Tuesday, December 17, 2013

5 Ingredients for My Running

1. My past-a competitor, a team, a coach. Where I gleaned important knowledge and 

developed my love of running. Those years were where the spark of competition became 

ingrained in my being.


2. My present-hip deep in motherhood of 3 small boys and dealing with injuries. But I 

persevere, not giving up because I remember my past and my love of running. Running is 

me–something that gives definition to me outside of motherhood, my family and my friends. 

Running is just for me where I can be alone and come home better a better wife and mother 

than when I left.


3. Running is where I can put each foot in front of the other and allows me to dream about 

the future. Running is what gives me a place to prove to myself that I can, even when I think I 

can’t and a place to turn my dreams into plans.


4. Running has been joy and pain. It has been sweet and bitter. A source of elation and 

depression. It has allowed me to feel. And if you do not feel, you are not alive.


5. But mostly my running is fueled by my love for dessert. I love running, but I really, really 

love dessert.


- See more at: http://anothermotherrunner.com/2013/12/11/5k-holidays-tread-nordictrack-

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Photos


Fall in Nebraska has been beautiful so far. The trees are starting to change and the weather has been lovely. I walked around the yard with my camera during naptime yesterday. I bought a nice camera two years ago and haven't spent nearly enough time practicing with it. 






Tuesday, October 1, 2013

some deep thoughts and some not so deep ones {would you rather survey}

It's hard to know what to do when running doesn't go the way it's supposed to go. While I was pregnant, I had planned that I was going to be in fantastic shape this fall. I was going to be able to take on races and chase after PR's. The seasons lined up perfectly and the nicest weather was going to be when I was running the most.

Nope. Not quite. I am hardly managing three days a week without pain and while things are slowly getting better, this isn't what I thought my fall was going to be like. I won't lie, either, it's been rough. I have been on a roller coaster of emotions from depression, fear, anger, apathy and glimmers of optimism. I keep having that voice in my head that is telling me to quit and that it isn't worth it.

And I keep trudging on, silencing the voice by reminding myself that this is something I LOVE. This is something that I feel lost without and the exercise that I have found that I truly enjoy. I rarely want to run anymore because my runs are so hard and seem to beat me up more. But I run anyway, because I know that one day they will be better. One day, running will feel effortless again. One day, I will be able to run over 3.5 miles again. One day, I will be able to push my limits and chase after PRs.

I realized, too, that all of this strengthening I am doing in my hips, glutes, abs, and ankles is going to pay off on the other side. It is drudgery now, but I am going to emerge a stronger runner. I have learned that I need to be more balanced in my approach to running. I cannot just run. I need to make sure that I am strong enough. My first visit with my chiropractor, he stressed the importance of strength training. He gave the example of it is better to run 35 miles a week and strength train, than to run 40 miles a week with no strength training.

I have also learned that I cannot define myself or especially my mood by whether I am running or not. I may be happier when I run, but it is not okay for me to be grumpy and take it out on my husband and my kids. It is not okay for me to sink into a depression over not being able to run. Yes, I can want to run and do what it takes to run, but while running can be a huge part of my life, it is not and should not be my entire life.

And on that note, I going to jump to a lighter note and link up with Cori again with her latest Would You Rather Running Style Survey. I always get a kick out of these, but I've decided some of her questions are getting a bit harder to really want to answer {licking armpits!?} I digress, without further ado

WOULD YOU RATHER
RUNNING STYLE SURVEY

Would you rather…  run with one of your ancestors or your role models?
I'd rather run with a role model. I'm not sure which one, but runs are a great time to impart knowledge.
Would you rather…  run a race that is a few hour drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?
I'd rather run in a beautiful place, but with children logistically, in my city. 
Would you rather… take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour?
Probably foam roll...I'm good at not doing what I really should because it hurts too much and just doing what feels good ;)
Would you rather… have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?
I think I'd go with the toenail. Then it's over. Done. And I've had problems with a black toenail that never came off and it's still infected and then it'll get better and then get infected again. Such a pain.
Would you rather… spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?
I'd probably buy more shoes, because my husband doesn't understand my constant need for new shoes. 
Would you rather… be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time?
I'd go with the fastest marathon. I just can't imagine running for days.
Would you rather… have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan?
Kara Goucher. I just really like her.
Would you rather… lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon, or lick their foot after a marathon?
ugh...really. The thought of either makes me want to throw up. But if I had to, probably...armpit?

