Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I have finished my first half marathon! Matt asked me if I would run it again next year...
uhhhh YEAH!!!

I'm hooked! I'm now going to race the Warrior Dash in Conroe, Texas and the Beach to Bay Relay in Corpus. I can't WAIT!!! I'm so pumped! Now...time to take a nap. LOL

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tough Day

I have discovered a new favorite running time: evening. I've usually run after work, but today I ran in the dark. Now, I wasn't necessarily IN the dark as I was wearing my husband's caving headlamp. I kinda liked not knowing how far I had gone or how far I still needed to run I just knew I was running. I had to. Today was a tough day and I needed to clear my mind of all the toxins floating around. I didn't complete my 5K like I had planned b/c my calf was cramping and I had just read an article about a runner who pushed past the point of pain and is now in rehab. That's not a risk I'm willing to take right now ESPECIALLY with mere weeks until the half. Speaking of, I'm nervous as hell! My knee might explode, but I'm GOING TO CROSS THAT FINISH LINE!!! Until Saturday! Oh!!! Did I mention that I'm running my first "official" 5K on Saturday? I'm SUPER pumped!


Sunday, October 10, 2010


I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired! Here's an update:
1. I got to mile 9 then my left knee almost broke in half (not really, but it hurt like hell).
2. I STILL have this upper respiratory virus that will NOT go away!
3. I run my first 5K this coming weekend and I cannot WAIT!!!
4. I have a team of teachers running with me (I think).
5. My half marathon is coming up and I'm deathly afraid I won't finish, but I've told my husband that I am going to finish that race even if I have to WALK all 13.1 miles.
So many wonderful people have donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and while the money is going to a good cause, I feel extremely obligated to run/walk. I hope I don't die. I'd love a medal to say I finished, but to be honest, I'd just like to finish. :-)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Six miles!

It was hard. It was hot. Running in 98 degree weather at 8:00 p.m. is TORTURE! I mostly walked, but still averaged a 12 minute mile. Not bad for someone who was about to puke and pass out. I felt so bad that I came home, showered, didn't eat dinner, and went straight to bed. *ugh*
I'm almost at my fundraising goal. I'm super excited. I'm also only 7 miles from a half marathon. I can't wait! It's starting to hit me that I'm actually going to participate in a half marathon! ME! LOL
Here are a few reasons why I like running:
1. It's better than sitting on my fat a$$ all day.
2. I feel like I've accomplished something productive.
3. I visualize that my blood is flowing through my body and heart and it's making me healthier.
4. I can clear my mind of all the noise.
I think I'll add new reasons as they come up. Well, keep on keeping on, right? HEY WORLD! I'M RUNNING A HALF MARATHON!!!


Monday, August 2, 2010

What in the world?

Thanks to my podiatrist, I now have a new running stride. He said I was very "hoppy" when I ran so he suggested some things to keep me more grounded. I am also a "heel striker." That means I run from heel to toe. No bueno. Took his advice and guess what? I have FREAKING SHIN SPLINTS AGAIN!!!! grrrrrrr
I guess the good thing is that my shin splints aren't in the same spot. New stride, new shin splints. booooooooo!
I still ran about 3.5 miles in 40' or so. Otherwise I feel FANTASTIC. My breathing is great, mentally, I'm doing good. If my legs would just cooperate, I'd be in perfect condition! Tomorrow I rest and I start again on Wednesday. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I was so moved today when I saw that my longest, dearest friend donated to the LLS. I've been down b/c the fundraising hasn't gone so great, but to see people who are so generous is amazing. I'm neck deep in books (my last summer project is due tomorrow and it's a doozie) and I was thinking that I wouldn't go to my workout, but knowing so many people believe in me makes me so motivated. So, I'm gonna change into my my butt looks big stretch pants and tennis shoes so that I can get abused by Athletic Republic again. LOL

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lucky nuber SEVEN

School has kept me so incredibly busy this week. Today is my 45 minute run. I wonder how far I'll get in 45 minutes? My shins hurt like hell. The roller helps, but now I'm all bruised. Matt says it's my leprosy. *He's dumb.* I have TWO projects left. I can knock those out by Wednesday night. I don't have much choice since they're due Thursday (LOL). Off to class! to class.

Friday, July 23, 2010

How is this possible?

My body is about to fall apart. I went to cross train and now I can't move a muscle. I'm not sure how I'm going to run 6 miles tomorrow. I'll figure it out, but man am I sore. We run at Landa Park. I'm using my fluid belt tomorrow. I'm not sure I'll like it, but I'll give it a shot. I'm actually thinking more along the lines of a camel back, but I hear it adds weight to your running. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Is it breakable?

