Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 30th 2010 Running Blog

"To a runner, a side stich is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away." - Author Unknown

My stiches tend to go away at about 2.5 miles :-) All I have to worry about is the gas it takes to finish them ;-0

Boling Park
6 Miles

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29th 2010 Running Blog

"There is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving." - Amby Burfoot, Runner's World Editor At Large

Today I finished my miles but had what I'll call "mini breaks" the first couple miles. Its all good though, helping Meghan by racing with her. She is more of a sprinter but is barely starting out.

Boling Park
5 Miles

Monday, June 28, 2010

June 28th 2010 Running Blog

"But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I ran good today but I know I can run better, its in me :-) I decided to up my miles. I've been doing five pretty consistently and so I felt today to push for one more mile. It wasn't easy at all! It was rather slow but this is where I will stay until I can push through to the next mile. So, I've turned the corner and am going to conquer the next mile stretch.

Boling Park
6 Miles

Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27th 2010 Running Blog

"I have to make myself take a day off. I get addicted, and I feel guilty if don't run. I have to remember it's the recovery days when you actually get stronger. When you take a day off, you can run fast and hard next time you get out there." - Danica Patrick, Professional race-car driver

ok, so I pretty much already had a "bunch" of days off cuz the girls were out of town and Jeremy and I doing "road trips" (getting lost) all over Georgia (but is was way cool!) Had an awesome time! So, I thought I don't care about "resting" on Sunday I'm gonna run anyways!! Well, we went to church to pick up the girls and they gave testimonies of what God did with them...weeping....and so our Sunday was us listening to what God had did and had to say to them and it was so powerful Jeremy and I started crying! They challenged us in many ways and it was amazing to see what God had done in just a few days with my was so good to see the passion they have explode in them of God and who He is as love and they kept saying over and over "I'm Free" they would say, lets just worship God right now! Wow....Jeremy and I looked at each other and were shocked and in awe on how God ministered to them.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

June 26th 2010 Running Blog

More to come...(thats all I could put yesterday)

"As our Pastor stated at the wedding ceremony: 'Don't ever stop dating your wife.' and 'Don't ever stop flirting with your husband.'" - Pastor Kochel

I was with Jeremy....all my time and attention and more attention and time we were like we were 18 years old again hang'n out silly in love more best friends than when we were 18!

The girls were gone for days, youth confrence and Jeremy and I acted like we were teens, newly in love but could value why our love was stronger and deeper than when we first met at the age of 18 :-)

Didn't Run haha what was weird was we tried 3 different times but God had other plans!! And I loved them!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

June 25th 2010 Running Blog

"The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed." - Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ

Today my body was in no condition to run. Yesterday the way I ate didn't help and sitting in a hot house all day sweating didn't help and not fully sleeping didn't help either. I was so tired I sat up in bed fix'n to stand up and get my shoes on all I know is I dosed off (sitting up). Not sure how long that was but by the time I got out on the track I was fifteen minutes late but I was moving REALLY slow to just get out of the house. I was blasting worship music on the way there to help give me energy or something? But do you know every single mile felt like the fith one! At about mile number three I didn't have any pain or any nothing for that matter. Every single time I came around I would look at that next mile and mentally say...."you have to do this, you have to." I was concerned about my body so I did an extra mile cool down (walking) This was great motivation for me to not trash my body the day before a run. I guess I can only do that Saturday, after my run!! :-p

Boling Park
6 Miles

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 24th 2010 Running Blog

“Those who are active shun the company of lethargic. ” - Rig Veda

ok. this is just called life. The air conditioner broke the other day, had to wait all day in the hot house for a repair man. I didn't want to miss him and the end result is Wonderful Cool Air and a lathargic runner drained by the heat.

Did not run but drank water like I did!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 23rd 2010 Running Blog

"You may delay, but time will not." - Benjamin Franklin

(Yawn) I was just tired today. Anyways, I raced against the sun to go run at Boling but the sun won and I had to run in my neighborhood, which by the way... I still can not run it without walking.

