Sunday, October 25, 2009

Long Time No See and Winners Announcement!!!

I'm back!!
I took a 3 wk hiatus from running and blogging, but my surgery was a success and I have never been so ready to start running again in my life!  In fact... I have decided to not only focus on running, but fitness and healthy eating/cooking as well. I would like to say it is because I am just that kind of Martha Stewart/Rachel Ray type person, but let's be honest here . . . I do not cook and I never have nor have I ever been one to hit the gym. (Running has always been my preferance.) So this will be an adventure for sure! I have hired a trainer and have pulled out the cookbooks!
I am pretty sure that the main reason I am driven to take up this new healthy lifestyle is because I am FED UP with the immobile lifestyle I have had for the past 3 wks. I have felt like a SLUG! I am sure many of you can relate... when you have to take some time off from running due to injury, health-related issues, etc. there is definitely a drive in you when you come back that is stronger than ever... So I am back and have never been so motivated :)
BTW: There are so many things I wish to share with you regarding things that I have discovered about myself in the past three weeks as well as all of the happenings that have occured that I intend to tell you all about in future posts - this week...... Stay tuned!
I want to thank all my blogging buddies who have lifted me up throughout my hiatus. You have meant the world to me!
And last but not least, I have saved the best for last..... I know you are all wondering who won my giveaway forever long ago..... Sooo......
I also want to announce my waaayyyy overdue winners of my FITNESS MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY!!!! I used to help me out with this giveaway because I wanted to be completely fair, and the lucky numbers were 8 and 27
Drumroll please........................... Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for:

Lauren from Reading and Running


Tara from Colorado Runner

Yes, both of these fabulous running women have each won a year long subscription to Fitness Magazine!! Yay!! Congratulations!!!

I have missed you all and can't wait to catch up with each and every one of you :) MMMUUUAAAHHH!

Marvelous Miles to You All!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Houston, We Have A Problem...

A couple of weeks ago, we found a cyst in my stomach that had become infected. It quickly began to cause a lot of problems for me. Went to the doctor, and he told me something horrific...

I have to have surgery.

The profoundness of that statement is echoing and deafening in my ear every time I have to say it. Reason being? For one, I have the Livestrong 5K in Austin scheduled the day after surgery that I will have to miss. But the biggest reason I am so bummed about this is because I have been training for a half marathon for months. This surgery and the break I am going to have to take due ot recovery, unfortunately, is going to squash my chances for being able to finish the marathon at a decent time. I know it is acceptable to walk a bit during a race, but for some reason... (pride? competitive spirit? stupidity?) ... Walking is just unacceptable. 
(FINE PRINT DISCLAIMER: Unacceptable for me, personally. NOTHING against anyone out there who does take a walking break during a half every now and then. TOTALLY FINE.... Walk on my sisters and brothers.... I'll be running.)
With this being my first half, I want to make it a success and run the whole entire time. I am not going to set a finish-time goal, per say, but I do want to be able to at least run a 10 min pace the whole way through. But that goal of finishing my first half in November is not going to happen. (*as I wipe away a tear*) So time to move on. I know I am not the only one out there that is having injury issues lately and having to miss races because of them. I have been reading your posts... there must be something in the air?? Chin up... Move on.
I have been searching for other races on Runners World website, etc. that fall in December/January that I could possibly do instead, but have not had much luck. I don't exactly want to travel far far away, but the possibility is not completely out of the question.
I will absolutely be running the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon in April. (This is in memory of the OKC Bombing.) Will that be my first half? I don't know... the answer is yet to come... we shall see.

Anybody know of any good races in December or January or even February?

Marvelous Miles to you all!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I won my first giveaway!!! Tobi over at busyrunningmama had a giveaway last week and I won a brand new pair of Thorlo running socks!!! Let me just tell you... I have never been so excited about a pair of socks in my life :) You would have thought I had just won an entire running outfit.
Give me just a minute to brag...... They are so cute! Of course, They are black and white... yes, I am quite the girly girl but you will rarely catch me in pink. I am one of those girls that wears black every single day. I am not goth or morbid, by any means, I just feel very comfortable in black. It's so slimming!! (lol!) So, almost my entire wardrobe consists of basic black pieces. Including my running wardrobe. (Don't worry, I wear light tops on those 5am runs in the dark so that I can be easily spotted.) This running wardrobe has been my new obsession. I go through fazes of shopping obsessions. Sometimes it's work wear, sometimes its home decor, sometimes its the perfect mascara... lately it is running gear. And I am not sure that this will fade any time soon. These socks will match any running outfit I have... one must have matching socks, right?! Its critical to being a stylish runner!

So in the spirit of giving and to celebrate my win I am coordinating my very first giveaway!!!

Calm down, I know it's exciting.... but let me continue.... I am a HUGE magazine subscriber. At any given day I have some sort of magazine in the mail when I go to check my box. I love them... especially any magazine that has to do with running and fitness. One of my favorite magazines besides Runners World is, of course, Fitness.

Why do I love this magazine? Let me count the ways.... It has GREAT workout tips in every single issue. It has FABULOUS recipes for healthy living. It has STUPENDOUS tips on the latest and greatest workout gear whether that be clothing, shoes, or gadgets. It has TERRIFIC beauty and skin recommendations to keep you flawless. It has MAGNIFICENT training programs to target any trouble area on your body. And it has TONS of pictures of GORGEOUS FIT women to post on your bathroom mirror for motivation (ha!) This mag has it all!!! And I am going to giveaway a full year subscription to 2 lucky winners!!! I will give you plenty of chances to win... Here's how:

1.) Post a comment on why you would love to win a full year subscription to this magazine.

2.) Become a follower of my blog and then tell me about it, or tell me that you already are...

3.) Link this giveaway to a post on your blog.

4.) And in the spirit of Tobi's giveaway that I won.... tell me what your essential/favorite running gear/accessory is. (Today, mine is my brand new Thorlo running socks!!!!)