So I'm dying to know, what would you rather?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall Friday: I'm so Glad/Five Fun Things



Fall is definitely in the air. Even when it is warm {we've been having days in the 80's} you can feel the crispness in the air. The nights are chillier and the leaves are beginning to turn. School is in full swing and harvest is underway. 
^^Yes, Yes!


5 Fun Fall Activities:

1. Run a Race: Fall really is the best time to run. The weather is great 
and the scenery is pretty {if you pick the right race that is}
Scenery from the Crazy Horse Half Marathon in 2011
2. Plan a Fall/Harvest Party complete with a bonfire. We used to have
a lot of bonfires but haven't in years {read since having kids} In fact we got 
engaged by a bonfire {complete with a candle walkway, peanut butter
m&ms, and sparkling grape juice.}

3. Visit the pumpkin patch. Whether or not you have kids, the 
pumpkin patch can be a blast.
Pumpkin Patch 2012

4. Learn to knit. There is something comforting about yarn in cool weather.
I love knitting, but haven't done much since I've had kids {sensing a trend here?}. 
If you want to learn check out your local yarn shop. There are usually classes
and there is something so nice about high quality yarn. {Hi, my name
is Renee and I am a yarn snob.} And if you knit a scarf you are ready for winter.

5. Make all of those pumpkin and apple recipes that you've pinned on Pinterest!
I definitely need to try This, This, This, and This!

What's on your To Do list this fall?
Any pumpkin and/or apples recipes I should try?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Person Behind the Words

I was so excited to start blogging, but I very quickly realized that it did not come as easily to me as I had hoped. The words did not come easily and I found that like in real life, it is easier for me to not say anything.  It's hard to put myself out there to let anybody and everybody to be privy to my life. But as I think about the blogs I like best, I realized that my favorites are the ones that I feel like I know them even though I have never met them. I want you to get to know me a little better and to start seeing glimpses of the person behind the words.


1. I can be very opinionated, but I most likely will not share it with you. I struggle to articulate my opinion and don't like disagreeing. I'm working on articulating my opinions in a practical way--writing product reviews for things I buy! I find nothing more valuable when choosing a product than a well written review.

2. I want to know the right answer. I hate how one study will show something is good and another will show the same thing is bad. Who is right?!

3. It's hard for me to express extreme emotion--hurt/sorrow or joy. I don't like to process the things that hurt and I can stay in denial {just a tip: this doesn't really work} and I also struggle to be extremely joyful over things. I tend to just hold it all inside.

4. I am an introvert. I don't do small talk well, but there isn't much better than good friends that I can really, really go deep with.

5. I have lists all over my house--grocery lists, to do lists, gift lists etc. And if I have written it down, even if I forget my list, I can usually remember most of it.

6. I didn't start drinking coffee until after my second child and that was because my friends drank coffee and I didn't want to be left out. I quit during pregnancy with #3 because it didn't taste good anymore, but now I drink coffee almost every day {with cream! I can't do it black}. I find it comforting and my husband and I have been trying to get up a little earlier together and spend a few minutes together {with our coffee!} before he goes to work.

7. I get extremely obsessive over researching things, especially if I don't know the answer. {It's back to #2!} You should have seen me researching running shoes and running injuries. It was just a wee tad bit ridiculous. Roadrunnersports is one of my top 6 most visited sites and I've never even bought anything from them.

8. I am not an independent person. I went from living in the dorms at college to married. Looking back, I wish I would have had to be independent. I never had to do things on my own and doing certain things on my own still scare me--I am getting a little better. I so admire people that are.

