June 4: Not Just Another National Running Day

By now if you’re on Twitter or in “The Community” you know it’s NATIONAL RUNNING DAY! Can you tell I’m excited?! To show your pride check out Running Day and make your own badge of pride (or a dozen like me)!

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Other ways to celebrate today:

2. RUN! The most obvious one of course! On a treadmill, on the trails, or on the street. Just lace up and get out there – you’re already awesome!

3. Find a running group. Road Runners Club of America or Running in the USA are two good places to start if you’re into pavement, tweet out to #ultrachat and #runchat on Twitter to find trail buddies. DON’T post a Craigslist ad – please!!

4. If you run (or walk) with your phone you can raise money for nonprofit with Charity Miles! Turn it on, pick your nonprofit, and run! Don’t forget to download the app before you head out the door!

5. Splurge a little! This is the perfect excuse reason to gift yourself with something that will enhance your experience. Those new shoes are calling your name 😉


How are you spending National Running Day?

Work Your Happy!

Teaching yourself to be happy seems to be a lot like teaching yourself to swim, cycle, or run. I’ve done three and a half – still working on that bike! If you know me from social media it’s probably pretty easy to imagine I am happy ALL. THE. TIME. much to my husband’s dismay at times, this is completely true! Well, for the most part. Lucky him!!

A little flailing in the water, a lot of terrifying moments on the bike (which I still haven’t mastered), and some ridiculously embarrassing confessions I have from running I think I can honestly say that teaching yourself is tough and doable but it can be so much more rewarding to include your friends, family, and maybe even a stranger or two. After all, that is what we do when we race. Can I get an amen?

Some us, including me, also have coaches along side us while we swim, bike, run to make sure our form is correct, we are mentally ready, and for a whole plethora of reasons. Why not have a coach for happiness too?

Not like a physiologist or psychiatrist that bills hourly but more like that best friend you have who is always there to talk it out with you. Can a digital platform even offer that? Actually Happify is claiming to do just that – help you work your happy! I was invited to try it out and was just nerdy enough to say yes!


Marketed as is a “webapp that trains you to live a happier, less stressful, and more fulfilling life,” and, in my words a hybrid gratitude journal/interactive media site; Happify is based on the principle that you can work your happy, just like you can work anything else! Before you read too much further – it’s free.

Through quizzes, prompts, and games the Happify platform customizes and recommends activities for you based on your goals. Some of my activities have included Personal Ten Commandments, Today’s Grateful Moment (back to gratitude journal), and What’s My Why; these will vary based on you and how you best learn and play! You can broadcast your activities to the world but you don’t have to and keep everything you do private, which I love because not everyone wants to have such deep stuff out there. I also appreciate that they do give you the option to write anything you want. They guide you if you want it but if you’re into doing your own exploration Happify is encourages you to rock that too!

That’s nice and all but, does it work? YES! Happiness has been studied since the dawn of time, has 72 million hits on Google (72,200,000 to be exact), is written into the Constitution as an inalienable right, and, saving the greatest for last, is the real treasure hunt of life. There are even elective courses in college labeled Positive Psychology that handle the science of happiness. Anyway. Happiness is a big deal. Happify was developed based on cutting edge research is neuroscience and psychology so it should be no surprise it works!

I have noticed I’m overall more kind. I have less road rage – it was getting rough and is the thing that pushed me to try Happify. The best results that I’ve seen though is that I’m more focused and “zenned” in life – it’s easier to yoga and find a quiet moment within all the chaotic mess of life. Like I said too, I am an extremely happy person to begin with so, other than to help my road rage (it was really getting bad guys) I didn’t think I’d see other results but I did! I can only imagine what it can do for others and I really mean what others can do for themselves!

What do I really think? I think everyone should try it! Really! I believe in positive psychology and even if I hadn’t I would after Happify. Ideally we’d all make this a habit but to be honest it’s hard to find time in our busy days to do much else but truly, if anything else just go check it out!

