Category Archives: Running Adventures

Goals, Crossfit, and the Liebster

I think I saw this coming. I wanted to start a blog about my marathon training (which I did) and then once my marathon happened (like wayyy over a month ago), I’d have to ask myself, what do I blog about now? So, please forgive me in advance if I deviate from running things and write more about life things of which I’m sure running will have a reoccurring role. 🙂

I was making headway into my three goals of adding speedwork, eating more roughage (salads and smoothies), and studying my anatomy notes until 1) I got a case of the lazybones and didn’t join today’s speed workout that some of my running friends planned; 2) I didn’t enjoy the mediocre blending that my Oster produced (cue Vitamix dreams); and 3) I read on the student doctor forums that the best way to prepare for OT school was to enjoy my time off right now.

While these are great excuses (right?), I flashback to my young cadet days and say to myself, “No excuses!” Or even to The Biggest Loser and Allison Sweeney saying the same to a row of contestants. Side note: This is the first time I’ve watched a season of BL; do they know how lucky they are?!

Bottom line: I gotta do a better job tomorrow of not giving in to excuses and stay on track with my goals. (Pardon me while I write this in big letters on my day planner.)

As for my running, I’ve started to lug around a handheld hydration bottle to prep for the possible heat during a 13.1’er on post in less than two weeks. My main goal for that race is to just enjoy it; finishing under 2 hours is a secondary goal. The rolling terrain and warmer weather create different conditions from my half-marathon in December so I’ll see how it all turns out. Trying not to worry about it too much. When I started to run 8 – 10 miles a couple of weeks after the marathon, my knees began to yell at me so icing and foam rolling have been a big priority lately. Sometimes, after I foam roll, I feel like I want to barf because it hurts to roll over the muscle.

I also sweated my way through my first Crossfit type fitness class at the gym yesterday. This wasn’t the kind of class that Reebok shows in their commercial (I always get pumped after watching that), but it did involve similar moves. 3 rounds of 50 walking lunges with a 25 pound plate overhead, 50 situps and 50 squats. I finished in 18:55. I almost didn’t go to the must-be-up-before-dawn class (5:15 AM), but the night before, I posted on Facebook that I would and woke up to 3 Facebook friends praising their love-hate for Crossfit. I didn’t want to feel guilty for not going, so I went. (Ah, peer pressure!) There were moments that I didn’t enjoy, say, after the first round of moves, and the last 5 reps of each exercise on the last round, but overall, I liked the change of pace and I felt that I was getting a good workout because I was breathing hard and sweating a lot. I’m gonna go back tomorrow for another dose.

Total body movement = sore body afterwards

Finally, I am awed and excited to receive the Liebster Award from my lovely blog friend, Suzanne at The Wine{a}be. Go check her out, she’s a wine lover and her adventures in California wine country sure do pique my wanderlust. Per Liebster Award protocol, I must:

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you…they deserve the love!
2. Post the award on your blog for all to see!
3. Give the award to 5 of your favorite bloggers … ideally with approximately 200 followers or less.
4. Leave a comment on your chosen {5} blogs to let them know that they have been given the Liebster award.

I subscribe to the blogs below via email and reader and look forward to reading their posts. They’re all engaging and inspiring women who are on their own fitness journey. I also have no idea for sure if they have less than 200 followers, but if the point is to reward the smaller blogs then I think I got it. It’s possible some might not be happy to receive the award and I promise, I’m not trying to tag you with something to do. Just trying to show some blog appreciation out there! 🙂

My Liebster ladies are:

1. Amy at Lavender Parking

2. Becca at Southernrunnergirl

3. Ernise at Giving Thought | Giving Sight

4. Megan at All Things New

5. Karla at Running on Eagle’s Wings

Please check them out!

Later y’all!

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Freedom Run with Team Red White & Blue

{Last week’s conversation}

Me: “Babe, do you want to do the Freedom Run 5K with me on Saturday?”

Husband: “Do I get to sleep in?”

Me: “No, we have to leave by 6 am”

Hubs: “No. Have fun though, I want to sleep in.”