I will announce the winner on Wednesday, October 7th! Good luck to you all :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Love My Runners Blog Community

I Have Run has a really thoughtful post on her blog that has really got me thinking... Her topic is thankfulness. She spoke of how thankful she is to have so much support from her followers and how motivating we were to her while she was training for her first marathon (which she just completed... WOO-HOO!!!! After you read this post y'all should go congratulate her.)
This whole topic is something that has me really fired up and I want to talk about it.
My running blog began as a way for me to journal my progress through my marathon training. Little by little I have acquired a small but insanely valuable list of followers. This group is so important to me... it is motivation, inspiration, education, communication, (and lots of other "tions" that I'm sure I am leaving out) But the point is, I love love love to run.... but on my bad days, my little running blog community keeps me going. And on my good days, this little running blog community keeps me motivated and inspired and excited about my accomplishments. But it is definitely something you have to be apart of to understand. To the non-runner/non-blogger (NRNB for future reference) this whole blogging thing is somewhat of a joke. (To many people this whole RUNNING thing is somewhat of a joke.) When I so passionately talk about my blog and all my running buddies... the NRNB just simply doesn't get it. What I don't get from the outside world filled with NRNB's, I get from my little community here. Yes, I have such a supportive family and many supportive friends... but for the most part, my motivation and inspiration comes from my blogging community. And I am so happy to be apart of it.
(So thanks Candice for inspiring me to talk about this!)

On another note, just an update... Went to the doctor regarding my numb foot and he has let me know that I am suffering from localized neuropathy in the bottom of my right foot. (To the non-medical terminologist, this means my nerve endings in my right foot are jacked up.) What does this mean in regards to my Half in November, you ask? The answer is yet to come... I am going to run on a different surface for the next few long runs and see how it goes. I refuse to let this slow me down..... Stay tuned for more updates!

Marvelous Miles to you all!

Monday, September 21, 2009

See How They Run

So yes, I have redecorated a little... Nice of you to notice. Come on in, have a seat... kick your shoes off, stay a while. I hope you like what I have done with the place.
So now that you are comfortable, I have been meaning to tell you about something for a rather long time. It is something that I came across while I was in Oklahoma a few weeks back.
It is a story, a true story, of a son's dream and a father's love. Many of you have probably already heard of this story before and if you have, feel free to click on to the next blog.... but for those of you who haven't, I hope you have a few minutes to stick around and have your heart blessed.
This story is about Dick and Rick, father and son. I do not personally know these men, I have actually never even seen them in person. Yet, both of them have touched my heart so deeply and profoundly affected the way I look at the world around me.
Rick and Dick are a team... one for all and all for one. Over the past 30 years, Rick and Dick Hoyt have completed over a thousand races together. They have done half marathons, marathons, triathlons, and even several ironmans! That is an amazing feat... even for the strongest of men. But the fact that they have competed in so many races is not what makes this team so remarkable. It is how they competed.
You see, Rick was born a spastic quadriplegic. He can not walk. He can not talk. But through the love and the legs of his father, he can run. Dick, a 67 year old retired marine from Massachusetts has carried, pushed and pulled his 47 year old son over thousands of miles because Rick loves it... because while he is competing, Rick does not feel disabled. The two of them have been an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. They have exemplified what is truly possible. What dreams are made of.
If you like what you have read so far, click here to watch a clip of their story. I encourage each of you to take a look... believe me, it can change your perspective just as it did mine.
Seeing their story has really made me think about what I can accomplish if I just dedicate myself to it. What anyone can accomplish with just a little belief, commitment, and a dream.

Marvalous miles to you all!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Mimi!

Attention ladies and gentlemen. I would like to make an announcement (*tap*tap* ... Is this thing on?) 70 years ago, today, the world became a little bit of a better place because that was the day my Mimi was born. I would like to take this time to wish her a happy birthday! so...


(She would be the drop dead gorgeous one on the right...Though, my Papa Glenn aint so bad himself!) Can I just ask you, have you ever seen a more beautiful grandmother in your whole entire life?? (Okay, maybe I'm a little biased... but still.... BEAUTIFUL!)
This woman is the closest thing to a saint I have ever met. I know... you've heard that saying before and it has almost become a cliche'. But I am serious folks.
I am going to give you the
1. She is a Wonderful Christian woman who lives her life as if Jesus was hanging out next to her every single day. This woman has a special place in Heaven... let me tell you!
2. She taught me how good peanut butter and celery/apples/bananas can be and how popcorn is a great afternoon snack because she has always been a healthy eater. This is something that she wanted to instill in her grandchildren at an early age.
3. She was the first roll model in my life that taught me the importance of fitness. She walks/bikes and always has. She used to take me with her all the time when I would spend weeks with her in the summer.
4. She has the most beautiful skin EVER. Wrinkles are completely debatable when it comes to my Mimi and it is because of her healthy lifestyle and the incredible care she gives to her face.
5. She was health-conscience before being health-conscience was cool. Period.
6. You can see the love she feels for my Papa Glenn in her eyes just with the mention of his name... and she's felt this way for over 50 years!
7. She was an amazing mother and raised my hero to be the man that he is today... just like her. All the characteristics that he has, that I aspire to have, she taught him by example.
8. She has always made me feel like I am the most important grandchild to her... and I know she has made the other 6 feel this way as well.
9. I have a passion for history that was instilled in me through her because of all of the historical places she used to bring me to and all the stories she and my grandma used to tell me.
10. Oh who am I kidding.... I can't narrow down just 10!!!!! So here goes....
She has a green thumb and knows how to grow beautiful flowers, she has beautiful hair, she makes a birthday cake for Jesus every Christmas day for the kids, she loves her husband, children, family, friends but above all else - she loves God, she loves chickens and even raised them for a while, she was the quintessential teacher and still is... even though she doesn't get paid for it anymore, She has inspired me to have a rooster inspired kitchen... just so that I can be more like her, She is an amazing daughter and sister... always taking care of everyone, She introduced me to My Fair Lady - My most favorite movie, She has the best laugh ever. Period, She is an avid bird watcher and can name the weirdest birds in the sky... who does that?!, She is a great friend and has shown me that friendships absolutely can last for 40+ years, She is the definition of class... By far, the classiest woman I have ever seen. I aspire to be just like her when I grow up!