9. I can't stand the smell of cold tomato sauce.

10. My favorite nuts are almonds--I can eat way too many of them.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Coffee drinker? If so, what's your favorite way to drink it?
Tell me something about you.





Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Fridays: Beef Barley Soup


I absolutely love fall. It is by far my favorite season and the Nebraska weather is giving us glimpses of fall and it makes me so happy. I love the crispness in the air, the changing leaves, the cornfields turning brown. While spring, I think, celebrates new life, fall celebrates the culmination. It celebrates all of life. Running is just better too with the cooler temps and faster paces.

Well, any pace right now is faster for me after time off. I'm getting better. My IT Bands, while they still get sore, are not constantly painful and my feet for the most part feel good. I have been diligent with the strengthening exercising my chiropractor gave me and {started last Wednesday} I am going to do a full strength training routine 2 days a week. I back to running 3-4 days a week averaging about 30 minutes total with about three 1-2 minute walking breaks {per my training plan}. I find the walk breaks help me from getting so fatigued that my form suffers and bad form=injuries. I am definitely out of shape and it is discouraging sometimes. I fight myself daily over whether it is worth it--and it is so I keep going.

Anyway, in honor of my favorite season, each Friday I am going to post something fall related and I going to start with a SOUP recipe. I have a hard time eating soup when it's hot outside, but about the second the temperatures drop, I'm in the mood for soup again. Beef Barley Soup is one of my favorites. It is hearty, filling, cheap, and easy. It makes great leftovers and to top it all off, even my boys will eat it.

Beef Barley Soup

1 pound hamburger, browned and drained
5 cups beef broth
1-14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups sliced carrots
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup quick-cooking barley


In a large pan, combine hamburger, broth, tomatoes carrots and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add barley, return to a boil, cover and cook until barley is tender--about 10 minutes.

What is your favorite season?
Favorite soup recipe? I'd love to try it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I'm still here.

Wow, I haven't been around for awhile. Honestly, haven't really wanted to write about running when I'm not running much. But my hips are starting to feel stronger and I have an occasional decent run.

I ending up having four appointments with my sports chiropractor. At the first appointment he gave me 4 different exercises and at the second appointment he added an abdominal exercise. The third, he gave me a harder exercise that worked the same muscles as the first. And the fourth, he told me I didn't have to come back again unless I wanted to :) Each appointment he did ART on my IT Bands, hip flexors and feet.

I have also found that a tennis ball in my hip flexors, hips and IT bands after a run has helped significantly as well {instead of a foam roller--the foam roller didn't help much.}

I left the first appointment feeling so encouraged, because I finally knew what the problem was and how to fix it. But the lack of running and the slow recovery have me feeling pretty down sometimes. I've had the little voice in my head questioning, "Is this really worth it?" and "Maybe you should just quit." I keep reminding myself over and over that I love running and I hate not running and I want to run for a long time. So I keep plugging along.

I have major race envy right now. I really thought that I would be in good shape by now and that I would be able to get some good races in this fall.

Well at least the temps are dropping!

How's your running going?
Any races on your calendar?
How do you quiet the voices that tell you to quit?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Suck it Up and another Would You Rather Survey

I've seen this all over and I agree {unless it's the workout that leads to injury because you should be resting!!!!!} Last night, my husband got home from work late and then it was supper time and then my in-laws came over for dessert and by the time they left it was dark outside. I had 3 options:
1) Run outside in the dark {where there are no lights}
2) Drive into town where there are street lights
or 3) Hop on the treadmill and get it done.

I really didn't want to do any of these and my back hurt and I just wanted to skip it, but I didn't. I sucked it up, got on the treadmill, turned on Friday Night Lights and had a great run. Well, a great run/walk. I'm easing back in after these IT Band troubles. So 4 minutes running/2 minutes walking for a total of 30 minutes + 11 minutes walking for a warmup/cooldown. A tennis ball in the IT Bands afterwards and I'm not feeling too sore today, hurray!

