Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Human decency. Okie Strength. The South will rise again....or at least rebuild.

It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different. The unspeakable devastation in Oklahoma has brought the human goodness to fore. Men and women from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, even from New York City have rushed to offer themselves as aid to the stricken Oklahomans. I sit watching the television and am proud of how we are able to sympathize with each other and saddened that the only way we come to that understanding is when a tragedy affects us. I have not seen one person ask if the injured were black, white, or Jewish or Muslim, or gay or straight. Don’t you wish we could think of each other in kinder ways all the time? – Maya Angelou
I've lived in tornado alley all my life. I'm not scared of those things. I can't be. I can't make them go away. I can't out run them. I can't outsmart them. However, I can be prepared. I can be ready. I can trust God and His plan. My God is bigger than they are. His plan is better than mine. If I am taken away, then it was my time to go home. If my things are stripped away, that's fine, they were just things anyway.
Every year we prepare for this. Every year we stay up late watching the radar. Every year some town is hit. Every year we are there for each other to dig, haul, clean, replace, hug, reassure, empower, and build! Okie pride. Okie strength. Okie love. Okie faith.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Speedy Skunk 5k

Let me tell you, Saturday was an awesome day!!

 I shot up North to stay with my parents Friday night, and got up waaaaaay early Saturday to head to NW Arkansas for my 5k. I didn't go to bed early enough, and didn't sleep well, so the race day was a bit stressful as I was afraid I would be too tired.

By 7:30 a.m. it was already at 89 degrees and 100% humidity....YUCK. The 10k took off at 7:30 and we 5kers waited around for another half hour, sweating while doing nothing.

The course started off down hill...down a BIG hill. This is deceiving as you can start off too fast and burn out too soon. I had to tell myself to go slow b/c it wasn't all downhill. We flattened out about 1/4 mile in, and crossed what would be our finish line. A slow incline gave way to another big hill, this time, UP hill. The remainder of the course to the turn around was flat and fast, but I stayed at a slow pace because I was sweating so bad. I have a fear of passing out, because I do get weak when I get too hot. We all do if we sweat too much and don't refuel. Near the end we ran back down the UP hill, and headed toward the finish line.
Back down the hill to the end. The girl in the blue was in front of me the entire race. I used her as my pace keeper. I tried to tell her later, but I couldn't find her once the race was over. Thanks to you blue shirt girl!!!

As I got close I could see the clock at 34:27 and thought "Oooh! If I push it, I can PR by almost 30 seconds!" Well, then I got in my own head, and here came the tingles. Hands went numb, legs got wobbly, breathing was labored. I had to talk myself out of quitting so close to the end. If I walked, it would take me longer to get to water/Gatorade. I keep running, not pushing though, and finished in 34:54.1.

....and THAT my friends is a PR.! I beat my last race by about 9 seconds. That's a huge win considering the conditions.

But do you want to know the best part??
 I got 3rd place in my age division!! And, there were more than 3 women in my division! I was 3/7, 103/157 overall. I think that is pretty cool.

Check that out. I was totally shocked too. Here I am 4 hours from home, only 1 of 4 people in this race from our town, and the only one in my category. They announced "3rd place, from Durant, OK, with a time of 34:54.1...." and my friend said I was just looking around like I wasn't listening. She asked me if I thought there was really someone else there, from our town, with MY name that won, b/c that was the look on my face. I would have never guessed I'd place. I'm so stoked!

I'm still shooting for a sub30 5k. And I would like to try a 10k or a half in 2013. I'm one step closer though!!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and have a great Monday!

When was your last PR?
When was your first medal for placing?
How far have you traveled for a race?

Life Recap!

Let me catch you up on my happenings!

I went to Big Lots, and got all of this for $19. I love that store.

One night I made chicken soft tacos with my leftover salsa and little bits of chicken we had in the freezer. They were scrumptious!

My dill plant loves me as you can see....

Two thumbs up for running! I was not so energetic about an hour later...

