Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Aramco Half Marathon - 2015

I'm officially a runner!!!!! 

Waaaaaay back in October, when I was still on track training for a December marathon, a friend called me to see if I wanted to do the Aramco Half Marathon with him. Um, YES!! I signed up with all the fervor of a new runner. 

And then life happened. All through November I ran with horrible shin pain and finally in December I called it quits with the Marathon training and decided to take two weeks off to heal my shins. Well two weeks turned into three, into four, and then suddenly, oops! It's a week before I have to run 13.1 miles. Crap. 

I. Was. Terrified. Because of the way the permits worked for the race, you had to get to mile 9 with a 13:45 minute/mile pace. That's how fast I run on a good day...after a diet coke...with the wind at my back...going downhill. Needless to say I was sure I was going to get picked up and be disqualified. 

It was early. So very early. I heard parking would be nearly impossible to find but luckily a friend shared with me a top secret, slightly illegal place that he parks every year. We parked and then waited oh so impatiently for the race to start. I worried about my slow pace while listening to King worry about his pace (he runs about five minutes faster than I do...he had nothing to worry about. But it was his first half so fear is understandable). We finally made out way out to our starting corral where we waited...and waited...and freaked out...and waited. :) forty five minutes after the gun start, I finally crossed the start line. 

"Oh My God. I'm so scared. Omg. Omg.
Don't have a panic attack. That would be embarrassing."

We passed a fire house! They were super nice and cheered us on while they leisurely enjoyed their morning coffee. 

Seriously. The signs are the BEST! I laughed so hard at this sign I startled the person next to me. 

See that guy in the white shirt? He's juggling. My though process went something like this:

Hey, is that guy juggling?!?!?!
Omg, he is totally juggling! That's so awesome!


Did I just get passed by a guy juggling!?

Halfway there! This is my first race selfie!

Ok, so this is the big achievement. I fought so hard to run 10 straight miles with no walking. I am so very proud to be able to say I have run double digits. By mile 9 EVERYTHING was hurting but I pushed through it and dragged my slow self to the ten mile marker. 

Around mile 12 I was over it. I was exhausted and everything hurt and I just wanted to finish. I kept telling myself to just run it so I could be done but I just couldn't run anymore. 

Once I hit downtown I knew I was in the final stretch so I ran the last mile or so. People were watching, I couldn't NOT run! ;)

I don't have any pictures of me immediately following the race, the finish line was so clogged with spectators that Barry couldn't get a shot of me. The race has photos for sale but they're like $30 a photo, that's not happening right now. :)

Barry met me with roses and a beer, it was such a sweet gesture! 

It was a great experience and I'm so proud of myself! Now that this race is behind me I'm going back to the basics. I know I can run long distances but I'm not very fast so I've started a 5K training program. I'm hoping to be able to run a 5K at a sub 10 minute per mile pace. It's a big jump for me! I've signed up for a chip timed race in March to keep me motivated. 


What are some of your fitness goals for 2015?

A New Direction pt. 2: A New (Out)Look


I'm like a real blogger! Look at this design! I am finally out of the blogger templates! It's definitely not my final design but it is a beautiful placeholder while I'm figuring it all out!

Now, about this title change. 

I've come to the realization that my life revolves around water. Truly, I am a complete and total water baby. I adore the ocean and all things beachy, I love rivers and streams and babbling brooks; I'm not much for lakes and ponds but get me some moving water and I'm home.

The more I think about it the more I notice how much water is a part of my life. Some of my best childhood memories happened in Galveston. Whenever Barry asks me where I want to go on vacation, there is always water around (the Caribbean, the river, Florida, Galveston...), I won't move us away from Houston because I don't want to be more than an hour from the ocean (true life), we even live next to a bayou that reacts to the tides.

Water has always played a key role in my happiness. So I took a page from Corona's book and have adopted the slogan Find Your Beach. Some days may be crummy and wet and cold and I might be stuck at a computer all day but I'm going to find a way to bring the tropics into my life! I am going to do my best to stop reacting to my life and start living with intention. And I intend on enjoying my life. I'm going to stop worrying about the money we don't have and start focusing on having fun with what we DO have: good friends, a great family, and a whole lotta love.

Exciting things are happening over here. I can't wait to see where it all takes me!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

A New Direction


Barry, the bestest most awesomest, coolest, hubby ever,
fixed our computer!!! It turns out our hard drive just up and died and
our computer was running slow because we only had the factory level
ram installed. New hard drive, increased ram, and a reset from a 
back up we did in July (thank god!) and our computer is running
B E A U T I F U L L Y!

This means I can stop blogging from my phone, a joy I'm sure you can imagine. 

