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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

Nashville Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon

Nashville Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon

Nashville Rock’n’Roll was on and off my list for various reasons throughout the year.  Two weeks before the race, I decided that it was a go.  I finished state mandated test the Wednesday prior and took off on a jet plane on Thursday morning.  I had the opportunity to spend four days with my mom and run through the city of Nashville, TN.  It was a win win for all!

Mom and I  spent the day grocery shopping and preparing for the weekend.  Friday, we went to the Country Music Marathon Expo which is the largest expo I have ever attended.  There were several vendors and THOUSANDS of people.  I used to have anxiety in crowded areas, but no longer  since I have been running.  It is amazing how much running has changed my life. Mom bought me the Garmin VivoFit.  I love it! I have been able to track my sleep and movement throughout the day.  I can also use it with Garmin Connect and interact with other running friends. After all we could handle at the Expo, we stopped for dinner at Logan’s on the way home.    I turned in early for the evening for the big day tomorrow.


My last race was the Diva Dash in Galveston, TX and since then, I have taken gluten, sugar, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol out of my diet.  I felt great with no joint pain, decreased belly fat, and weighed less. I was not sure how my body was going to respond on a long run with the new lifestyle.  I am still learning how to fuel my body naturally.

I woke up early to a nice breakfast made by mom and started preparing for the day.  Before we could leave, I had thrown up my breakfast.  I still do not know what happened, but I had a race to run. We arrived downtown, parked, and found a restroom. It was nice to avoid the portapotty before a race… doesn’t happen often.  I am thankful for portapotties at the times of need… Runners understand the value of a portapotty.  First Baptist Church (located right at the start line) opened their church for the runners to use the restrooms prior to the race and had a free spaghetti dinner the night before. Thank you to the church for supporting the runners.

Rock’n’Roll Marathon Series is methodical about their races and you know what to expect.  This is the 4th race in their series that I have completed and by far, the largest.  There were at least 40 corrals and 36,000 runners. It was overwhelming and people were everywhere trying to fit into the corrals.  It was obvious the runners who were new to the experience pushing their way through while the experienced runners knew they would make their way to the start line as each corral has a countdown and start time.  I was in corral 21 and it was about 7:28am when I started.  The first mile had three huge hills which made me question my sanity. The spectators at this race were zealous and encouraging.  The course was consistently lined with spectators cheering, dancing, and handing out goodies (candy, beer, donuts, mimosas). The bands were amazing along the way; again, the best out of all the Rock’n’Roll marathons I have completed.


After the hills in mile one, I knew this was not going to be a PR (personal record). So, I decided to have some fun with it and snap pictures of cute guys along each mile.  Downfall was that the really hot guys were ahead of me, but I did take some pictures. One guy caught me taking a picture of him and ran up and posed… busted. 20140512-210953.jpg20140512-211009.jpg

The weather was perfect and the course was beautiful, but the hills were killer.  At mile 9, I received an encouraging message from my principal. At mile 10, I hit a wall.  I had not hit a wall at mile 10 since my second half marathon, but I had never thrown up before a race either.  Mom sent me encouraging messages the next three miles.  There was a GU station at mile 10 (where the full marathoners departed the half-marathoners) and I was going to take it, if it was salted caramel.  They gave me a tri-berry  (funny… I was going to risk it for salted caramel, but not tri-berry) which I like, but was afraid how my body would react since I had not eaten sugar in two weeks.  I overheard the lady next to me wish she had a GU and I gave her mine.  Each water break, I would walk a little more and I finally broke down and had some Gatorade which I think helped me get to the end. I don’t know if it was the sugar, electrolytes, or need for sodium, but I crossed the finish line and received my medal. They had wet towels to cool us and post race snacks to replenish our bodies.


I met mom and we walked to B.B. Kings for barbecue which was amazing before going home to rest for the remainder of the day.

Nashville Rock’n’Roll Country Music Marathon is by far my favorite Rock’n’Roll series race.  The spectators made this race. The beautiful course was a bonus and challenge due to the hills.

Weekend Workout #3




Weekend Workout #3

Saturday Work out

Warm-Up 3 to 5 minutes

Stretch 3 to 5 minutes


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


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




Weekend Workout #2

Weekend Workout #2



Saturday Work out

Warm-Up 3 to 5 minutes

Stretch 3 to 5 minutes


One minute drills (8 times)

11 jumping jacks

7 push-ups

4 burpees

Interval Training (30 seconds/ rest  10 seconds)

Jump Lunges

Squat Jumps


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


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)



RED FLAGS: Signs to look for in an abusive personality

Signs to look for in an abusive personality:


At the beginning of a relationship, an abuser will always say that his jealousy is a sign of love. Jealousy has nothing to do with love; it is a sign of insecurity and possessiveness. He will question you about whom you talk to, accuse you of flirting, or be jealous of time you spend with family, friends, or children. As the jealousy progresses, he may call you frequently during the day or drop by unexpectedly. He may give you a hard time for being involved in activities or work for fear that you will meet someone else. He may even ask friends to watch you.

