Race Recap: Hoosier Half

Hoosier Race Recap

First of all, I have to say Thanks to Hoosier Half for the free race entry.  In exchange for the entry, I agreed to mention the event on my social media platforms  and write about my race experience on this blog.  

This was my second time running the Bloomington, Indiana event.  (Any IU fans or alums out there??)  Back in 2013 I set out to run 13 half marathons (13.1!) in 2013.  The Hoosier Half was one of the events I did that year.  So having done it before, I knew there would be hills.  I was a little anxious with this hilly event being my first half marathon of the year.  I just haven’t been performing at the half marathon distance like I like to (I’ve been a sub-2:00 half marathoner for several years until a couple halfs last fall when I went into the 2:05~2:10 finish time).  Given that, the hills, and some injury and allergy/asthma issues earlier this year, I didn’t really know what to expect on Saturday.  So much so that I told my husband and son, who had gone to Bloomington with me (we stayed overnight even though it’s easily drivable for us!) not to meet me at the finish line.  I just didn’t want the pressure that they were waiting for me if I decided to walk halfway through (and walk I did!)!  Plus, it was unseasonably cold!!!  31  at the start, feeling like 22.  Yikes!  

We went down Friday evening and stopped at Chicago’s Pizza on the way.  I’m not a typical pasta girl the night before an event.  (I don’t really get into the “carb-loading” thing.)  I usually like to have grilled chicken and will add bread or a baked potato, but that’s the extent of differing from my normal eating.  The grilled chicken sandwich with a little buffalo sauce on the side worked just fine.  IU1

We arrived in Bloomington in time to pick up my packet and then stay at the Hampton, the host hotel.  They said it was “within walking distance”, but it was about a mile away, and given the cold temps my husband was nice enough to plan to get up early and drive me to the start line.  

 

After a less than stellar night’s rest (oh well, that happens sometimes!), I got up early enough for my pre-race routine (my normal morning routine actually) to stretch, read my devotions, and have my Energize.  

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Like I said, it was cold at the start, and there was some wind to deal with, but the sun was nice, and with a couple of layers on top, I decided I dressed correctly for the race.  

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I ran with the 2:00 pace group for the first 3 miles, but all the memories of hills were coming back to me, and I decided around mile 5 that I was just going to #runmyrace.  This has been my theme this year, and I decided it was time to live by it.  I started walking the hills.  I walked them briskly but also recovered a bit and then ran the downhills and flats.  This worked for the entire rest of the race.  It finished uphill, and I finished in 2:15:43.  It was my slowest half marathon since 1999, but that’s okay.  

 

I was kinda kicking myself for having told my husband and son not to meet me at the finish line, because I had to walk back to the hotel (you know that mile I mentioned?  AND it had a hill to climb AND it was chilly!).  

 

I got a hot shower then we went downtown Bloomington to eat and explore the campus.  My husband graduated from law school there, and my counseling degree is from IU, so we always enjoy the opportunity to visit campus.  Kent likes to show Ethan around.  (I think he secretly hopes he’ll go to IU!)  IU9

 

 

It was a nice weekend, and at the end of it all, I’m reminded how grateful I am for a supportive family, the opportunity to run, and to be a Hoosier.

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Tell me…

Did you race this weekend? How was it?

Favorite college campus? 

 

How to Have a Bad Day Without Letting it Define You

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We all have a bad days.  They’re a guarantee.  (I know, not the way to start a Monday.  But keep reading….it gets better!  🙂 )

Humid weather = Bad hair.  

Daylight Savings Time but someone (certainly the husband!) forgot to set the clock forward an hour = Running late all day.

Spring thunderstorm + Power failure = Fridge full of spoiled food.  

PMS strikes = Bag of chocolates inhaled before you know what happened.  

Enough already!  I think you get the point.  We all have bad days.  They happen.  It’s life.  But it’s how we deal with them that determines the next day and the next time that same thing happens.  

 

Let me share a story with you…..  (This was a recent Friday)  

Early trip to Target (my favorite place on earth!  lol!).  Starbucks coffee (my favorite drink!).  Beautiful sunny day.  No traffic issues.  Got home a little before noon.  My plan was to make my shake as soon as I got in the door, because I was hungry.  Well, I got involved in unloading, putting things away, and then I opened one container of trail mix (and I KNOW trail mix is not good for me, because I can’t stop at one serving!).  And then I snacked on something else I got.  Then I opened something else to try.  And then I opened the Reese peanut butter footballs.  (Because you have to have Reese peanut butter footballs for Super Bowl, right??) And an hour later, I’m regretting every bite of everything I had just had.  And then the negative talk comes in. The feelings of guilt and remorse.  Why did I do that?  What kind of example am I?  But, I shook the thoughts (for the moment), fixed my shake (because I knew I still needed that boost of superfood nutrition), and I did fine the rest of the day…..with the eating…..

