Saturday, April 28, 2012

summer race schedule so far

north platte half

mile high mile (thru the broncos stadium)

?? on mother's day (last year it was home run for the homeless thru the rockies stadium)

colfax half

deadwood mickelson trail half

pcec set the pace race (in memory of my dad)

undy 5000
mfp team name is 'high high butt brigade'

kiss me dirty
mfp team name is 'tuff muffs'

georgetown to idaho springs half

blue shoe run for prostate cancer

dirty girl
i'm on 'the rack pack', but mfp has a team

Thursday, April 26, 2012

am i a 'real' runner?

even though i use running/walking intervals, i still feel like a runner.

i didn't use to think that way. back when i started three years ago, i thought being a real runner meant running all the way. i am not sure what changed my mind. time, maybe. the effort i have put in to get to where i am now.

there are a lot of people that think being a runner means no walking breaks. i wonder what conditions us to think that way?

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” ~John Bingham

i will never be an elite athlete. i will never run the boston marathon. i will never compete in an ironman. that is not my goal or my intention. but in my mind, i am a runner. taking walk breaks and all.

**what do you think? do i get to claim the 'runner' status if i use running/walking intervals? (i will not be offended if you say no. i want real opinions.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


my Father and comforter,
please forgive me for not taking care of my body, your temple, the way i know i should. i ask for a purposefulness in my eating habits, to be healthy and to be nourished. i ask that you give me the enthusiasm, joy and desire to exercise, specifically to run, helping me to become stronger, better, faster. may you take this body and use it to glory your name and build up your kingdom. i have nothing, am nothing, without you. i give my health and my running back to you. i ask that you would work in my life to take those things and bring glory to your name. i love you, Lord, and thank you for all you have given me and for all you will accomplish in my life. covered by Jesus' name, i pray.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


setbacks happen.

like last year, when i sign up for a half-marathon and start training, only to find out that i would be having abdominal surgery 2 months before the event and couldn't run for 6 weeks after surgery.  it stinks, but i coped.  i changed my goals to walking it instead of running it.  after all, it was out of my control.

unlike last year, my setbacks this year have been more mental than physical.  skipping a long run because of laziness.  shrugging off a short run because of business.  pretending it doesn't matter if i don't log the miles.

it does.

this last week, i have been down and out with a cold.  the whole week.  mentally, i have been chomping at the bit to get outside and run; physically, my body is betraying me.  it makes me wonder why i allowed myself to slack off when i was feeling well.  why didn't i take advantage of that time?

Friday, April 20, 2012

forever reign

I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
And nothing compares
To Your embrace
Light of the world
Forever reign

lately one song has been repeating itself in my mind as i run. it is by one sonic society. you are good, you are love, you are light, you are hope. you are peace, you are truth, you are joy, you are life. you are more, you are Lord, you are here, you are God. this is my refrain.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

post race massage

i love a relaxing massage.

my husband knows how much i love massages.  to get out of doing it himself, he bought me a yearlong membership to monthly massages at massage envy.  it was one of the best gifts he could ever give me.

did i mention how much i love a relaxing massage?  it's even better after a long run.

Monday, April 16, 2012

platte river half-marathon update

5:40 - beep, beep, beep. it's the annoying machine telling me that's it's time to start my day. i can't say i hopped out of bed, but i hadn't really been sleeping anyway.

6:30 - time to leave the house. i think i have everything i need - hat, m&m's, water bottle, race bib. (i realize later i forgot gloves. awesome. luckily, 't' had an extra pair in her car.) i have not been training with a hat but if it rains, i will need it, so i wear it and pretend to like it. there is snow on the ground, but the sky is clear. i eat strawberries and a peanut butter cookie in the car. i should eat more, but my stomach is a nervous wreck.

7:00 - roller hockey championship game for oldest son. they win. he is awarded 'highest scorer' plaque.

8:30 - i meet my friends at the race start. we are so cute. (by the way, i forgot my timing chip in the car and had to run back for it.) it's cold, but there is no rain.

9:00 - race start. i have been training with the jeff galloway method of running 2 minutes, walking 1. i start off with 'm' in the third wave, but she is much faster than me and running continuously. 't', 'r' and 'e' were in the second wave. i keep up with 'm' for the first mile, but can't continue that. thanks 'm' for keeping me company.

mile 1 - i feel good but i am not sticking to my plan and i know i am going to regret it later.

mile 2 - water station! i've already polished off my bottle so i get a refill. i keep my eye on a girl doing a walk/run method. we are about the same pace and keep passing each other.

mile 3 - it is hot. i am cursing the extra layers i put on. i pull off my gloves. i pull out my baggie of m&m's and eat 10. yes, i counted.