Speaking of time, here’s the short list:

Quick Look –


  • Free!
  • Guided activites.
  • Supportive community.


  • Limited time to complete tracks (tasks).

So really guys – go on and check it out!

Disclaimer: This is sponsored content but, as always, every opinion and view is authentically mine. xx

Be happy

Who’s Really Qualified?

Good morning y’all, let’s just get right into things – hold on tight.

Here’s the word of the day:


This past week I had the chance to interview one of “the most sought after” voices in the fitness industry. Chance of a lifetime, right? Probably so but I turned it down. Now, before you roll your eyes and click over to another tab let me explain why I chose not to share his message, not to interview him, and, quite frankly, why it really rubbed me the wrong way.

Fitness is a lot like politics. No one has the same opinion, everyone’s going to judge you, and unless you stand for something you’re going to fall for anything. What works for you may not work for me. Kind of blows the marketing scheme out of the water but you get the gist.

fitness is like politics

My issue comes with the people within the community who believe everything they say is the most correct, most healthy, most universally satisfying. We’ve all fallen for one scheme or another, the newest trend, or even the best friend who meant the best. Heck, there are even days we are sold a bill of goods from the strangers’ faces looking back at us from the magazine rack. Our inboxes are filled with emails with get skinny quick schemes, how to drop 30 pounds in 30 days, and how to turn heads at the gym (PS it’s not because we’re strong and able but that’s a different rant to be had).

Just because someone labelled this guy (or anyone else) the Know-It-All Of Know-It-Alls doesn’t make him the best, most knowledgable “expert.” Period.

The education is varied almost as much as our bodies themselves. As I mentioned, what works for you won’t always work for me. I believe about the only universally satisfying factor is that if you work you will improve.

Onto Part 2: Those with certificates.

what am I doing

Congratulations – you have a certification – that does NOT make you a guru. Yes, you have had to pass a test or two and hopefully apply some job related skills to obtain that certification but you don’t know sh*t.

To become a personal trainer it takes between 1 to 6 months – have you lost your mind?! You want someone who has been looking at bodies for a month or half a year looking at your body and telling you what’s going to work?! I sure don’t.

Athletic trainers, Physical therapists, MDs go to school for years to get into a position to treat patients. Yes, I said it, if you go to a personal trainer you are a patient. Take your physical health as seriously as you would if you were to see a doctor. Many personal trainers see you as a client though, it’s amazing how much verbiage can change things. Do you value yourself enough to consider yourself a patient?

How many times have you gone to the best doctor is XYZ field or physical therapist or, if you’ve been exposed, to athletic trainers and they, themselves have been possibly out of shape or a little less than the peak of their fitness? They are at the top of the field though, they must be doing something right. Physically trainers however make money on perceptions and results. When picking out your next physical trainer it’s likely to look at his or her body first, reviews and recommendations second, and if that person makes the cut, finally (and maybe) their credentials.

We’re fed lies that there are easy fixes, that those fixes are healthy and sustainable. Some of these qualified individuals are even feeding us this BS from the platform of being planted in front of the fitness community and being told to prevent, diagnosis, and treat what symptoms or ailments we have. It’s possible these people don’t know any better (yet another rant) but some do and some see it as the only way to make money. Either way it’s crap and not ok to put our lives, our families lives, or the lives of the community in danger ever but especially for misrepresentation and greed.

PS: I ragged pretty hard on personal trainers but there are plenty of other “experts” and certified individuals who deserve the rag too. If you leave with anything today please, please, please make it: do your own research, work hard, and don’t exclusively listen to anyone willing to give you advice.

Rant over. I’m all ears…What do you guys think?

Facing a Possible DNS…Again

You’re welcome for an extra post this week 😉

DNS: Do/Did not start.

