Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kirkwood 5K - Race Recap - August 26, 2017

My August race is in the books! 

I am eight months in to the year and I set the goal at the first of the year to run a race each month, so far so good! 

For the month of August I decided to run the Kirkwood 5K in Greensboro, NC. Madie is beginning her third year at UNCG in Greensboro and her boyfriend's company sponsors this race. I was able to see my Madie, support her boyfriend's company and get my August event checked off!

I had originally planned to run this 5K but then Thursday before the race Madie told me to sign her up too. I knew she planned to walk it with Andrew but when she had me sign her up I decided to do it with her. 

At first I thought this was her first 5K but then realized that no she actually organized a team, On Butterfly Wings, and completed her real first 5k in 2010 when she was in 8th Grade. 

Madie named her team based on the American Indian Legend:

If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first 
capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.

As  a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal 
the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.

In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly freedom, 
the Great Spirit will always grant the wish.

So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, 
the wish will be taken to the heavens to be granted.

Madie's Wish On Butterfly Wings is to find a cure for Cancer <3

Her 20th Birthday is this coming Friday and I wont get to see her (long sad sigh). 

She has to work Friday and Saturday her boyfriend's fraternity is having a special Saturday "get together" in her honor and I'm not invited... Something about me not being a college kid blah blah blah (lol). 

We decided to celebrate her this past weekend instead. 

James and I headed to Greensboro Friday night after work. Its about a two hour drive for us so we decided to stay the night before the 5K. 

When we got to town we went to the packet pickup at Kirkwood Park. 

The race T-Shirts were great and the race swag was a great re-usable grocery bag, some sunglasses a cup and some other miscellaneous goodies!

We then had a delightful Birthday Dinner for Madie at PF Changs Friday night when we got into town then went to pick up her Birthday Present, her new Apple Watch!

Saturday morning I woke up early to grab a coffee and a little breakfast then get into my running clothes. 

Madie and Andrew picked me up at the hotel and we headed to the race. We got there pretty early, I wasn't 100% sure what parking and pre-race festivities might be like. This is a community event so it was pretty laid back and we could have gotten there a little later. 

I made plans to meet up with Meagan from the Runner Girls Podcast at the event. It was so much fun finally meeting her in person I enjoyed chatting her up about marathon training! Listen to my podcast episode with Meagan here!

The race started with a kids run thas was so stinking cute!!

For the 5K Madie, Andrew and I decided to run the event!!!

Just kidding this "running" lasted 6 seconds, we walked the event! 

It was still so much fun! I am not gonna lie I was a little jealous of the runners passing me by but I am so glad I enjoyed the time with these two crazy kids instead!

The route was great it was an out and back that weaved through the Kirkwood Neighborhood. It was well marked and well supported. The Kirkwood 5K raises funds for the community and supports Backpack Beginnings.

We finished the 5K walk in 50 minutes and I had so many laughs along the way! It was such a fun event and we would for sure do this race again!

We met back up with Meagan and then all went and rewarded ourselves with a big breakfast from Herbie's!! James and I headed back home later that afternoon and I already miss my girl!

Next on to the September race(s)!!!! Stay tuned!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ August 25, 2017 ~ Link Up

TGIF! Another week has swiftly gone by and I am certainly looking forward to the weekend! Here are my week's highlights:

1. On Sunday we had a kick off meeting for the Night of Light Kick 5K that I direct! It was a great time and very productive. We have some super exciting news for the community coming soon!!

2. Monday was the Solar Eclipse and we were in the path so we had the opportunity to see it. We did not see it in totality but it was about 90%  Interestingly I have read that the solar eclipse brings about or enhances girl power. The feminine moon passes in front of the masculine sun.  I plan to channel this girl power to help me reach my lofty running goals over the next year.

3. Tess had her first day of college and she sent me a first day photo! Made my day! Made my week!

4. I got in a few great morning runs with friends!

5. I got to see Tess this week and I will be seeing Madie tonight! I love these girls sooooo much!

How was your week? Link up and share your highlight or favorite post from the week.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Half Marathon and Marathon Training Update

I have officially started my half marathon/marathon training!! This past week is the first week I have on my schedule. I planned for 9 weeks to train for the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon and then the 22 weeks after that to train for the Asheville Marathon. I do have several other races mingled in along the way!!

I would normally recomend 12 weeks for half training but I already kind of had a base built up.