Taylors Farm
3 Miles

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 23rd 2010 Running Blog

"A pounding heart is a sure sign you are putting forth your best effort." - Unknown

I had a pounding heart today :-) After I did five miles I turned around and did a Zoomba class :-)

Boling Park
5 Miles
1 hour

Monday, June 21, 2010

June 21st 2010 Running Blog

"What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the day gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate." -  John Bingham, running writer and speaker

I don't know what to even call today? I did a little hill work, a little walking, a little Zoomba, a little jogging, a little stopping, a little treadmill and some mowing the grass through out the day. I haven't really followed up on the half marathon plan. I'm going to change it from time to miles. But that was pretty much my day.

Boling Park
My Yard
It is what it is.....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

June 20th 2010 Running Blog

To my Dad,
"God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,
He called it ... Dad"
~~Author Unknown.~~

Happy Fathers Day! I love my Dad :-)

You know its a funny thing how life comes around. My dad helped me when I was in high school with Cross Country. I didn't like cross country I never intended on joining that team. As far as I was concerned they were a bunch of nerds. In my world of “High School” you were not cool if you didn't have a Varsity letter, it couldn't be junior it had to be Varsity. Well, my little plan for that was gymnastics. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and was no longer allowed to be a gymnast. All I could think of was how to get a Varsity letter.

All the other sports were done with their tryouts and the teams were picked but there was only on sport left, you guessed it, cross country. Well, I didn't make the team at all so I asked if I could just run with them to get exercise. The entire time I HATED it! But while I was running I would think of this new sickness that was going on and how it was wrecking my world. Even though I could not stand running it was a good outlet for me. In all the working out anger I started running faster.

I was allowed to be on the team. Ah so what I thought, but it was fun to travel all over Europe so that was worth hang'n around. Then I felt a little competitive with these races because I liked to beat people in other country's and through that I made JV I pretty much just stayed there the rest of the season.

But I did have a competitive spirit and I remember going to my dad one day and saying I really, really want this “Varsity Letter” (that's all I was aiming for) he said, if you want it you have to get serious. I don't know who you are trying to impress but don't run in makeup, lets go get some real running shoes (I thought running shoes were soooo ugly!) And then he said, “Toni, you are going to have to run when everyone else has finished and gone home.” I was like ok! He had my brothers sit in the back of a Dodge Ram Van and I ran behind it (6 mile loop.) When I was running they were calling me names! Dumb, Fat, Nerd, Lazy, Ugly....just everything little brothers could say that would make you want to hit them. So, I would run faster to try and smack them or yank them out and my dad would drive faster by the time I was done I was too tired to beat them up and there was a satisfaction that I ran, and I ran well! All this would be done after practice was over!

I was still on JV but the very last meet a girl left. Her family moved to the United States. So there was a slot open for Varsity and I got it!! I ran my guts out! It was the first time I ever ran, sat down and started to puke but hey, it was worth it! I got my letter!! At the ceremony I also got a plaque of “Most Improved”

The coach was wanting me to join next season and I thought are you crazy?? ha! I just came to get a dang letter, I did my time and I am out of here! I was so embarrassed that I got the letter from Cross Country I put a soft ball pin on it so it looked like it wasn't from Cross Country. That is how bad I hated running.

That all being said, here I am...running....absolutely loving it! There are so many times while I'm running I hear my dad's voice, “Come on! You can do it! Faster! Don't Quit! Catch that Van!” I often imagine that van out there. But the words he spoke to me 20yrs. ago come alive within me while I'm running....funny how life comes around. I love my dad.....wish we didn't live on the oposite sides of the United States!

Day of rest didn't run

Saturday, June 19, 2010

June 19th 2010 Running Blog

"The sun lay like a friendly arm across her shoulder." - Margorie Kinnan Rawlings, South Moon Under

ok. I've been avoiding the sun cuz it lays like a heavy hand on my shoulder. If its not early in the morning before the sun really shines or later in the afternoon when its done for the day I feel so pressed down when I run. It is easier to run through wind than on a sunny day. Its hard to lift my shoulders or something? I like the sun, just when I'm not running.

So, because of some mis-happs this morning I didn't get to run....I got all the way to Boling Park and in the parking lot had to turn around and go home. Why you ask? Lets just say its important to remember your birthday because in the state of Georgia apparently is when you have to renu your tags :-) Learn something new everyday :-) Tennessee is different.