So next time you are trying to talk yourself out of a workout, just suck it up and do it and I'll bet that you'll feel better afterwards. {And even if you don't, you can be happy with the fact it's over}.

And just in case you wanted to know more about my random running style, Cori has posted 5 of these surveys now and I've filled out a couple already.

Would you rather... Be dressed up like a Zombie for a race OR be chased by a Zombie during a race?

I really dislike Zombies, but I absolutely I hate being chased, so if I have to choose I'll go with being dressed up like a Zombie.

Would you rather... train with Chuck Norris or train with Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Chuck Norris. Because Chuck Norris is awesome. {My favorite Chuck Norris joke: When Alexander Bell invented the telephone he had 3 missed calls from Chuck Norris}

Would you rather...Get stuck in an elevator after a race with other people and have to pee or get stuck in a port-a-potty at your race?

Stuck after and have to pee. Nothing good can come out of being stuck in a port-a-potty.


Would you rather... drink milk as you run your race or drink soda/pop?

I think that I could drink flat pop. The thought of dairy while running makes my stomach turn.


Would you rather... puke all the way down the front of yourself during a race or have someone ELSE puke on your foot?

I'd rather puke on myself.


Would you rather... be three feet taller than you currently are or three feet shorter than you currently are?

3 feet taller...I'm glad I'm normally 5'6" because neither of those options are very appealing.


Would you rather... sing call me maybe on repeat during a race OR do the macarena the entire race?

I'd rather sing Call Me Maybe on repeat. 

Would you rather... have someone's snot rocket hit you in the face or someone's blood from chaffing hit you in the face?

Snot rocket. It's gross, but I think flying blood would be grosser.

Would you rather... receive a beautiful, shiny medal at the end of your race OR have the race organizers donate $100 to a charity after you finish a race?

Donate the money. Then my race could actually help other people instead of just being for me.

Would you rather... "hit the wall" halfway through your race distance and struggle the rest of the way OR get close to the end feeling great the whole time but end up having to DNF?

Hit the wall and struggle. It wouldn't matter how great I felt if I DNF.

Have you ever regretted doing a workout?
What would you rather?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Photo

I'm in love with this picture and just wanted to share my cuties :)



Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Running Fashion--what do you think?

I know that it's hot outside and nobody is thinking about running in cold temps, but I was scrolling through the Top 10 Running Fashion Faux Pas on Runners World and saw this:





This is the only one on the list that I am guilty of. It isn't so much that I want to wear my shorts over my tights, but it is my husband's preference that I don't wear my tights alone. And I choose to honor him by wearing my shorts over my tights, but this proves my point that it's not very in style ;)

Anyway, what do you think. Is it so bad? Any other suggestions on ways to cover up my bum when I'm wearing tights? I do like the compression and warmth that tights offer when the temps drop. Or any other suggestions on good cold weather pants that aren't as fitted as tights?

Are you guilty of any of the fashion faux pas on this list?
Do you care if you are fashionable when you run? While, I do definitely appreciate cute running clothes, I generally only get too worked up over it when I'm around lots of people like a race. For the most part, function > fashion. Now if you can get function and fashion, that's awesome.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kale Chips

After hearing about kale chips tons of times, and even buying kale once, but letting it go bad in the refrigerator, I finally tried kale chips. I used the recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen.


Sadly, however, I thought they were kind of "meh." They weren't awful, but they weren't really good either. First of all, I might have baked them too long because they just kind of dissolved in my mouth. I didn't really like the weird aftertaste it left either. And they also needed more seasoning. I just used salt and they needed something more. I've heard of using cayenne pepper or garlic and I think that would give them a boost.

I really wanted to like them because, kale is definitely a superfood. It contains: iron, Vitamin K, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, folate and magnesium and therefore is good for your eyes, bones, immune system, and heart.

You can also put kale in smoothies, juice it, saute it or put it in salads. Maybe I should try it another way too.