It’s 9:30 and I’m sitting down to write this as I decide whether to leave to go to my race this weekend or not. Quite frankly it sucks. The imminent threat of a DNS for a second time this winter is taking a toll on me. Sure, both are out of my control but it’s getting to my head. My first DNS back in December was when I flew out to California to be with my family as we mourned the loss of my grandfather and in all honesty I would not trade that for a shiny piece of bling or anything else for that matter. TITAN is now icing and snowing it’s way across the Midwest and seems determined to beat me out of running. I, however, would like to shove snow right upnever mind me, I would like to run. More than anything I would like to get down there, run the 13.1 from start to finish Sunday and drive a little too fast (just kidding Mom) to get back in time for school on Monday.

Honestly this is the perfect time for a time machine. Really guys, I have the best readers so if you could whip up a quick little time machine I’d be real cool with that, especially if it had funky monkey wallpaper in it! That’d be great!


Let this be a lie. Please?

PS Did I mention that this storm is called Titan?! TITAN?! Whattt?! If I were a storm (let’s just be hypothetical here) I’d want my name to be Titan, just saying.


Cold air in the South? Hm. Must mean it’s going to be the Polapocalypse.

I know, I’ve gotten a little gloomy on the blog lately – let’s blame the weather but I really love running and training and being more active than ever. I love love love it. With my first half marathon pending this weekend, my first marathon in about a month, my second 50k this September, and my first Ironman in the plans I could not be more excited. Too top all that I will be learning how to ride a bike (yes, you read that right) and taking you along for the ride – it’s sure to be interesting or at least entertaining!!

I’ll make a (hopefully sane) judgement call tomorrow morning after I get out of class about 11, with any luck I’ll be on the road. I’m packing tonight and have prepped all week like I’m going. I have also been running/biking/swimming this week since it’s not technically not taper week I’m “running through the taper” but still have taper jitters.

Eek! Dealing with said jitters have been an extremely delicate matter. I’ve been eating everything in sight, have spent several classes actually standing and very fidgety, even when I went into the Foundation (where I spent my volunteer hours) I could hardly sit still. Alas I made it through the day and am looking forward to the weekend, whatever it may hold!

Can it hold this?


…or 80% of this?!


Ha, yeah. I’m a huge Big Bang fan
and let’s be real, Ryan Gosling can make anyone run faster!

What’s the plan?

  • Get to Arkansas Friday night,
  • Meet Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea (authors of Run Like A Mother), Andrew Starykowicz (pro triathlete), and Bart Yasso (CRO of Runner’s World). Yeah, the Little Rock Marathon has a great lineup and I’m pumped to be in the same room as each!
  • Run (fast) Sunday,
  • Get back in time for class Monday morning.

Yeah, so that’s it! I’m going to pray about it, hope I don’t get stuck in north Arkansas/southern Missouri, and pack for an awesome race this weekend!

Thanks for hearing me out and I hope you guys will share your thoughts! Have you ever faces a DNS? In a race or in life?! How’d you make the decision?

Marathon Monday: Time to Freak Out

Holy Moly! I have TWENTY-SEVEN days until my first half and not much longer than that for my first 26.2, I’m NERVOUS.

What was I thinking?! My first half 5 weeks before my first full?!

Really though, what WAS I THINKING?

Everyone says, “trust the training,” or “you’ve done 50k, this will be a cinch.” You guys are nuts. No offense. Ok, maybe a little, but only because I’ve heard entirely too often. Really though, I know it’s all meant in good form but it doesn’t do much to ease my anxiety.

Thanks for trying though, I really do appreciate it! Even if I do feel like this is what everyone looks like 😉


Anyway, enough of the pity party. Thanks for letting me rant by the way (not that you had much of a choice haha sucka!!)

Tuesday: Aerobic workout, 30 mins. – Check!

Wednesday: Core Circuit, 30 mins. – Check!

Thursday: Swim, 1 hr. – Check!

Friday: Weights lower, 1 hr. – Check!

Saturday: 10k tempo run, 1 hr. – Check!

Sunday: Rest.

