JEWELS571's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JEWELS571 JEWELS571's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ An inspiration, a ministry, and honor!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737956 Yesterday's 5k was harder than I had expected coming off my long run Friday night, it was just plain hot and humid and my legs were not fresh, it was hard to breathe. I finished in 28:22 with a ton of walking! When the race was over, at least for me, I was bummed about my time, I had so wanted to set a new PR, really wanted to get into those 26's, but it just wasn't my day. <BR> <BR> While stretching and talking to some friends I had a lady approach me, she told me she had been following me... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:08:07 EST Do you have a Godly goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734661 With all of the goals I have set forth on here, to run this many half marathons, this many marathons, reach and maintain this weight, eat more veggies, drink more water, run more, walk more, etc., I just realized I have forgotten to set my Godly goals. I thank God for the motivation which has brought me to a healthy time in my life, for my fitness and healthy weight. I praise God for giving me friends whom challenge me and encourage me to do more, be better and who trust in my ability to com... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:57:57 EST Rolling hills they said! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728405 Am I the only runner that has a "hill day"? That is the day you train your body to push beyond it's comfort zone, your lungs hurt after, you work muscles everywhere and you are definitely not doing it for fun, but it builds you and makes you stronger and faster and THAT is why you do it! <BR> <BR> The first 3 miles of The Biggest Loser Half Marathon were gorgeous, running along the Kanawha River with a nice breeze, great conversation and nice speed. I felt strong and confident, I watched the... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:51:53 EST My shirt for TBL half tomorrow! Look, you'll love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727184 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476463135.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1816130191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My friend and a local race director had it made for me, I am so super excited for tomorrow!! Wish me luck! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:33:32 EST and that's a wrap... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723096 And that's a wrap: With yet another 12 week 1/2 marathon training program seeing it's final long run, a gorgeous yet humid and deer fly infested (only a couple of miles) 8 mile run with some amazing, strong, determined ladies, the emotions are playing on me me a bit. <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series has huge meaning for me, some people will walk their first 5k, some run it, some walk or run their first 1/2 marathon, some try for personal records for either. All while inspiring... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:21:04 EST Poll: 2 Marathons in 2 weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721533 I need to know, how possible is it that you can do your first marathon run/walk and do either another full or a half 2 weeks later?? Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:45:07 EST Just 12 days left!!!! Biggest Loser 1/2 Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719132 In just 12 days I'll be running my 3rd timed half marathon, my 5th 13.1 or more miles and my 3rd half marathon this month and even better, in my eyes, it is the Biggest Loser run/walk series! I am beyond excited!! <BR> <BR> This week started my taper runs and for the first time since my 5 mile run I ran it alone and not in a group. I probably really over did it, see my training partner just ran a half marathon this week-end with her husband and another one in our running group. They finished... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:15:07 EST The STORM that ruined hill repeats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715722 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2043504772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was amazing to watch this as the 11 of us stood waiting on the others to arrive to begin the daunting task of hill repeats. A weekly ritual which I give credit for making my 5k time slip into the 27 minute range. The storm filled clouds moved swiftly and what was to follow was a whirl wind of wind, rain and uprooted trees which left so many without power even into today. Our group ran for cover and hunkered in ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:35:52 EST 16 miles, I did that??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713702 I'm in training for my 3rd half marathon, so I feel almost confident, but not all the way. I decided, when my training partner decided she wanted to run 13.1 early, after only a max 10 mile run for me, that I wanted to do it too! So I did it, being awarded a really nice metal! That was last week-end, but then I decided I didn't want to max at 13 before the half, I wanted to exceed it. I decided to do 15 this week, however, time, running groups and things ended up changing my plan. I discovere... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:20:35 EST Why run when you can fly? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712137 Ran another 5k last night, big surprise I know!! Haha This one was a challenge as I know it would be! It started with downward rolling hills and flats and did a little turn around and back up. I knew if I was going to be anywhere near my times I've had to really kick in on the down hill. It was basically a tad over 1 1/2 miles down. I did my first mile in 7 mins 14 secs, my very fastest mile ever. Had to walk a tad during mile 3, about a 30 second recovery walk after I crested one of the hil... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:31:06 EST Negative Nelly in my running group, I can't improve?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708445 I think I will make this short and sweet, I honestly just realized how tired I am! <BR> <BR> Friday: Ran a 7pm 86 degree 5k, finished in 28 flat, I can deal with that! <BR> Saturday: Ran 13.25 hot sweaty I have a lot to learn miles. <BR> Also Saturday I learned that a girl from my local running group, in response to my pleasant taunting of another runner "I will catch up some day" responded by telling me I was dreaming if I ever thought I could catch her. <BR> <BR> Ok, now lets analyze this... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:40:14 EST Tomorrow is another 5k, and 13.1 miles to do on Saturday. Oh BTW... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706122 I'll start with the BTW....It is official, I have signed up for the Nationwide Columbus, OH Marathon. Oh crap!! Oh crap, oh crap, oh crap!!!! Well happy belated birthday to me and dear Heavenly Father, stay with me!! <BR> <BR> Enough of that business! Tomorrow I have another 5k and I am really excited, almost to the point of having pre-race jitters, which I have not had in a very long time! I'm not going to throw any numbers out there, just going to go and do my very best. Saturday I am taki... Thu, 29 May 2014 14:32:26 EST Happy Memorial Day and another visit to 27 land! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703845 I blog for several reasons, to encourage others and to help my failing memory recap events most of all! It is so normal for me to be telling someone about my week and have no clue what day I did what! <BR> <BR> After my confirmation 5k on Saturday I rested a ton and prepared for 10 miles sunday evening. I had anticipated this run being just like the others this training session, NOT GOOD, but with a new training partner and a new plan, we had an average pace of 11:0, with 4 min running/30 se... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:16:16 EST The big fear, my PR fluke, battle tested today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702386 Told my running friends I was worried that my two of 3 5k's in 3 days that ended with 2 personal records would end up being a fluke. They assured me I was "fast" and that the "hill work' and "training" were working. I headed out this sunny, crisp morning knowing this was an out and back and knowing there would be a narrow walkway running along side the bridge going over the Big Sandy River. If you are not familiar with an out and back it means just that you turn around and run right back to w... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:30:18 EST Day 4 of running = yet another PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698405 I guess when you reach complete exhaustion you sleep until an hour before race time, or 1 pm on a Sunday, missing church and not even realizing that you have been asleep for 15 hours! Boy I WAS tired! However, after a PR Friday night of 27:50 and a 9 mile run Saturday I managed to get 1st in my age group, 5th overall female and a new PR of 27:00.6. I have a lot to prove in the coming weeks!!! Totally enjoying a day of rest, at work, lol Mon, 19 May 2014 11:49:19 EST My week thus far, plus a little more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694977 Last friday was a rest day and I am thankful that I took it! <BR> <BR> Saturday: 8 awesome hilly miles with my bestie! <BR> Sunday: 4 1/2 speedy walking miles <BR> Monday: 5 extremely hot and humid sweaty miles! <BR> Tuesday: 4 mile speedy walk <BR> Wednesday: Today will be hill repeats <BR> Thursdays, will be a 3 mile birthday run. <BR> Friday night at midnight is 5k, <BR> Saturday is is a long run, 9 miles. <BR> Sunday I will rest! Wed, 14 May 2014 13:50:01 EST Mother's Day, the athlete in me won't rest! Even through tears! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693380 I had an amazing Mother's Day! It started with a wonderful gift that brought tears to my eyes! As if I was not already emotional enough! Before I show you, no I haven't accomplished this yet, but the fact that she believes enough in me to already have gifted me with this means the world to me and I am even more determined! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1456963231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After church and back home I wanted a picture to remember this day! <BR> <img src="htt... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:06:22 EST Hill repeats, 94 degrees, age is just a number! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690658 Just a few days ago I was ranting about how I would never run in the heat again! I do have a tendency to proclaim things only to find it was just in heat of the moment. After spending a couple of hours wrapped in a wet towel with my hair wet and tangled trying to re hydrate after a long 7 miles that I was clearly under hydrated for, I said NO MORE! Looking back I know that I can handle the heat, I just have to hydrate well and slow down, taking full advantage the walk breaks as needed. Mental... Thu, 8 May 2014 15:23:11 EST Video, my 1st of 43 challenges for my 43rd bday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685048 I have asked my facebook friends to challenge me every day this month for my birthday. I'll be 43 on the 21st. Today's challenge, jump rope for 43 minutes. She also asked for video, so when she came by we did this. I'm still working on it, it's a challenge when we have customers coming in and out of the store all day and a challenge itself for sure! Thu, 1 May 2014 14:47:41 EST A revisit to the past, I'm going to do it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679003 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704220 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend is going to join me and we are going to kick some tail!! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:44:45 EST I won a half marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676026 Today was an important day for my buddy, Dick. After months of preparation Jen's Bunny Hop 5k took place today without a hitch, 167 registered, 131 finished and I was 23rd. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705062467.jpg"> <BR> 1st in my age group again and this time only by 7 seconds. <BR> <BR> Ok, I set a teaser in place, so I won a free entry into Adam's County Ohio half or full marathon as a door prize! I'm super stoked!! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:17:08 EST Maybe owning the 5# helped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674329 I feel like I struggled a bit during this half training trying to feed myself well so that I wouldn't lose weight, but not too much so that I wouldn't gain. I know I over ate some on the week-ends, knowing I needed the calories, because I was burning so much! I know I gained muscle because I increased my weights and faithfully went to zumba and toning 2-3 days per week. I can see the difference!!! I updated my ticker to own up to the 5 lb gain. Training was over so time to pull it back and ge... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:48:11 EST This may very well be a season that I am one to watch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670727 Another 5k today and only 6 days post 1/2 marathon. I ran over 22 miles this week, that is just crazy to me! I don't know if I am still on a runners high, but I set a new PR today and got first place in my age group by 11 minutes. (I could have stopped and taken a break) Glad I didn't though! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436159439.jpg"> <BR> So glad to have this support system and we all placed! Everyone in the 5k Crew placed today!! <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:09:52 EST Can I brag for a minute? New 1/2 Marathon PR. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666733 I really feel like I do have bragging rights at this point!! I ran my 2nd 1/2 marathon yesterday in Xenia, Oh. Very little sleep the night before because being from Kentucky there was no way I was going to be in bed when the Wildcats were playing in the final four! Woohoo, they won!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180974299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok back to the race! If you want to call it a race when you are not expecting to win, just to do your best and finish, so I gues... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:40:56 EST Hills upon hills we go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661306 I really need to work on hills, Sunday's 5k was a hilly one and I did it in 31:45. Yikes! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l390392274.jpg"> <BR> 7th overall female, 1st in my age group. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:31:18 EST Registered!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653327 Did it!! I signed up for the Biggest Loser 1/2 Marathon in Charleston, WV at the end of June. I have time right?? Finish the April 6th 1/2, rest a week, start training again. 12 weeks exactly between the two. Technically I don't need to start training at the bottom, as long as I maintain a minimum 6 mile run each week for a few weeks and I can run 2 3's and make the rest peeriod a little long without stressing my body out. I think?? LOL I'm excited! Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:09:30 EST 2nd 5k of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648770 A little faster than last week....30:13 and last week was 30:19...this was a super hilly run, I'm sore and I ran 6 yesterday and 9 to do tomorrow! <BR> <BR> 3rd in my age group 40-49 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1982362247.jpg"> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:15:55 EST I'm so excited I could cry!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647034 I knew this, but had forgotten about it and I am so excited that someone in my running crew posted about it on Facebook! Biggest loser is hosting a 5k and a half marathon in Charleston, WV in June! Oh I bet you know what girl just picked her 2nd half for the year!!!! I could pee my pants!!!!!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1895703819.jpg"> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:17:57 EST 1st 5k of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642901 I've put in over 100 miles so far this year running, but today was the 1st official 5k I've done. It was for Developmental Disabilities, great cause and some super special young people came out and participated. I wasn't sure how I was going to do, my last race was in December and I've been getting under 30 minutes quite often. When we took off and it started uphill I struggled. I focused on just passing as many people as I could and tried hard to catch my friend Sara, I got closer and closer... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 12:41:20 EST What to do and how to prepare for it??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632909 Well as time goes on and the more people I talk to, spend time around and the more people learn about my story things keep happening. Today I got an email asking me to do an hour long presentation to a "jogging" course at Ohio University about my journey and my love of running. I don't know where to begin!!!!!!! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:38:17 EST Measuring tape of success...why I needed this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620535 After reaching my goal weight on 1/10/14 of 140 pounds I have watched the scale fluctuate hovering just above that goal from 1-4 lbs. I knew this was going to happen and I am fine with it. At some point I'll actually get below and that is ok too. With that said I decided to step back into a previous habit of using the good ole measure tape. So last Monday we measured (waist, chest, hips, thigh, upper arm and neck) and while the scale jumped from 142.8 my weigh in day on friday to 144 today ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:41:59 EST It breaks my heart! Why?????????? UPDATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609293 When I found you I was never happier, you comforted me when I needed comfort, supported my healthy lifestyle and gave me hope for the future. Most of all you tasted amazing!! So please tell me why??? Why have they discontinued my Lay's Light Fat Free chips??? This is serious business, I just emailed Lay's to ask them. To be continued.... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1685234965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just got got this email: <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi Julie, <BR> <BR> Thanks for w... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:29:17 EST 40 miles in 3 weeks, chhhha-ching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606687 Didn't think I could do it and I still have 5 days left! Boooyah Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:29:37 EST Reached my goal weight!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589173 In 2008 I embarked on a journey to lose over 100 lbs and today I hit my goal weight of 140 lbs!!!!!!!! I am very proud of myself, I have done the yo-yo diet stuff, lost and gained the same 50 pounds since my first son was born 22 years ago. I finally "get it"! You don't diet, you eat to fuel your body, you move to energize you body, you have to accept the flaws and what the years have done to you and be reborn by the journey. The journey never ends and who would want it to?? *happy dance* Tha... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:09:52 EST 40 mile challenge 1/6/2014-1/31/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585510 So I joined this group challenge with my local running group and it started yesterday. The goal is to get 40 miles in before the 31st and of course it started with my dreadmill in storage and an arctic freeze across most of the country. So yesterday I closed up shop early, people weren't really coming in anyway and went home to do some serious purging. Several years ago we enclosed a porch off my bedroom and made it the laundry/giant walk in closet. I have been purging from there as well, two... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:07:57 EST Where I was on Jan 1st 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579501 ...where to begin? My journey is not perfect, I have flawed, I have had setbacks, I have fallen and laid still for a while, only to get back up and start over. Yet, as well so many here on SP it is a testimony that anyone regardless of age, size or shape can make a change for the better. Baby steps is where I started. 2013 brought into my life a love like I never dreamed. The love of running. I cannot imagine life standing still now. Every day I have to make the conscience effort to make good... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:34:02 EST Registered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575048 and paid for my next Half Marathon, let the training begin, well in a little over a week :) Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:29:28 EST Next half decided, Xenia, OH, April 6th!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566659 So I have asked questions and have decided on my 1st of 3 half marathons for 2014. This is so affordable that I can't pass up the opportunity and sharing a hotel room with 3 other ladies from my running group makes it that much doable. I am super excited to register in a couple of weeks and make this is commitment! I have to say as stressed out as I made myself about the last half it was apparent to me as soon as I crossed the finish line that I HAD to do another one! This is the one, Xenia h... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:25:09 EST Sounds of Christmas 5k with pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559214 It was a cold morning, but this is one of my favorite courses around here! I had my 3rd fastest 5k and I felt amazing!! 28:49.6 I was also 1st in my age group :) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476981407.jpg"> Getting my Award Ornament :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861268155.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1596355225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Great way to start a great day! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 16:23:47 EST Report to the complaint department! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558343 Yesterday I woke up, got ready to come open the store and walked outside and it was almost 70 degrees. My first thought was whooo hoooo gonna go open, get Jake ready for the day and run a few miles. NOT!!! We were so busy and I am not complaining about a $3300 sales day by any means! We needed it so badly! I didn't make it out to run until it was drizzling and 53 degrees! <BR> <BR> Today I awoke, did my routine and came outside and it was 37 degrees!!! I'd like to make a complaint to the wea... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:41:31 EST I've spent my entire life hating these legs....new Ah -Ha moment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556051 Until yesterday! It's true, I have always hated them, my calves have always been "too big". I remember in high school the big thing was denim mini skirts, I still have mine, it's actually too big for me now, but I hated the way my legs felt and looked. I would walk through the hallway and I could feel my calves rubbing each other. <BR> <BR> In later year my husband, his step-dad and I went on a ski trip. I was horrified when two of them struggled and failed to get the ski boots to zip up bec... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:55:59 EST This year I am thankful for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552856 Last year this time of year I was spiraling, I was gaining weight, having way to many cheat meals, enjoying the holiday meals entirely too much, etc. This year I have really enjoyed my cheat meals, but in moderation and thoughtfully planned out around running and other exercises. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I should have been in a turkey coma, lazing around after eating with my body hating me, but I wasn't. I didn't binge, I cooked all of our favorite Thanksgiving fixins, only with a twist, everyth... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:04:45 EST "Mommy I want to be fat just like you" My story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545327 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1893674891.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My town was just dubbed the 2nd most miserable town in the county. Why not inspire people to be better people, better parents. I want to lift people. <BR> <BR> "Mommy, I want to be fat just like you" The words that changed my life forever <BR> <BR> There was just something so soothing about the sound of 4000 some feet hitting the pavement during the beginning of the Marshall Marathon runs. You would think it wo... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:17:47 EST Valor run 10k and new PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544397 There isn't a great deal to say about this race, except that is was my 2nd timed 10k, the last one being in July and I had to do a great deal of walking still back then. Since training for the half and completing it I figured, even though it was only six days post the half, this was a good opportunity for a PR and to see what this old body could do! Fortunately, unlike Sunday, my Nike APP had great GPS signal and I was able to hear my pace all along the way and I was comfortable and happy wit... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:19:07 EST My first 1/2 marathon with pictures of course! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537645 I cannot hardly believe, with as rocky as my training got, how well this morning went! First of all, if you are following a training schedule, have tons of hiccups and feel like things are not going well, are hard, had to walk more than you wanted be patient, trust the training! It is meant to challenge you, push you out of your comfort zone, bring you back to comfortable and leave you recharged for race day! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1881794699.jpg"> <BR> 22 5 ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:58:05 EST Christian Pumpkin Carving Devotion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526634 Christian Pumpkin Carving Devotion For Kids (thought this was so neat)... <BR> First, God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you in from the field. The Bible says He selects us out of the world. We are in the world, but no longer of the world. <BR> He then washes all the “dirt” off the outside that we received from being around all the other pumpkins. All the outside influences of our former life must be cleaned up. Old things are passed away and all things are become new. <BR> Then,... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:32:09 EST Wrong turn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525478 Well poop! I've heard of it happening, but never expected I'd fall victim to it! During my 5k yesterday I took a wrong turn! My time was still good, 31:18, but instead of 3.1 I ran 3.20!! LOL Oh well! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:33:24 EST I moved out of Lonerville!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521338 I was invited to move out of Lonerville and I did it! I have been running alone for a long time, only accountable to me and setting my own pace. Last night as I was driving home from Zumba I got a text saying "Headed to the park to run, wanna come along?" I had been debating all day about whether to suck it up and run in the cold, but this made it easier! I said yes and her reply was, "I am warning you, we are slow, slow , slow. <BR> <BR> I met up with them and they were already running. We ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:16:18 EST Running from zombies makes you faster! With pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504347 If you are running from zombies it s best to be in a big group pf people and fast people at that! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1993336326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I first started running earlier this year I set my first 5k PR 40:29 with a 13:02 mile pace. Time, practice, patience with my body. New PR 28:41 with a 9:15 mile pace. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l193306971.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Better yet, surround yourself with like minded people who... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:37:08 EST Spark tracker, who's in?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501333 I don't know what to do, trade in my fitbit for the spark tracker?? I'm alredy down for the Nike Running watch, I want one badly! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:34:49 EST