Monday, October 24, 2016

September miles

September was a busy month. I am almost a month late posting my training update. We had a lot going on around here and I had some minor surgery which set me back a bit in my running. 

Running has become such a part of who I am that I “need” a run or I feel off my game so to speak during the day. The morning of my surgery since I didn’t have to be to the hospital until 10:00 am I decided to head out with my friends for our regular 5am meeting. Now I didn’t exactly run. I was worried I would be thirsty for water if I did I couldn’t eat or drink before surgery so we walked instead. That same morning one of our other friends joined us and she had just had eye surgery two days prior. Runners are committed man!! LOL!

All this said I did manage to get in 63 miles. At the end of September I was at 594 miles in for the year! I am pretty happy about that! While I didn’t meet the schedule I needed to get to 1,000 miles by the end of the year I am already working on my plans for next year. I think I will set a monthly mileage and race goal and see where it gets me! October has been fun and I am enjoying running in the cooler temps! I will be postign my October miles soon!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

She has a royal heart

As I mentioned earlier this week, fall is in full swing around here. 

It is the season of Friday Night Football and all sorts of fall festivities.

One of these is High School Homecoming. 

My daughter Tess is a high school senior and her senior class mates voted her and eleven other lovely young ladies onto the 2016 Homecoming Court. She was so excited! What a huge honor to be considered for this. 

All of the events leading up to the homecoming game were so much fun! 

There were pictures at the local photography studio. Tess wore a dress that belonged to my mom in the 70’s and pearls that were my Nana’s from the 40’s for her pictures. She was beautiful!

They had a downtown, small town parade that was attended by family and friends.


Sprit week was the week before the game and Tess had the most fun getting creative with her outfits. 

Monday was Merica Monday. Here is Lady Liberty!

Tuesday was Dynamic Duo Day and she and a friend were “Netflix and Chill". 

They had Wild Wednesday and Tess dressed for the Wild Wild West!

Thursday was Hip Hop Hippies and Historians. Tess chose Hippie and couldn’t even count how many hugs she gave out freely!

Finally there was Frat Friday!!

So much fun!

Going into Friday night, the night the Homecoming Queen would be crowned, Tess was a little nervous. Getting dressed and walking out onto the field in front of hundreds of spectators will do that. 

She was also so excited. Again, what a huge honor to be a representative on this court. She felt blessed to be among all these other amazing girls that are also her very dear friends. 

I was nervous and excited for her and all these girls! The game was a great game and at half time the girls lined up. I had Madie video on my phone while I took pictures and I am so glad I did! They announced the Maid of Honor and then a slight pause. Your Patton High School 2016 Homecoming Queen is…. Tess Causby!! 

Oh. My. Gosh. I could not be more proud! I almost cannot articulate exactly how I feel. This little girl of mine has always, always, always, had a heart bigger than the world and how she fits it in her tiny body I have no idea. She loves all people unconditionally, treats everyone with such respect and as though they are her favorite person in the world. 

When I asked her later that evening how she felt she said “I feel blessed.”

“What’s even better”, I said, “is that this shows what a blessing you have actually been to others”. The fact that her entire student body, ninth – twelfth graders, selected her as their home coming queen makes me know that she is so loved and I believe she is so loved because she so loves them! I am so proud of her and so happy for her.

There is nothing quite like the experience of seeing your little girl so happy and proud of herself. 

Yes she is beautiful, but this is not a contest of outward beauty, rather it is one of the beauty within she certainly does have a royal heart made of pure gold.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Couch to 5K to Half Marathon Week 4, 5 and now 6!

Good grief the time is passing so quickly around here! Fall is in the air and as quickly as the leaves blow around in the slight chill of the breezes that blow so do the days blur by. The hustle and bustle of the season is upon us. We have football season in full swing and homecoming so the past several weeks have been all consuming. 

All that said, I wouldn’t trade any of it for a thing!

In amongst all the other things going on our training has not slacked off at all! I am a little behind in sharing the training plans so let me catch you all up!

We had a great Week 4 Group Run followed by some great nutrition talk with one of my dear friends.

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Week 4 workouts:

Start with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk. Jog 90 Seconds, Walk 90 Seconds Jog 3 Minutes, Walk 3 Minutes Jog 90 Seconds, Walk 90 Seconds Jog 3 Minutes, Walk 3 Minutes Total Workout = 28 Minutes

Week 5’s workout wass a little longer with longer segments of jogging. Make sure you get in all three workouts if possible each week this will help increase endurance as we progress further into the program! Don't get discouraged if you have a bad run or a tough time, even the most experienced runner will have a tough run from time to time. It will get harder before it gets easier but eventually it will be easier. Keep Going! Don't Stop! You've got this!!

We talked about stretching and paying attention on our runs to look for God and to recognize God Moments. We also got our Run for God T-Shirts and we are excited to begin wearing them for our training runs!

Week 5 workouts:

Workout #1, #2, & #3 Start with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk. Jog 3 Minutes, Walk 90 Seconds Jog 5 Minutes, Walk 2 Minutes Jog 3 Minutes, Walk 90 Seconds Jog 5 Minutes, Walk 3 Minutes Total Workout = 34 Minutes

This week we will be in week 6 of the couch to 5K portion of this training plan. We will talk about the common weight loss misconceptions and we plan to walk our new race route to get familiar with it. 

Week 6 will also have three workouts:

Start with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk.
Jog 3 Minutes, Walk 90 Seconds
Jog 5 Minutes, Walk 2 Minutes
Jog 3 Minutes, Walk 90 Seconds
Jog 5 Minutes, Walk 3 Minutes
Total Workout = 34 Minutes

We are really enjoying this journey together. It is so fun to train together and encourage one another. 
Join us on this journey!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Couch to 5K to Half Marathon Week 3

Week 3 of Run for God Couch to 5K came and went! Whew! This program is flying by!

We were a little worried about the weather, it looked like rain, the radar showed storms.

The skies held long enough for us to knock out our group run!

This week we talked about Injuries and Injury prevention and that is so so important as you are starting your training plan. We had a special guest speaker from our local hospital to talk with our group and he was a wealth of information!

The running plan for week three is as follows:
Start with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for 20 minutes. Follow that with a 5-minute cool-down walk.
Total Workout = 30 Minutes

Week 3 will finish up on Sunday 10/2/16 and we will move right into week 4!

Happy Running!!
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