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I RUN This Life

"Out on the roads, there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be." -George Sheehan

So much to catch up on!!

It’s been a little while y’all. There has been so much going on that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I had another rhabdo scare that took me out of any kind of training for two weeks. Then, my supervisor had her baby unexpectedly early and I’m left with winging her job and my own until she returns-and hopefully she will! On top of all that two of our ‘kids’ swore in to the military. One into the Navy and one into the Airforce. Both will be gone within the next few months to boot camp then to their stations. So much happening so fast!! Ahhh!!! Needless to say that I wasn’t able to do Nashville. I knew I couldn’t do the full and I didn’t want to take time off of work and travel to TN to run a half. It honestly just wasn’t that important to me. I did start back running this week with 3-3 milers and today’s 8 miler. Boy did I have to fight for those 8 miles. Hills, humidity and the danged wind was crazy!! I was absolutely drenched in sweat when I got back! I told myself to go retro in my thinking today. As in, act like I’ve never ran 8 miles before and that 8 miles is my biggest accomplishment. In an odd way it helped to get me through when thoughts like…you’re going so slow…just quit now it’s a bad run….etc…I’m so glad I finished it out!! I also ran on my new shoes!! I’ve been in Nike’s for road running for a few years now and I came to realize I was just having too many issues with them. Knees, metatarsals..etc. Today’s run with these babies kicked (albeit very slow) booty!! Even with all the hills my legs and knees felt awesome. I had slight soreness in my hips (as I do usually) but no actual pain like I had been!! 🙌🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I think I’ve got a winner here which is a good thing since I just signed up for another 50k for redemption and for the full/5k combo of the Route 66 marathon! Now, I just need to be co sister with my runs and pray that my body cooperates!! #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners

Hattiesburg Rise and Shine Half

So, race recap for the #hcriseandshine half marathon. The course was challenging but not horrible. With gently rolling hills it definitely wasn’t easy peasy. For the first time I did the #gallowaymethod (run/walk) , I ran 2:00 and walked 30s. This method actually worked quite well and while my knee gave me minimal issues-it was still a bit cranky. The unofficial results were 2:24:36 at a 10:57 pace. I looked down around mile 4 and was running at a sub 8min pace😳 uhhh slow down there!! I get pretty danged great for the whole race until about mile 11 which seemed to last FOREVER!! About that time the sun was up and it got HOT!! I begged the officers stopping traffic to stop the hills but it just didn’t work. 😔 We got to run the Southern Miss campus which was so pretty! I’ll probably run this one again y’all! The course support was awesome, good music, good food! Im very glad they started the half at 7! Now for a bath, food and probably a nap!! #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners @hburgclinic

Here Comes The Sun…

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say, it’s alright!! I so love this mascot!! I mean, who doesn’t love the sun?! ☀️This is pre-race at the Hattiesburg Rise and Shine Half Marathon! Great job to the person inside the sun, it got HOT out there y’all!! The support on this race was incredible. So very creative, encouraging and friendly. There was a Starwars group, a super heros group and lots more! All of them did a superb job!! A VERY big thank you to you and all the men in uniform!! #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners

Adjust Again!

So, yesterday was supposed to be a run day but my genius self forgot to take my RLS pill to help me sleep Monday night. In addition we got a late night phone call which didn’t help. Long story short, I was too exhausted to run yesterday so figured I’d run today, Friday and Sunday. My hamstring had a different idea 🙄. It didn’t want to go past 2 1/2 miles so I opted to go ahead and do my triceps, chest and shoulders. I forgot to do my abs at the gym so had to stop, drop and plank at the office! 😂 I am going to attempt to run this evening after work and pray that my hamstring cooperates. All the issues that I’ve been having are all on the same leg so I suspect that it’s all coming from a super tight hip. I’ve stretched, I’ve rolled, I’ve taken vitamins & ibuprofen, protein and drank MORE than enough water and no alcohol. So, wth?!! Ugh!! I needed to do 10 miles today but we will see. I know better than to keep pressing it when it’s telling me not to. On a side note, I have posted a link on my Facebook page to the new CENTRAL GULF COAST HALF FANATICS page. Please join us to talk about upcoming runs, get advice, meet new people and enjoy some camaraderie!! Please share the page to spread the word!! Just please keep in mind that it’s brand new so it’ll take a bit to get everything rolling!! I very much look forward to seeing y’all there!! Y’all have an awesome day!!! #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners

Next Goal Next Chance at a 50k Finish

This will be my next goal. The next chance for me to complete the ultra 50k distance. I have plenty of time to train and after the RnR Nashville Marathon , I’ll take a break for a bit then back at it (CONSISTENTLY) to prepare for this race. I would also like to put one more full marathon under my belt this year and (of course) whatever halfs I can fit into my training which will gain me some more medals and help with my @HalfFanatics Ambassadorship! Win, win, win all the way around. IF I can keep from overdoing it, yet doing what needs to be done AND if my cranky knee will just keep going without issues. That’s the thing about training. The mind tells you that you can do it, you’ve done it before. Yet sometimes you have to deal with the flu, injury, personal setbacks. In the end, I’d say that training is a huge part mental, a large part consistency and the rest is chance. Chance of catching the flu or other things that just can’t really be controlled. It’s a good thing that we runners are resilient and stubborn. While we are all devastated when we can’t do a race we’ve trained for months for, there are always races for redemption. Always. Thank God for that!! Hopefully, this 50k will be my redemption. Hopefully, I’ll be able to PR a full this year. Hopefully, this year will be a much better year for my family all the way around and for all of you as well! What’re your goals for this year? Races? PR’s?  #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners

Super Exciting News!!

For all of you that have been following me awhile (and have peeked at my bio) know that I am a #halffanatic as well as a #marathonmaniac making me a #doubleagent . If you know me personally, you know that I have a great love for these groups and am passionate about them. Back when I first started running, my dream was to run a 5k. That’s it; if I could just run a 5k I would have done more than I ever thought possible 5 years ago. Then, I went for a 10k and yes then a half. A half marathon was supposed to be a one and done deal. Then it became well, maybe once a year. Then I stumbled across the Half Fanatics and was utterly amazed and excited that there were like minded people supporting and helping each other reach their running goals. Whether that be through advice, kudos, camaraderie, offering rooms to out of staters…etc. I wondered what in the world you had to do to become a member. So, I looked it up and told my husband that I had to do two more halfs (and quickly) for three halfs in 90 days to qualify me. 13 halfs and two fulls later I’m still a part of this awesome group and have now been offered an ambassadorship for the Central Gulf Coast Region!!! I’m honored and so danged excited!! So, those who run in lower Alabama and Mississippi should see me more frequently and proudly representing a group I’ve loved for quite awhile now!! Y’all have an awesome day!!! I’ll post more info as it becomes available but in the meantime check out halffanatics.com !! #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners 

Back, Biceps, Delts, Abs

Whew! I’ll be sore tomorrow y’all!! I did an hour of weightlifting today, concentrating on my delts, back, biceps and abs. I love super sets so most of these were 1 set of 1 exercise immediately followed by 1 set of another exercise then a small rest- then began again. All were 3 sets of 12 reps. Here is the run down;

✔️Alternate Curls-15#s 

✔️Arnold Press-15#s

✔️21’s-30#s

✔️Upright Rows-30#s

✔️Low Rows-60#s

✔️Wide Grip Pulldowns-60#s

✔️Delt Machine-30#s

✔️Dumbbell Bent Rev Flys-10#s

✔️Bent Rows-20#s

✔️2 minute plank-Ow! 

Y’all have an awesome day! Run day is tomorrow!! 😁

#teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners #runnerwithaweightliftingproblem#girlslifttoo #armday #dangedplanks #shaketilyoudrop #weightlifting 

Sunday Run Day

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So today I made it 6 miles on the muddy/wet/slippery trails before my knee said enough and I listened. I’ll have to do my 20 miler on the roads next weekend because I don’t want to take the chance of having my knee hurt like it did a few weeks back. Those trails were super slippery and I waded into the water quite a few times. There was a lingering smell of smoke after their burn last week and some stumps were still smoldering. I have to say that I had fun like a kid running through all of that!! If it weren’t for my knee I’d have just kept on running. Ohh I love those trails! After I ran the trails I went fishing and caught me a 3 1/2 pounder!! Woot woot!! Don’t forget to flip the pages so y’all can see all the pictures!! I caught a shot of the storm that caused all the muddiness yesterday. #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners #trailrunning #bassfishing #girlsfishtoo

Short Run

I decided to take our blonde dog out for a short run today to get some energy out of her. She tends to bounce around the house like tigger if she isn’t exercised or ends up chewing something she shouldn’t. I think she enjoyed it as she looks like she’s smiling in that picture on the bottom left! The neighborhood lab mix decided he wanted to go with us and at the end plopped right on in the pond we have!!! Hehehe!! It was definitely hot and we worked up a danged good sweat!! Now for water, some stretching and rolling (since my hips are tight from yesterday) and some food!  After that it’ll be a lazy day with some movies. We are expecting severe weather today with large hail and such. Y’all have an awesome Saturday!! #teamglukos #marathonmaniacs #halffanatics #doubleagent #wls #wlsrunner #runitfast #womensrunningcommunity #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #flexitpink #womenrunning #runshots #instarunners #sweatpink #garmin #fitness #runnerscommunity #rcrunneroftheweek #xtremerunnerslife #runnershoutouts #runnersrepost #beatyesterday #crazycompression #inspiringwomenrunners

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