Then there was the evening.  

I was out and about.  I noticed EVERY person.  I began comparing bodies in my head.  “I wish I looked like that.”  “I bet she didn’t stuff her face with trail mix and chocolates today.”  “Why can’t I get a grip?”  Negative talk.  Comparisons.  Insecurities.  

And what?  

I made a few bad choices in the middle of one day.  But I allowed that to take over my entire thought life.  (Oh, and I won’t bore you with the small argument with my husband all because I was feeling bad about myself and took it out on him.)

 

It all went south after eating a bit too much trail mix.  I could’ve righted the ship immediately after, but I didn’t.  I indulged a couple more times, but then it seemed things were getting better.  BUT, my mind, my self-discipline had been exhausted by the fight I had with myself that day, so I had nothing to fight off the negative thoughts later that day and then took it all out on my husband too.  

Ugh!  Day wasted.  BUT, was it really?  Here is where we can still take back control.  

Yes, a lot of that day went south, but I learned some things.  (And I doubt I need to mention that I learned not to bring trail mix into my house! lol!)  

That day didn’t have to define me.  When I laid my head down on my pillow, I took inventory and determined the next day would be better.  It was Friday, I could’ve said, “Heck it’s the weekend!  Let’s just throw caution to the wind and start a diet of restriction on Monday.”  Nope!  I don’t operate like that anymore!  I wasn’t going to sulk and feel sorry for myself or beat myself up.  I wasn’t going to name myself as a loser or failure or quitter or fat or undisciplined.  

The day just was.  Now, what can I learn from it?  I had to take some time to go back over the day and notice where I could make changes.  It was not going to define me.  I would let it REfine me.  What could I learn and how could I handle things differently the next time?  

And in the midst of all of it, trail mix and Reese footballs in hand, I was always a loved daughter of the King who didn’t look at me any differently than He did when I woke up that morning.

On the journey…

Always learning and growing…..

 

Tell me….

Have you had a bad day recently?  What did you learn from it?  

Turn Your Why into Action

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We talked about finding your Why on Monday.  I firmly believe that this is the key to success in any endeavor…..health, fitness, business, etc.  (For our purposes, we’re focusing on living a healthy lifestyle.)  Still once you’ve figured that out, you need to figure out how.  

How am I going to exercise?

How am I going to fit it into my schedule?

How am I going to find the right workout for me?  

How am I going to structure my eating habits?

 

Your motivation is found in your Why.  You know exactly WHY you are choosing to get fit and healthy.  You have something deep within that is moving you towards health and fitness…..and it’s not a number on a scale or a pant size….it has to be more than that, because YOU are more than a number!   (If you still need help working through that, contact me.  I’d love to help you figure out your Why.)

 

The first step in the how, is to find what you like to do.  If you hate to run, then running isn’t for you.  Even if you think that’s the quickest way to weight loss.  You’ll never stick with it.  Even though getting a gym membership and a trainer seems like the right thing to do, if you can’t afford that or don’t have time to meet a trainer 3 times a week for an hour, then that’s not how to meet your goals.  So, what do you like to do?  

Do you like to be outside?  How about walking, running, or biking?  

Do you like to dance?  Ever thought of turning the radio on and just moving around for 20 minutes?  If you want more structure like a class or DVD, there are zumba classes everywhere and DVDs that can lead you in some dancing.  

Do you want to get strong?  Maybe you have a gym membership where you can go lift some weights or get hooked up with a trainer.  Or there are great DVD and online workouts like BeFit and Metabolic Effect that incorporate strength training.  

 

Once you figure out what you like to do the next step is to decide if you want to workout in the morning, lunch hour, or evening.  You can read all kinds of things that tell you working out in the morning is better than evening or vice versa.  But again, bottom line is you need to pick a time that you’ll stick with.  If you’re not a morning person, then exercising in the morning is likely not the best plan for you.  

 

If you still need help figuring this all out, you don’t have to do this alone.  Contact me.  I’d love to come alongside you and help you find your motivation and your soulmate workout.  Let’s do this!  

And to keep the encouragement coming, be sure to sign up for my email to be sent straight to your inbox each week.  I give even more tips and encouragement on following your why and sticking with the plan that is right for you.  When you sign up, I’ll send you my go-to scriptures and prayers that will get you started on that path to being Fit & Free.  

 

Tell me……

When do you workout?