mile 4 - water station! i've polished off my bottle again so i get another refill. i meet my pacer girl 'g'. we decide to run together, but she wants to run without walking. i agree. (in the back of my mind, i'm thinking it's a terrible idea. why don't i ever listen to myself?) the wind is blowing against us and provides a nice breeze.

mile 5 - not much memorable about mile 5. i think i still felt pretty good.

mile 6 - water station! i've polished off my bottle again. (see a pattern here? foreshadowing.) this station has girls scouts handing out thin mints. i take one, get a refill on my water and eat 10 more m&m's. the wind is getting old.

mile 7 - i hate the wind. seriously. plus it is starting to get cold again. i put back on my gloves. 'g' and i go back to run/walk.

mile 8 - water station! pottty break! i need another water refill. this station has gu, which i grab but do not use since i've never tried it before. 'g' goes ahead while i use the facilities, but i catch up. the wind has really picked up. my face feels sunburnt. it's not though - it's from the wind.

mile 9 - i'm cold, i'm sick of the wind and i am ready to be done. i eat 21 more m&m's. i ask 'g' to just walk this mile.

mile 10 - water station! i fill my water bottle and debate using the porta-potty. i decide to hold it. i really shouldn't have drank all that water at the beginning. i am feeling the regret of too much water and not enough walking breaks. oh yes i am. the wind blows off my hat and i get to repeat a part of the trail as i go after it. awesome. 'g' wants to get back to running, but i can't so she goes on ahead. thanks 'g' for keeping me company.

mile 11 - lovely wind. lovely rain. lovely uphill path. lovely feeling of needing to pee. the rain isn't a downpour; it's just enough to be annoying. i run 30 seconds, walk 30 seconds for a while, but i am just too tired to keep it up. i decide to walk. my hat blows off again. and again. and a third time. i get to chase it each time. dang it! i thought i was done with running! the last tenth of a mile has tons of motivational posters that bring tears to my eyes. it is not because i am miserable and want to quit. *that is my story and i'm sticking to it*

mile 12 - water station! another potty break! at least there is no line. (i had a tough time standing back up though.)  i eat 10 m&m's. my hips hurt. i hate life in general and running in particular. at least the rain quit. but the wind. the wind is against me. literally.

mile 12.8 - i feel this particular hill deserves its own update. hill. very, very steep hill. oh, and i lose my hat and get to chase it again. at least i am going downhill for a few moments... but wait, i have to walk back up.

mile 13 - i try to run from this point on, but i just don't have anything left. i wait until until they announce my name at the finish line before sprinting the last 20 or so seconds. my friends are cheering for me (they all finished about an hour earlier), and i see the hubby and kids. success! i got my medal and the pain went away for, like, 1.2 seconds. (see the smile?)

the official time was 3 hours, 4 minutes. i was hoping to finish with a better time, but 1) i didn't follow my plan for walking breaks (which helps me run faster while feeling more refreshed); 2) i fell behind in my training by three weeks; 3) i did not do enough of my longer runs outside and my hips could tell; 4) the wind (i am not making excuses. much.); 5) although i ate well the night before, i think my fuel was a little bit lacking; 6) i was genuinely tired from being up so early.

oh, and i will never run with a hat again. grrr!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

carb loading

 taco time.  need i say more?  *eyebrow wiggle*
small super potato ole.
apple grande.  yum!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

you wanna eat at my house

no really. you do. i make good eats.

purple and orange cauliflower

crusted parmesan garlic pork chops, cauliflower and broccoli, orange

unchipped chicken nachos

sweet potato and carnitas burrito, green beans, dirty rice with zucchini and black beans, kiwi

spinach salad with walnuts, craisins, corn, chickpeas and feta

chicken enchilada soup with avocado

chicken taco, salad

pear, refried bean, cheese and veggie quesadilla, salmon, caesar salad

ham and pea alfredo casserole, strawberries, cucumber

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

teh interwebz has evr-thing

i have figured out my running plan for the half marathon this weekend. it is not exactly how i pictured it going, but i think i will be happy with the results.

i am going to walk the first 5 minutes of each mile on miles 1-4 and run the rest,
i am going to completely walk mile 5,
i am going to run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute on miles 6-13.

a friend turned me on to these pace calculators. based on my slowest training run, my time will be between 2:40 and 3:10. i'm hoping to be close to the 2:40. :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012


happy easter! our King has risen.

thank you Lord for your mercy and kindness. we really don't appreciate it as much as we should.

Monday, April 2, 2012

banana splits

have you ever had banana splits for supper? growing up, we would do this about 4-5 times a year. i plan our weekly meals here, and i try to be fairly healthy, but sometimes we throw the menu and health out the window. eating banana splits as supper was the best treat! i am passing this tradition on to my family as well.

here's the ingredients:

here's the happy kids:

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