I love my Mimi sooooo much and I hope she has had the most wonderful birthday yet!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Running Mysteries & Races

So I promise I am not going to become a once a week poster. I feel like such a slacker for not posting and even more of a slacker for not keeping up with your blogs lately. I wish I had a great excuse like some of you have had in the past like, my Internet was out because I just moved... or I have been on vacation... but I don't have a great excuse. I just suck. I vow to be a regular poster from now on. Please forgive me, things have been rather out-of-whack lately. Let me let you in on what I have been going though...
You probably don't remember this, but last month I blogged about a numb foot I was dealing with while running. I was a bit panicked at first, but my fellow running bloggers calmed my spirits by letting me know that I should first try and loosen my shoe strings before I head into neurosurgery. I did just that, and things seemed to be a lot better. In the mean time, I have purchased my fabulous shoes (which you can read about here) and I just knew I was on my way to half-marathon victory.
Lately, I have been dealing with the same issue - in my new shoes - which are not tied too tight. It starts occurring in my right foot around mile 4 and the numbness continues to spread up my leg the farther I run until I stop running. Which at this point, I have to walk around for a while shaking it off before I start to stretch, etc. Being the Marketing Rep for a hospital I have a lot of connections when it comes to medical issues so I have been able to consult with my mom who is a Radiology professor and a friend of mine, who is a physical therapist as well as a few physicians. They all say this sounds like a nerve issue in my lower back (L1 and L2 to be specific) but aren't exactly sure what could be causing it... it's a mystery (insert Twilight music here). Hopefully it is due to my running posture (maybe) which can be corrected with technique and therapy. I plan to begin physical therapy next week as soon as I get a script from my doctor. I am not going to stop running... I refuse to let this slow me down... (Insert Puff Daddy music: "Can't nobody take my pride, Can't nobody hold me down. Oh no! I've got to keep on moooovin!) but I do want to get it under control before I have a serious injury down the road.
Next on the agenda: Races... I signed up for 2 races before my half. The Livestrong 5K in Austin, TX on October 24th and a local charity 5K to benefit the Hope Crisis Center later this month. I am going to have to plan my runs those weeks to ensure that those races fall on a short run day, which should be no problem. I want to do them because I love running in any type of race. Not for the "race" aspect, but for the adrenaline, being around other runners, the numbers, the t-shirts, it's just so much fun to me!!!

So far i have logged 8 miles this week. I hope to make it 20 by Saturday. San Antonio is only 8 weeks away!!! EEEK!

Until next time (which will be sooner than later), Marvelous miles to you all!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Hey you guys, remember me?? It has been over a week since my last post... such a slacker, I am. It's amazing how much can happen in a week! Recap anyone??

So I didn't end up driving to Oklahoma in an un-air-conditioned vehicle to spend my Labor Day wknd with my OK family like we had discussed before. I know, I know... You're thinking I am such a pansy/prima donna. You may be right in some circumstances, but I do have an excuse this time. The forecast called for rain. I can't drive down the highway in the rain with my windows down and sunroof back. So I rented a car. 1 week and $190 later and I haven't seen a drop of rain yet... I'm sure it's coming, though. SURELY that weatherman wouldn't tell a lie! (smirk!)
In the meantime, I am not going to complain because I have never enjoyed an air conditioned car more than I did for that 8 hours in my life. I soaked it up. I also had an AMAZING TIME in Oklahoma. Always relaxing. Always care-free. Always comfortable. Always home. We went to the horse races on Saturday. I had never been to the horse races in my whole entire life. Can I just tell you, I loved it!! I am a big horse lover anyway... this was just incredible. I did some serious gambling.
It looks like I knew what I was doing didn't it? Eh? Ya, I lost every penny of that $20 bucks I threw down on those 9 races. But it was worth it. We sat in the clubhouse, got the best view, I hear the margaritas were great, we had the best service and had a blast.
The rest of the time we just hung out on the farm. Did I tell you my dad lives on a farm? He and Alison have a few hundred acres in Central Oklahoma. They love the Country Life. I don't blame them. In fact, lucky for you, I talked Alison into starting up her own blog so if you want to read more about their country life you can check out Alison's blog here.
Saturday I knew I had a long run scheduled that I could not skip. My family is so unbelievably supportive of my running habits (Probably because I inherited them from my Dad), so Saturday we all decided to throw on our gear and go for a country run. All 4 of us (Dad, Al, my cousin Kehley and my little sis, Maci). Self portrait by the way... that is talent ladies and gentlemen.

This is the beginning of our run... the long driveway leads out to the gravel road. This nice little country run soon became the dreaded run from hell because I didn't realize that throughout my entire training period, I have yet to incorporated hills into my runs.... until then. And let me tell you, running on graveled mini mountains is not easy. It's torture, simply put. Period. And the bad part about it is, my dad kept telling me... this isn't even the hilly route. We are going on the "hills" tomorrow. I said to myself, "THE HELL WE ARE!! What in the name of Vertical torture are you trying to do to me?!" I was breathing so hard I thought I was going to start coughing up a kidney. But I made it through. I didn't track my pace. My goal a quarter of the way in was to finish without ending up in a coffin. I succeeded.
Unfortunately, I became sick. I began coughing, wheezing, sneezing, hacking.... all I gotta say is it was not a pretty sight, folks. I would like to blame it on the run from hell taking so much out of me, but the truth is I started feeling this way on the drive up to Okla. Fortunately, I was able to skip the torturous hills-have-eyes run. I know what you're thinking.... you seasoned runners out there are going "Suck it up! You should never dread a run! Just do it!" But seriously, I am afraid that having not run hills at all... I should gradually incorporate them... for my shins sake! (Which I believe are doing much better by the way, for those of you who care. THANK YOU SAUCONY!)
I had to leave and come back home on Monday. It's always hard to leave. I know I will see my family again soon, we try to never go more than a few months without seeing each other. But I just miss my them so much. I'm sure some of you have family that you feel the same way about. Maci is growing up so fast right now... she just turned 5 and is at that age where she REALLY loves her big sis. I am hoping this is not a phase she is going through. I know girls start to think their moms aren't cool at a certain age, but do they have to feel this way about their big sisters?? That are 21 years older than them?? Before I go on, I just have to show this kid off... I know people are bias and maybe I am.... but honestly, is she not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen???
The drive home on Monday flew by. I wasn't able to run again until this morning. I am still coughing up crud and my ears pop every now and again due to the fluid in my head... but I am feeling much better. I ran 3.5 easy miles this morning before work. 10 minute pace. Felt great. I plan to do the same thing in the morning. I'll let you know how it goes...
Marvelous Miles to you all!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Love Affair with AC and Other Random Musings...

Happy September!!
There is just something about the beginning of a new month. So much potential to just make it your own and turn it into a great big success. Forget where you went wrong last month and start fresh. There is bright opportunity to take full advantage of every day - Grow! Succeed! Am I being too cheezy right now? Are you gagging? Sorry..... I digress.

I have had a couple of things on my mind this week so far.... Let's discuss.....

