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Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

 

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior honored fallen American soldiers. It was located in Irving, TX on June 8, 2014 and Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior of 40 in 2014.  It was my first race of the summer, school had just dismissed a couple days prior and summer school started the following day. The 5am alarm on Sunday morning is always the time I consider myself insane for a goal of 40 half marathons in one calendar year.  I drove in early that morning because I had heard the construction could cause congestion and delays plus I needed to pick up my packet.  I made it in perfect time, missing the traffic, and I was able to pick up packet, drop off shirt in car, and make it to the start line.  I made it to the start line; only for the race to be delayed due to traffic.

While waiting for the race to begin, I met a new friend.  Her name is Monica and she is active military.  The Wounded Warrior is a fund raiser for wounded soldiers and it was a honor seeing family and friends running for those they love who had been wounded serving our country.  The race was delayed about 20 minutes allowing the rain storm to move in perfect synchronization of race start. The drizzle was enough to keep runners cool as they were on their journey of a 10K or half marathon.

The course was out and back with a few hills.  I felt great along the course considering a little bit of a slosh with the rain.  I had not checked the weather; so, the rain was a surprise leaving me unprepared.  Honestly, I do need to pack the emergency run bag with a hat and poncho.  My time was 2:31 which is the best time I have had in a few races.  I was happy and I knew I had friends and family at the finish line which always makes my day.  Dano stood in the rain waiting for me from mile 6 to 13.1.  My mom and sister arrived after I crossed the finish line.  After the race, we met another friend for lunch.

 

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior Mom, Salena, Christi (me), and Dano

with my mom and sister

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior is in the blog as a nice race for the various reasons:

  • Honors Soldiers
  • Friends and Family at the finish line
  • Awesome after party with pancakes
  • Vendor fair day before (I did not attend)
  • Nice course
  • Tech Shirt
  • Great Medal

Diva Dash Half Marathon

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Galveston, Texas 15 0f 40 in 2014

Diva Dash Half Marathon

 

A month has gone by since this race and I have not been able to bring myself to blog about it. It was by far my worst time, but time has nothing to do with the essence here. What happened at the end of the Diva Dash Half Marathon has scared my mind and broken my heart.

Garrett and I woke up early and headed to Houston to pick up Danielle before headed to Galveston.  We chose to commuted between Houston and Galveston; so, Danielle could be a part of the weekend.

The highlight of the trip was the time I had with a lifelong friend Leila (terrible part is we did not take a picture together).  I loved the time we had together. She has been sick for a couple of years and had convinced me to do the 10 day detox diet with her which I did.  The detox changed my life and helped me to find some inner health problems of my own. I will share in another post. We enjoyed lunch, shopping on the strand, and the Diva Dash Half Marathon Expo.

I spent the remainder of the evening reading about the detox diet and watching meaningless television in the hotel.  We woke up early, picked up Danielle, and headed to Galveston.  They let me out close to the start line.  I found the port-a-potties and my way to the start line. It took me about 3 miles to find my mojo which is unusual and I still don’t think I ever found it by my time in this race.  It was humid and hot outside. The course had a couple of small hills and ran along the seawall.  The scenery was amazing running along the beach and seeing the winners pass you on their way back. The second person on the return was a 12 year old runner which was inspiring to see. 20140520-222946-80986649.jpg

At mile 13, they adorned you with a boa and a crown to cross the finish line which was a nice bonus, but always the Diva Dash Half Marathon’s key attractions.  At the finish line, you had the choice of champagne or Ginger Ale which I love both.  I chose the champagne.

As I approached the finish line, the officials directed us to the left.  On the right, the emergency response team was performing CPR on a young lady.  I knew the outcome wasn’t good when they carried her away and there was not any response from the CPR.  My heart aches as I write this.  She was there on her bachlorette party and was to be married in two short weeks after the race.  She had run many marathons and had a heart condition un-diagnosed heart condition.  I will forever be shaken by the Diva Dash Half Marathon. Read more about Kaytie Joyner here.  God bless her family and fiance. 20140520-222951-80991816.jpg

Diva Dash Half Marathon was race 15 of 40 in 2014 in Galveston, TX.  It was a woman’s race which I loved the support and encouragement of other women along the race. I loved running along the beach.  The heat and humidity was tough and my time was bad.  The finish line story leaves me with a broken heart for Kaytie’s family and friends.

