Faith Fitness and Laughter

Brain Fry

Wow.  Today was a complete blur.  I think from the moment that I walked into work this morning we stayed busy.  As soon as I would finish with one thing, someone else needed something or something else needed to be done.   My brain is fried.  I came home and just wanted to cry.  Instead, I cleaned the kitchen.  I couldn’t even get five minutes to just take a breath!





I have some other pictures to add, but for some reason my computer wants to upload ALL of my photos on my SD card.  This would be the cherry on the top of the day that I have had.  🙂



1 cup of blueberry shredded wheat and one cup of 2% milk




When it came time to eat lunch I wasn’t feeling all that well.  I felt sort of chilled so I decided to go with some soup, yogurt and half an apple.

This is one of the pictures that I am not able to upload.




same as above







Running Schedule:

Monday:    Rest

Tuesday:    2 miles/stretching/2 rounds of core session

Wednesday:    4 mile speed drill

Thursday:    4 miles

Friday:    2 rounds of the core session/stretching

Saturday:    3 mile speed drill

Sunday:    7 miles


I was really excited to get this schedule!  🙂  My mileage didn’t increase, but Cait sent me two speed drills!!  Is it odd if I like speed drills???   Lol!  They really push me and actually makes me feel strong!

I have taken full advantage of my rest day today.  🙂


I am pretty beat so I am going to call it a night.  I hope your Monday has been a great one!


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Bonfires and Puppies

I hope your Monday has been a good one!   It’s my last day of vacation…. 😦   Back to work tomorrow!   I came back home pretty early, so I have had most of the afternoon to relax.  I took a quick cat nap and then headed to the grocery store for a few things that I am out of.

Sunday was a pretty busy day, but it was a great one!  I did manage to make it to a local gym in Mt View AR and do my long run.

It was extremely dark when I went inside the gym, but this was what I saw when I came out…. 🙂


7 Mile Run:

Mile One:    8.59

Mile Two:    8.50

Mile Three:    8.41

Mile Four:    8.52

Mile Five:    8.38

Mile Six:    8.42

Mile Seven:    8.48


Total Time:    1:01:41

Average Pace:    8.48


This was a totally different treadmill and it felt kind of like running on the ground.  There wasn’t a whole lot of spring action.  I felt great during the entire run and my legs felt great too!  One thing that I forgot to do though was drink some water before I left for the gym.  Maybe it’s because I was off my normal routine, but man!  I was pretty parched when I was finished.  Lesson learned.


Sunday was also filled with a bonfire and popcorn.


There were also puppies and naps Sunday…


This weeks Workout Schedule:

Monday:    Rest/stretching

Tuesday:    2 miles/core session

Wednesday:    4 miles/stretching

Thursday:    4 mile speed drill

Friday:    core session/stretching

Saturday:    3 miles

Sunday:    Long run/7 miles



It’s amazing how quickly a vacation no matter how big or small can kind of get you off your routine.  😉  I love having time off, but I also really like having a routine.  Just for fun, I thought that I would share my daily routine with ya.


5:00-6:00 a.m.  This is the time frame that I usually wake up in the morning.  If I have to run, I definitely get up at 5:00.  I like to spend about an hour to 45 minutes having some quiet time and catching up on the blogging world.


6:00-7:00 a.m.  If I have a run to do or any kind of workout, this is the time that I have blocked off for that.  If I don’t have a run, this is the time that I start my breakfast.


7:00-8:00 a.m.  I start getting ready around 7:00 and can normally get finished by 7:45.  I like to be on the road to work by 8:00….sometimes it doesn’t always happen, but I don’t have to be at work until 8:15 anyway.  When I go in late, I have a little more time to get ready and maybe even do some laundry.


8:15 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  My work day.  Sometimes it ends at 5:00, and if I have to work on Saturday, it will end at noon.  I never eat on my “actual” lunch hour.  I am usually eating my first snack around 10:00 and then I will eat my lunch at 12:00 or 12:30.  I can really drive my co-workers nuts with my time management.  It’s a gift.


I spend the rest of the day catching up on things, such as:  laundry, eating dinner, tv, reading, blogging.



I hope you have a great night!



It was bound to happen…

Well, it’s official.  I had a bad run.   :/


6 Mile long run:

Mile One:    9.44

Mile Two:    9.43

Mile Three:    9.25 (energy chew)

Mile Four:    9.24

Mile Five:    9.54 (legs felt horribly heavy)

Mile Six:    10.00  (holy cow this mile was so hard)


Total time:    58.08

Average pace:    9.41


This run was by far the hardest and the hardest long run to date.  Whew!  I didn’t think that I was going to be able to finish it.  In fact, I didn’t stop once BUT twice to catch my breath!  I felt tired, hot, heavy, hungry, gassy.  At mile 6, I really thought that I was going to have to stop the run.  I wanted to cry, puke, and stop all at the same time.  When I finished, I felt so disappointed in myself.  I have felt great on nearly every run so how could I feel bad on this one??

I did come home late last night.

I didn’t squeeze it in before church.

It was hot.