Well, I headed out to Boling....didn't push through. I'm not a fan of evening running.
Boling Pak
1 mile :-/

Friday, June 18, 2010

June 18th 2010 Running Blog

""If you don't feel like you're going to throw up you're not running fast enough." - Unknown

Score! I did farlecks today, two miles worth. I ran the very fastest I could run. Basically, ran my guts out and thats all I'm gonna say about that, yuck :-p BUT I am very proud of shame here :-)

Boling Park
4 Miles

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17th 2010 Running Blog

"I don't like the hills so I can avoid the hills, but I know I need the hills and must conquer the hills." - Ted Spiker, The Marathon Virgin blog at Runner's

ok I'm happy with myself, I ran up a long (well long to me) hill 10X! I did a little warm up and a little cool down but in between I did hills :-) I ran them too! I was racing against Kailah, she's great. These are supposed to be drills for a half marathon and I have a day I'm supposed to do it but I jacked up my schedule so bad I just did them today...I'll have to re-start that whole thing next week, oh well, I did hills and they were to the best of my ability.

Boling Park
1 hour

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 16th 2010 Running Blog

"I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise... it's a consistent reward for victory!" - William Arthur Ward, American author

:-) That is especially true when it comes to that "place" and for me I keep going back to Boling. I know of two other places that will make me a better runner but I'm always drawn back to that place. It is the place I most often tell other people to go run. Its my time with God, family and friends. I get so tickled when my youngest makes an effort to go out there cuz I know she's doing it for me.

Today was a good day, I didn't run yesterday and I was hoping in the back of my mind that maybe it will give my hamstring one more day of rest cuz God knows I wimped out and maybe something good will come from that (no pain in leg). Today, I ran it took almost two miles to run out the "kinks" I like to say but then I was good! No pain! However, I ran really slow cuz I ate really bad last night, REALLY bad and so I was really sluggish. I'm starting to write a food journal today cuz I'm realizing that my eating habits are affecting my running, slowing me down and since I started running seriously in Jan. I have not lost any weight BUT I have lost inches but its time for the weight to go cuz I want to be faster. Wish me luck on that one! It will be by far the hardest change of them all....

Boling Park
5 Miles

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 15th 2010 Running Blog

"You know your a runner whenyour running partners know more about your bodily functions than your significant other." - Christine Luff

BAHAHAHA!! Yes! I must confess ~ its true!! Hahahaha but hey, I'm still new and I don't know what in the world my body is thinking out there running, when it feels it has to go jump in the has a say to ya know!

Too hot then thunder and lightning...yes I was a wimp my friends all ran...

Didn't not run

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14th 2010 Running Blog

"The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running." - Nike Running Poster

I was gonna try to run swift today felt very very good. Got good sleep and was ready to go! Well, for some reason after the first few feet I pulled my hamstring on my left leg. Heard it is probably due to speed running. Well, I didn't quit, however I ran slow even limping slow. Oh well I was not disapointed at all. To my surprise the rest of my body was really strong! It totally was able to carry that leg. I was so encouraged cuz I continually feel like I suck! I do. Thats just the truth. It feels like I'm sliding backwards. Even though I'm running longer and faster I can see that, it sure does not feel that way and often I go home trying to figure out how I can do better cuz I didn't do good or something. BUT today I saw and felt my body be strong. My breathing was good and at the end I got an answer "ICE ICE ICE" so I did. I also stretched which I never do. So, that was that. Today will be a successful one :-)

Boling Park
3 Miles

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June 13th 2010 Running Blog

"Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport" - Unknown

whew...long day, day of rest but did not get to rest...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 12th 2010 Running Blog

"I told you so" - Toni McAlister

Well, we all wanted to go to Boling and I told everyone to go before it was 8am but nobody listened and so sometime after 9 we headed out there. That lasted about a mile and everyone was wanting to get out of there. After 8ish the sun beats down so hard its miserable. But, maybe next time :-)