Can’t blame the guy, he wakes up early for PT. So I texted my friend Lindsay and let her know that it would just be her and me and we linked up in the dark morning for the 52 minute drive to Alexandria.

The Freedom Run 5K was held by the Alexandria Veterans Affairs to benefit Operation Homefront Louisiana, a non-profit formed to provide emergency financial assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors. As an Army veteran, I was excited to take part in the run and I knew that Lindsay who is also an Army veteran would be too.

We linked up with members of the central Louisiana chapter of Team Red White and Blue. Team RWB is another veterans organization with a mission of supporting veterans make the transition from service to civilian. I’m still learning about all that Team RWB can do for veterans, especially wounded vets and I hope I can increase my involvement with them when I can. One of the ways that they promote their cause is through wearing the Eagle at different races because physical fitness is one way to help veterans and wounded vets make the transition successfully.

Team Red White & Blue (I'm 4th from the right and Linds is to my left).

The run itself was in the Alexandria Air Park so we ran the 5K along the perimeter of the airfield. The course was out and back and very flat. Lindsay brought her daughter and pushed her in the baby stroller while we ran. I think I ran the fastest that I’ve run in awhile and was so relieved and breathless when we finished. We were pushing 8:08 miles and I was totally in awe of Lindsay pushing that baby stroller the whole time! We also cheered for all of our newfound Team RWB’ers.

I really enjoyed this run for its small race feel. There were more people at this race than at the Red River 10K a couple of weeks back as well as lots of children for a one mile fun run. I remember as a child that you couldn’t convince me that running one mile was fun (true!). Meeting new people at a race is always a fun experience too because it’s like an instant camaraderie and you cheer each other on. After Lindsay and I said goodbye to those at the race, we found our second wind at another organization, Target. 🙂

Find out more about Team Red White & Blue here.

See if there’s an Operation Homefront in your area here.

If you’re a vet or know any vets, feel free to share these groups with them!

Stay motivated!!!

Check the Rear View and Clear the Windshield

Since my marathon, I took a break from running, partly cause I was sicker than a dog after the big race and also to give my body a Rest. When I ran the Red River Run 10K two weeks ago, I still felt the effects of the cold in my chest and my legs felt strong except for a ghost of the feeling of the cramps I felt in my quads from the marathon.

I hate being sick, although, don’t we all? I babied myself and drank a lot of fluids and tried to get extra rest. If I slept in when my husband had to leave for PT, I didn’t give myself a big guilt trip over it. I may have eaten a box of Samoas and Thin Mints and Tagalongs and felt a little bad, but I finished those boxes off before I could feel any more bad. 🙂

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I came up with a couple of goals for the next 8 weeks. Like to hear ’em? Here it go!

1. Include a speedwork day into my running: I was all about getting in the miles and feeling (relatively) comfortable when I was training for RnRNOLA. I have a 13.1’er planned for May so I want to see if I can improve upon my time and/or feel stronger running in the warmer weather. I hope to write about these new ventures into track workouts and fartleks (Check out Amy @ Lavender Parking’s funny post about the word fartlek?!).

2. Eat more leafy greens and other roughage by prepping ahead of time: I started to do this with drinking a green smoothie a day (spinach, kale, banana, some type of frozen berry, some type of liquid, a lil’ flax seed or chia, blendblendblend) and I feel great about it. What I want to do is eat more salads and there are great ideas and sources around for them: Here and this local farm! I just need to chop and slice ahead of time so that come lunch or dinner, I can mix, dress, and chomp down!

3. Review my anatomy and physiology notes before OT school begins: I start my OT (occupational therapy) grad school program in late May. This event has been a year in the making and it starts with a gross anatomy lab (i.e. cadavers!) I’m excited and repelled about the prospect, so I think reviewing all of my old flashcards and notes will strengthen my mental game for it. This will be a (positive) life change of sorts for me and husband too, but more to come on all of that.

Three is my favorite number (birth month, words in I love you, other silly Jamie reasons) and so that’s the amount of goals I can handle right now. I gotta get moving for Sunday church service, so I hope to catch up with you guys again soon(er)! 🙂

What are your short-term goals?