Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
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.
Here is a picture of my mom and I in Mexico.
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?
So now I am going to tag 4 awesome bloggers and I choose...... drum roll, please.......
Monday, August 24, 2009
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.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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
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
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
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
Thursday, August 6, 2009
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!!
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.
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.
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
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.