Do you like kale?
What's your favorite recipe for it?


Sunday, August 4, 2013

MRC Day

Yesterday morning I got up early and had my coffee and bagel and headed off to a local 5k. But not to run. Instead of running (due to injury), I volunteered for my first race! 
Loved the pink volunteer shirts.

This race benefiteParent Project Muscular Dystrophy and a local family that have three boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I do not personally know the family, but some friends do and were on the planning committee for the race and activities of the day and that is how I got involved.


I loved my first volunteering experience. I helped primarily with sorting t-shirts and handing out the packets to the people who had pre-registered, but I also jumped in helping pull tags at the finish line and directed people on the mile fun run. I love the energetic atmosphere at races and the fact that this was going to a specific family just added an extra special feel to it. It was extremely family oriented and there was tons of entire families who registered. I was wishing that I had brought my boys! (But I had all the car seats, so my husband couldn't bring them after they woke up--fail on my part).




There was a great turn out and tons of people who registered the day of--so there were way more people than expected.
Start of the 1 mile Fun Run
I didn't even wish I was running the race, I had so much fun helping. It was great being on the other side of the race and I definitely think I will be more appreciative of races I do in the future. It was pretty well organized and we only had a glitch with not having names on the tags of the people who registered race day and three of the award winners registered that day. But we got it all figured out.

If you ever get a chance, I'd highly recommend volunteering--it's a fun look at the other side of the race.

Have you ever volunteered for a race? What was your experience?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Injuries and Answers

I have been dealing with sore IT Bands for a few months and no matter how much rest were not getting completely better. Then in the last month my feet started hurting. There was pain on my navicular and my arches were hurting and I'd take several days off and then try a short (like 2 mile) run and all the aches and pains would come back with a vengeance.

I was getting frustrated. Not only could I not run, but what was causing all this? I had never been this injury prone in my 11 years of running. I didn't know if it could be the shoes...or having my third baby...or what. I bought Anatomy For Runners by Jay Dicharry which has been a huge resource and from what I learned in the book, I came to the conclusion that I needed the help of a professional to diagnose and help me come up with a treatment plan.

I wasn't exactly sure who I wanted to see. I wasn't sure who would be able to best help me and I didn't want to spend time hopping around finding someone. I really appreciate the alternative care of a chiropractor, but wasn't sure if they could really help me. I considered a physical therapist, but wasn't sure who to see and if a chiropractor could help, the treatment is often quicker. So I researched sports chiropractors. I couldn't really find anything local, but I ran across a place two hours away that looked extremely promising. They appeared to specialize in sports injuries by combining chiropractic care with physical therapy and were all licensed in Active Release Technique. But the thing that appealed the most to me was that they appeared to stay very up-to-date on research and would discard practices that were proven not to be effective.

My husband wasn't very thrilled at first with having to travel, but I convinced him that I thought it was my best option and he agreed to let me make an appointment. I called Friday afternoon and had an appointment for Monday afternoon with one of the four doctors, all the time praying I made the right decision.

Friday evening we had a friend's birthday party and other friends from the town where my appointment was were there and I was talking to them and the conversation went something like this:
ME: Hey, I'll be in Lincoln Monday.
FRIEND: What are you doing in Lincoln?
ME: I have an appointment at a chiropractor.
FRIEND: Which one?
ME: tell them the name
FRIEND: I LOVE it there. They are awesome!

I was feeling a bit more confident as they assured me that they were good.

I had always wanted a runner to treat me, because only runners get other runners. And it turned out that I was given an appointment with the only runner in the office (I did not know this ahead of time! I love it when God does things like this).

Basically he was awesome and completely understood my need to get to the root cause of my injuries and get back to running as soon as possible.