Controlling Behaviors:

At first, the batterer will say that this behavior is because he is concerned for your safety, your need to use your time well, or your need to make good decisions. He will be angry if you are “late” to meet him after a trip to the store or an appointment. If you cannot see him when he wants, he may question you closely about who you will be with or your plans. As this behavior gets worse, he may try to interfere with your right to make personal decisions about work, school, clothing or going to church. He may act like he wants to own you.

Quick Involvement:

Many women dated or knew the man who abused them for less than six months before they were engaged or living together. He comes on like a whirl-wind – “you’re the only person I could ever talk to,” “I’ve never felt loved like this by anyone.” He needs someone desperately, and will pressure you to commit to him.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
Many women are confused by the abuser’s “sudden” changes in mood-they will describe that one minute he is nice and the next minute he explodes as though he has some special “mental problem” or like he is “crazy.” Mood swings are typical of men who beat their partners, and they are just another way to take control and manipulate a person. These behaviors are related to other characteristics such as hypersensitivity.

Past Battering:

The man may say he has hit girlfriends in the past, but they made him do it. You may hear from the relatives that the man is abusive. A batterer will beat any woman he is with: situational circumstances do not make an abusive personality.

Threats of Violence:
This would include any threat of physical force meant to control you. He may say things such as: “I’ll slap your mouth off,” “I’ll kill you, “or “I’ll break your neck.” Most men do not threaten their mates, but a batterer will try to excuse this behavior by saying, “Everybody talks like that.”

Unrealistic Expectations:

He will be very dependent on you for all of his needs; he expects you to be the perfect girlfriend, mother, lover, and friend. He will say things like, “If you love me, I’m all you need-you’re all I need.” You are supposed to take care of everything for him emotionally and meet all of his needs.


The abuser will try to cut you off from all resources. If you have male friends, you are a slut. If you have girlfriends, you are accused, disparagingly, of being a lesbian. If you are close to family, you are “tied to the apron strings.” He accuses people who are part of your support system of “causing trouble.” He may try to keep you from working or being involved in social, church, family, school or other activities that do not revolve around him.

Blames Others for His Problems:
If he does poorly in school or is chronically unemployed, someone is always doing him wrong or is out to get him. He may make mistakes and then blame you for upsetting him and keeping him from concentrating on doing his job. He will tell you that you are at fault for almost anything that goes wrong.

Playful Use of Force During Sex:
The man may like to throw you down and hold you during sex. He may want to act out fantasies during sex where you are helpless. He is letting you know that the idea of “rape” excites him. He may show little concern about whether you want to have sex and sulk or use anger to manipulate you into compliance. He may start having sex with you while you are sleeping, or demand sex when you are ill or tired.

Verbal Abuse:
In addition to saying things that are meant to be cruel and hurtful, he may curse you or put down any of your accomplishments. The man will tell you that you are stupid and unable to function without him He may disrupt your sleep to verbally abuse you or he may not let you sleep. He rarely calls you by your own name, preferring instead to use such terms as bitch, whore, slut, fatso or stupid to address you.

Rigid Sex Roles:
The abuser expects you to serve him. He may say you must meet his needs, that you must obey him in all things-even things that are criminal in nature. The abuser will see women as inferior to men, more stupid, and unable to be a whole person without a relationship.

Blames Others for his feelings:
He will say “You make me mad,” “You’re hurting me by not doing what I ask,” “I can’t help being angry.” He really makes the decision about what he thinks and feels, but will use feelings to manipulate you. Harder to catch are his claims that “You make me happy,” “You control how I feel.”


The abuser is easily insulted; he claims his feelings are “hurt” when he is really very mad, or he takes the slightest setbacks as personal attacks. He will “rant and rave” about the injustice of things that have happened to him-things that are really just part of living-like getting a traffic ticket, being told that something he does is annoying or being asked to help with chores.

Cruelty to Animals or Children:
This is a person who punishes animals brutally or is insensitive to their pain or suffering. He may expect children to be capable of doing things far beyond their ability (whips a two year old for wetting his/her diaper) or he may tease children or young brothers or sisters until the cry (60 percent of men who beat the women they are with also beat their children).

Breaking or Striking Objects:

This behavior is used as a punishment (breaking loved possessions), but is mostly used to terrorize you into submission. The man may beat on tables with his fist; throw objects around or near you. Only very immature people beat on objects in the presence of other people in order to threaten them. He may say, “See, I hit the rear view mirror, not you, I don’t want to hurt you.” Don’t be fooled – it is an implied threat.

Any Force During an Argument:

This may involve him holding you down, physically restraining you from leaving the room, as well as pushing or shoving you. Example: The man may hold you against a wall and say, “You’re going to listen to me.”

Are you in an Abusive Relationship?

Takes this quiz.

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.

Does your partner:

Embarrass you with bad names and put-downs?

Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go?