1. So I have a little over 10 weeks until the San Antonio Rock 'n Roll (Half) Marathon. (Yelp!) I had a funny nervous emotion that crept over me today while I sat at my desk at work in realization of this. From here on out my mileage is going to increase BIG time..... for me, that is (The girl who has never run more than 6.2 miles in her life!) On October 3rd I have a 10 mile run scheduled. That is 4 weeks away. I know you can't tell... but it just took me about 2 full minutes of sitting here staring at my laptop screen to be able to fully grasp the last two sentences. The month of September I have 86 miles scheduled to run in all. (I realize many of you can knock most of that out in a week.. but remember, I'm just an amateur right now.) I am excited/scared/anxious/hopeful/worried/pumped all at the same time. Such a strange sensation. I'm kinda diggin' it :)

2. My car is sick :( My beautiful Acura TSX is having air conditioning issues and needs to go to the doctor. I have only had her for a little over a year, so why this is even occurring is beyond me. But regardless, even though fall is almost here and the weather should be cooling off in most places in the world, no AC in Southeast Texas is not an option in these parts. It is simply ludicrous. Torture. But the fact that my car is sick is not my biggest dilemma. My biggest dilemma in this situation is..... this weekend is Labor Day weekend!!! I, being one that loves to take full advantage of long weekends away from work, was planning on driving to Oklahoma to see my Dad and Step Mom and Maci (the little sis). Check them out below along with my little brother, Luke....

I have two options: (1.) Stay home and miss out on the long awaited fun-filled weekend with my dad, whom I have not seen since July 4th, my best-friend/step-mother, Alison and my precious little sister who is turning 5 tomorrow (not to mention who is growing up way too fast for me to keep up with!) as well as miss out on a long country run on Saturday with my Dad and lake time on the boat and a day at the horse races or (2.) Make the 8 hour drive circa-1950's style, sans-AC. [If you are wondering why I don't just fly.... well, it is because I am anticipating that extra funds for a plane ticket will be non-existent after spending all my money on repairing my damn car. (yes, that would be bitterness you are sensing right about now.)]

So I said to myself, "Self, people lived without air-conditioning for thousands and thousands of years. People even lived without air conditioners in their car for a while back in the day. When did western civilization become so dependant on Air Conditioning? You sweat on a daily basis because of your running addiction. No big deal. Is wearing a tank and some shorts and throwing back the sun roof for 8 hours (in the evening) going to kill you? Since when did you become such a Prima Donna?" So I have decided to make an adventure out of this and drive to Oklahoma on Friday with no AC, then drive back Monday and put my car in the shop on Tuesday. We'll see how this goes. I'll keep you posted.

3. I have another Girl's Night coming up on Thursday. This is an event that occurs about once a month. You can catch up on our last one here. I was in charge of coordinating this time.... This night will consist of me and about 17 other hot females abandoning their homes, husband's and offspring (or lack there of, in my case) for an evening filled with female companionship, food, festivities, wine and this time.... KARAOKE!! Can't wait to tell you all about it :)


Is your love affair with Air Conditioning as solid as mine?

What are your Labor Day plans?

Monday, August 31, 2009


Please allow me to introduce you to my newest running companion... the healer of my shin splints... my holy grail of half-marathon success... my running salvation... my new Saucony Progrid Triumph 6 shoes!!! Yes.... applause is welcome... go right ahead.
The fine gentlemen at Luke's Locker recommended that I purchase these and said they would serve me well. I have complete faith in them.
Does anyone have an opinion on Saucony Shoes in general? I have never owned a pair before.
My workout schedule for this week:
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 2.5 miles / P90X Ab-Ripper
Wednesday: Upper Body/P90X Ab-Ripper
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: Upper Body/P90X Ab-Ripper
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: Rest
Next week, according to my training schedule, I am going to increase my mileage by at least 1-2 miles. We'll see how that goes.
Marvelous Miles to you all!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


I was tagged by my good blogging buddy Kristen over at Will Run For Wine, and I am FINALLY able to respond with my post! Yay! I gotta tell you... I didn't think this would be so much fun, but I have had a blast! Okay, here goes....

1.) Who is the hottest movie star?

Okay.... the undisputed hottest movie star in the world is, of course, Brad Pitt. Bottom Line. No doubt about it. Hands down. The jury is in... Brad is the hottest. Period.

But everybody knows that, and I want to be a little different and make note of some new (or not so new) comers that I believe deserve some attention. Call them the Runner's Up, if you will.

I am seriously crushing on Bradley Cooper lately... I don't know... something about his humor/attitude/sexiness in The Hangover really turned me on to him. You can't deny it: This guy is adorable!
Yes, the next person is a girl and no, I am not gay nor am I bisexual, but I can spot a hot chick from a mile away. So, though she is female, she still falls in the "hot" category. Rachel McAdams is the new Julia Roberts. I am a huge fan because she is an AMAZING actress. She plays in all my favorite movies. And yes.... she is smokin' hot. So I had to stick her in here as well. She deserves it. 2.) Apart from your house and car, what is the most expensive item you have ever purchased?

I bought a pair of Ostrich boots for my boyfriend last Christmas. Crazy expensive. Stupid expensive. I could have got a pair of Louboutin's!! Geeesh!

3.) What is your most treasured memory?

I have a little sister, Kara, that passed away 8 years ago in a car accident. We were 13 months apart. Any memory that I have with her throughout our 16 years together is a treasure that I want to remember for the rest of my life. My greatest fear is forgetting.

4.) What is the best gift you ever received as a child?

I have the two greatest parents anyone could ever ask for. I never once questioned their love for me and knew they would die for me in a second. They are my heroes. Growing up in a home filled with so much love, I have learned, is a blessing and a gift. There are so many children out there who have to live without. I was definitely not one of them. My parent's love for me was the greatest gift they could have ever given.

Here is a picture of my mom and I in Mexico.

And here is a picture of my dad and me with my little sister, Maci at my graduation party.

5.) What is the biggest mistake you ever made?

Hmmm... I have made quite a few mistakes in my life. "Make wise decisions" was a phrase my mom used often growing up that went in one ear and out the other with me several times throughout the years! But had it not been for those mistakes I would not be the person I am today. I learned from it all. I don't regret any of it.

Though if I had to pick something... maybe I would have gone to class more. The, maybe, it wouldn't have taken me so long to graduate!!

6.) Four words to describe yourself.

Funny, Sweet, Loyal, Talented

7.) What was the highlight and lowlight of your 2008?

Highlight: There are a few.... any time that I was able to spend with my little sister Maci, my Dad and stepmom, Alison in Oklahoma was a highlight! I try to see them as often as I can. Another would be finishing my first 10K. That was a great feeling. Graduating from College would be another highlight. It took FOREVER but I finally did it!

Lowlight: I went through a horrible horrible break up. Ugghhh. Not fun.

8.) What is your favorite film?

