2016 3M Half Marathon Recap

The day's leading up to the race I found myself a little nervous - well, ok, a lot nervous.  Even the night before I went outside to look at the full moon and just BE.  It was nice.

The morning of the alarm went off at my usual time.  I ate of couple of crackers with peanut butter on them and a banana.  I rode with the a friend who played jazz music in the car and that made me feel really peaceful.  Had a short wait at the porta-potty line.  And we head to the starting line.  Saw so many friends!


We start.  I didn't want music.  That's ok.  The sunrise is amazing.  And thousands of bright colored shirts and jackets going up only one of two hills in the race.  I love seeing the sun rise on runs but sharing this with thousands more was something special.

Here were my thoughts, mile by mile.

Mile one.  This is just a regular run with my running partner.  I think I'm getting a little excited. Wow. The first mile went really fast.

Mile two.  Wow! Nuun is a sponsor - look at all of the Nuun cups on the ground.  So happy I'm not picking up that mess!

Mile three.  Not bad...ugh the sun is so bright, these sunglasses are not helping me one bit. That was fast.

Miles four - six.  Ok, I'm getting tired.  I want to pace a little better.  Too fast?  Not sure.  You can do this. There is a lady I've been along side the entire time.  She says hello.  Awwww that's sweet.  We chat about we think we might cross the finish line together.

Mile seven.  I feel really good - I just want to go, but afraid of using all my energy.  I see a sign, I want to read it because it has Donald Trump's face on the front, but I can't because the best sign is right behind it - THIS IS EASIER THAN BURPIES!  This is so true!!! Keep on pace, great job.

Mile eight.  Wow!  Beef team.  They are loud.  Love seeing them on this course.  Whaaaaat?!?!?  I see my bootcamp instructor and other other running friends.  Huge hugs...so comforting.  I wanted to stay there with them.  ok, let's walk a little.  Wait, what, did I feel something in my leg?  NO way, right??

Mile nine.   There goes my runner partner, she's much faster than I am.  It's now just me and my music. We are on our own.  But it's ok, I still have the lady I've never met.  She is still with me.

Mile ten.  Take a picture.  Do not leave this spot until you get this picture. Ok, got it.  I wanted to kick that sign right in the face. Keep going.  Wait - I do feel something in my leg.  Just keep going. You've come this far, can't stop now.  This time last year I cried two times by this point, so far no tears. That's good.  {Last year I started to cramp at mile 10 and had to walk the rest of the race, so I have a love hate relationship with mile 10.}

Mile eleven.  I'm going to push.  Don't think about how your legs feel.  It's fine, just keep going.  It's fine, just keep going.  I should make this into a song...

Mile twelve.  Really!  Mile 12.  Ok, each time I stop to walk I feel the cramp in my leg.  Running helps, keep running.  Last mile.  You got this.  Turn on music...really loud.  Thanks Bruno, love this song.

Mile thirteen.  MILE 13...whooohooo!  Yes, I can see the finish line. There is my husband.  So glad to see him and he can take my water bottle. I'm almost there...few more steps and DONE.  Arms up...head down. I'm tired.  Yay, there's my running partner.  She's so supportive. There goes those cramps.

Running Recap - Jan 17th - Feb 6th

In the last weeks since I've last posted I've run two races - a half marathon and 10K!  I have race recaps scheduled on the blog this week.  Can't wait to share.  I'm thinking of signing up for more races - I will keep you posted. I do, however need to work on getting a little faster.  My bootcamp instructor and running partner are sharing a few tips and we are working to help me reach to my goals.  By the way, they are both amazing marathoners.

Here are the updates:

Since I've started to recored my steps, I can completely tell when I work from home.  My steps for the day are a lot lower.  I sit the entire time when working from home. When I'm in the office, I'm running around most of the day, I also park at the back of the parking lot...it's about 200 steps to my desk from the car each way.  On days when I run, my steps are amazing.  Do any of you have other clever ways to get in more steps each day?

Valentines Day Pencils

I wanted to share a really quick non-candy Valentine's Day gift.   These could be passed out at school or in the office.  DIY Valentine's Day Pencils

You need just a few things.
 - DIY electronic cutting machine
 - Vinyl
 - Pencils
 - Tweezers or another tool to help position vinyl

I used my DIY electronic cutting machine to cut out a few tiny hearts.
Just place the vinyl heart onto the pencil.  And package them up.

side note:  I'm using a permanent vinyl so I didn't add any extra protection, but you could use a little modge podge if you wanted a little added protection.  Just add a little over the vinyl heart and let dry.

How simple is this...super quick and really cute (and useful).

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I have purchased several items from Miss Tiina for personal use.  I love her use of color and her style is just my style.  This year I needed a way to keep up with everything blogging.  While I do keep a separate Lifestyle Planner, I usually don't add any of my blogging items into that planner.  So, Miss Tiina to the rescue.  

She offers lots of awesome planner options in her shop.  Click here to take a look.  You are able to purchase her entire planner or parts of the planner.  I ordered the Everyday Planner Pages.  I didn't think I would use the rest of the planner.  I love the Bi-Weekly Pages.  I also purchased the To Do Lists Pages and I think the Project Pages will come in handy for blog projects that will require a little more research and planning.  

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Humorous Notepads

I'm so excited, we've partnered with Jane again to bring you a special price on our notepads!  Almost 40% off!

These are great!
  • oh crap, I forgot NOTEPAD! 
  • crap to do NOTEPAD!
So funny - so true. I forget things all the time. These are perfect for friends, moms, office workers or anyone else you can think of...
Includes 1 (ONE) notepad.
50 sheets per pad
Measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches

Running Week Recap - Jan 17th

Here it is!!
I must admit I get a little excited to post these for everyone to see.  I ran 18 miles this week - lots less compared to last week - but it's ok.  My race is coming up next week and it's time to slow down a bit.  And to be honest, I did need to take time to get better as I had bad acid reflux issues this week, which includes lots of sleep issues (+ no sleep) and so I went to the doctor. Happy I'm getting back on track.  Not 100% but getting there.  

I also decided to sign up for a few more races.  I will keep those quiet for now and will share as those dates get closer.  #EXCITED! #NERVOUS

Heart Ring Dishes

I'm so excited, we've partnered with Jane again to bring you a special price on our Heart Ring Dishes just in time for Valentine's Day!!!
You can place your ring dish in the kitchen, bathroom or on a bed side table for safe keeping for your wedding ring or other special jewelry.  

Purhcase your ring dish at 35% off until Wednesday.  Chick here to purchase.  

Running Week Recap - Jan 10th

I want to start sharing my weekly workouts with you.  I think it will help me stay better on track. When the summer months arrive I tend not workout as much because it's too hot.  I think this will help.

I had a great week.  Feeling really good and I ran lots of miles.  I had a long run Sunday and then again Saturday...I don't plan on doing that again anytime soon.  Total miles this week:  37

Highlight of the week:  I ran my last long run before my race with negative splits.  yay!

My half marathon is coming up in 3 weeks and I plan to sign up for another one next month - I will share more details as the time draws closer.  I'm also looking at another race in April...I'm feeling really good so I want to plan all my races.

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