AND I can finally use our 7D again! I was only using my phone to take
pictures because our computer was so jacked up I couldn't even open iPhoto
much less import new photos.

With this new-found excitement and functionality I have been thinking about
this blog. What do I really want to accomplish with it? Is it a personal blog
that is mostly for me to look back on? Do I want followers? Do I judge my 
success by followers and comments and pins? Do I really want people to read it?
Do I really want to be expected to write three posts a week? 

What do I really want? 

So I've decided to go in a different direction. 

Lists. Lists are my big idea. One of my most favorite things to do with this
blog is to update My Bucket List post with links to completed bucket list 
items. I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I scroll down that 
post and see all the pink highlighted words. In my daily life I have
six or seven lists going on a daily basis.

I've noticed that most blogs have a running theme. Some are cooking blogs, 
baby blogs, fashion blogs, home decor blogs and some are just lifestyle
and personal blogs. I don't want my blog to be limited by its theme but
I feel like it completely lacks direction. So I'm going to become this list lady. 

I kinda like it!

I'm going to make seasonal lists, things I want to accomplish lists (like 
fitness goals), lists of things I want to do with the boys, places I want
to see....well you get the picture. 

I'm so excited to have finally picked a direction that fits with our 
crazy, no schedule, life. It is distinctly me. 

I can't wait to see how this turns out!


Friday, February 6, 2015

7 Day Juice Cleanse: Day 2

Today I woke up...cautiously. Everyone was still asleep so before I got up I did an evaluation on my body. Headache? No. Hungry? No. Groggy? No. Body aches? No. I felt...normal. 

Also, I lost three pounds! Now don't get too excited, my water weight fluctuates between 4-7 pounds a day. Its frustrating as hell. But losing 3 pounds in a day is still good news!

The day has dragged on like every other day but other than that it has gone pretty well. I got hungry around one this afternoon but I realized it was because I hadn't finished my morning juice and I was behind on my lunch juice. 

I made a second batch of potassium broth and it has saved the day again. The first time I forgot to add the beet and spinach and it made a big difference. The taste was still great, just heartier. 

I've felt pretty good all day but it has felt just like any other day which I guess is amazing since I haven't really eaten any solid food in two days. No headache this time!! I'm feeling way more positive about actually finishing this thing! I did have a bit of a short temper this evening but that may just be because I'm tired and the boys were especially rambunctious tonight. 

Everyone says day three is the hardest but then the shift happens and day four is supposed to be when all the energy and mental clarity comes in. I'm definitely looking forward to it. 

7 Day Juice Cleanse: Day 1

A couple years ago, after watching Hungry for Change, I decided that I was going to be a badass and complete a 7 day juice fast/cleanse. At the end of day 2 I got a migraine so severe I was laid up in bed until the beginning of day 4 at which I point I said eff this! and started to eat again. I've always wanted to try again but then I had babies and was breast feeding so that was a no go. Now that I have no real reason to do the cleanse I've been putting it off. "Barry is going out of town, who is going to watch the boys if I get a headache?" "We don't have the money right now." "I'm training for a marathon, I need all my calories."  Fast forwards to two days ago. 

I was in the grocery store, trying to figure out what to make for dinner, when it really hit me. I really don't have any excuse to not do this cleanse. I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding. Barry is home. I've scaled down my training. And I just so happened to have some leftover Christmas money in my wallet. Right there, in the middle of the grocery store I made my decision. I would do this cleanse now. Today. No excuses. 

Juicerecipes.com is THE BEST website for juice recipes. Move over Pinterest!!! It has a 7 day cleanse plan with a shopping list so I got the fruits and veggies I needed and came home to tell Barry all about my newfound determination. 

I got excited. He got excited. And now we're doing the cleanse together. 

I started the cleanse yesterday but I don't have any photos because in my delirium I deleted them off my phone. Boo! 

Yesterday. Was. Miserable. 

I like food. I love food. I like to eat meals, I like to snack. I like to eat hot Cheetos while reading. I like to find recipes, I like to cook, I like the look on Barry's face when I make something delicious. 

This was like torture. I was never hungry, not once, but god I just wanted to EAT! And to make matters worse all the juices were super sweet and I wanted something salty. The cleanse plan comes with a recipe for potassium broth but says most people use it on day 3 when things get really rough. Um no. I made it day 1. And it was glorious. It was warm and a little spicy and salty and Barry and I drank all of it. 

If it hadn't been for that broth I would have quit. I have no disciple when it comes to food so I'm really proud that I made it through the first day. I was really cranky so I went to bed early praying the boys would stay asleep. 

I don't remember the first day being so difficult last time but so far everything about this cleanse seems different. I can't wait to get to day 7!

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