The Notebook. Although, the Time Traveler's Wife brought out some SERIOUS emotions lately. Wheeeewww! That may be a close second.

9.) Tell me one thing I don't know about you.

I have seen every Golden Girls episode ever made. Even the pilot. I have seen them so many times that I can even quote most of the episodes at one point or another. Love those crazy girls!

10.) If you were a comic book/strip cartoon character, who would you be?

No question: Wonder Woman. She got her own hit TV show, fun theme song and she looked like Lynda Carter. Come on.... which one of us would not kill to look like Lynda Carter in her glory days?

So now I am going to tag 4 awesome bloggers and I choose...... drum roll, please.......
Marvelous Miles to you all!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

New Week... New Start

Yesterday I went to an Astros game in Houston, so while there I FINALLY was able to run by Luke's Locker.... YEAH!!! I was fitted for shoes and found that I have a neutral foot and that I have good running form (whatever). I tried on several pairs of shoes and could not make up my mind as to which ones to get. Plus they were closing, so I decided that the pressure was too great for my eternally indecisive self and I need to go back when I have lots more time to shop. I am also a big fan of research, so now that I know what type of foot I have I want to find out everything there is to know about neutral shoes. I fell in love with Luke's Locker and I decided that I need clothes, fuel, maybe a new running watch, etc. Soooo.... I'm hitting it up on Saturday to make my purchases. SO STOKED!
How do you feel about Saucony Running Shoes v. Mizunos?
How do you feel about the new Nike Lunarglides?
What type of foot do you have and what is your favorite running shoe?
So today was my short run. My plan was to wake up at 5am and hit the road but I could not make it out of bed when the alarm went off so I vowed to run when I got off work today. Thank God we had a slight cool front come through so the temp was in low 90's around 6pm. Not too bad. My friend Diana wanted me to come over to her house tonight and watch The Uninvited with her so I decided to just pack up and head to her house early and get my run on in her hood. About 15 minutes before my run I popped some Ibuprofen and a Vanilla Bean Gu (I was exhausted after work, but running was non-negotiable.... so you gotta do what you gotta do!) Not a bad run in the beginning but soon my calfs began to burn and my shins began to ache and I was cursing myself for not making up my damn mind at Luke's Locker. Why do I need to make a whole other trip up there this coming weekend? Do I REALLY need all that extra stuff? (YES!) But after I finished I stretched and felt much better.
I can certainly tell that my muscles are strengthening because my run was over about an hour ago and my calfs are still burning. I can't wait until my legs are rock hard, defined, and sexy... I just love sexy legs. Are any of you proud of your legs? If you are... I thoroughly recommend you post a picture of just your legs... show those babies off!!
On another note... Saturday night I went to the movie theatre with my friends Amy and Brent to see The Time Traveler's Wife. Oh. My. Gosh.
Okay... the movie is over. Credits are rolling. Lights are coming up. And I am having to tell myself silently, "Katie, get a hold of yourself. Stop this! You have got to quit crying. The theatre is pretty much empty with the exception of the two people you came here with who are waiting for you (awkwardly) to stop your cry-fest!" Wow.
It is an amazing movie and I loved every second of it.... but word to the wise, bring some tissue. You will cry.

So here is my Running Schedule for the week of 8/24 - 8/30:
Monday - 2 miles
Tuesday - 3 miles/Core Workout
Wednesday - 30 min. Elliptical/Upper Body Workout/Core Workout
Thursday - 2 miles
Friday - Upper Body Workout/Core Workout
Saturday - 4 miles/ Core Workout
Sunday - Rest
Hopefully I can stick to it and get it all in. We shall see....
Marvelous miles to all of you!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

While I'm Waiting

As I have told you before, I am a big fan of music. All kinds. I'm very eclectic when it comes to music. I'm also big on lyrics. Listening to them and taking them in. Many times applying them to my current or past circumstances. On my way to work in the mornings, I like to listen to "The Message" on XM Radio. It is my time to gather myself for the day and the lyrics to most of the songs on The Message usually have a very hopeful and positive tone. So it helps me to start my work days off fresh and welcoming. This morning, I heard a song that I have heard many times before. But this morning, it was as if I had heard it for the first time. The lyrics sang a whole new song to me, and I was a bit overwhelmed. The song is "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller. The song is about living your life bold and confident, completely oblivious to what is before you, but simply being hopeful and secure in what the Lord has coming your way. As I look back on my life, no other time do I feel I can relate to these words than right now. In SO many ways and on SO many levels.

Allow me to share them with you...

1. Of course, there is my current situation... I am training for a half marathon and suffering from shin splints. (I'm sure you're like... ENOUGH ABOUT THE SHIN SPLINTS ALREADY!!) I have no idea if I am doing the right thing by continuing to train, but I don't care. I am doing it anyway. It is painful and it is not easy... but I am just going to continue to work on it and wait for what the Lord has in store for me. Will I be able to run the whole way? Will I be able to finish in a decent time frame? Will my legs fall off in training because I am pushing myself too much? I don't know... I'm just going to wait and see.

2. If nothing else, I know my training has given me a sense of self that I have never had before. I am proud of myself for my accomplishments and the accomplishments that I know will be soon to come. I know that this race is only the beginning because I am not about to let this feeling that running gives me die. What is in store for me? Where can this sense of pride take me? I don't know... I'm just going to wait and see.

3. My life is general is currently sitting in transition mode. I have traveled far and wide, graduated from college, I have a wonderful job that I love. I have a beautiful apartment and I am completely self-sufficient. But what next? I know there is a whole other chapter of my life that is HUGE and I have no idea what is in it. It's hard to be patient... but I have no choice, so I am. Hopefully patient. (Is that an oxymoron?) Where am i going? I don't know. I know that running will help me to get there because of how it has helped me to believe in myself. I know that no one else is in control of my life but God. I will go where he wants me... not where anyone else thinks I should go. So..... we'll just wait and see.

In the meantime, you guys should download the song I am referring to. The lyrics are below but you really need to listen to the song to get the full effect. Maybe it speaks to you as well....

"While I'm Waiting" - John Waller

I'm Waiting.
I'm waiting on you Lord.
And I am hopeful.
I'm waiting on you Lord.
Though it is painful,
but patiently, I will wait.

I will move ahead bold and confident.
Taking every step in obedience.

While I'm waiting, I will serve you.
While I'm waiting, I will worship.
While I'm waiting, I will not faint.
I'll be running the race, even while I wait.

I'm waiting.
I'm waiting on you Lord.
And I am peaceful.
I'm waiting on you Lord,
though it's not easy.
But faithfully, I will wait.

