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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Challenging myself and creating balance

                                               Balance
In everything I do I try to find the balance . That is my word for 2018 and this is my goal. I am in a new space and I think it's called getting older and being more mature. I am taking the One little word class by Ali Edwards and it feels different to me this time. I am doing all the work and I am really getting into it. The planning and making goals for this year.
One of my goals is  I am trying to make a habit of  getting on the mat everyday. I feel I could really use it. The time to slow down and the physical part has to help with all the running. I do adore the way I feel after I go to yoga class. I am going to explore this new little challenge and hopefully learn and grow. Jack goes to yoga so he will probably be joining me.

I started the this month off with the Goal of running 30 days straight. Let me start by saying my shortest run has been 5 miles and my longest 18. I am running anywhere from a 8:30 min pace to 13 min pace. It all depends .....
So checking in on day 7. I am tired and my legs are tired but what I am struggling with is how much my brain is just not wanting to go for a run. I kinda love this because this is the challenge right ??
I am in a crappy head space and it is up to me to change that. This is my favorite part because it is going to teach me discipline and hopefully during my next ultra I will be able to tap into whatever it is that I get from this challenge. This is just a me trying to push myself to grow. Having a fit bit really helps too...
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

With Positive Attitude I move forward

Happy February- The last month flew by and I don't really feel I got a chance to start over so I am using this month as my goal setting month. I also chose my word for the year and this word chose me. I feel like I need to strive for Balance.
Balance between everything I feel I need to do and what I do.
Balance is also a great reminder for me when it comes to taking care of my body. Yoga and facials ,drinking enough water. I am trying to have a date night with my kids each one separately and trying to find a welcome balance with all the hats I wear.
This month I have set out two goals for myself. The first one is I want to try and run everyday this month. The minimum could be 2 miles but I feel like I have been putting in so many miles and I feel stronger so I would like to try and go for it. 28 days 28 runs.
The other gaol is 3 dates one with my husband and then one with Jack and one with Bella.
Then there is the creative part of me and I am working on my project life but this month I want to take a class and finish it.
I am currently Taking Ali Edwards  One little word class. I love it as I do Ali. So as I enter this month with some fun goals I will try to remember how blessed I am to be be able to run and have children and a husband who are heathy and by my side for this crazy life ride. Sending you love and Joy.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

We went to see a really good running film. The Why

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the film  The Why by Billy Yang.  It is the kind of film that makes you want to get to your computer and go to ultra-sign ups and pick a couple races and sign up. One of those films that really stays with you because it is a really good story. Billy was really nice sharing lots of stories with us and he seemed very approachable. 
Yes we had to ask for a picture.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mayen Night runs

A little weekend adventure.
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We decided it would fun to drive to Arizona and do the night time Mayem run. It was about 16 miles but four of us got in my       mini-van and drove 6 hours to run in the desert in a full moon. The experience made me feel adventurous. We barely had time to stop so we grabbed a quick sandwich and made it an hour early.
I love running in new places. I really like running in sand and  I have no idea why. You could see the cactus flowers in the dark because the moon was so bright. 
Its great that there are other crazy friends that are willing to drive 6 hours with me to go experience something new. 

Monday run FUN

My friend Phillip ran with me today. We ran from my house to Carlsbad. Its about 17 miles and we left early enough that we beat the heat. Phillip lead the way because he knew the best way to get there and stay on side walks and be safe. On our way we met a man who is visiting here from Canada. Nicest guy
We shared about 5 miles with him and made a friend.

The run was so easy and finishing at the beach made it a bit better. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Holiday half race recap

I signed up for the Holiday Half in San Diego last week of December. I had heard from a-lot of people that this is a great race because its mostly down hill and the weather is perfect too. 

I have to say it was awesome to just be there because all around  runners where dressed in red and green and the Christmas spirit was everywhere..  

This is what happened .. I met my friend Robert at the race . He kept telling me that he thought I could run way faster than I usually do. I didn't believe him but he told me to just try. All I had to do was try and keep up with him and how hard could that be. He believed in me when I honestly did not. I ran about 60 miles that week my plan was to go and run my usual 2 hour half marathon. I think that is a great time and its what I always do but Robert convinced me to push myself so I did.

We ended up running a 1:44... I know right !!! Lets just say I never really thought I could run that fast . It never crossed my mind to see what I could do.
Moral of the story.. We can do much more than we think we can. In my case I am so grateful that I surround myself with people who believe in me. A Big Thank you to my friend Robert for pushing me to try and now next time I run a half I will have to try my butt off to see if I can beat 1:44.... It was an awesome day.


You have to believe

"once you make the decision that you will not fail the heart and body will fallow. " -----Kara Goucher-