This week my plan looked like this:

3 Mile Walk
4 mile run
4 mile run
4 mile run
7 Miles
Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)

I ended up walking 3.7 miles on Monday morning.

On Tuesday morning I ran a 3 mile interval run followed by a 1 mile walk and got in another mile Tuesday evening with my dogs in the woods.

This past week and weekend have been very emotional for me with Tess going off to college so I ended up mostly walking the rest of the week. That said I skipped Wednesday all together and ended up walking 3 miles Thursday morning and 3 miles Friday morning.

I am so thankful for my running friends who showed up for me on these days. More than anything I needed to talk and walk and cry about adjusting to this time of change.

Friday was move in day so we walked a LOT of stairs all day (cross training right?!) so last minute I changed my weekend running plans and elected to sleep in on Saturday.

I slept until 9:30 on Saturday which is unheard of. I am not sure I have ever slept that late before. I also spent half the day in my PJ’s. I did clean house so the day was not a total loss. It was actually kind of nice to not really have any plans or any schedule. My hubby and I enjoyed a date night out to our favorite date night spot in Lake Lure Saturday evening.

Sunday I got up at 6am and headed out for a 7 mile training run at 7am. It was amazing!

I had all these crazy conversations going on inside my head on the way there. I was going to be running long solo for the first time in a long time. I also wanted to run non stop. I have been running intervals mostly for quite some time. Until two weeks ago when a running buddy ran with me non stop for 6 miles and I want to keep going!

My inner pessimist/enabler told me that since my friends weren’t running with me I could just bail on this weekends run and make it up some other time. My inner pessimist/enabler also told me that if I didn’t feel like running non stop I could just do whatever I wanted. I could run three miles, I could just walk, I could do intervals and take as long of a walk break as I wanted to.

I got to the parking lot where I would begin and had decided instead to listen to my inner cheerleader that said you can do this!

I decided I would run out 4 miles and back 3 miles to complete my 7 mile run and then walk 1 last mile back to my car as a cool down. Giving myself that 1 mile walk felt like a reward and it was just the reward I needed!

Throughout my run I kept going a bit faster than I wanted to, I have planned to stay around a 10:40/mile pace but my legs had one speed and I ran at a 10:22/mile pace instead. I kept having to remind my self to slow down. There were a few times where I thought I wanted to stop but I cranked up my music and had a mini dance party on the greenway to get back into the groove.

I ran out just a tad bit more that 4 miles out before turning for the final 3 miles so I actually cooled down on a little over a 1 mile walk. I switched from my gangster rap running play list to a moving meditation podcast for the walk and it was like jumping in the river for a cool down. It was so refreshing and made me focus on all the wonder of the world around me and all the amazing things in my life. For that mile I just felt so in the moment and alive! I highly recommend finding a moving meditation to listen to on a solo walk, it was wonderful!

Even though I went off track a bit mid week I am feeling great about where I am in my training!

Cheers to the start of a new week! May we all remember to wake up each day with an attitude of gratitude and be thankful for the new day!

Grace, peace, love to you,

Friday, August 18, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ August 18, 2017 ~ Link Up

The day I have been dreading for weeks, months, years has arrived... I am little later posting today as this was the day I took my youngest daughter to college... This is not a day I have waited for with great excitement and anticipation, instead this is the day I have dreaded a bit. It never really occurred to me when I became a mother that all too soon I would be sending them off into the world, that in reality I only had this small moment in time that they would be under my wings. Now they spread their own wings and learn to fly...

18 years have come and gone...

These past couple of weeks have been especially emotional for me. My girls and I are so very close, for many many years it was just the three of us. I have shared a little of our journey before particularly in this post and this one

My highs this week are also a bit different as I have spent a bit more time reflecting on the past.

1. I am so happy that I was able to raise two amazing daughters getting to this point and looking back truly amazes me. I am blessed beyond measure and I would have never dreamt of a life better than this! These girls really are amazing. I told Tess last night that if they hadn't been so wonderful maybe this transition would be easier for me lol!

2.  I am so so proud of Madie and Tess! My daughters are the first in a long long lineage to graduate high school and go straight to a four year university. I grew up visiting my great grandmother who lived in a two room wooded shack on blocks with no running water and an out house. My grandmother, her daughter, did not graduate high school and instead joined the work force to provide for her young family. My dad did graduate high school and joined the Navy and I, as a young mother, also went straight to work to make ends meet and worked my way to a 4 year degree over the course of about ten years. I am so proud of these girls and so proud of my hard working family whose desire to change our family tree led to our lives today.These girls are making my dreams and the dreams of my family come true!