Boling Park
1 Mile

Friday, June 11, 2010

June 11th 2010 Running Blog

"The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" - Matt. 26:41

Today was a big flop. If your gonna take this thing seriously you can not stay up all night and eat candy to stay awake....ya, I did that. I get really stimulated mentally when exciting things happen. My brother in law came into town and I was cleaning my house like every little detail so it would be perfect! Good intentions but dumb. So, my mind was racing but by 5:30am I could feel it start to crash but in my mind I was totally hyper and ready to run! I got out there and you would not believe what this felt like, it was like pulling luggage, I was stumbling it was very hard to lift my legs and very weird. I was supposed to run a "tempo run." Well, I waited to get out there and suddenly thought, "What is a tempo run?" 20 min. warm up 20 min. cool down and 20 min. tempo run. So, I'm out there going ok...I'll just run. but then I went to use the port-a-potty and the drama that took place with all that (spiders) I was done :-( I even made Kailah leave to take me home....

So, guess who's going to bed early tonight?

Boling Park
1 Mile

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 10th 2010 Running Blog

"As we run, we become." - Amby Burfoot, The Runner's Guide to the Meaning of Life

One thing we become is sore. I had an option today of rest or x-training glad there was an option!

Day of Rest, didn't run.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 9th 2010 Running Blog

"Running, one might say, is basically an absurd pastime upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning in the type of running you need to do ... chances are you'll be able to find meaning in that other absurd pastime - LIFE." - Bill Bowermen

Today is day three of training for a 1/2 Marathon and I was supposed to do easy running for 60 min. I did run 60 minutes but no where in that was "easy." I bought a timing watch and I ran 61:02 because in that I pushed out 5 miles!! Totally great for me :-) But I'm tell'n ya, that stop watch was pushing me to do it. Today's run would have been real easy if I didn't have it haha which tells me I should've had a stop watch 6 months ago when I started running to run!

One neat thing happened again today. I was running in the back pasture and a deer started running towards me. I was on the path going forward and it was further down the path running to me. They always make my heart smile. They make the runs more pleasant. Just thought I'd share that.

Boling Park
5 Miles

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

As the deer

June 8th 2010 Running Blog

"As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God." Ps. 42:1

Panting for water is an understatement today. I did the second day of preparing for a 1/2 marathon and I learned something. When you do farlicks a mile sure does come around quickly! In the mean time there was this deer, she was just hang'n out watching me at times walking towards me, just starring for four miles! Every time I saw her that song about the deer panting for water came to mind. She would be very close to me like right at the edge of the track as I passed her. She sure was pretty and inspiring. I would run more quickly to get to her.

Well, according to the schedule I needed to do 20 min. warm up, 20 min. farlicks, 20 min. cool down. Well, I didn't have a stop watch (I do now) so I did 2 miles of each. I was surprised how well I did and that I had no pain. What would slow me down a bit was gasping for air but that's nothing new. Had a successful, peaceful run and the second part of the verse talks about my soul longs for You, yes mine does. While I run it becomes very intimate, one reason I long to go run :-)

Boling Park
6 Miles

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 7th 2010 Running Blog

"For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm far more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics." - Lorraine Moller Olympic Marathoner

I must say however, the mechanics help you enjoy the magic more than when you first experienced it. ok today was great! I'm on the right track! Literally "on the right track." I ran at the Boling trails today with help and learned to take hills by gaining speed going down hill first or right prior to that, yeah! Total conquer there!! Also to run like tip toes around creeks an rocks light footed through those areas, keeping a better eye on roots etc. It was like a teaching class while running and thank God we weren't lost :-) That was the main deal. I ran out there and knew I wasn't gonna off split trails and end up following them back. Also, in the past I would stop and look around cuz I didn't want to get lost and walk alittle bit trying to get my barrings on the area. Which of course eats up a lot of time. From now on I know where to go and its a good distance for me and I wish I all my friends and family could do it with me cuz its just so pretty out there. Maybe one day I'll figure out how to run and video at the same time but for now I'm just gonna enjoy my runs on the trail :-) more thing....go potty before you run and that's all I'm gonna say about that :-) So, it was about a total of 45 min. Which is good cuz according to the first day of 1/2 Marathon training I'm supposed to run that time on Mondays. Tuesdays are different. You know if you have a great run in the morning it sets the pace for the rest of the day. Meaning its like you just know its going to be a very good day :-D So! Have a Great Day, I am!!

