Friday, July 28, 2017

Dopey Challenge Training Week 6

In last week's training recap, I mentioned that I had been experiencing a sore hamstring. I took the advice that so many of you gave and laid off my long run on Saturday, iced my leg, and took it easy throughout the weekend. I'm happy to report that by Tuesday's run, all hamstring tightness and soreness was gone! Yay! I appreciate your advice and am (hopefully) moved past the point of injury!

Fitness Friday

Currently Training For:
  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - Rest Day
Sunday -
2 mile walk
Monday - Rest Day
Tuesday - 3 mile run
Wednesday - Squats/Lunges/PT
Thursday - 3 mile walk
Friday - Cross Training

Apart from my cooky hamstring, this past week was an emotional struggle. My best running friend laid her son to rest and needless to say, getting mileage in wasn't a priority. If you guys could continue to be in prayer for Heather and her family, I know she would appreciate it (so would I)! Thank you!

Dopey Training

On Sunday after visitation, I had to get out of the house - so Brayden and I went for a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood. Now that I've been pushing the Bob consistently on our runs and walks together, I appreciate the Bob so much more when I use non-Bob strollers!  The Bob is just such an easy ride in ways other strollers are not!

Dopey Training

After the funeral on Tuesday, Brayden and I went for a 3 mile run and dedicated our run to  Heather! She's a big Snow White fan, so we both wore our 7 Dwarfs shirt for her! :)

Dopey Training

This run was great because although it was so very hot out, I had zero hamstring issues and still managed negative splits with the Bob! Mile 1 was 9:34, mile 2 was 9:18, and mile 3 was 9:14! 

Dopey Training

Melissa joined us for our Thursday night miles! The temps were "feels like" 102 degrees but the humidity was low - thankfully, it wasn't overwhelmingly hot.

Dopey Training

Dopey Training

This silly kid loves to take glasses off my face and hats off my head, then he tries to put them back!

Dopey Training

On Wednesday, Brayden had his 15 month appointment and is doing very well as far as development and growth are concerned! He is in the 75th percentile for weight and the 90th percentile for height. The doctor wasn't terribly concerned about his vocabulary (he only has about 3 words or so down now), so we will see what his 18 month appointment brings!

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bars

Breakfast is a super important meal, no doubt about it. As runners/athletes, eating a quick (or not so quick) bite before a long run is especially important to sustain our body during those long miles.

Over the past year or so, I've struggled with my morning long-run breakfast routine - nothing tasted right or felt right on my stomach. Now that training for Dopey Challenge has officially begun, I've found something that tastes great, is light and easy to eat, and is easy on my stomach - Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bars!

These beyond cereal bars come in three flavors - Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate, and Waffle and are available 24/7 at 7-Eleven stores nationwide!

Need a great tasting, quick and convenient breakfast on the go? Look no further - these beyond cereal protein bars fit the bill! They are even stacked next to my running bag for an easy grab-and-go breakfast before morning long runs.

Each bar has 110 calories and are packed with 12g of protein which makes it a healthier quick and easy breakfast option! Instead of being made from grains like other leading breakfast bars, these are made with protein. Quest also uses a form of sugar called allulose which is found in natural things like figs and raisins. These bars have less sugar than leading breakfast bars without compromising the great taste! 

Have you ever tried a Quest Bar/Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bar?

Don't forget to stop by your local 7-Eleven for this quick and easy breakfast on the go from Quest Nutrition

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Not Alone

Yesterday, my sweet running buddy Heather said goodbye to one of the most precious people in her life, her 22 year old son.

Although I didn't know Andrew well, Heather and I had many talks about him during our runs throughout the years and I saw Andrew from a different perspective - through the heart of a mom that loved him so much and would have roped the moon for him had he asked her to do so.

My heart is so broken for my friend as she mourns the life of her son that she loved so much.

Through this devastating and heartbreaking time, I've seen so much courage from his family. From his obituary to the funeral service itself, they've done everything possible to give hope to those who are suffering and in a dark place in their lives. From their own broken hearts, they are reaching out to others who are also broken. What a powerful testimony of love and grace.

Andrew's obituary was so beautifully written by his amazing mom, I only saw it fitting to share bits and pieces of it here.

Andrew, 22, passed away on July 21, 2017.