Marvelous Miles to you all!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Disclaimer: If you have a problem with Debbie Downer, discontinue reading at this point.

I have been M.I.A. for a while because, honestly, I have nothing positive to blog about when it comes to my running career lately. I try to be one of those if-you-can't-say-anything-nice-yadayadayada girls and so therefore I have been keeping to myself lately. But I can't take it anymore and quite frankly, I miss my blog and all my blogging friends. So I have decided to fill you in on the saga of my running life lately.

Shin Splints SUCK. Can I just say that? They suck. I am so trying to break up with them... but they wont leave me alone.

Because of them, my training is W A Y behind schedule. My days of taking obnoxious amounts of Ibuprofen have officially began as well as my days of icing my shins after every run. Also, my mileage increase is pretty much non-existent. I have 13 weeks to go from 4 miles to 13.... or at least 11. (I believe adrenaline can probably carry me through the last two miles the day of the race.) All because of shin splints.

I know this is so common. Many runners fall prey to the dreaded shin splints at some point in their life. I just happened to be attacked in mid training for my first half marathon... when time is money! Ughh! But I am one of those people that believes in expressing themselves and letting it all out when one is upset. So I'm just going to whine for a minute and then I'll get over it.

Anyways, I know what I need to do about it. (Thanks to much needed help from my blogger buddies... hugshugskisskiss) I need to be professionally fitted, first and foremost, for shoes at a place besides Foot Locker and Champs in the mall. Unfortunately, I live in Beaumont, Texas, USA. A professional running store where people can actually fit my foot and know what they're talking about is non-existent. The closest place would be Luke's Locker in Houston (I believe). Which is an hour away. So I have to wait until I have time to drive up there for a visit.... which, as the Marketing and Public Relations rep for 2 major hospitals in Southeast Texas, is kind of hard to do. Yesterday, for instance, I was at work at 7am and didn't get off until 9pm. I don't do that everyday... but my job is pretty demanding, nonetheless. So as soon as I figure out a time (maybe this weekend) when I can head up there I will be on a fresh start to healthy shins!

My run this morning was pretty pleasant. LOVE morning runs. I woke at 5am, got dressed, ate a banana, took my dog out, swallowed some meds and hit the road. I've been hearing all kinds of stories about female runners being abducted/raped lately, so I have been trying to run in familiar neighborhoods where lots of people live as opposed to parks or trails or tracks that are more secluded. I ran 3 miles in my grandparents neighborhood and felt great afterwards. After 3/4 a mile into the run my shins were fine. Afterwards I stretched and drank a large glass of chocolate milk because a friend of mine told me that was a great re-fueler after a run. Is this true??

See... I feel so much better. Thanks for letting me get it all out. My rebound mechanism is in full swing today :) Good to know...

Magnificent Miles to you all!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Louie G Rocks My World!!!

Before I discuss my run last night... I want to talk a bit about my little brother. Well... scratch that... let me give you a little back story regarding my family first. I come from an extremely musically inclined group of people. There is not a soul in my bloodline that can not carry a tune (though some would like to say they cant... but they can) and not 1 person in my immediate family that doesn't rock the guitar among other various instruments. (That is... besides myself, and I prefer to take advantage of/focus on my natural abilities: my pipes. I tried to play the guitar for a while, but that -unlike the other members of my herd - does not fall into the "natural" category. But let me make something clear: I have some impeccable pipes.... I'm just sayin'.) Growing up, some of my fondest and frequent memories take place somewhere sitting around listening to someone (usually my dad) jamming on an acoustic and others singing harmonies for hours on end. My family has got it goin' on.

Okay... so fast forward... My little brother, Luke, AKA: Louie G, has inherited the music gene and ran with it. He is a guitar playing genius as well as an incredible singer and song writer. Because of these abilities, he has been noticed by some very influential people. He has been signed by a prominent record label in the contemporary Christian music industry. His Producer is my cousin, Zachary, who is a complete genius when it comes to writing, mixing and producing all types of music. His Executive Producer, Troy, was influential in DC Talk, Audio Adrenaline, Rachel Lampa, & Blue Tree's music careers. They are looking to go in a secular direction and have decided to use Luke as their muse. YEAAAH!! My BEAUTIFUL, adorable, preppy, church going, 18 year old little brother has a side of him that is part Justin Timberlake part Lil Wayne part Jack Johnson/John Mayer part AWESOME! Though he has a very broad & eclectic range of music abilities and genre interests, the music he will be putting out is Hip Hop.

So why do you care? And what does this have to do with running? I am BIG on running with my IPod and I love upbeat music, especially something with rhythm and bass. Luke's first single is now on ITunes and I want to encourage all of you to look him up (Louie G) and download his song, "She's So On" Featuring Chalie Boy. Check out the Widget above to get a glimpse of him. Such a little hottie.

As for my run last night... bit of a downer. I met Carmen & Misti at the hike & bike trail and we were to embark on a 4 mile run. I was immediately introduced to the fact that my pace is WAY slower than Misti's and Carmen's. Which I don't feel so bad about... Misti has been running 6-7 miles every day of the week for years now. I have not. To even try to hang with her is ludicrous. I am no superwoman... regardless of what I would tell people otherwise. And Carmen did have a head start when it came to training for this thing, plus I am not sure how tall she is but I will venture to say she is every bit of 6'.... maybe....The girl has legs for days. I am 5'4" with short legs. So I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that I was a little overwhelmed which I think affected my performance. Plus I had just started (sorry gentlemen) which probably affected my performance. Oh yea, and I ran 3 miles the day before and yesterday was supposed to be a short day, which MIGHT have affected my performance. Am I just making excuses? Maybe. But I was so tired at 2.5 that I stopped at 3 miles and started stretching. Misti completed her 4.5 shortly after - girl is fast! Then... guess what: the burning sensation that was in my shins at that point did not go away. I'm thinking one dreaded and horrific thought: SHIN SPLINTS!

Question: What the hell do I do now?!

As I am typing this (and not working) I am consistently raising my foot high and lowering it, trying to strengthen them as we speak. Freak mode began last night... panic mode is sure to ensue soon. HELP!!

I have a short run (alone) (2 miles) scheduled for tonight... I'll let you know how it goes. In the mean time:
  • Hit up ITunes and buy Louie G's song

  • Have a great day and enjoy your miles!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I Love Running

Now I feel like a dork. Remember me freaking out because my foot/leg was going numb during my run on Sunday? Well it had a lot to do with the fact that my shoes were tied too tight............ yea.... laugh it up! You've got jokes, I'm sure.