I trimmed the rose bush in the back yard, and couldn't stand just leaving all those pretty petals on the ground. These made the house smell nice for a few days. Then I dumped them out under the rose bush in the front. Looked like someone had beat it to death with all those petals everywhere.

Storm moving along the west side of us as we drove home. This storm ended up hitting Edmond, Oklahoma City, and Shawnee. There was a lot of damage from the 2 tornados.

 Back at the ranch, I had sunshine. Meatball decided to get out and sunbathe.
Me and Weiner Dog, early on Monday morning. Sad story: I believe he had a stroke Saturday afternoon. When I got home Sunday his back legs would barely work. His tail is still wagging, but he seems lost and confused. If he makes it through the day, I will probably have him put down. I rescued him when he was 6 and I've had him for 10 years. I'll really miss him, but if he cannot enjoy life, it's just not right to hang on. He has had a wonderful life with us! XOXOXO weinie dog love!

Monday, May 06, 2013


I have a 5k coming up. You know that. It's on 5/18, and I'm getting ready!


I was successful in running not sucking for 3 days in a row.
1.8 miles each time. I haven't timed it yet. I'm sure it's a slow pace, but the point is that I haven't walked. Just keep running, just keep running.

I want to thank SR for an great idea in one of her recent posts. She mentioned that she regularly checks in on how she feels. This caught my attention and I think it's helping me. As I run, I just talk to myself about my feet: How is my heel? Am I landing mid-foot?
About my legs: Are they cramping or just burning?
About my breathing: Am I struggling for a real reason, or just b/c I'm not paying attention?
Basically, and all over check-up. It takes my mind off the road, and helps me realize that I can make it, I can survive. If I walk my muscles will tighten and the walk home will be worse/harder than the run home.

Here are a few after shots from my weekend run set:

A little pickle juice after my Friday run. Mmm-mm.

Saturday I went for a run before my mom came to town. Good lookin'!

Sunday I went out after church, and after mom headed back home. I was sad to see her go, and thought getting out on the road would clear my mind. It worked, although, I didn't run fast enough to catch her car. (sad face)

I hope to go daily. If I can tackle that 1.8 this week and get my struggle down, I hope to beef it up a little next week so that I can cruise through my next 3.1.

I hope you get out this week too!

BTW, Have you seen my THUNDER?!?! 2nd ROUND!!!!

What is your next physical feat?

How is your running/boxing/dancing/weight lifting/etc going?

Friday, May 03, 2013

Retraining the mind

Staying focused is hard.

I haven't been to the gym since April 16th.

I ran 2.5 miles last Saturday, and 1.8 miles Tuesday.

That's all folks. No push-ups. No sit-ups. No yoga. No tricep dips. No strength classes. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Ok...you get the point. I've been lazy! I feel bad, phyically and mentally.

Tonight I'm going for a short (2m) run, then a walk/jog with a neighbor that wants to get started.

I must get back on board. I LOVE running. I LOVE R.I.P.P.E.D. on Saturdays. I LOVE our Tough Mudder training. But I just haven't been in the right mind I guess. Blah.

This month I'm also going booze-less. I'm not an overdrinker, but I know it causes bloat, and this friend and I decided we are going to slim down a little by holding back instead of tipping back. I know what you're thinking,  Cinco de Mayo is coming up! It's almost the weekend! The grass is green! Blue is a color!" Yes, yes, all of those are reasons to celebrate with a little bubbly. We have made a decision though, and we're sticking to it....so we say. We'll see. I'm for sure going to withhold the first few weeks of July b/c I'm going to San Diego to see my super skinny, super tan, super gorgeous friend. I assume I'll be in a swimmy suit so I need to be ready. I'll drink while I'm there, ya know, to catch up.

Here are some things I've been eating, doing, and seeing lately:

Breakfast I threw together b/c I was out of milk
Dinner when the naysayer says we have nay
Lunch from the nothing dinner
Fish soup. mmmm

B-e-a-utiful Lake Murray. The only blue, blue water and sandy, sandy beach around.

Totally legit photog moment

A rose from my front yard, in my moon pie me

Summer running, the redness begins