Friday, July 28, 2017

My Second Virtual Race ... coming up!

This is a guest post (my first!) from Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner. I'm registered for this and will be incorporating the virtual race in with my marathon training. For the most part, my runs aren't anything more than 'get the mileage in' or 'get the time in'. Using a race for a long run, even if it's a virtual race, will hopefully help me change my mindset for that particular day and see how much I've improved since my last race.


Have you considered a Virtual Race to help you with your fitness motivation?

What are Virtual Races? They are Runners, walkers or hikers who sign up for a distance they want to conquer for their goal. Come race week participants pick a course of their choice, race any day during the race week, and go any pace they'd like. That is the best part, time doesn't have to be scheduled away from other things in life, day or night what is ever best works!

Efforts and completion as in a regular road race, are provided with a race t-shirt and beautiful unique finishers medallion to show off your accomplishments and add to your race bling collections.
In fact Run Sea to shining Sea has created a unique finishers medallion you can earn for all your hard work here is a glimpse of the design. (Note: the actual medal will be a nice quality heavier nickel metal about 3 inches wide with a navy blue splash of color.)

Sound like something you’d like to do? Join up today!

Registrations spots for the Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Races are filling up fast and prices go up August 1st. If you register today, you can use discount code FUNRUN and save 15% off the registration price. HINT: If you are willing to share you signed up on Facebook during registration you can save an additional 10% too. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, don't wait! Secure your spot today!!

Are you a parent? Are your kids telling you they are bored this summer?

Run Sea to Shining Sea has group discounts available so feel free to register your entire family for some fun competition.
Your kids will love the finisher’s medal they can earn by participating and will be fun for them to show off to their friends about their accomplishments!

It Doesn’t Have to be on a Treadmill or Neighborhood street

With a virtual race you can take yourself to the course of your dreams. Mountains, Valleys, National Parks, Beaches… Your choice!

Need a Few More Reasons to Enter Run Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Races?

* Use it as a training run for a fall race you are gearing towards.

* To motivate you to stay active or to become active.

* Compete against yourself. Or grab some friends for some healthy fun competition.

* Compete in your own way with no restrictions, run during the time of day and day of the week that works best for your schedule.

* It supports American small businesses, medal creation, and t-shirt screen printing all done by American based companies. In addition, the event project itself is for a college thesis project so you'll be helping a runner get her Recreational Management degree!

* To earn a new medallion to add to your race accomplishment displays.

Want to give it a try? You can REGISTER HERE today before registration prices increase.


Have you done any virtual races of any distance?
How do you keep motivated for those long runs in training?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday - #2

This has been a crazy week ... and so many things to be thankful for.

Church camp - picked Allie up from camp on Saturday and it always brings back great memories of going to Camp Tippecanoe as a camper, then a counselor. And also Camp Woody in Alaska ... as a counselor, then program director. The friendships that formed in those short weeks, exchanging addresses and writing letters back and forth, seeing them again the next year, the songs, the games, the chapel times, the getting-closer-to-God times ... all of it. And now, well ... I doubt physical addresses are exchanged anymore, but Allie had loads of names to add to her Snapchat and Instagram and was asking how far it was to various towns so she could make plans to visit new friends.

Car repair - trying to be thankful for this one ... but it cost more than I was expecting and I'm hopeful that it means this car will be good to go for me for at least another 5 years.

Starbucks - thank you for being next door to my car repair place.

Some Peach Green Tea Lemonade as I wait for my car to be finished.

Friends - never underestimate what a random text or phone call or e-mail throughout the day will do.

Essential oils - I'm gradually getting into this essential oils craze and the more I find out about them, the more I like them.  Diffused some cedarwood and lavender last night to help all of us sleep better before the first day of school ... I don't know about the kids but I slept better and they were both up early and in pleasant moods this morning.