He had me do all sorts of stretches and movements to evaluate my weaknesses and concluded that I was lacking stabilization in my hips. It was apparent when I would do a one legged squat, my knee would dive in. And to paraphrase Jay Dicharry: Running is essentially a series of one legged squats with a flight phase. So there you have, because of my weak hips, my knee was diving in and causing problems with my IT Bands and then my ankles and feet. This is a common problem among women because of the tendency to have weak glutes and the musculoskeletal structure is more lax and Dicharry recommends hip strengthening for all women regardless of injury history.

My doctor is confident that strengthening my hips will help with all the injuries I have been experiencing and gave me two different exercises to do everyday for two weeks until I go back to see him. He also did ART on my IT Bands and feet for pain relief and to break up any scar tissue that may have formed. I'm not supposed to run this week but can start back slowly next week.

Even though I am not running now, I feel so much lighter now that I know what the issue is. I am diligently doing my exercises and am reminded of the extra importance of strength training for runners (especially after pregnancy!)

Praise the Lord for answers! And now I'm excited to start over and do this the right way.

What injuries have you dealt with and how did you resolve them?
Have you even had ART done on you?
How do you incorporate strength training into your training plan?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Quintessentially Summer

Well everything except the weather. We've been having a cool spell here in Nebraska...highs in the low 70s and it has been glorious! Sadly, however, I have not been able to run in it.

But everything else was summer...and so much more enjoyable we weren't sweating to death.

Jack sold cookies at Farmer's Market again this morning and I was able to pick up most of my produce including SWEET CORN.

And what goes better with sweet corn than hamburgers...on hot dog buns. The tomatoes were heirloom tomatoes from market.


Then because the boys took good naps, we decided to go to the rodeo. I was hoping to photograph a beautiful Nebraska sunset, but the clouds got in the way. It did make it easier to see though.

It was lovely being able to wear a jacket and it even was a bit chilly by the end. The other plus for cooler temps--less trashy fair apparel. Why is it so many people decide to dress skanky for the fair?

Snacks: Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy :)


The bull riding is the best part of rodeo, sadly, there were only 4 riders and none of them managed to stay on for the full 8 seconds. The guy riding the bounty bull (would get an additional $500 if he rode the bull the for full time) managed to stay on for about 6 seconds, but no one else even made it that long.

Have you ever been to a rodeo? What's your favorite part?
Do you frequent your local Farmer's Market?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mistakes

So I haven't really been wanting to blog, because you see I haven't really been running. And I didn't really want to write it down, because then it makes it too real that I am injured.  I also didn't want to sit here and whine and complain because nobody has time for whining and complaining....especially because I don't know what to do. I am at the point that I think I need a professional opinion to get to the root cause of this. And I don't know who to see. And whining and complaining without doing anything to fix it really isn't cool. But I really do feel like this:
from here


So I'm not here to complain. I'm here, wishing I knew what was wrong and wishing I could run.

And reflecting on my mistakes:

1) Diving in too quickly after Nolan was born. When my other two were six months I was up to about 4 miles and when Nolan was 6 months old, I ran a 1/2 marathon. And I don't think my body was ready. I was motivated and it seemed fine, but was tearing down my body more than I realized. And in order to get to that 1/2, I was pushing my body more than I would have without the race deadline looming over my head.

2) Not doing enough core work or strength training. Sure I did some, but not enough especially not to rebuild my core after pregnancy.

3) Too.much.information.online. I know just enough about running since I've run for 11 years, but not enough to coach myself through 1/2 marathons 6 months post-partum while struggling with injuries. I was self-diagnosing and self treating and that's just a bad idea. Please don't try it.

4) Running through IT Band pain. It doesn't go away unless you stop running.

5) Trying to increase my mileage and speed at the same time. I was increasing my weekly mileage at a fairly conservative rate, but by throwing in a day of speed work. Needless to say that 2 weeks of that and now I'm not running.