Monday: Rest

The rest of the week:

  • I also started class this week and that’s been a blast! Wait, did I really admit that?! Ok, ok so I like school. #nerdalert as someone so cleverly used on Twitter the other night.
  • I am doing the Move Nourish Believe Challenge with Lorna Jane and my Sweat Pink sisters!
  • THE SEAHAWKS WON!! The Superbowl, in case you’ve been living under a rock or just don’t care!
  • Chevy made my favorite ad:

So, you Sexy Things: Have you ever been in a run rut or doubt your abilities? How’d you get out of the funk?!

Journey to Iron: The Beginning

Good morning lovelies and gents, today I am bringing you a post with a person, a passion, and a purpose. This is a deeply personal journey but please do enjoy and feel free to join me, it can be yours too.


I can’t pinpoint the moment of truth or exactly what put it in my mind in the very beginning but it quickly kindled itself into a burning fire that only everyone with insatiable passion can possibly understand.

I remember last fall (2012) thinking that I’d do a 5k. Great, but if I could a 5k what was stopping me from doing a 10k? Nothing. Perfect, I’ll do it. But wait, what was another 6.9 miles? Ok, I’ll do a half marathon. Hang on, if I could run 13.1 miles what was I thinking not going for the full? FINE. I’ll do a full marathon. Perfect. A full marathon it is. 26.2 miles and I’ll be finished.


But this dog was mocking me, grreat.

A marathon wasn’t good enough. Not for this sled dog. Not for me.

I wanted to go beyond the humdrum of “just” running a marathon. A marathon is not for whimps and whatever you do do not go out there and think you’re going to be ok running on a whim, you won’t be. Please do go run one though – what you learn about yourself during the training alone is incredible. You can accomplish anything.

I really wanted to get out there, I wanted to make a difference and push myself to the edge of where I could be…and then I wanted to go further. So that’s it, I decided my “thing” would be a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run (PS that’s an “ultra” distance/Ironman triathlon). No big deal, right?

Ha, right! I know I can do it. I know I can do it because I’m not afraid of blood, I’m not afraid of sweat, and if life has taught me anything, I am not afraid of tears. At that point I was mentally committed, that was Winter 2012. It took another nine/ten months of research and what some might call stupidity to commit to a race.


Ironman Wisconsin 2015, here I come. No, I don’t know that I’ll get into this race and truthfully, the training just might kill me (kidding Coach, kidding) but I am willing to give it all I’ve got.

Why Wisconsin? First, I’m pretty sure they (we) cycle by dairy cows and if they don’t they (we) should. Second, and far more weighty this tweet, this mission:

Michelle is the Development Director of Riding on Insulin, has had a child with T1, and has continued to advocate. This on top of not seeming to mind my already persistent questioning. I promise Michelle, I’m not trying to bug you!

Riding On Insulin is a classified 501(c)3 with this mission “Riding On Insulin empowers, activates and connects the global diabetes community through shared experience and action sports. In addition to establishing a comfortable environment, we strive to help families explore new passions, challenge the illness, and celebrate each other’s successes.” Riding On Insulin is also open to “T3” siblings and parents. T3s are family members and friends without diabetes but with the desire to be a part of the diabetic fight. T3s are a way to be included, a way to suit up for battle if you will.

I’m not diabetic which makes me a T3 and I don’t know anyone in this group (yet). What I do know is that I want this journey to mean more and serve more than me. I’m one person, we are one group, and this is one world. If I’m going to do something this “ridiculous” I’m going to do it for a higher purpose. That higher purpose just so happens to have come to me by tweet.

Allow me to introduce to you “a person” and a support system of people:

I know that I love an amazing someone unconditionally who has inspired me to go further, try harder, and push more than I ever thought I could. She has had T1 diabetes since she was 4, has beaten breast cancer and has done both of these thing while brightening my life and many others every single day.