Boling Park
45 minutes

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 6th 2010 Running Blog

"Running is simple, but there's opportunity if you want to go deeper. I guess I'm drawn to simplicity." - Biz Stone, Cofounder, Twitter, Inc.

Well, today is the day I force myself to not run and take a rest from running even if I'm not doing good. It was so crazy busy today that for the first time it wasn't hard to stop myself but like always it is in the back of my mind :-) So anyways, I'm looking forward to tomrrow's run. I'm gonna do trail with a trail guide so to speak haha! Its also my first day of training for the marathon so we shall tomorrow I am taking a step deeper!

Day of Rest

Saturday, June 5, 2010

June 5th 2010 Running Blog

"The secret shared by women runners: running is not just physical exercise but a spiritual, mental, and emotional journey." - Runner's Gazette

Well, been running (for real) about six months now....just thought I'd be like those other runners on the track, all fast and stuff, (sigh). I wasn't feeling good at all. Got all the way out there and barely did a couple miles. I want to become a for real deal runner. I guess I need to work on the physical exercise of this journey huh? Oh well, not gonna beat myself up anymore. Keep my mind and my heart where it needs to be....Gods hands holding mine while we run :-)

Boling Park
2 Miles

Friday, June 4, 2010

June 4th 2010 Running Blog

"Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself." - Shannon Miller

Today was hard. I thought at this point doing five miles wouldn't be so difficult. It is. I wondered if I bit off more than I could chew about trying to do a 1/2 marathon by November 25th (my birthday & Thanksgiving Day). I do find myself to be a smidget more faster and can go a little longer but it takes everything I have in order to do so. Well, I picked up a schedule to start training for a 1/2 Marathon. I'm gonna try my very hardest to do it. I figure I'd start this Monday the day after my rest day. My thinking behind this is if I practice enough times I won't be the last at the race. I want to do this race well. I don't want to sign up for it and end up being last or something. I don't feel I'm ready to train but I'm so aggravated that I'm not going to give myself another option. They do have a rest day in there so I'm happy about that :-)

Boling Park
5 Miles

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 3rd 2010 Running Blog

"There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments." - Janet Kilburn Phillips

Well, this experiment exploded. Had a rough start of a morning, thought I'd get a run in during the evening but got caught up in a yard project that was way over my head and now my yard looks AWFUL! Very embarrassing defiantly the eye sore of the neighborhood :-( geez... Should've gone running.

I have huge bushes in my front yard that now have holes all in them, cuz I didn't know what the heck I was doing. The grass grew too long before we cut it so when we did it was too short and someone said lift the mower you'll kill your grass so there is a huge stretch of lawn that is taller than the other very obvious the weeds were pulled but have a whole half of the yard to do and when it was all said and done nothing was fully done and what was done is ugly.

Did not run

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June 2nd 2010 Running Blog

"Sometimes you should overcome the tiredness and speed up when you'd normally slow down. Great source of strength and power." - Pritikin

I've been trying that lately. Trying to speed up when I'm about to stop. I was challenged to do so and in doing it I realized I didn't pass out. I had the ability to go faster and I didn't know it. I could understand if its the beginning or sprinting towards the end about ready to cross the finish line but that point where you slow way down to just get to the finish line...its at that point I've been running. Well to the best of my ability anyway. Today I paced behind a lady. I look at peoples feet and when their feet touch the ground I make mine do exactly what they are doing. I couldn't keep up but for a little while at least I did. I was happy I did. Hopefully one day I can go at that pace the entire time!

Today I also listened to the ipod. Running makes me happy and the last two days I have been upset about how I ran. Monday was way too hard. At this point running shouldn't be that hard. Tuesday was ridiculous! This thought came to mind...pick the songs that make you happy and when you are done it doesnt' matter what happened out there you will be happy instead of disappointed. So I did. I can't say I was all that happy with my running but I did leave feeling happy. That's the way it should be.

Boling Park
5 Miles

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1st 2010 Running Blog

"World records are only borrowed." - Sebastian Coe

Today was hard, felt like the first time I had ever ran without stopping....took me an hour to do....I know I wasn't walking? But that thought kept coming into my mind, "world records are only borrowed" Why? Why would I keep thinking about that? Will I ever beat a record? Who knows? At least I didn't quit...

Boling Park
3 Miles