3. I am so proud that for the most part I did this parenting thing on my own. The road was rough and wonderful all at the same time. It was not easy but it was amazing.

4. While I was a single mom for the larger part of their lives I have been so blessed with this amazing village. The saying it takes a village is an understatement. Thinking back and reflecting on all the people that have loved and supported us along our journey is humbling. Of course there was my family who were my steadfast support, my mom who did so much running here and there for me for the girls when I couldn't. I have been blessed with amazing friends who have supported and encouraged me. I found this amazing church family who love my family as their own and a wonderful work family where I was encouraged to grow and found great support and encouragement as well. The list goes on and on.

I could honestly write a book! Our story of overcoming the odds has been remarkable.

5. One of the greatest gifts the girls and I were ever given was my husband. This man came into our lives eight years ago and decided to take on the world with us forever in 2012 when he proposed! He is an amazing man, a wonderful husband and an incredible father. He has shown the three of us what a husband and father should be and has demonstrated to my girls the qualities in which to look for to find and healthy, happy and loving relationship. He does more for us than we deserve. I have never known a love like this!

I am sure sometimes he thinks "what have I gotten myself into" but he loves us so much none the less.

How has your week been? Link up and share below:

Friday, August 11, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ August 11, 2017 ~ Link Up

Happy Friday!! This week has been another busy week! 

We have basically felt like we have been living in a storage facility for about the last month! Boxes galore are everywhere! We have move ins for both girls this coming week. 

Madie will move into her new apartment on Sunday so we will load up and head 2 hours east to deliver her belongings.

Tess will move into her dorm room the follow Friday so we will pack up and head north! By the looks of it you'd think Tess is moving in to the Biltmore House. Where all this stuff will go in her tiny dorm I do not know....

Madie is on the third floor at her new place and Tess on the eighth... These will be my "cross training" days. Lifting and stair climbing lol!

The highlights of this past week for me have been:

1. I had an amazing 6 mile run with great friends on the greenway! Lately and through the summer I have been only running intervals but I have been working on base and trying to build back some endurance! I ran side by side with a super encouraging friend and we rocked 6 miles non stop at an easy conversational pace! I am feeling great and am already almost half way to a half!

2. I had a fun girls night out with my service league facilitating a fund raiser for our Prom Project! The Prom Project provides beautiful prom dresses to any young lady in our community for free! Prom is such a fun and special time in a young girls life and taking the stress and hassle of buying a costly dress out of the equation she can enjoy a her lovely evening!

3. Took a peek into our backyard wild life. These are my favorite moments to see sweet deer and raccoon seeming to have a late night chat <3

4. Got in several great runs with great friends this week! The mornings are getting cooler and less humid and I am LOVING it!!

5. I got signed up for both the Detroit American Home Fitness 5K for the day before the half and for the Isabella Santos Foundation 10K for Kids Cancer this week!

How was your week? Link up and share you favorite blog post from the week:

Friday, August 4, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ August 4, 2017 ~ Link Up

Woot Woot, it is the weekend!!! Happy Friday Friends! I hope you have had a wonderful week! Here is what I have been up to this week:

1. We moved Madie out of her Apartment and into her car for two weeks. I am sort of kidding.... We actually moved her things home, she will move into her next apartment on 8/13, but she did stay with friends a few nights before coming home Wednesday. She will head back to friends next week and then we move her in to the new place next weekend. I am so happy to have her home! I have both my little birds in the nest for a few days and my heart is so full!!

2. I had a great run with one of my runner girls last Saturday. We talked about our upcoming training and set our goals for our next big race!

3. I actually had several great runs this week! I have kicked off conditioning for my training plan. I have done a lot of sort of running and more like walking this summer so I am now working to build my self back up to consistent running so that I am ready to train for all these races!!

4. I had a much anticipated hair appointment this week. That is like the BEST appointment to have! This time I had pushed it back a week or so and I was in much need of this appointment. A girls hair appointment is like a massage and therapy rolled into one!

5. Last Saturday facebook reminded me that my hubby I became facebook friends 8 years ago! Facebook friendship 8 years ago led to 9pm Facebook chats which led to a first date which led to happily ever after ❤️ Best Friend Request Ever ❤️

What have you been up to this week? Share your highlights below:

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