Have you found your soulmate workout?  If so, what is it?

 

Scripture for Your New Year

 

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“Lord, according to your Word, if I wholeheartedly commit whatever I do to you, my plans will succeed.  (Proverbs 16:3)  Lord, I acknowledge that the heart of committing any plan to You is seeking Your plan.  Show me the right path, Father!”  (from Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word)  

 

I pray this prayer often.  And now, at the beginning of the year, is an even better time to pray and give this year to the Lord.  Following are more scriptures I’m reflecting on as I embark on 2016.  I’m taking a step in faith with my business and have an ongoing prayer that my life and my body glorify Him in all ways.  Maybe one of the scriptures will speak to you.  If it does, I encourage you to grab a notecard and write it out and post it somewhere that you’ll see it daily.  

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“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him.”  Lamentations 3:22-24  Today can be a new day!

 

“For I know the plans I  have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11  His plans for you are good!  

 

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19

 

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”  Psalm 40:3

 

“…be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Ephesians 4:23-24  It’s time for a new attitude!

 

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17  If you’ve never said yes to Christ, now is the time.  He can make you new!  Even if you have said yes but haven’t given Him every part of you, if you’re still holding onto an area of your life, give it to Him now.  

May all things be new for you this 2016!

What scripture do you go to for a fresh start and new beginning?  

Christmas Eve: Let’s Go For A Run

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It’s Christmas Eve.  We should do a race, right?  We should at least get our run in, don’t you think?  If you’re a runner, you know that all the highs and lows, big days, celebration days, vacations are marked with a run, right?  I mean, for me, it wouldn’t be a good birthday, if I didn’t run.  I pick vacation destinations based on a race I can run.  And on Christmas, I set my alarm early so I can get out when the town (and my family!) is still asleep so I can run through the quiet streets.  I reflect on the reason for the season. I love the lights on the houses and seeing Christmas trees through the windows.  

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Shelby Roadrunners have been around for more than 10 years now.  We’re a local running club.  No membership fees.  We have a weekly newsletter.  We have a website.  We have a racing calendar.  The racing calendar started about 9 years ago with this idea that runners just might want to run on Christmas Eve.  And what might be even more fun, we thought, was if we had hot chocolate and cookies and a gift at the finish line!    DSC01089

 

So we went to work organizing this “little event”.   We’re runners, and we like to run on Christmas Eve, so we thought other runners just might want to run Christmas Eve morning.  And did they ever!  We had a kids run about 30 minutes before the start of the 5K race.  We handed out awards to top finishers and wrapped gifts to all.  And thus was born the annual Energy2Action Rudolph Run.  

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It was a great morning, and 9 years later, we’re still doing the Rudolph Run on Christmas Eve morning.  It has become a tradition for some who are in town or even driving through to visit family for the holidays.  We’ve had people from all over the United States stop in Shelbyville, Indiana to race on Christmas Eve morning.  We’ve had all kinds of weather too!  We’ve had ice and snow, and this year, I think we’re experiencing our warmest race yet!  (Poor Santa was a little warm, and Frosty couldn’t even attend this year!)  

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For more on Shelby Roadrunners and Energy2Action, visit the website.  And because we know runners like to mark special events with a run, this year we are hosting a New Year’s Day run.  It will finish INSIDE City Hall in downtown Shelbyville, Indiana.  How fun is that!  And we’ll be toasting 2016!

 

Do you mark special days with a run?  

Will you be running on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day?  

Celebrating 15 Years Into Our Happily Ever After

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My husband and I are celebrating 15 years of marriage this week.  I could say 15 years of wedded bliss, but both you and I know that life happens.  And to be very honest and open, the last two years of our life have been a bit of a struggle and more work than the previous 10 or so for sure.  But we’re here, and we’re in it for the long haul.  I can’t imagine trying to do this thing called marriage without our faith.  

 

Today I’m stepping away from faith and fitness and sharing a story of God’s faithfulness in my life.  I’m sharing with you our story that I wrote for Kent shortly after we said “I do”.  I don’t think I’ve pulled this out in more than 10 years.  If you’re not into sappy or silly, you can go ahead and move on….won’t hurt my feelings.  I’m really not sappy either!  But maybe you’ll want to grab your coffee and let this story put a smile on your face.  It might even give you a renewed sense of hope in your own marriage or while you wait for your Prince or Princess to come.