But I really have to laugh at myself as well every time I think about it. Hmm, my foot is going numb. I wonder why. Could it be a circulation problem?? Ummmmmmmm... duh!! YA THINK?! It's these little things that truly exemplify the "newness" of my running career. It's a good thing that pro runners sometimes comment on my posts to set me straight. Thank you for that! You are my heroes!

I woke up this morning at 5am and went for a 3 mile run before work that absolutely felt awesome. I love morning runs. They really set your whole day off right. I have had an awesome day today and I completely attribute it to my run this morning. I can only believe that my night is going to be even better.

I love running. Have I told you that already? Because I do. I actually believe I am starting to crave it. I have heard stories told of a hunger runners have. They must do it everyday. They HAVE to do it every day. I have a friend that is like this.... Misti. I have introduced her to you before, but let me introduce you again.

She is the black haired beauty with the tie-dye on. She is OCD about her running. Up until this point, when asked the multiple choice question 'What do you think about Misty's love of running?" a.) She's full of S#&@ b.) She's psychotic c.) All of the above. My answer would be a definite "C." But now... I am all aboard the crazy-running-obsessed-train. If it weren't for the fact that I am freaked out about avoiding injury before my half-marathon in November, I would run tonight as well as in the morning even though I have a long run scheduled tomorrow night with my running girls. So this is my formal apology, Misti, for ever doubting your sanity. Please forgive me. I'm right there with you sister, and hope someday to be able to run as far as you and look as hot as you in a bikini because of it.

Which brings me to my next little FYI for you, due to my current obsession, I have purchased and am reading two books on training for a marathon. (Yes, I am reading two books at the same time.... I am proving I am not only a dork but a nerd/geek as well!) Most people have coaches that help them train for marathons, I choose to read books. I am going to Self-Help my way to marathon success! The first book is the book I originally set out to purchase. The Non-Runners Marathon Guide. This book was written by two college professors who taught several classes filled with hundreds of non-runners (much like myself) to successfully complete a marathon. The book details all the proof and consists of the complete training process.

I bought the second book, The Non-Runners Marathon Guide For Women, because #1. I am a non-runner who happens to be of the female sex who is, indeed, training for a marathon. #2. The author is completely hilarious and details the good the bad and the ugly of marathon training. Sweat, Chaffing, long lost knee-caps, hatred for happy runners, and all! I'm surprised I haven't come across a story chronicling yeast infections yet... who knows... it may come later. I'm only on Chapter 3. I love her and will be taking little quotes out of the book and sharing them with you from here on out. Get ready.

Until Next time... magnificent miles to you all!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Faith Restored....

I have not yet mentioned the fact that I have been a little scared... okay... HORRIFIED that I may have jumped in over my head with this half marathon decision. Lately, I have not been able to run over 3 miles and it has been frustrating me severely. Especially since my sisters in running are running well over 3 miles. In fact, Carmen ran 5 miles on Saturday. GO CARMEN!!! (I'm so proud of her!!) I was afraid that maybe I was trying to push myself too hard by trying to complete this half by November 15th. (Which is a day less than 14 weeks away today.)

But last night I restored my faith in myself and this half marathon decision by running 3.5 miles entirely! I felt so relieved, elated, accomplished, hopeful, happy, confident... I was almost overwhelmed.

When I completed that 3.5 miles, you would have thought I completed a marathon!! I felt so amazing and proud. And that made me realize something else about this marathon training.... one day I will start at a finish line and run 13.1 miles and complete that race and feel so great. But in the mean time, I am going to be winning many other (mental) races all along the way. Every time I am able to go a little farther than before it is going to make me feel like I have crossed a finish line! And every time I am going to feel those same emotions. What more could one ask for?!

But okay... on another note... Some new worries have manifested throughout the past couple of running weeks. This has been occurring almost every time I run lately, but last night it was extremely apparent because I ran so much farther instead of stopping when it began.

Last night, around the 2.25 mile, my right foot began to go numb. By the end of my 3.5 mile run, my whole right foot and leg all the way up to my knee was completely numb. It literally felt like I was lugging around a block at the end of my leg. I could not feel it at all. This has begun to worry me. I know many people talk about pain while training for a long run... and one must push through it in order to succeed. But what about numbness? I'm thinking of all the different things I should try....
  • new shoes?

  • looser clothing?

  • More stretching?

  • an MRI?

I have no clue.... Any suggestions?

In the mean time, I am going to continue running. This week I have a run scheduled with all of my sisters in running on Wednesday evening... I am so looking forward to it! Hopefully by Saturday I will be AT LEAST up to 4 miles! We shall see...

I will leave you with a couple of my favorite running quotes:

"It is not just about running, it's about all that comes with it: goal setting, empowerment, a belief in ones' self, being true to ones' self." - Julie Berg

"... The whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the real competition is against the voice inside you that wants to quit." -George Sheehan

Friday, August 7, 2009

Runner's Blog Anonymous: Newest Members

Before I started my very own blog I secretly and continuously stalked many other runner's blogs. For a long time I never commented or followed. I just watched from a distance. After a while things got much more intense. I couldn't resist. The temptation was too great. I had to be a part of this runner's blog world. When one becomes a part of this world, they gain an unlimited amount of insight into the world of running. Very helpful things I learned such as tips, advice, awesome gear to use in the future, good running shoes, etc. I have learned the importance of fuel and hydration and that water, a lot of the time, just isn't enough. I had never heard of Gu in my life... now I know it is a very valuable resource. Lots of tips on nutrition and recipes for runners... The list goes on and on.
Anyways, even though I have started my own blog, I still stalk many blogs to this day... I have not been cured of this addiction. I am not in denial, which I suspect is the first step to recovery. But, so far, I do not see a light at the end of my tunnel.

Hello. My name is Katie, and I'm a runner's blog stalker.

But I hear this ailment is common among runners and bloggers today. So I join a big group.
So I am here to share with you two of the most awesome resources I have come across, so far...

1. Garmin Watches.

These things are a MUST for hard-core runners....... like me. (Okay.... well, like I will be someday!) They not only track your pace, time, distance and heart rate - some have GPS systems that can tell you where you are going, where to go next, track your progress, compare your pace to past performances, get feedback on your runs, and even help you train for a triathlon or a multi-sport workout! These things are brilliant. They freak me out. If I had one, I would be constantly looking over my shoulder for "Big Brother." How do they know?!
Unfortunately, I can't afford one right now. Like all other high-tech must-haves, they are freaking expensive! So I am taking donations... if you are interested in contributing, email me. (Kidding!!) (not really.)

