it's Easter!