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2017 Labor Day Run

2017 Labor Day Run

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hey Everyone,

Let me just say that the last two weeks have not been easy. There was lots of stress and frustration for both Husband and me. But we made it!!! September is here and we are going to make the most of it no matter what it takes.

It’s Labor Day Weekend, and lots of people get a three day weekend. Yay!! That’s exciting!! Please, everyone, be safe and don’t drink and drive, or set off illegal fireworks.

This morning I was almost going to skip my long run because I stayed up way too late after having friends over for games (never ever play trivia games with my husband, you will lose badly), ate way too much pizza (6 slices) and soda (3- 8 oz cans of 7-Up), and then staying up even longer because I started a mini- weekend project because of the 3 day weekend.

I still did it!! 11 Miles today. And because people seemed to like my pictures, here’s the proof.

09-03-2017 11 Mile run

09-03-2017 11 Mile Pace

As you can see, I started at 7:33 A.M. PST and I rocked it. I’m still slow and steady at a 10:13 min/mile pace. Looking at this picture, you’re probably wondering what that dip is for. No, I did not suddenly die and come back to life. As amazing as that would be to happen. For the love of my husband when I hit the halfway point/I’m coming back home I send him a quick text of the address and that I’m coming back home so that if anything were to ever happen to me, or he was to worry there would be some information to reassure him. By taking the time to do that, it causes my heart rate to drop. I wonder if my heart rate dropping that fast after being elevated for such a long time is a good thing or a bad thing?

I do know that according to my Fitbit information that my VO2 Max is 50-54 which is considered “Excellent” but I’m not a medical professional so I’ll have to trust the information given to me.

After that run, my body feels like it got hit by a cannon filled with cement, especially my hips. My stomach is screaming at me to fill it with sour cream and onion chips smothered with gravy and salt. For some reason, I have a craving for straight salt.  Totally gross. It could also be that I didn’t eat anything before I ran, so I’m at -1,065 calories for the day.


Looking at my face after my long run, I had that look of I just ran 11 miles, I forgot how to speak, so do not ask me.

I am really starting to see some definition in my abdomen, upper arms, and upper back muscles. And every Thursday I’ve been going to Body Combat at my gym for the last couple of weeks so that’s some great cross training going on to add to my overall fitness routine.

For the entire month of September Husband and I planned out what meals we are going to have, including leftover days. It is a lot easier than doing a long run on Sunday, blog post, planning a list for food for the week, shopping for the food, meal prepping for the week and still managing to do all the laundry at the laundromat all in one day. Much easier this way because the list is made Saturday night. Plus, I’ve added a surprise that’s going to happen in a couple of weeks when it comes to food. Something about buying large quantities of food. . .

If you are just starting on this journey with me, or have been with me from the beginning, it’s never too late to join in. The Dopey Challenge isn’t going to be until January of 2020, so you have a bit of time to prepare yourself. Also, you do not have to do all four races by any means. You could set your goal to do the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or have it be your very first Marathon. Any and all fitness levels are more than welcome to come along. We can all learn from each other. Let’s all be Dopey together!

Laundry is calling my name.

See you on the other side!


Let’s Not Stress

Let’s Not Stress

August 24, 2017

Hey Everyone,

Let’s talk about stress. It seems that no matter what happens, at some point in time we all get stressed, some more than others. I am a planner by nature to help alleviate unnecessary stress. When things are not planned out, or when major things suddenly change, I stress. My husband is the best person around that will say, “Let it go” which at the time I really don’t appreciate, but later on, I do.

Last week I was super stressed because the Federal Open Enrollment (FOE) is going to start the day after my first race towards the Dopey Challenge and I need to plan out what hours I’m going to work, and still be able to keep to my training calendar dates. You might think that it’s no big deal, but since I work from home for my company and my kids need to stay quiet while I’m working it’s harder on them which I really do not like making them be, especially in the cold weather when they can’t go outside and play like they can otherwise during the year. And with my husband not understanding how to cook properly, or how to do dishes BEFORE they actually need to be used. It stresses me out. Also working 11-14 hours a day is just plain stressful all on its own.

Also, my oldest boy has some eye problems and needs to start a series of eye surgeries to correct his vision. Before the surgeries can start he needs to have an MRI-MRA. I work for the company that has my insurance (in a separate department) so I have a better understanding of how it works. Being told that just to have the MRI-MRA done will cost $6,538 (which covers the entire deductible and the 20% coinsurance) and the ophthalmologist is saying that this needs to start before my boy turns 6 for him to have the best chance at correcting the issues. His 6th birthday is the middle of September. Yikes!!