August 2009

Kathy is my step mom. She is one for the record books. Always claiming to be “the evil stepmother” she has never shown any true sign of this! She keeps my dad out of trouble (trust me – he needs all the help he can get ;)) and is always there if I need a shoulder to cry on, a friend to listen, some no-nonsense advice or any combination thereof. There is nothing this woman can’t do. She feeds those in hospice when she’s not doing dialysis. She sounds like a saint, huh? To put up with all the shenanigans of the family, she dang near has to be.

Sure, she’s not perfect. God knew what He was doing though. She’s never lost sight of Him either, quite possibly more than anyone else she has served as my foundation of faith. She has never once wavered. Of course, why has entered everyone’s mind. It’s entered my mind certainly. Why would God ever put anyone through this? Is this path of pain and suffering really what life is? Her life training plan sucks, cancer, diabetes, crazy in-laws, and quite possibly crazier family. She always assures of the opposite though, she has an amazing life, God gave her obstacles to clear gracefully and a group of people who, albeit bizarre, have their own way of loving her. God has a purpose and at the end of every day He’s the one helping her dust off the day to start the next.

To help dust me off the ring side seats are packed with friends, families, and strangers alike. To say I am blessed is an understatement and I am so grateful for each and every one of my supporters and her supporters. Allow me to introduce to you a few.

First, on the technical side of things: I hired a coach. He’s nuts, absolutely bonkers but I love it. He will be a part of many, many posts over these next 22 months I’m sure. I could have printed off a training plan and followed it meticulously, I could have found a friend who would help me get reacquainted with the pool, etc but I decided hiring a coach was the best step for me to get the most out of this experience. He will also be instrumental in getting me in proper gear, figuring out proper nutrition, and most importantly, pushing me harder than I ever have been. Sure, hiring a coach is selfish but I know he is my best first move. Less than two weeks in and he’s already proving his worth in gold (more on that Monday).


We have a lot of fun together.

Next to be introduced is my husband. Thankfully he supports me in all things. He also just so happens to be the best Athletic Trainer on the earth (in my very humble opinion). He has to gets to listen to me gripe and whine of early/hard/easy/rest days, make sure my body is sound enough (for which I cannot thank him enough), and of course, hopefully, be there at the finish line 600 + days away.

This may literally be the only picture of all of them…together.

This may literally be the only picture of all of them…together.

My parents should not go unmentioned either, each has taught me invaluable lessons. My stepmom, the person behind this, just keep kicking. My mom, someone who I am proud to say is my best friend, she thinks I’m nuts for doing a marathon…we’ll hold a session on what she thinks after Ironman! She has taught me so many things but I suppose my favorite life lesson is to always be kind. Always.  My dad, there is nothing quite like the father/daughter connection and I know he’s going to be cheering me on the whole way; lesson: “you do whatcha gotta do, it’s that easy”. My stepdad, last but not least, who taught me that I can do anything, it’s just a matter how many tears I cry first (I know he remembers teaching me how to drive)!

Twitter. Can’t leave social media out of this fight. It may sound 21st century and it is  but I have the opportunity to connect with so many incredible people from all walks of life with all different goals, all of whom inspire me and I will hopefully have the chance to be that inspiration for someone else. Besides, if Twitter is good for nothing else it’s perfect for shouting to the abyss!

So in my corner how many people is that? Oh, yeah, millions 🙂 I have fantastic support system!

“A passion”:

Let’s go through the motions.

The swim. I grew up in a pool, I haven’t been in any pool for about seven years though and for any consistency even longer than that. Coach says I’ll get my form back no problem. Advantage? I think so! Thanks Mom!

The bike. <insert groan> I can literally count on one hand how many time I have sat on a bicycle. You read that correctly -sat not ridden – and this next sentence might even make you cry a little. I am 20 years old with absolutely no knowledge of the fundamentals or mechanics of riding a bike, much less riding for 112 miles. What could possibly be in my favor? I rode horses for what seems like forever. Win for awesome parents again! The plan? To start out on a stationary and an indoor trainer, get me comfortable by Spring and…let’er go! Yes, I promise to video the first ride for you! Coach will be instrumental in making sure I succeed in this one. I have faith in my abilities and he has faith in mine – we’re all set!