Is it possible for shins to break clear in half? If so, I think mine are on the verge if doing it. I had really great runs over the last few days. Five miles on Saturday, four miles on Tuesday and I had a great cross training session at Athletic Republic in New Braunfels. Didn't know this, but my foot doctor (Dr. Urteaga) owns that place. It was great to see him. I had to leave the session early b/c I have to finish writing my science curriculum for grad school. It's due tomorrow and what am I doing? blogging :-)
Well, I guess I'd better get to work. I bet I crank this out in an hour! (wishful thinking)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


After a three week doctor's ordered break, I went for a job on the treadmill. My shins don't despise me, but they don't love me either. I'll have to keep icing down my shins to stay healthy and NEVER do "boxes" again! I was really surprised at how well I ran and how far I got. I ran for about 30 minutes and ran 2.11 miles @ an 11' mile. Tomorrow is another training day where we'll cross train at URun in New Braunfels. I'll specifically ask them how to stretch my shins for running. After much consideration, I don't think I'll be able to run the full marathon. I think I can only run the half, but I'll continue to train for the full just in case I can pull it off. I hope I can. I've got my heart set on it. Wish me luck (not that there's anyone reading my blog). LOL

Friday, July 2, 2010

I think I'm ready...

After two weeks of not running, icing my shins and taking it easy, I've decided that I'm ready to run again. I'm going to get my cardio up over the next week by swimming everyday and then get back on my feet next Saturday. I can't WAIT!!! Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I'm really sad...

I haven't worked out all week. Mostly because I was at a conference in Austin. Well, that's not actually true. I worked out on Tuesday in the hotel facility, but my shins were killing me after. THIS leads me to believe that I have stress fractures in my shins. I went to the clinic last weekend and Gunta, the German doctor at the clinic, said that I have at the VERY LEAST shin splints. I need to take it easy and ice my shins four times a day for 1o minutes at a time. IF I start back up to running after a few weeks (I'm thinking two since she didn't actually give me a specified time frame) and it still hurts, I'll need an MRI b/c most likely I have stress fractures. SooOOOooo I've been off my feet most of the week. I tried cycling b/c it's no impact, but even that hurt. I'm sad.
This puts my training off for WEEKS. Everyone keeps telling me to forget the marathon and just run the half, but I hate that thought. IDK, we'll see after next week where I'm at and decide from there. Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Arnold has arrived...uh oh!

Today was my long run for the week. It's been a tough weekend b/c we got a new puppy: Lone Star's Runner's Pace aka Arnold. He's a cute little guy, but FULL of energy. I was so beat, I fell asleep at nine on a Saturday night. A little sad for a young couple with no kids. He wore me O-U-T! This is why I was a little nervous about my run today. I thought I would TOTALLY suck wind today, but I didn't do too shabby. I averaged about an 11' 38" pace. I know, I could do better. Next time I will. After Donna and I ran, we snapped pictures of ourselves for our fundraiser letters. In fact, I think I'll change my profile pic right now. G'night all and ROCK-N-ROLL!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What just happened?

Our team was scheduled to train this past Wednesday, but New Braunfels was under water! No, I didn't go run that night or tonight. Matt and I are getting ready for Arnold's (our puppy) arrival. Matt cut the grass, cleaned the kennel, picked up ALL the little pieces of anything that can be chewed or eaten. I'm sure we'll discover new "chew toys" once he gets here. I'm scheduled to run on Saturday, but I'll be in Midland so Donna and I are planning on running Sunday morning followed by mani/pedis. I'm so ready to relax! Rock-n-Roll!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I woke up this morning at 2:00. I had a horrific dream! It took a while to get back to sleep, but I was able to do it. It's now 7:40 in the morning. I'm gonna get washed up and changed and start my marathon training. My goal for today is a three mile run/walk (mostly run-I hope).

I went to my team in training (dynamite) a few days ago and they passed out our practice jerseys. I can't wait to start group training and have us all show up in our green jerseys. Maybe I'll get some pictures and post them. What a sight that would be, huh? A group of green runners (and I mean that in more than just color - many of us are just starting out).

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday Blues

Usually people have a case of the Mondays. Today I have a case of the Tuesdays. I just feel like I'm under a lot of pressure since we received our state mandated assessment results. There has been a lot of discussion about the types of needs our campus must meet. Before we meet those needs, we must identify them. This has been difficult to say the least. I'd really like to out for a run, but Matt says that I need to take it easy and not run everyday. I guess when my body's more accustomed to hard running it will be easier for me to run more often. I just feel so much better after a run. We'll see.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Personal Best

So I've done it! I've decided to train for a marathon. NOT a half marathon like most normal people start out with, noooOOOOooooo, a FULL marathon. I've been running more frequently (I wouldn't say a lot) and I ran my personal best today. Almost four miles in 45 minutes. I need to improve my time or else it'll take me nine months to finish the marathon. LOL

I officially start training next Saturday with the Team in Training group. I'm super pumped. I've got my wicking gear and water belt. I feel sort of nerdy, but I at least won't die of dehydration. Cardiac arrest? Maybe, but I'll at least have plenty of water.

Well, wish my luck! Until next time!