School supplies - I will always love shopping for school supplies and I'm glad my daughter shares this love. :)

Long-term care facilities - This is a tough one. I know there are nursing homes out there with horrible reputations. My mental image of a nursing home is based on what I experienced growing up and going to visit relatives in their nursing homes -- everyone in bed all the time, never seeing anyone walking around or happy, the smells ... and this is why we always said we'd never let our parents go into a nursing home. Well, after my dad passed away in 2012 and my mom's dementia started affecting her motor skills, it was too much for my sister to continue home care and we moved Mom to a long-term care facility down here rather than in Indianapolis. This place is amazing and I really am thankful for all they do for the residents. It's not a "nursing home" -- it's more an assisted living facility, but it IS a nursing home. It's just that the residents there are kept active and are happy. There are visitors there all the time, lots of groups coming in to lead games, church services, etc. and it really is the best place for my mama. Plus, it's not too far from me so I can visit regularly. She might not know me or the kids or him anymore (and with what's going on in my life, that is currently a blessing) but to see her laughing and participating in activities makes my heart smile.

Mom claimed she didn't want to play "balloon bop" ... yet she was participating and laughing with everyone. 
So good to see her smiling and alert.

Public schools - thankful to live in an area where my kids get high-quality public school education. Today is the first day of school and whereas both weren't too excited to start this week, this morning had smiles and laughter in the car ride to school. Praying for a good year for both of them.

There are many more for this week but I'll stop here. :)

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Training Tuesday (life update, etc.)

OK ... while I missed a weekly update, my training continues. I had to cut myself some slack because I only ran 4 miles instead of the recommended 6 miles on one long-run-Saturday. I so hate this heat. It wasn't even very humid out, so I should be thankful for that. But when I'm dripping sweat and creating my own little cloud of humidity ... it's just not all that much fun.

Yeah, this is my hair. Thank goodness I got it cut so it's much easier to rein in on these summer days.

The runs for most of the other days have been on target though and were completed with minimal complaints (except the heat ... dear Lord, the heat ... ).

I need to put this out there as a result of some comments I've gotten ... whatever you think of as "fast" is not me, nor is it any other person. "Fast" is a relative term -- and really shouldn't be used in comparisons AND you shouldn't be comparing yourself to others anyway. I have never considered myself a runner. Still don't. But what helped me start to enjoy this hobby is the realization that I'm just trying to improve my time based on how I did previously. I'm only competing against myself.

It used to be that when I'd read blogs from other runners, I'd see their times and know in my heart that I could never be that fast. Then I'd start to think ... why even try? And then I get stuck in a downward spiral of comparison.

Want to see some of my training times? Keep in mind that I'm still at the interval setting of run 3 minutes/walk 2 minutes so these times include those walking minutes.

Distance Time min/mi
7.21 mi 1:30 12:29
3.3 mi 40 12:07
3.7 mi 42 11:21

This is not what I consider "fast" ... but I've improved greatly from when I first started almost 5 years ago. 

So ... other updates for those who care to read about the minutiae of my life ... 

Back on the quinoa kick. This is a quick dish that is good for multiple meals for me -- mainly since no one else is willing to try it. I usually make it with tomato sauce but saw the fire-roasted tomatoes and thought it'd add a different flavor. It did, but not as much as I was hoping. Added some salsa and that was better.

House projects gradually getting done. Not sure what we were thinking when we purchased this monstrosity/money pit. Plus, while I'd been juggling basic housecare, kidcare, bill-paying duties, while working full-time -- it led to neglect of basic home maintenance/updates that I just couldn't do on my own and I didn't want to be known as "The Nagging Wife". Funny how it turns out ...

Anyway, not much else to update. School starts this week so I've been spending time with the kiddos.

What's up in your world? 
When does school start in your neck of the woods?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trying to be Thankful - #1

For the past umpteen-many Thursdays, I've read Rebecca's thankful posts and admired her ability to see joy in things that aren't always joy-giving. And in this season of my life, I know I need to keep my focus on what's good and not dwell on what's bad. So ... while I'm not good at consistency (anyone who knows me will attest to that), I'm going to try to participate in Thankful Thursdays. If anything is a repeat - just think of it as me being extra-thankful for that.

coffee - because.

air-conditioning - because I'm a wimp. My parents didn't have central air when I was growing up (they got it a year or two after I moved out) and I know I could go back to living without it ... but I'd really rather not.

technology - because texts, emails, comments on blog posts, etc. from friends I know well or know from online have been so appreciated these past few months. I liked getting them before, but getting them now means even more to me.

church camp - I spent many years as a camper, then as a counselor, and finally one year as a program director at church camp. I loved the friendships made, the activities and games, the songs, ... all of it. My daughter is at camp this week with a cousin and I love seeing photos of her on Facebook - seeing her smile, seeing the activities they're doing, and knowing that she has a love for Christ that current events happening at home have not lessened.