The run. When I first began I hated running or at least I thought I did. Then I started down this road to 26.2 (marathon) and I’ve found it therapeutic, energizing, enlightening, so many amazing things. Needless to say, I don’t hate it any more! Really I am looking forward to crossing that finish line on my own two feet.

My passion is to move and for others to move. I have an insatiable desire to keep moving, to live my life with others and not for myself alone. It’s fueled by finding my stride, in all aspects of life. I believe that if you’re unwilling to lend a hand you haven’t started living yet.


“A purpose”:

Decide to Ironman: Check. Pick a race: Check. Find an amazing group of people do it with completely by accident: Done. Hire a coach who’s just as crazy as you (he’s a multiple IM himself): Done. Write your story: Doing. Finish thousands of miles later: Will do.

Now to get down to business. Ironman is about me, Ironman is about Kathy, Ironman is about you and embodies every single goal you set for yourself. It is the pinnacle of existence. My thing is Ironman, yours might be buying groceries from farmer’s markets (buy local guys, you’ll love it) or quitting your stable job to pursue your purpose. Whatever it might be, go do it. Go do it with passion. Go do it with zest. Go do it with everything you have. You cannot lose.


Please join me in my journey, share with me yours.

There is a fundraising effort being put together and I will be soliciting donations for Riding On Insulin if you would like to be notified when my fundraising page goes up simply email me at thesaltypretzelblog@gmail.com.

If you’d like to send an encouraging word or share your story I’d love love love to hear from you – email me at the same address as above!

Thanks for reading! Here’s your weekly question guys: Have you ever done or thought about doing a triathlon? What’s your passion and purpose?


Running Me and Three Bonuses

Good morning lovlies and gents! I hope you have you have an amazing week and get out there to hit the pavement, the trails, the pool, or whatever it is you do this weekend!


First, this post has been prompted by a fellow blogger who is one lovely nosey rosy and wants to hear about the misadventures of running and I hope you get a kick out of it too! So by request:

Awkwardly. All over the road/trail/subdivision/place. Happy. Unbridled and a little reckless. Alone. Each of those divulge a little about how I rock my runs. Yes, at times I get out there, turn right back around, say <expletive> this, and  snuggle right back in with the hubby. Most days though I haul myself out of bed and get to running before the roosters (and subsequently the sun).

Lately I’ve been waiting to run in the middle of the day though, funny how that works. I want to be a morning mover and in every other aspect I am, it’s time for me to bring morning and running together as one – The Morning Run. I love love love winter running though and it’s become sweater, hot coco, sub freezing time again so the early mornings will start seeing my face. Boom. Just like that. Regardless, let me take you through my typical run. It starts way before hitting the pavement.

#1 Oatmeal.

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Old Fashioned, 100% Natural Whole Grain. Love the plain, no nonsense of it!

#2 Smoothie and water.

Smoothie love. Erry day.

Smoothie love. Erry day.

Sorry about the screen shot, it didn’t want to save to my camera rolls. First world problems.

Always an amalgamation of applesauce (usually plain, sometimes cinnamon), juice (any will do), ENERGYbits (shameless plug: use promo ‘thesaltypretzel’ for 25% off), kale or spinach, sometimes protein powder and any frozen fruit; blueberries, mango, and pineapple are my favorite! Topped off with a glass of cold water.