Another stressor is that my husband still has 3 more semesters of college left (he’s going to graduate December 2018), and he is going to lose his GI benefits (that he got from his mom) in May. We are going to lose 1/3 of our income so that leaves me as a sole provider for my family for 7-10 months.

Lot’s of reasons to stress it seems in my life. I do know that stress is not good for me. Just looking at all the effects it has on the body is a horrible thought. I will try to be better at managing it. Usually by running 5-7 miles or so on the treadmill.

Stress on the Body

What are some ways that you try and keep stress away? I would love to hear from you.

See you on the other side!

200+ Miles Down, A Million More to Go

200+ Miles Down, A Million More to Go

August 20, 2017

Hey, Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you that since the start of this journey on April 22, 2017, I have trained for a total of 211 miles!! I cannot believe it!! So far it has been an up and down journey. I’m still learning all the in’s and out’s of training for such a tremendous race, the saving and incorporating the training into my life. But I am so happy with the improvements that have happened along the way.

The last two weeks have been a little stressful (I’ll talk about why in later posts), so instead of taking my frustration out on my amazingly patient husband, which is usually my go-to reaction, I decided to hit the treadmill instead. This has worked wonders for our relationship.

During this last week, I did try both Body Pump and Body Combat. They are both great classes that are whole body workouts. I will have to try them a couple more times to make a more informed decision. The first time, because the jargon and the techniques used were so new to me that I was a little lost, which should go away the more times I go. The Body Combat was more cardio based because I seemed to get higher heart rate than Body Pump. Also, during Body Pump, I found out my legs are way more muscular than my upper body strength. Might need to work on that.

August 20, 2017August 20, 2017

I am so sorry to admit that I lost my measuring tape so there won’t be any measurements besides weight and miles down. My plan to fix that by next long run (09/03/2017) is to go to Michael’s Craft Store and pick up a soft measuring tape.

Weight: 87.5 pounds

Miles Down: 210!


Today’s run was 9.5 miles. This is the information gathered from my Fitbit Blaze. All I can say is, “Wow”! 614 Calories!! That’s more than a bagel for sure. If someone could show me how I can get my mile times that would be amazing. I get notifications on my Blaze while I’m running what my pace is every mile, but I am not sure how to get that off the Dashboard to share with you all.

08-20-2017 Pace Because I don’t have those automatically given to me I went to a pace calculator and it gave me splits with a pace of 10:18 a mile. Looks like I might need to do some work so that I can do a marathon in under 4 hours. That’s a pace of 9:10 per mile. Wish me luck!

While I’m running I don’t listen to music. I know that there are other people that can only run while listening to music, but I just can’t. I need to hear my feet hitting the ground. After listening to people talk all day long, talking to my kids who are screaming, fighting, yelling (being normal kids) I just need a break from the noise. Running with no noise in my head helps clear the fog and makes life just that much clearer and easier to handle when I’m at the end of a long run.

What is your style of running? Are you a fast and furious runner, or a slow and steady? Do you listen to music, or are you a self-reflection person? Let me know in the comments, I welcome all people on this journey.

See you on the other side!

7 Miles Before 9:30 AM

Hey Everyone,

Today was a long run day. A great 7 miles to be exact.  As an added bonus, I stayed up late last night making a pan of delicious goodness called cinnamon rolls. 

I do not have a GPS on my brick of a phone. Which is fine by me, it has all my basic needs met: it makes and receives calls/texts. With my husband having an identical phone we pay an average of $30 a month to use/have with Ting. So to make sure I am safe I print off 2 copies of my route and keep the route open on the desktop. One copy is for me and the others are for my husband. 

Here are the updated stats: 

Weight: 87.5 pounds 

Chest: 29″

Waist: 23″

R. Arm: 9″

L. Arm: 9″

R. Thigh: 16 1/2″

L. Thigh: 16 1/2″

Hips: 31″

Miles Down: 181

Miles Down: 181Miles Down: 181
I can really see a difference in my body since the start of this journey. I actually love my body, and am just documenting how it changes during this journey. If you are wanting to come along, take some measurements, talk with a medical professional to see if you are physically able to participate, pick a great beginner running/training schedule and make an appointment on your calendar. I wouldn’t mind hearing about what some of the amazing plans you decide to use, and even keep me posted on your progress as well. Starting is the hardest part. 

After a brief body assessment I have found a blister on the outer side of my big left toe, on top of another blister. It hurts like crazy, but I don’t want to pop it or allow it to get infected. I am such a baby when it comes to my feet. Running might not have been a good activity to participate in. . . just kidding. I still love running. 

See you on the other side!