What lessons have you learned from past mistakes?
Anyone deal with IT Band/hip flexor/foot or ankle problems (yes I'm pretty sure they are all related) what sort of doctor did you see?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fair-ing

Our internet was down from Wednesday-Friday, and while it was annoying and I missed having it, it was nice to unplug and it forced me to to spend more attention on things that I should. I played with my kids more, I read more, I cleaned my house more. It definitely opened my eyes to how much time I spend online...and how it's good and enjoyable to unplug sometimes. I'm going to try to be more intentional in my usage from now on. But I love having Netflix back and being able to look up all my recipes and workouts--that only exist on the internet!


Our county fair is this week. We took the boys last night and managed to run into our friends in the parking lot. Jack was pretty excited to see his best friend. We wandered through the commercial building and the 4-H and open class exhibits and then we allowed the boys to choose one ride to go on.
They were both so serious! Motorcycle riding must be serious business. And they couldn't go together, because
they both wanted to drive.

Joel with his future wife. She told her mommy the other day that someday she was going to marry Joel.

Funnel cake.

Taken by my 4 year old 

Those lovely Nebraska sunsets.
Do you have a county fair? Ever go? 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Would You Rather--Running Style Survey

I have started writing several posts this week and they all sound whine-y and complain-y and nobody wants to read that, so I'm answering Cori's Would You Rather survey again. (See my other one here) And hope for more inspiration for me to write things that people actually want to read.


WOULD YOU RATHER...

Do a tempo run or hill repeats?
A tempo run. I just don't like hills...especially having to run up it more than once. I have bad memories from hill repeats from cross-country too.

Hydrate with water OR hydrate with a sports drink?
Water! Sports drinks have their time and place, but our bodies need water. I wrote a post awhile back about water and the effects of dehydration.

Itch constantly as you're running or sneeze constantly 
as you are running?
I think I'd rather sneeze. I get a little spastic when I'm itchy and that makes it awfully hard to run.

Compete in the Olympics as a runner or in another sport? 
(What sport?)
I'd love to be an Olympic runner!

Be a short distance sprinter OR be the energizer bunny, holding the same pace for a long period of time?
I'd rather be able to run for a long time. Running gives me an out, a break from life and I'd rather have that time than being able to run fast for a few seconds.

Do speed work on a treadmill OR do speed work on a track?
I have never done speed work on the treadmill, but I don't like the treadmill so I'm going with the track. I have done lots of speed work on the track and it was never fun, but when is speed work fun?

Do core work OR stretch post run? (Now do you really do either?)
I'd rather stretch. I need to be better about stretching because I think a lack of stretching is contributing to injuries. I also need to do more core work, I think about it more than I do it. Today, I stretched and I foam rolled, but I'm still thinking about doing my core work.

Have no toe nails OR black toe nails?
Black toenails please. That's what nail polish is for.

Wear an army pack while running 
OR wear lead toed boots while running?
I'd rather wear an army pack. And it would give me a taste of the things that our armed forces do all the time. Thank you to all the people who fight for and defend our freedom!

Run twice a day three days a week or 
run once a day for seven days a week?
Once a day...Two a days mess with my head.

Have side cramps your entire run or 
have leg cramps your entire run?
Side cramps! I'd think that they were be easier to deal with, because at least I could keep moving forward.

So I'm dying to know...what would you rather?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Five Things Friday

Sweetest Moment with my Boys...
Reading on the hammock. Their attention spans aren't very long, but I really want to instill a love of reading and books in them so I read as long as they are interested and then take a break.
Photography by my 4 year old :)

I'm feeling...
I'm exhausted. I'm drinking coffee and I didn't even really want it, but I wanted the caffeine. There has been too much activity, too many late nights, too many sick kids, and too many children waking up in the middle of the night.

Good eats...
Bacon Chicken Alfredo Pizza. I made a homemade sauce that was delicious.


My latest workout...
I ran a cool, windy four easy miles yesterday morning. It was slow, but that was ok. I was just going for what felt good and easy. I pondered and prayed and came back feeling refreshed.