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Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon

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Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon  was the sixth marathon in my goal of 40 in 2014.  It was my first time to run in Houston, Texas and overall a great race.  I arrived in Houston on Friday evening via the megabus. Garrett and Danielle picked me up at the bus station and we checked into our Residence Inn by Mariott suite.   Mariott has been my choice in hotels lately for the great service and cleanliness. After checking in, we went for sushi.  Saturday morning, we went to Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon packet pick-up and then to the Houston Galleria for shopping.  Packet pickup was easy and they had the Clif Shots in Vanilla which made me very happy.  I stocked up on them since I have not been able to find them locally. While shopping at the Galleria, I purchased a pair of lululemon running tights which I will share more about in another blog post.

After a morning of shopping, I attended an event sponsored by Essence magazine featuring Tony Gaskins. The event was very nice and informational.  I will share more about it in another blog post.  I want to stay focused on Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon. Garrett, Danielle, and I went to dinner at Goode Seafood which was incredible before I returned to the hotel to rest for the race.

Garrett & Danielle

Race day has arrived and I was up and ready for the race.  I was not sure what to expect since I had not exercised since the race a week ago and had traveled a lot. Garrett dropped me off at the starting line and I felt great.  The weather was perfect and the race was small and had a friendly atmosphere.  It did start a little late which was fine because it gave me time to visit the porta potty and set up my music.  The race started and we were off.  It was a double loop and did not have a lot of scenery, but it did have several bands playing and friendly volunteers handing out water and Gatorade.

At about mile 8, I met a first timer who told me she had knee problems.  The lady next to us started praying for her, her knees, and claiming victory for her to finish.  I was impressed with her faith to speak out for a stranger in the middle of a marathon. I love seeing people reach out to others who are hurting.  We visited for the next mile and I were separated while she slowed down to wait for her friend.

I pushed had at the end to beat a 2:30 time, but did not beat it.  I am slowly improving, but not as much as I would like to improve.  I will start on intervals this week. The best part of the race was having Garrett and Danielle at the finish line to cheer for me. Garrett was shouting, “mom mom mom” while Danielle was filming.  They ran up and hugged me and we headed to the pizza and beer tent.

Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon – video of finish line

Overall, the race was great!

My son and Danielle there to cheer for me was the best.

The Lululemon running tights prevented chaffing.

The medal was great!

The pizza and beer were good too!

Rhythm & Blues half marathon #6 of 40 in 2014!

2/15 Stonebridge Ranch Half in McKinney, TX

Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014

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My life has turned into a consistent series of “Ideal days” and I am blessed beyond belief.  I wake up each day feeling each day is magical and I know this feeling has been a process of a lot of things over the last few years.  I woke up this morning ready to run. It was a cold start to the day, but has turned out to be a beautiful day.  I dressed for Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014 and started on my way.  The drive was good and parking was easy. I picked up my bib and race shirt, put it in the car, and headed to the start line. The pre-race feeling is indescribably as like minded people line up at the starting line eager to run.  The race director tells the runners, “go,” but the crowd does not rush out like you would imagine.  It is a slow gradually movement and runners take their place along the course according to their comfortable pace.  Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014 was along Lake Benbrook and through a park which means traffic was not an issues and you were surrounded by nature; lake on the left and open fields on the right.  It was a beautiful, hilly course… did I mention HILLS???

At mile two I was moved as I by tears when I saw a mom, dad, and 8 year old boy running together.  I heard the mom tell the son, “mile 2” as dad told him, “equivalent to a trip around the block.”  As a runner, mom, and teacher, I knew the lesson they were teaching this boy was beyond running a half marathon. (Picture below is Ben, Jen, and Pete crossing the finish line.) Ben wanted a medal which meant he had to run a longer race than a 5K.  He trained with his mom and dad for Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014 and he earned his first finisher’s medal.  Ben has learned how to set a goal, train, and win it! He was an inspiration to me! I don’t think he realized what an incredible accomplishment he was completed.  I admire Jen and Pete to for teaching him to strive for excellence and accompanying him with his goal.