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Once upon a time, there was a lonely princess named Marsha.  Marsha had been by herself for awhile and was adjusting well to her life on her own.  Marsha began enjoying the social life with her friends and forgot about looking for “Prince Charming”.  From time to time, Marsha had a date with a suitor who never quite lived up to her expectations.  Even while the Princess was enjoying her free time, she was praying to her Father above for His perfect plan in her life.  On an exceptionally low day, Princess Marsha had a revelation.  Her thoughts brought her back to the story of Creation.  She remembered when God created Adam and how Adam had everything he needed.  However, God saw fit to create a woman to come alongside Adam to help and join him in his journey through life.  This story was a lesson for the Princess.  Princess Marsha realized that what she was waiting for was an “Adam”.  The Prince Charming that would sweep the Princess off her feet would be an “Adam”, someone that is already established.  He would not need a Princess, but he would be a man that is ready to share his life with someone.  The Prince would find Princess Marsha to be an added enjoyment and blessing in his life that could accompany him along the rest of his journey.  

Princess Marsha was happy with this thought and tucked it away.  She knew that her destiny was changing.  Always in the past, she has had to help others along their way, and although Princess Marsha was a very helpful person, she knew this was not the way it was to be.  A relationship is two-way, and the Princess believed it could be different.  

In the meantime, Princess Marsha continuted to socialize.  One particular suitor sidetracked the Princess for awhile.  In fact, she even told her friend that she knew he was not her “Adam”, but she continued to see him.  Then, a little bird told Princess Marsha about a certain Prince named Kent.  Kent was a bit older than the Princess, and he was of the upper class in Princess Marsha’s town.  In addition, this Prince Kent had a young son who lived with the Prince.  The little bird mentioned that Prince Kent had been admiring Princess Marsha.  This information shocked the Princess.  Although Princess Marsha knew exactly who Prince Kent was because their work brought them together at times, Princess Marsha could not believe that the Prince had even noticed her.  Princess Marsha was amazed that Prince Kent, being of the upper class, was interested in her because she saw herself in the lower class.  Princess Marsha had been seeing this Prince professionally off and on for more than one year.  She had spoken to him on occasion but was completely oblivious to any interest he may have ever shown.  This was amazing to the Princess, and she did not know what to do with this information.  But, in the back of her mind, the Princess remembered the story of Adam.  Prince Kent was certainly an “Adam”, but was he hers?

The next time Princess Marsha was to see Prince Kent in the working environment, she took a little extra care to look nice.  She also made herself more available for conversation.  AND, she was extremely nervous.  This went on for what seemed to be a very long time, even though it was a matter of weeks.  Meanwhile, the Princess continued to date around.  Finally, Princess Marsha made arrangements to call Prince Kent upon his prompting, of course. The late evening phone call went very well, and the Princess was pleased with the outcome.  During this time, the Princess became more confident and finding Prince Kent to be very down-to-earth and likable.  

A short time later, Prince Kent took a vacation, and Princess Marsha thought of him often while he was gone.  Princess Marsha determined to phone the Prince a couple of days after he returned to ask about his trip.  On the evening before the Princess was to call, her telephone rang.  On the other end of the line was the Prince.  Princess Marsha couldn’t help but show her surprise to hear the Prince on the line.  They talked for some time, then Prince Kent asked the Princess on a date.  Finally!  the moment she’d been waiting for.  Of course, the Princess accepted the invitation.

It was the day of the date, a nice spring day.  The Princess was nervous.  She had consulted with her friends on what she should wear, and she hadn’t eaten for a week.  She was so excited for the Prince to come, and finally the time arrived.  The Prince was handsome in his suit and treated the Princess so kindly all evening.  When they returned to her humble home, the Princess invited him in.  Prince Kent accepted the invitation, and they visited until the early morning hours.  The evening was delightful.  They agreed to see each other again.

The following week, the Princess thought of Prince Kent often.  Finally, late in the week, the Prince invited the Princess to visit his castle.  She happily agreed to stop over one evening.  The Prince had a beautiful castle.  When he came to the door, Prince Kent was dressed in light jeans and a peach polo shirt.  Prince Kent and Princess Marsha had a wonderful visit.  They shared very intimate details and spoke openly about life, love, and past relationships.  While Princess Marsha was still guarded with her feelings, she was surprised to hear Prince Kent share his desire for “the fairy tale”.  This was amazing to hear a man speak so candidly of falling in love and how that was his wish for his own life.  With that revelation, Princess Marsha felt her guard begin to come down.  The Princess began falling in love.

From that evening, Prince Kent and Princess Marsha began spending more and more time together.  Soon the Princess met Prince Kent’s son.  He was a fine young man; the Princess knew she would have no problem getting along with the Prince’s young son.  The Princess, you know, was accustomed to young people, because she worked with them daily.