This sight is amazing. It will give you a map of wherever you choose, and you can type in the area where you want to run, the distance that you want to run, and BAM!... there are hundreds of routes to choose from created by other runners in your city. This is going to be very valuable for me since I prefer to run outside. (I know, I'm glutton for punishment in this Southeast Texas sauna that I live in.) The treadmill just gets too boring for me. So does the track, for that matter... finding different places to run will help me to keep variety in my life. I've been told I have a restless spirit. (I think that is a nice way of saying I am flaky as hell!) I am sure this applies to my running preferences as well.
OR - you can find the area where you want to run, and map out your own route. It calculates the distance, elevation... then you can save these routes to your profile and later enter info such as your pace, etc. and it will tell you your calories burned! Again... who comes up with this stuff?!
Tonight I went for a 3 mile run in a neighborhood I have never ran in before. It is a pretty affluent neighborhood in Beaumont and I loved looking at all the giant houses. (I'm big on looking at beautiful houses.) There is something about running in a new place that makes the time go by quicker. Thank you Runners Rambles for introducing me to this site!

I am going to continue to post on useful fixes I find from other runner's blogs. I welcome any tips, suggestions, advice that anyone might have to help my training become more successful. In the meantime, those closest to me need not plan an intervention just yet. I'm having way too much fun!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Things) Running Club

I want to introduce you to my old and new found running buddies. You need to be familiar with them because I will surely be referring to these hotties on a regular basis. Because of this, I better give you a back story...

A group of girls and I regularly attend a "Girl's Night" which we have coined the "PYT" group in honor of the now deceased King of Pop. For those of you who don't know what this stands for, you are not alone. I didn't either. Word of advice: Don't admit it. You will be the object of laughter and fun, much like I was. (Listen to the song, he spells it out for you.) It stands for Pretty Young Things. We, pretty young things, are a very eclectic group of girls consisting of married and unmarried women with or without kids who are in search of a much needed good time away from home with an excessive amount of estrogen and wine.

So at the last session, I... being the ever co-dependant pretty young thing that I am... make it my goal to recruit running buddies to join in my marathon quest. And on Saturday, August 1st, 2009: I succeeded!!

Allow me to introduce to you....


My dearest and longest friend in the Running Club, is a true runner. She runs about 6 miles a day and has done so for years. She actually won't be running the San Antonio R&R because she will be out of the country. Not only is she an avid runner, she is an avid traveler as well. She and her precious husband go on about 3 or 4 vacations a year. (They make me sick with envy.) I guess you can do this when you don't have any kids. Their travels will hopefully be cut short in the next couple of years when she gets knocked up. She will be running with us for moral support and will be helping us train in our process.

Here is a picture from Saturday night, we celebrated both of our birthdays during our PYT Party. Why the place was holding out on the cheese cake, I will never know!

Here we are at a wedding a couple years back. I just love her guts.

She is the beautiful brunette in the picture below. My newest friend in the running club. Oh how I love Carmen. She is a mother of 4. (Yes... I said 4.) God. Love. Her. She, perhaps, cherishes our PYT Parties a little more than the rest of us. Carmen is kicking my tail right now because she is not only breezing through 4 miles, but she, sometimes, is able to go to the gym twice a day! Oh, the perks of being a stay at home mom. (Though, with 4 kids, that may be a short list!)

I also want to introduce you to, Kristen. She is the gorgeous blondie in the picture below. (She has not officially joined my running recruitment, but I am working on her.) I have to introduce you to her simply because she is one of the funniest women I have ever met. She recently told us that she will be joining in our running quest, but she has chosen to take the path less traveled by, by skipping.

And last but certainly not least, Ashley!

Isn't she gorgeous?! She is, perhaps, my hero of the running club. Ashley has already completed a full marathon years ago. Someday I will show you the tattoo that she got after she completed it. It's awesome. We have been running together off and on for over a year. Like Carmen, she is leaving me in the dust because she is close to 4 miles right now. (I, unfortunately, am still at a little over 3 miles, by the way.) Ashley has officially decided to continue training after we complete our half, and join me in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in April 2010. Iloveheriloveheriloveher!

So there you have it. My sisters in running. We will, together, share and endure hours of sweat, dirt, pain, tears, and excessive amounts of ibuprofen. I am looking forward to every bit of it because soon we will all be svelte, rock hard beauties with blisters and joint problems. I can't wait!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Independent Woman

To say that I had fallen off the running "band-wagon" would be an understatement. My last race was a 10K in November of 2008. Since then, I have hardly committed any time to running... or taking much care of myself (gaining 30 pounds in my running-hiatus)... or those important relationships with the people who love me the most (my family), for that matter. What have I been so distracted with, you ask? Well... trying to keep my head above water in this new out-on-my-own life that I have had since I graduated college 2 years ago could have something to do with it. My job as a Marketing and Public Relations Representative at a major hospital in Southeast Texas might be another guess. But my ever-failing 5 year long relationship with the love of my life (thus far) was the kicker. Breaking up over and over because your relationship should have been over a year ago can take up a lot of your attention. Especially when you are planning weddings and futures together in the process. But needless to say... that relationship has run it's course, and along with it... a huge wake up call has arisen.

I had no control over my life what-so-ever. Period. I had given in to emotions and circumstances and settling and a MAN. I had placed a much higher priority on these things than myself. Enough was enough. I had to sit down on my rock bottom floor, and ask myself... "Why are you not good enough? Why do you not believe in yourself?"

And in answering these questions... realizations came to my mind such as:
"You ARE good enough! You are smart, witty and strong. You are very deserving of the very best and can do anything you set your mind to!"
And in this epiphany, I asked myself... what do I love? What can change my life? What can I do for myself that is only for me? What is it that I can control and depend on no one for? What will restore my empowerment? What will take me places that I have never been? What will bring me fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment that I can be proud of for the rest of my life? What can bring me peace and beauty in my life inside and out? What can make me a stronger person? What is my passion?

And the answer came to me clearly.... Running.

So this is my story.... from here on out. The story of how I gained control of my life. How I became empowered and gripped tight of a strong belief in myself. How I became a strong independent woman who loved herself and relied on no one. The story of how I threw myself back into shape and lost 30+ pounds by running and living a healthy lifestyle. The story detailing the process of my training for the San Antonio Rock&Roll Marathon on November 15, 2009. And then on to my training process for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 25th, 2010. It will detail my ups and downs, pains and gains, friendships, loves, and life. Your more than welcome to come along for the miles. I hope you enjoy.