Monday, July 30, 2012
I am a proud member of the Toby Keith Warrior Nation and I am a proud finisher of the Military Challenge 5K.
It's been an exciting past few days, I attended the Toby Keith concert last Thursday. He is such a super entertainer, he never disappoints, this was my 10th Toby concert, I never miss a year. Best of all was that my BFF and I went together, so glad we get to enjoy quality time together drooling over Toby, lol, Mr. Super Hawt Toby.
My SIL, two grandkiddos and I participated as a team on Saturday in the Military Challenge 5K. Team TSA is the local chapter for Tourettes Syndrome. My GS has Tourettes and he is very active in promoting awareness and is in the mentoring program, what a great way to raise awareness - wearing a Team TSA shirt in local races. I will be donning that shirt for my marathon debut in the spring also.
I must say that I was really nervous about this whole deal, I was more nervous for this 5K than I was running my first half marathon. I was worried about my abilities to do the obstacles along the course and I was worried about the heat. Last year I was a spectator at this event and it was 100 degrees at 8:00 in the morning, so I was really hoping the weather would be different this year. Race day it was 75 degrees, overcast, and the humidity was a little high, but after last year's weather - this was considered perfect. It didn't start heating up until about the last half mile. And for the past week it has rained every night so the course was super muddy, swamp like even.
We all started out as a team and the guys were supposed to hang with us ladies to help us over some of the obstacles but when the gun went off, us girlies (my GD and I) were left on our own, figures. We decided we were going to stick together and help each other. Super fun race - 3.3 miles and 25 obstacles hardest three miles Ive ever run and the most fun. I would definitely do it again wading in ditches waist deep in mud, mud tires, rope webs, climbing over hurdles, hay bale mountains, plank walk, a lake crossing, army crawling thru mud pits, and climbing a two story cargo net. Thanks to my GD for helping me out of some of those mud ditches. We stuck together and finished together - what a proud moment to cross the finish line with my GD.
The course was super muddy, and I was so worried about slipping or twisting something. I was so careful the entire race, taking my time to avoid injury. I am happy to say I made it to the last obstacle injury free. We were on the last obstacle, the giant slip-n-slide. I sat down and went about 3 feet and a tree root under the mat caught me square on my tailbone, ouch. Boy did that hurt and it still hurts, but it could have been worse. I have a small cut on my knee, who knows where I did that, but I am lucky to have walked away without discombobulating anything, lol.
My DH was at the finish line and the first thing I asked was if we beat the boys, and guess what???? We beat the boys, oh heck yeah, except my GS, he was the first on our team to finish. Girl Power, woo hoo.
We enjoyed an after race shower, lol - I got blasted in the ear with that super hose, but it was refreshing since the temperature was rising and it was nice to be able to wash off some of the mud.
After party wasn't so fantastic...hot dogs, ugghhh.
There were 68 finishers in the Female 40 to 44 age group I was 31. 1480 finishers in the 5K+ Run division - overall finish place was 910, my gender finish place was 344. "Chip" time 49:03.30. Team TSA finished 11/18 woo hoo.
Thoughts during the race....it was super muddy and warm - but our military members who train hard and are in far away places don't get to pick their conditions - they serve where duty calls. Thru mud and heat our military warriors continue to fight and serve for our freedom - shout out to the men and women in the military who are the REAL Warriors.
From a runner's view....
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I want to introduce you to my Cousin WILL. Some of you have met him, some haven't, some want him around, others not so much.
I've been thinking a lot about Cousin WILL. I used to enjoy his company every day, but lately it seems like he's been a little more absent than present. How can I mend this semi-broken relationship?
"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body" - Lynn Jennings
1. You need skills to control your thoughts, improve your concentration, and to become the boss of your mind. The stronger these skills are, the more inner strength you possess.
2. Being the master of your mind you enjoy inner peace and happiness. External events do not sway you, and circumstances have no power over your peace of mind. This might sound too unreal for you, but experience will prove to you that all the above is true.
3. These skills are vital for achieving success. They give you more control over your life, help you change and improve habits, and are essential for self improvement, spiritual growth and meditation.
[Just couldn't resist this one]
Have you seen WILL???? Do you have the POWER??? Let's pump up the will power SPARKERS, we can do it.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We are so often judged by our size and our looks, so I thought this was appropriate to share here on SPARK. So inspirational and motivational, well worth watching. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to watch this and marvel. You will get goosebumps, take out the hankies.
Hope you enjoyed it. Never let your size hold you back.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Do you feel the pain every time you gas up your car? Gas prices are still high, not as high as they have been, but we all still feel a little pain in the wallet every time we fill the tank. Tired of putting money into the gas tank. A simple solution.....RUN.
I run to work once a week, and I'm hoping to be able to make it two or three days once the weather permanently cools down. Today was my run day. Super run, even had my running buddy with me this morning. Feels good knowing I can run to work and not have to use gas or hit any red lights, lol. In fact it felt so good to run to work, I'm considering running home too, provided the weather holds out. Severe t-storms predicted for this afternoon so it may be hubby to the rescue.
I got to work this morning and checked my email. The first email I opened was from SAMI. She knew I was running to work today and had sent me these really cute running pics, made me laugh and totally made my day. Thanks lady.
Still working on getting to the 26.2
I am hoping to meet another one of my SP buddies this weekend, she's in town with her DH and wants to meet up, hope we get a chance to get together. I am so blessed to have so many SP buddies. I am hoping to meet several more in the future, so if you are ever in my neck of the woods, please give me a shout.
Happy Friday everyone and enjoy your weekend. Love to all.
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