Sorry, not sorry - but this is funny ... and why I've always disliked 'trust falls'

my job - I complain about it on occasion, but there are aspects of every job that someone would surely complain about. It's not a career (though I've been here almost 16 years) and it's definitely not what I had planned to do with my college degrees of German and Journalism ... but there are good people here and they do good things in the communities we serve.

And ending this week's list with the ...

my kids - they are my reason for living right now and everything I am doing is for their benefit and their future. That's what moms do and that will never change.

What are you thankful for?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What's new with you - July update

Linking up with Gretchen at GretchRuns and Kristen at See You in a Porridge this first Thursday of July!

Training -
Moving right along with the marathon training. Currently towards the end of week 3 and it's a little boring. The intervals are still at run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes and I find myself running a bit longer after the timer goes off to start walking ... and then re-starting running before the timer goes off to run again. But I've also noticed that my speed has increased, without me really trying to go faster. I think I'm going to have to look into joining a running group that will have dedicated speed sessions. Otherwise, I won't know what's the best way to go about that. I also know I need to do cross-training (something I hate) to get stronger ... which will also help on the speed. Too much to think about when I just want to forget about everything. And for those in on my Netflix woes, I'm watching Gilmore Girls now during any treadmill runs. I've been getting some runs in outside but when scheduling or weather keeps me inside, I have the witty banter of Lorelei and Rory to humor me.

Preach it, Barney

Life -
It's still sucktastic. Thanks for asking. But I'm grateful for friends. So many things running through my head at all hours - it's amazing I'm still able to get my job done as well as everything else I'm doing.

What do you do when you find out one of your friends (a close one - a very close one - possibly your spouse) has written you off and moved on without a second glance or any remorse? I have my faith to keep me going but there's always going to be a question of 'what the hell just happened here?' Is it really that much easier just to skip out on life and responsibilities than to put some JOINT effort into something? Should it be that easy that one can simply sign on the dotted line to void a marriage and there be no repercussions? Ugh ...

Michael knows. 
Actually, the storyline doesn't really go with my life story ... but it's the Godfather. I had to use it.

Goals -
Just keep waking up and putting one foot in front of the other. And keep the kids alive. :) And keep trying new things. Now that I don't have to needlessly worry about what someone else thinks about what I like/don't like (realizing that he just really didn't care anyway), I'm so enjoying getting out with friends and exploring and trying new things.

My most recent finished project from The Glass Gypsy.
It's symbolic (but hard to see in the photo) -- there's a large piece of cut glass in the middle for Indianapolis (my hometown) and a broken mirror for New Albany (where I live now and 'found' myself). 

Books -
While I did set a goal on GoodReads, I realized a few years ago that book goals aren't realistic for me. I'm not into picking fluff books to read and wonder why can't adults get the same type of reading goals that they set for kids? I'd rather measure what I read in pages, not books ... or give extra credit for the weighty tomes. Besides, wasn't really much in the reading mood for awhile. I've gotten back into it gradually, if only for something to do to keep my mind off "things".

I've been staring at paint blotches on the wall for more than a year. 
Apparently, the blotches only bothered me so I'm the one doing the painting.

Rest of month activities -
Well, I'm not on the family vacation right now that has been planned for more than a year. And I've deactivated Facebook for the week so I don't see all the photos and posts from those who did go. I'm working on the house while the kids are gone - painting what I can, decluttering what should have been tossed a long time ago (really just had no time or motivation and then someone was little-to-zero help). But, I'll be spending the rest of this month with W and A (as much time as I possibly can - they're growing up faster than I can keep up). I love the people they are becoming and we are talking more and more each day about everything and nothing and I'm loving every minute of it! (could this be the one 'positive' that comes out of the separation/pending divorce?) AND ... to get a text from them while they're gone that says they miss me this week. Bittersweet.

Any thoughts?
Any updates you want to share?
Any suggestions on how to cope?