Newest Running Gear...
I got this sports bra the other day at Scheels. I have been running in the Moving Comfort Juno bra, but since I'm not currently pregnant or nursing, I can get away with less support. I've only had one run in it, but I didn't even notice it and it's nice and light which is perfect for this hot weather.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

America the Beautiful



Today we remember those who have fought and died for our freedom. It is really true, freedom is not free. Many have fought, many have died so that we can live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We must never take it for granted. We must never allow anyone to take away the freedoms that others have fought so hard to secure for us.

Quietly and thoughtfully, before running off to the parties and fireworks think about the the powerful words of "America, the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Have a great 4th! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

It's One of Those Days

Coconut Caramel Latte

I had a gift card for coffee and I was saving it for "one of those days." And today was it. Because I have a sick little boy.


He succumbed to the strep throat that his older brother had last week. I was hoping we were in the clear, but no such luck. At 3:00 am he was feverish and "my tummy hurts." I called the doctors office first thing, had an appointment at 9:20 am and had his first dose of antibiotic in him by 10:30 am. The treat when you are sick is to sleep on Mommy's bed. I was frustrated because I am missing my second Wednesday afternoon Bible study in row due to strep throat and we were supposed to have supper at friends' house. But I decided it's good for me. I am going to have a positive attitude. Besides, it's good for me to sacrifice for my kids. It teaches me to not be so selfish and put someone else's well-being ahead of my own.


But in the way of running. My IT Bands are still a bit sore {I know I should rest more, but I have a race coming up} but stretching lots has improved them. I only got 10 miles in last week, which was disappointing because I was hoping to get closer to 20. But it'll come, it'll come.

Tuesday: 2 miles and it felt like I was running for the first time again.
Thursday: 3 miles in 25:25 at the park. I have been enjoying getting the chance to run on pavement occasionally and mix up the running surface.
Saturday: 5.2 miles with other people! There is a group that meets at the YMCA and runs together every Saturday morning and I had been getting emails forever, but just went for the first time. Ended up running with the guys. There was only one other lady who runs pretty slow so it was me and the guys with daughters my age {in fact I used to work with one of the daughters} Anyway, it wasn't quite what I'm wanting so I don't know if I'll go back...we'll see.

Monday my run ended up being great. I ran my fastest 3 miles since Nolan was born in 24:25 and my last mile was a 7:35. This was encouraging for my upcoming 4 mile race. I'm nervous and excited for the race--it's a week and a half away.

For the last several weeks we have been meeting friends at the park and taking turns running and watching kids. My husbands has lots of friends to run with and I run alone. Well, last night I took Nolan in the jogging stroller so I wasn't alone. I ran 2.5 miles in 21:54. I ran with my Mountain Buggy jogging stroller for the first time. We haven't quite figured it all out yet for running {it's pulling to one side badly}, but I'm hoping to get that figured out and then after a few runs do a review on it.
finished with their run--only 2 of the 5 that ran
I worked on making my grocery list, because my friend has a shower
to go to so she wasn't there until later
And my toenail polish matches my shoes
Hanging out with this sweet boy.

The real reason Donovan wants to go to the park: slacklining!

Have you ever slacklined?
What was your best recent workout?
Anyone else having one of those days?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Running and Ice Cream

1. Last night ended up being great. We all went into town. My husband ran with friends and I ran alone {story of my life} and my IT Bands while a bit sore today, felt fine when I was running. And we came home and ate ice cream And no I didn't take a single picture.

2. My new shoes {oops I mean sandals} came! I ordered them off of Zulily so I got them like 1/2 price :)


3. My 4 year old FINALLY feels better from his strep throat. 3 antibiotics and 2 office visits, bloodwork, and a visit to the ENT later. Praise the Lord. It's so hard watching your kids be sick.

4. Well I will never have to worry about catching snakes. I can just let my 2 year old do it. This makes me shudder just to look at it, but Daddy was so proud.


5. It's FRIDAY and tomorrow is Saturday and we are going to visit friends {2 hours away} and get to go to Trader Joe's!!

What is something that makes you happy?
Weekend plans?