Andrew struggled with addiction and depression. In the end the depression is what took our beautiful son. Right now we as parents know no answers. But this is what we do know and will hold on to. Andrew was a smart, funny, handsome, quick witted, athletic son. He had a smile that would brighten our day. He had a big heart and always had a soft spot for animals and stray dogs. Andrew was excellent at skate boarding. Andrew enjoyed going with his dad to hunt in Texas. Andrew loved his niece and nephew and his face would light up when they would call him “Uncle Andrew.” He enjoyed trips to New Orleans and loved New York. On our last evening with Andrew, he smiled, we laughed together, we made plans for the weekend, we hugged, said “I love you, see you this weekend.”

If you have family or a friend who is struggling find a way to help reach out, be kind and compassionate. A smile and laughter are sometimes hiding the darkness. If you are struggling with addiction and or depression tell someone, tell a friend, tell your mom or dad, or sister or brother. Reach out, there is help. You are loved and by reaching out others will be there for you to help you through the darkness. In lieu of flowers, show acts of kindness, tell your kids every chance you can you love them and hug them when you can, even when they try to pull away.

Please be in prayer for my sweet friend and her family. Pray for peace, comfort, and strength for the days ahead. It's so hard to see the world continue to go on when it seems as if your world has completely ended. I can't even imagine the pain they are feeling right now.

And if you're in a place where you feel as if the darkness is overtaking you, please reach out - there's always someone there who loves you and cares for you and wants to help you. You are not alone. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tips from Jeff Galloway: Staying on Track in the Summer

It's been a little while since I shared tips from Jeff Galloway with you! Now that we are midway through summer, here's a few training tips from Jeff about staying on track during this warm and humid time of year! Enjoy!

Jeff Galloway Tips
Summer months can be challenging for runners. In between traveling, hot weather, and family activities, many people can have a hard time staying on track. Here are three tips to use this summer!

#1 Use a Journal for Motivation
Runners tend to run more when journaling. A journal can help with accountability and motivation. Those who journal tend to run more days per year, have more motivation, and are more successful. In addition, journals give you control over your running: better planning, timely adjusting, discovering trends that led to success or injury. Check out this awesome journal available on Jeff's website for purchase!

Jeff Galloway Tips

#2 The Magic Mile
Want to know how fast you can run? The magic mile has been the best predictor Jeff has found. Use this link for information about the magic mile and to compute your current pace potential. Has anyone ever tried this? I need to!!

#3 Salt Replacement
Do you need salt when it's hot? While most cramps are due to muscle exhaustion, you need to replace the salt you lose in sweat during hot weather. It is rare to be low in sodium but if so, try a buffered salt tablet during/after workouts that involve prolonged sweating.

Do you like to use a journal to document your running journey? Have you ever tried the magic mile?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dopey Challenge Training Week 5

Another week has come and gone in the quest for Walt Disney World's Marathon Weekend and Dopey Challenge! Here's how my week went:

Fitness Friday

Currently Training For:
  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - 6 mile run
Sunday -
Rest Day
Monday - Rest Day
Tuesday - 3 mile run
Wednesday - Squats/Lunges/PT
Thursday - 3 mile walk
Friday - Cross Training

This week, I began to have some tightness in my left hamstring which concerned me a bit. It began towards the end of Saturday's run, then again towards the end of Tuesday's run. I took Sunday and Monday off, thinking it would help...I also took it easy the remainder of the week and added in some foam rolling, ice, and massage.

The morning sky was very picturesque during Saturday's run, although the humidity was at 94%! YUCK!

I had the opportunity to stick around after Saturday's run to talk with some of my running group friends which was nice! You have no idea how much I miss the camaraderie of a running group. We have about 12 or so of us now which I'm very grateful for, but I still miss the way things used to be. *sigh.

Instead of my Saturday post run ritual of Starbucks, I went home and make breakfast for us instead! Yum!

I spent the last half mile of Tuesday's run walking back home. I didn't want to push my hamstring and do any crazy damage, so I took it easy. Hopefully resting, foam rolling, and icing will help!

For Thursday's miles, we went on a 3 mile family walk around the neighborhood!

If you saw my insta-story rant during Thursday's walk, let me explain. So, one of the major roads out of my neighborhood has been closed since April 24. It was set to open back on June 16. Well, it's July 21 and the road still remains closed because we've had SO much dang rain. I, however have taken advantage of this road closure and made it a new-ish running route which is fresh and new and nice for me since I've been running the old route for 8+ years. Once the road opens again, I won't be able to run this route any longer due to the business of the road.