#3 Get dressed. For me this literally means slip into a dress. I am a mega convert. TMI warning: I used to chaff ALL the time, with this adorable little number not only is that ahem *issue* no longer an issue but I feel super feminine which I not only love but is quite the accomplishment given I am one hot mess post runs! Check it:

Skirt Sport dress

Other parts of dressing? The Garmin 910XT, Brooks Trace 12s, compression shorts and either ProCompression Marathon socks for long runs or just the basic no shows. Luckily I don’t have too many issues with blisters (knock on wood). How could I forget my bra?! Moving Comfort Juno keeps me covered and under control with restriction. Don’t forget to add reflectors to your get up too, especially in the dark. I wear a Road ID visor (as well as an actual ID) and just picked up a reflective vest – YOU CANNOT MISS ME but please don’t hit me 🙂

Depending on weather I will throw on a running jacket and/or ear warmers.

#4 Grab nutrition. This means my water bottle and ENERGYbits or bladder that stays pre packed. Most often I opt for the water bottle option that has the nifty pouch for dah bits 🙂

#5 Get out the door. Slip the house key into my bra or compression shorts (for those with handy pockets) or in my water bottle pouch.

And this is where we get mainly into internal dialogue. Yes, I laugh at myself far more often than I’d prefer to admit so feel free to laugh with me! I run alone most of the time, someone always always always knows where I am though

#6 Warm up. Typically this is the walk from my front door to the park that’s 1/2 mile from the house! I focus on waking up every fiber in me.

“Wiggle my toes, yeh, they’re still here. Shake out my legs, yeh, they’re feeling strong. Hips, good, no issues. Fingers, yeh, a little cold but that’s why I brought gloves. Arms, shake ’em out, oh no, don’t do that; someone might see your jiggle, hey, at least you have the jiggle, go to the gym and change it if you don’t like it. Ok, yes, I have my arms, good. Roll my shoulders. Ah. And yes, the brain is on and working. Great. Let’s run.”

#7 Miles 1-3 “Phew, this feels good. Glad I have my reflection vest, these cars are out too early, am I sweating already? It’s ten degrees outside, great.”

I love where I run, I wind in and out of a mostly tree covered path on a nicely paved surface so I get the experience of semi trail running with the benefit of roadie miles too. Usually quite a few people are out there and it’s friendly runner galore which is nice to know someone’s got your back!

#8 Miles 4-8

“Why?! Why Am I Here?!” Oddly enough some days these feel like death miles and others they feel like glorious easy albeit sweaty miles. Take the hint – I sweat buckets and buckets. If anyone has

My longest run has been eight miles so once I tack on more miles the insanity will ensue I’m sure!!

#9 Cool down. I take this time to assess any weakness I’m feeling. Sometimes my arches hurt, sometimes I can really feel my lower back whining. One day I felt something nagging the top of my left foot – I had two blisters, great stuff right there! I analyze what I did on my run that I liked, what I didn’t and what I’ll change next time. Typical runner stuff right?

Said watch :)

Said watch 🙂

#10 Shower. No explanation needed.


My Garmin doesn’t work inside, does this mean the foot pod needs to go on the Christmas list? Seriously though. Ha! For indoor workouts. Geez, I’d never.

Besides, getting out of sweaty clothes is harder than you think, I’d hate to time myself. You think my running is slow…enough!

Run and done in ten simple steps!!

Here are a few bonus questions:

What’s been working for your training so far?

What’s up?! Whoo!! In little bundles so you don’t get readers block 🙂

Positive vibes. YOGA – two words: stability, leaner. ENERGYbits – like a fine wine, just keeps getting better. Running dresses – no chaffing makes a happy runner and skirt convert.

Compression shorts – no Marilyn Monroe shots here. Smoothies – do a body good. Oatmeal – my perfect pre-race fuel. Changing up my routes – I get bored entirely too easy not to do this, it keeps me interested and running on different terrain works your muscles differently!

running routes

Not paying attention to the watch – I know when I tick off miles but wait until I get home to look at my splits, this is getting me used to running based on feeling and so far so good. Reading running books – it’s awesome motivation (Born to Run, Eat & Run, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running).

Staying organized – it’s easier to go directly to the pile of clothes and grab an outfit to get “autodressed”. Vaseline, uh huh, no Body Glide here. The Stick – ’nuff said. Compression socks – found these on accident but they’re a game changer. Twitter – what an amazingly supportive and uplifting system.