I had a bowl of pumpkin ice cream before I went to bed last night.

I was hungry.

I think there were lots of factors, but I was so glad when I was finished.


After thinking all of these negative thoughts, I shoved them aside and told myself that even bad runs are part of the process of running and changing your body.  So, I will take this bad run like a runner.  🙂


Hope your Sunday is going great!!






Week Two Training plan

Just wanted to pop in and give you week two’s training schedule:


Week Two Running Schedule:

Monday:    Rest with some stretching

Tuesday:    3 miles

Wednesday:    Rest with some stretching

Thursday:    3 mile speed session.  10 minute warm-up followed up by 3 sets of two minute speed/uptempo run and then three minutes jog recovery.

Friday:    2 miles easy pace

Saturday:    Rest with some stretching

Sunday:    7 miles at an easy pace




6 miles.  I didn’t get up in time this morning to do my run before church.  I went to bed Saturday night at 9:30 and didn’t get up today until 7:00.  I am not sure, but I guess I needed some sleep.  After my run today I still felt like I needed sleep, so I took a nap and got up feeling icky.  Don’t ya hate getting up from a nap and feel like you built a house, ran a marathon, toured the world and then ate a ton of sugar??  No, just me??  🙂


Let’s break my run down shall we:


Mile One:    9.33

Mile two:    9.41

Mile three:    10.07  (had to stop to remove pull-over)

Mile four:    9.47

Mile five:    9.48

Mile six:    9.53


Total time:    58.53

Average pace:    9.47


I felt great during each mile, but mile five was the hardest to get through.  I am not sure why, but I felt really tired and doubt of finishing started to creep in.  Every ache that I was feeling became that much more noticeable.  I quickly distinguished as to whether or not it was an actual pain or just a tired ache and moved on.


Have a great night!


Exciting News!

How has your Sunday been??   I hope it’s been a good one!


So, I have some exciting news to tell you.  I really can’t contain myself!  As of this very moment I have a running coach!!!   Yes, I said it!   Running Coach.  It’s none other than fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador Cait Chock over at The Arty Runner Chick.

I couldn’t be more excited about this!  Cait posted this great post over at her blog the other day… and it really kind of sums up why I wanted to reach out to someone who was a lot more knowledge about the sport.

What does this mean?  It means this:  I was looking for more structure when it came to my running.  I have really been just getting on the treadmill and taking off.  What I want is to develop more speed, endurance, and balance.

Not only do I want to work on my running, but I also want to be able to fuel my body for it correctly.  I’ll admit, running makes me want to eat a horse sometimes, but what I want is a balance around that horse.  So Cait will be sending me a meal plan to properly fuel my running body and horse seeking tummy.  🙂

Upon her request, I sent a total of my mileage since April and a condensed list of some of my favorite meals that would give her an idea of what I like and what I was eating.  See, I don’t think that I was eating properly and I wanted her to see that.  I wanted her to see that I drink a mocha or and iced coffee nearly every day.  I wanted her to see that I really don’t measure out anything when I eat my meals.  The beauty of all of this is the balance in the meal plan that she sent me.  Some of you are probably thinking…”um, you couldn’t come up with your own meal plan???”  Yes and no.  Sure I can come up with a meal plan, but there is also something about not thinking about it.  I just look down the list, get the items I need and then bam!

I also wanted to share the goals that I sent to Cait:

  1. Build speed.
  2. Run 13.1 miles.  No, it’s not a marathon, but it’s enough for right now.
  3. Build my confidence.
  4. Work on diet/nutrition.
  5. Lose weight.

Really and truly, these goals are really all tied together.  When I reach one of them, they all fall into place.  Because I can’t tell you how much running has affected me.  I really can’t.  The other day, my dad told me that every time I start something new that is all that I want to talk about.  I’ll be honest, it didn’t come at a good moment for me and it kind of hurt my feelings.  (I tend to wear them on my sleeves).  I don’t want it to hurt my feelings though, I want it to spur me on!

One of the things that I am really loving so far is that Cait is so encouraging.  Failure is not an option.  I can see how running has made her into who she is today.  🙂


My first week:

  • Monday:  2 miles (easy pace)
  • Tuesday:  light stretching
  • Wednesday:  3 miles (speed run)
  • Thursday:  light stretching
  • Friday:  2 miles (easy pace)
  • Saturday:  light stretching
  • Sunday:  6 miles (easy pace)


I love that we all have different journey’s that we are on.  I really am excited to incorporate running into mine.  🙂


So that’s it.  I now have a running coach.  Someone to do the thinking for me.  Someone to push me past my limits.  Someone to refocus my negative thoughts into positive ones.


Thank you so much for being apart of my journey!  I will be sure to keep you posted on how it is going and continue to post pics of my eats, but on a more structured basis…..not so sporadic.


Cait, you are a special young woman and I am so glad to be apart of your running smartness.  🙂



Cait instructed me not to run more than 5 miles today, so that is what I did this morning before church.  5 miles.  Done.  The more that I run, the better I feel.


Well, that’s it guys!  I hope you have a great night!



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