Construction is ALMOST complete but it's not quite there yet and the "Road Closed" signs still remain. However, some crazy people have taken upon themselves to interpret the fact that because black top has been poured, they can drive on the road.......even though it's STILL closed to through traffic.

Their driving on the road doesn't hinder me or affect me in any way, I guess I've always been a "follow the rules" kind of girl and it just irritates me a bit, especially when I have to move out of their way because they are having to drive around "Road Closed" signs.

My annoyance at the crazy people didn't hinder my enjoyment of the gorgeous sunset on Thursday night! We spent a bit of time outside as a family and had a great time together! 
I plan on attempting another long run on Saturday if my hamstring allows! I'm going to start the run  slow and see what happens from there!
Last but not least, although it has nothing to do with running related things, I just have to share a picture of my little man and his adorable outfit from the Disney Store! He was all dressed and ready for church on Sunday and this outfit was a HIT! Everyone loved it! 

That's it for my week! I hope you all have a great weekend!! Stay safe and hydrated! :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Favorite View

Disney favorites - there's too many to count! Favorite resort, favorite food, favorite get the picture! When it comes to my favorite Disney views, there's no way to choose just one. From the entrance sign to the castle, any runDisney start line, Castaway Cay, the monorail, and amazing resort views, this list goes on and on! Today, I chose a few pictures of my favorite Disney views to share with you in this week's Wordless Wednesday!


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Focused on the Magic

What's your favorite Disney view?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What I Love/Hate About Summer Running

Summer running - it sounds dreadful but oddly refreshing at the same time. I have a love/hate relationship with running during the summer months as I refuse to use a treadmill unless absolutely necessary. As I began to make a list of my loves/hates with summer running, I honestly thought my list of dislikes would be longer than my list of likes, but it appears that isn't so!

Summer Running


-Endurance built up from running when it's difficult to breathe - I mean really...when cool fall weather hits, I feel like I can run super fast! Ok, maybe not but you know what I mean.

-Sweating - You know sometimes you just need to run and work up a good sweat? It feels oddly cleansing!

-Summer storm showers that make afternoon runs a little cooler - Ah yes, so refreshing. Getting caught in a shower during a hot run is fun, too (unless you have a baby with you...whoops).

-Running through sprinklers or jumping in a swimming pool after a nice, hot run - It's so very refreshing!

-That feeling of you just did something really hard core by going for a run in "feels like" temperatures of 100+ degrees. No, I don't recommend this.

-Longer daylight hours for late evening running.

Summer Running


-Heat. Yuck.

-Humidity. Double Yuck. Welcome to the south!

-Mosquitos - the official state bird of Louisiana (no, not just seems like it around here)

-That feeling after a hard run that you might unload all of your stomach contents on the side of the road - Yeah, gross.

As I mentioned before, I'm surprised that my dislike list isn't longer than it is! Maybe I really DO enjoy running in the summer? Maybe.

Today's Tuesdays on the Run topic was hosted by Patty, Erika, & Marcia!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dopey Challenge Training Week 4

Week 4 of Dopey Challenge training is almost over and boy was it a WET one! It has rained on and off several days this week and there's the promise of more rain to come. In years past, I remember our area being in a drought at this point and so far, this has been one of our wettest summers to date!

Fitness Friday

Currently Training For:
  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - 6 mile run
Sunday -
Rest Day
Monday - 3 mile run
Tuesday - Rest Day
Wednesday - Cross training with Tone It Up
Thursday - 3 mile run
Friday -Squats/Lunges/PT Routine

As I mentioned earlier, it rained a bit this past week and although I didn't let the rain stop me, I did get caught in it once. Whoops.

Saturday's run took me by one of my favorite running spots by the river! I wasn't quite early enough to make the sunrise, but I did get to see a little early morning sun!

What's a long run without the humor of these guys? They crack me up!

I also had the opportunity to sneak in a celebratory run on Monday afternoon! Why were we celebrating? Well, Brayden officially began walking that afternoon! At 15 months old and 5 days, I'd say that's an accomplishment worth celebrating!

This one turned into a run/walk because I had a sore calf and a sore hip. Both were totally random and I decided not to push it. I spent a bit of time on the foam roller after returning home which helped tremendously!