Sports drinks – yes I still use them and probably will continue to until I can find something that delivers the same mega punch in the same amount of time, once I want one, I need it. Family – I have the most supportive family, go get one. Gym membership – I have unlimited options with this, I can play basketball, swim, lift, anything I want, it’s already there.

Coach. We’ve yet to have a training session or built a schedule but I already know he’s going to be a good thing. Virtual 5ks, maybe these should be Twitter since that’s how I started but I’m digging them, every month!


What hasn’t?

Whattt?! Running shorts, they’re so last year. Sweet fuel like Sport Beans, at least for the long haul. Beef jerky, yeah, it just wasn’t good at any distance.

Music – I hate it while I run, I always feel like I’m going to get kidnapped so I don’t worry about it and talk to myself instead. Partners – I just don’t play well with others, I need to compete with myself, not others; sorry guys, we can race together though? Heck, I might even get enough to pace you…one day. I’ll play well with others by then.

Maybe this list isn’t as long but it’s just as, if not more, important.

How have you been feeling on your runs?

Good, sorta. I feel great getting out there and through about mile three to five. After that things warp into hell at different miles on different days. Once I know it’s over (for now) I am elated and so proud of myself that I am one day and one workout to a better me. I love to hate it and love to love it even more.

What do you think about?



I think about everything. How cliche, allow me to clarify.

I think about how much longer I have, how far I’ve come; on this run and since the beginning, how good I look while running (don’t lie to me, you think about it too), which leads into how my form looks, how my body feels, what my mind is doing (thinking, eh?).

I pray a lot, about how I can make it one more mile much less 26.2 or 140.6, about my husband and how I hope I’m not taking valuable time away from us (hence why I’m running after he leaves for work), about how I know my life will turn out the way it’s meant but if He could show me all the options and let me choose that’d just be fabulous, about the turmoil we live in today and how hopefully running is one way He can use to quiet my mind.

Some days I wonder what the heck I’m doing out there, especially when it feels like I’m shuffling and can’t make it any further but I’m still at least 1/2 a mile from home, more often further. Then I remember that I’m running to prove something to myself and to catch that elusive goal of being enlightened and fulfilled. I remember my mom who is my biggest supporter not knowing how far a marathon is but telling me to go for it (after checking with my doctor to make sure I could make it that far – thanks Mom). I remember that my step mother hasn’t given up a millimeter in her battle for breast cancer, diabetes, or life; the very least I can do is put one foot in front of the other. I remember that as much as I hate those miles, I always hate myself more for not getting them in.

I remember why I run, why I sink so much effort into constant discomfort: running is a direct reflection of who I am. Want to be tough? Go put in more miles, pay your dues, earn your blisters. At the end of the day it isn’t about how others see you, the sub-4 marathon, or even the tape at the finish line. Running comes down to having the heart to prove yourself stronger time and time again. You can. You do. You are. And so am I.

Is it hard to go out and run sometimes?

Yes, some days I feel like a Mack truck ran me over, checked in the rearview, and backed over me. On those days I do one of two things a) just don’t get out of bed in the first place or b) cry it out, usually as I run. I try to always choose b) but more often than I’d care to admit a) happens. Some days are just meant to stay off the pavement.

Three Fab Favs:

Five is simply overrated this Friday.

3. Five Better Names for the Half Marathon brought to you by THE CLYMB

2. Beautiful Things by Gungor. Ahh. My Ben Rector Pandora channel in general, it’s mellow and is really awesome, it’s a taken a lot of time to get every single song to be rad but it’s there.

1. Just Be You brought to you by Danica at It’s Progression

Alright, hope I’ve kept you sufficiently entertained and from doing your real job! Happy Friday y’all!

What have been some of your favorites this week? Did you like hearing about my runs i.e. should I blog about the ruffrage more? 😉