Jen has run ultras, fulls, and competed in triathlons.  She ran along me for several miles pushing me to do my best as we chatted along the way.  She is a Physical Therapy student at the University of North Texas and a mom of two boys.  I ran my best half marathon this year and she taught me about heart rate training to help me lose these unwanted pounds.  I am so blessed by the people God places in my pathway.

On the way home, I stopped for cupcakes. Yes, I run for cupcakes.  I had lunch with Garrett, napped, and now preparing to celebrate one of my greatest friend’s birthday.  In my life, today is another ideal day.

What does an ideal day look like for you?

 

Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014

Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014

Weekend Workout #3

 

 

 

Weekend Workout #3

Saturday Work out

Warm-Up 3 to 5 minutes

Stretch 3 to 5 minutes

Workout:

500 step ups (stairs, step, chair)

10 pushups with feet on step

50 sit ups

Plank hold 1 minute

Plank rotations 1 minute

(Repeat two times)

 

 

 

Sunday Workout

Warm-up 3 to 5 minutes

Stretch 3 to 5 minutes

Workout

Jumping Lunges 1 minute

10 pushups/ 20 crunches /20 side crunches

Lunge/Front Kick 1 minute

10 pushups/ 20 crunches /20 side crunches

Wall Sits 1 minute

10 pushups/ 20 crunches /20 side crunches

Jog in place 2 minutes

Side lunge jumps 1 minute

10 pushups/ 20 crunches /20 side crunches

Squat Jump Lunges 1 minute

10 pushups/ 20 crunches /20 side crunches

Repeat 2 times

 

 

 

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40 Days of Giving

40 Days of Giving

 

 2014 is my 40th celebration of life and I am living it up 40 style.  It started with reading the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren for forty days followed by 40 days of  Giving and  a plan of 40 Half Marathons throughout the year.  I will finish “Purpose Driven Life” on February 9 and will begin the 40 Days of Giving on February 10 to March 21.  I am excited about the 40 Days of Giving because it will be during Valentine’s Day and my birthday month which is my favorite time of the year.

I am choosing 40 people who make an impact in my daily life and carefully creating small, special gifts to bless each person with during the 40 days of giving. It is going to be difficult to narrow it down to 40 because I love to give. Ideas of people to include in the 40 people are family, friends, my son’s teachers, mail carrier, service providers, fireman, policemen, pastor, and/ or strangers as a pay it forward gesture of kindness.   I am searching Pinterest for unique, affordable gift ideas, gift cards, unique gifts while out shopping.  I also have a Google form of favorite things that will help me with favorite colors, snacks, and such.

I am excited to give 40 gifts to 40 people in 40 days.  I know it is going to take planning and work to put it all together, but I know it will be worth it.  My love language  (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/) is gifts and I know not all people love gifts the way I do, but I will enjoy giving. I will update you on the 40 Days of Giving when it takes place.

Today, I challenge you to take a day during February 10 to March 21 to give a gift to someone who impacts your daily life and share with me.

40 Days of Giving

Weekend Workout #2

Weekend Workout #2

 

 

Saturday Work out

Warm-Up 3 to 5 minutes

Stretch 3 to 5 minutes

Workout:

One minute drills (8 times)

11 jumping jacks

7 push-ups

4 burpees

Interval Training (30 seconds/ rest  10 seconds)

Jump Lunges

Squat Jumps

Lizard

Dive Bomber Push-ups

Jump Knee Tucks

Floor Jacks

Repeat 2 times

 

Sunday Work out

Warm-Up 3 to 5 minutes

Stretch 3 to 5 minutes

Workout:

10 pushups

20 deep squats

20 alternating lunges

10 pushups

20 chair dips

20 Hand & Knees Leg Lifts (right)

20 Hands & Knees Leg Lifts (left)

20 crunches

20 side crunches

20 reverse leg lifts with medicine ball between knees

20 buttock squeezes

(Repeat two times)