On Wednesday, I did one of my favorite total body workouts from Tone It Up and I was definitely feeling it on Thursday! 

After picking Brayden up from my mom's house on Thursday afternoon, I decided to take him out on a run. I checked the radar/weather and it looked as if I had a pretty decent gap for a 3 mile run so I decided to go for it.

Well, I was wrong. It began to POUR down rain on us when we were a little less than half a mile from home. FAIL.

Thankfully, the Bob stroller kept Brayden completely dry and I was the only one soaked! WIN!

As far as training goes, I do have to say that I love this 3 day a week running training plan and it's totally doable with my schedule! Thank you, Jeff Galloway!

Tomorrow includes another long run, as long as the rain stays away! Have a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

15 Month Brayden Update

Long time no Brayden update!

Since our last update (12 months), SO many things have happened! Brayden celebrated his 1st Easter (his final 1st holiday), he attended birthday parties for several friends and family, he learned the sign for "more" when eating meals/snacks, attended his first crawfish boil, had dinner at McAlisters for the first time (it's the important things, ok?), and he officially began walking.....just to name a few! 

Clothing: 12-18 month clothing mostly. He's also between 12 and 18 months - some 12 months fit and some 18 months fit.
Diapers: Size 4 for both day and night time diapers (same as before)
Weight: 28 pounds (estimated)
Height: 30 inches (estimated)

Here's a recap of months 12-15....

His first Easter was spent in the hill country of Texas! We had a fun weekend spent with family!

This little boy LOVES to read! If he ever gets away from me and is super quiet, he's usually in his room, "reading" his books!

He's also discovered his love for popsicles, thanks to the owner of a local diner that adores him!

Brayden still has a pretty "chill" personality and remains a great sleeper! He eats almost anything and everything and has about 18 oz of toddler formula per day. We attempted whole milk twice and had some rough GI issues, so toddler formula it is for now!

He has become super attached to me and doesn't like me to leave him. However, it's SO much fun to see his sweet little face light up at the end of the day when I come home from work! His excitement to see me absolutely melts my heart!

Going outside is another favorite past time of Brayden's - specifically swinging! If you want to become bff's with this little boy pretty fast, all you have to do is say the word "swing" and he will instantly become a ball of energy and excitement!

Brayden also attended his 2nd baseball game at Minute Maid Park and his very first concert which took place after the game (Mercy Me)! He did great through almost the entire game and only got restless at the end.

Brayden loves the water (swimming) and taking baths! Bath time became a nightly routine a long time ago and I feel as if this helps relax him before bed!

At our last pediatrician appointment, we were told that if Brayden wasn't walking by 15 months or saying more words by 15 months, we would need to consider consultations with outpatient therapies. Personally, I feel as if Brayden is just super laid back and he seems to hit all of his milestones at the later stage rather than the earlier stage.

Thankfully, at 15 months and 5 days, he began WALKING on his own! My little momma heart was so proud!

Also, he's saying the word "dada" and trying to say the word "dog". He also learned the sign for "more" and we are working on "eat" and "all done". He definitely knows how to communicate so I know his words aren't far behind.

His 15 month appointment is in a week, so we will see what the pediatrician has to say then!

Brayden is a super curious kid, he loves to smile and laugh, and digs in any cabinet he can reach (the Tupperware cabinet is a favorite)! He also LOVES to push buttons to see what happens, especially on the remote, DVR, light up toys, the dish get my point - nothing is off limits if it's in reach! Jokingly, I've told Jason that I think Brayden is going to be an engineer because he loves to take things apart then try to put them back together again!

Music is also a favorite of Brayden's! He LOVES to "play" the piano with both of his grandmother's and if a song comes on the TV, he will stop everything to listen!

Last night, Nichole Nordeman's song "Slow Down" came across my Pandora and although my brain told me to skip the song, I didn't listen...and I lost it. Time is passing SO fast and I'm loving every single moment. It took us so long to become parents and I didn't know if I'd ever get to experience this time, so I'm soaking up every moment as much as I can. I keep reminding myself that I won't always have this, so I'm enjoying the snuggles, hugs, and squishy baby rolls as much as I can.

This little guy has completely stolen my heart and is such a momma's boy!

I'm excited to see what the next few months have in store! His next update will be at 18 months so stay tuned! :)

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