Summer came and went.  Soon Autumn arrived.  The Prince and Princess had been together six months.  The Princess went on a short vacation with her good friend.  While she was gone, the Princess spoke to her friend about Prince Kent.  The Princess was certain that she wished to spend the rest of her life with Prince Kent.  In him she had found her soulmate.  Prince Kent had become her friend and lover.  He was becoming her life partner.  Princess Marsha told her friend how the Prince made her feel as she’s never felt before.  He made her happier than she ever thought she could be, and she knew that something would happen soon.

Princess Marsha was so excited to see Prince Kent, and Prince Kent was excited to see the Princess.  In fact, he took a day off work to spend with the Princess when she returned.  The Princess was happy to spend time with Prince Kent.  Around noon, the Prince and Princess relaxed on the couch and began to speak about how much they had missed one another.  They both agreed that they didn’t wish to experience time apart again.  With that, the Prince spoke the magic words.  He asked Princess Marsha to marry him.  After a moment of pleasant surprise, Princess Marsha replied, “Yes” then Prince Kent gave the Princess the most beautiful diamond ring.

It was the happiest day for both the Prince and Princess.  They were so in love and so excited to share the delightful news with others.  Prince Kent’s young son was accepting of the news and seemed to be pleased to see his father happy.  It was evident to all who knew them that they belonged with one another.  

Because they were so excited to begin their lives together, the Prince and Princess started planning their wedding day.  The Princess especially did not wish to wait a long time.  She was ready to move to her Prince’s castle.  She was ready to begin her life with her beloved.

The merry event took place on a beautiful winter day.  They shared the blessed occasion with their family and friends.  It was a simple ceremony but delightful nonetheless.  Thus their life together began.  The two became one.

Princess Marsha was given her Adam.  Her Heavenly Father had smiled on her and blessed her with a gift of a wonderful husband and a delightful stepson.  She could ask for nothing more.  Prince Kent had become her Prince Charming, and there is no doubt that they shall live happily ever after.   

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Thanks for reading our story.  I hope it made you smile and gave you hope.  I pray for you if you are lonely or struggling in your marriage right now.  I understand feelings of loneliness both in and out of a marriage (I was married before God brought me and Kent together).  And to be sure Kent and I have had our ups and downs.  And taking on the role of stepmother is not always an easy one.  All I really know for sure is that God remains faithful, and we can’t do a day of this without Him.  

 

Here’s to another 15 years with my Prince!  

 

How many years have you been married?

How did your “once upon a time” begin?  

Visions of Sugarplums: How to Enjoy Without Overindulging

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I know Easter and Halloween are candy-filled holidays, but I’d have to think that Christmas tops them both with candy and cookies and all kinds of yummy treats everywhere you turn.  If it’s not the goodies, it’s the hot chocolate and cider and “mommy and daddy” drinks!  lol!  We’re bombarded with all kinds of yumminess.   They LOOK yummy!  They SMELL yummy!  And we know they TASTE yummy!  

 

How can we navigate the sweets and treats and all the Christmas goodies without feeling deprived and yet stuffed and blah?  I have some ideas!  

 

Make/Take an alternative

  • Katie at Dashing Dish has some great recipes, many even gluten free, that are super healthy and taste just as yummy as the real thing.  
  • Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien) can give you an alternative to any dessert that is simple and less sugary but still tastes just as indulgent.  
  • Sign up for my newsletter and get my recipe for these healthy cookie dough balls.cookie_dough

Drink sparkling water or hot tea

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There are so many flavored no calorie waters and teas.  

(I’ve written about how much I love Total Tea and Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane.)  This keeps you hydrated and gives you some flavor.

 

 

Brush your teeth

After a meal and small treat, brush your teeth with some minty toothpaste.  This will leave   your mouth with a fresh and clean taste.  

Close the kitchen and savor lasting conversation

Once you’ve had your meal, clean up and close the kitchen.  Sit by the fire and be present with the ones you love.  

Eat mindfully  

If you’re going to have a treat, allow yourself to enjoy it.  Experience the taste and the smells of the dish.  If you’re standing and conversing and trying to eat all at the same time, you won’t enjoy your treat and will also tend to eat more than you may even realize.  

Taste Then Toss

It’s my number one go to tip on all things food.  Nothing is off limits….ever.  But you don’t have to indulge in an entire piece of cake, slice of pie, cookie, etc.  And at Christmas especially, there seems to be more than one option or thing you REALLY want.  So have a bite or two, then toss the rest.  (Or share it with someone.)  The point is, you don’t have to eat all of it.  And chances are, a bite or two gives you the satisfaction without feeling stuffed.  

What is your favorite Christmas treat?