Sunday, March 13, 2016

FFL Week 2

The theme for this week's Faithful Finish Lines is setting goals. I loved this statement from Sara.

My goal for the next 7 weeks is to improve my 5K PR (personal record). I don't have a local race around that time, so I'll do it on my own. I may find a virtual race like the (Im)Prove Your Self(i.e.) or maybe Run with Grace or This Princess Wears Running Shoes

By April 15th, I will complete a 5K (3.1 miles) in 45 minute or less. This is 1 minute and 4 seconds faster than my best time so far.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

FFL Week 1

I mentioned that I am participating in a 7 week program called Faithful Finish Lines. Between now and Tax Day (April 15th) I will be working on getting my head back on track with my healthy living goals.
A Faithful Finish Line is a short-term, specific goal that will recreate fitness and mission in your life.
This week, our first challenge was to look at what we are eating. I didn't do well--with the eating or the recording.  I've been doing a lot of emotional eating and mindless eating this week. And I've had way too much sugar. (Full disclosure: I ate two slices of chocolate pound cake as I was typing this!) I planned to record my food on My Fitness Pal, but I didn't.   I have a love/hate relationship with journaling. I know it is good overall, but I tend to get obsessive with the tools. When I first started losing weight, I spent so much time focusing on how much I was eating and how many calories I was burning.

My goals for the next 7 weeks:

  1. Decrease my 5K (3.1 mile) personal record (PR) from 46:04 to under 45 minutes.
  2. Increase water consumption
  3. Decrease Diet Coke consumption (work on eliminating it for good!)
  4. Run at least 2 times a week.
  5. Other workout at least 3 times a week.
I got off to slow start this week, but I am going to renew my focus. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

I Write the Songs...

Not really.  But if I did write songs, these would be the ones I would right.  You'll notice a theme. Life can be overwhelming at times. These songs give me strength and hope to keep going.

What songs encourage you on the rough days?

Worn--Tenth Avenue North
I know I need to lift my eyes up
But I'm too weak
Life just won’t let up
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Breathe--Jonny Diaz

Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel you say just

Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe

Just Be Held--Casting Crowns

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you're tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There's freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

Thursday, March 3, 2016

10K--I ran it!

I've been planning to write about my 10, but I've been busy!! My MIL had at total knee replacement just over a week ago. My husband and my 18 year old have been sick since before she came home. My 10 year old has been sick off and on.  We know that none of them have the flu, but they are just not getting better. So I've been doing my best to take care of all of them (while working full time and trying to finish my last two classes for grad school!) 

About the Pecos Valley Stampede....
I ran the whole thing!

I estimated my time would be be about 1:50 or 1:55. My Runkeeper app clocked me at 1 hour, 40 minutes, 45 seconds.

But according to the official race results, I finished in 1:40:27!! (That's about half a minute difference!!)   Also, I thought I was the last 10K racer (there was a 2 mile, a 10K, and a Half Marathon going on), but according to the results, there were 2 behind me. 

The race was a "there-and-back" not a loop. So each set of racer turned around at a different spot. Starting about mile 2, I started encountering returning runners--some 10K and some Half marathon.  The were incredible!  At least a dozen of them waved, high fived, gave me a thumbs up, and/or said something like, "Good job!" or "You've got this!".  These were the ones who initiated the encouragement!  At least that many more responded to my gesture or words.  I truly felt supported and valued!

At the end, someone interviewed me for a story in the newspaper about running! I haven't seen the article yet, but I'll share it when I find it.

I don't mind being last--I know I'm ahead of people who didn't even start.  But I hate missing out on the awards. Not that I expect a placer medal, but I hate missing the door prizes.  The last race I ran, I missed it all.  This time, not only was I there for the medals, I got a door prize!  A pair of tickets to the Jack Ingram (who? still trying to find out about him) at the Spencer Theater.  We've heard great things about this theater, but we've never had the chance to visit.  I guess we'll check out a new (to us) artist next week.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

10K here I come!

I'm ready to head out the door for the Pecos Valley Stampede 10K (6.2 miles). I've only completed that distance twice--both races. The first was 2 years ago and all hills (13 flights of stairs according to my FitBit!!) and I ran the whole time. The second time I fell during the first mile and ended up walking most of it.
My "Flat Mama" with my favorite things:  Enell sports bra*, Brooks Running shoes with green Super Feet inserts,  Hickies laces, Road ID, Flipbelt, and Bluetooth headphones.

I'm ready to run!! 

*Disclosure: All of the above are products I've found on the journey and I bought myself. I am now a Social Ambassador for Enell, but I loved them for many years first! Enell provided me with the Biscay Green special edition bra and the tank top. If you love the color, you can preorder and shipping is free until the end of the month!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Faithful Finish Lines

I was one of 10 bloggers chosen to participate in a program called Faithful Finish Lines.

Faithful Finish Lines is an online faith and fitness community for women. Find community groups, live chats, and helpful information for real fitness and healthy eating. Discover a new you.
Faithful Finish Lines is a grace-filled place. You won't see strict diets, lists of unrealistic rules, or guilt. Fumbles are understood and welcomed as part of the process.

For the next 7 weeks, I'll be focusing on both physical and spiritual goals, and I'll blog about the journey at least once a week.

Topics include:

Week 1: Faithful Finish Lines are God-Given.          Week 1 Eating for Energy: Focus on Journaling
Week 2: Faithful Finish Lines have a simple, measurable Plan.          Week 2 Eating for Energy: Focus on Fruits and Vegetables
Week 3: Faithful Finish Lines include Mission and Fun!          Week 3 Eating for Energy: Focus on Protein
Week 4: Faithful Finish Lines balance with Family priorities.          Week 4 Eating for Energy: Focus on Healthy Beverages
Week 5: Faithful Finish Lines promote Eating for Energy.          Week 5 Eating for Energy: Focus on Whole Grains & Foods Low in Sugar
Week 6: Faithful Finish Lines focus on the Reward!          Week 6 Eating for Energy: Focus on Whole, Unprocessed Foods
Week 7: Faithful Finish Lines have a Rhythm of Running and Resting.          Week 7 Eating for Energy: Focus on Planning Ahead for Success

Disclaimer: I was given free access to the Faithful Finish Lines program in exchange for blogging about my experience. I am not receiving payment of any other form and the opinions are mine alone.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New PR!!

I just ran a mile in 14 minutes 22 seconds!! Not 17 or 18 minutes!! And I ran a full 5K (3.1 miles) in 46:04. That's averaging under 15 minute mile!!