Stop you from seeing or talking to friends and family?

Act like hitting you is no big deal, it’s your fault, or denies it happened?

Destroy your property?

Intimidate you with guns, knives, or other weapons?

Shove you, slap you, or hit you?

Threaten to kill you?


If you feel your life is in danger, call 911.

First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL

First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL

On Sunday, Januray 12, 2014, I ran the First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL in a 2 day 2 state 2 half marathon challenge. This was my second half marathon in 2014 and  2nd in the forty 4 forty goal. It was one of my favorite races for many reasons. The marathon benefited L’Arche.  L’Arche is an international federation of  communities in which people with intellectual disabilities and those who help them can live, work, and share their lives together.

We arrived into Mobile, AL  on Saturday after completing a half marathon in Jackson, MS, picked up our packets, and checked into the hotel. The Expo was small, but the people at packet pickup were friendly.  The race provided dinner for the runners the night before and food after the race.

20140115-225942.jpgI received a nice bag and shirt for the First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL.  For completing the Mississippi Blues Jackson, MS and First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL Challenge, I received a B2B challenge shirt and a hand painted canvas from a member of L’Arche.

20140115-230142.jpgThe medal was also hand painted with a hand tied ribbon from a member at L’Arche.


The First Light Half Marathon Mobile, AL course was flat and beautiful.  We ran through beautiful neighborhood adorned with southern charm.  The volunteers were friendly and a couple of the water stations were themed. One was themed with the Red Hat Society and another had a Mardi Gras theme.

As I was approaching the finish line, I heard a horn honking and a motorcycle approaching.  I turned around to see the winner of the full marathon approaching me and he passed me.  He completed a full in the amount of time I ran a half marathon ( I did lose 5 minutes for a bathroom break).  He ran 6 minute miles for 26.2 miles.  Absolutely AMAZING!!


The 10 hour drive home after the race was tough, but worth it.  It was most definitely an amazing weekend and I would do it again.  I thought running back to back half marathons was going to be tough, but I felt fine.  I did have a huge blister on my toe, but I will survive.

#3 of 40 will be Saturday The Duel  in Wichita Falls.





Mississippi Blues Half Marathon #1 of 40

Mississippi Blues Half Marathon #1 of 40

Mississippi Blues Half Marathon was my first of forty half marathons in 2014 and the medal is my favorite of all time.


Before I left the house one of my greatest friends, left this note and $40 on my car window which made my

20140114-204512.jpgday. It means a lot to have friends who are supportive of me and this huge goal.  I left early Friday morning and headed to McKinney to met Lisa. It had been raining and heavy fog all night which had caused several of the highways to be shutdown.  We had to take smaller highways and drive in the rain which slowed down our speed and lengthened our trip.  A couple of hours away, we noticed the car start to shake and pulled over in Tyler for air.  After three stops, we had air in the tire and were back on the interstate; only to notice we still had tire problems.  We pulled over at Kilgore Tire Shop and the guy told me had a knot in the tire and it would be $200 for a new tire.  We drove down the street to 31 Tire Shop and he pulled out the screw and repaired the tire for $10.

20140114-204540.jpg Now, we were on the interstate again and headed toward Jackson, MS until the next crisis hit… CUPCAKES! We detoured in Longview for Bake Cupcakes and then to Jackson, MS barely making it for the packet pickup.

The Mississippi Blues Half Marathon goody bag was great with a really nice bag, harmonica, blues CD, and nice jacket. After packet pickup, we went to Hal and Mal’s for red beans and rice

20140114-204601.jpg (great food and atmosphere) and then to the Hyatt Place (clean and friendly) where we prepared for the 1st of 2 half marathons planned for the weekend.

The Mississippi Blues Half Marathon course consisted of rolling hills with lots of hometown flair.  There was a band playing as you ran through Jackson State University and a man singing in a gazebo along the course.  We ran past Milsaps and Mississippi State University also.  There were people cheering for the runners for the majority of the course which is always nice.  I met a lady named Barry on the course who was from Jackson and she shared history of the community with me.  I found it interesting that she was 50 year old Caucasian female who went to a private school when the schools were desegregated. The churches opened private schools at this time which in reality continued the segregation movement. She was a very kind lady and it was interesting hearing her story.

I crossed the finish line at 2 hours 40 minutes only 3 minutes before the first full marathoner finished.  I received my medal, had a beer, and we headed to the hotel for a shower before making our trip to Mobile, Alabama for race 2 of the weekend.

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Join me as I run 40 Half Marathons in 2014!

Join me as I run 40 Half Marathons in 2014!

I am celebrating FORTY running FORTY  half marathons!

Yes, it is insane!

Join me as I run 40 Half Marathons in 2014! This schedule is tentative and may change as new races are posted. I only have 39 on the list and have a few that I am looking into, but will not add them to the tentative schedule until later when I have a better idea of traveling or new races posted.   In order to make this goal happen I have had to be strategic and careful in my planning.  Due to logistics,  I am trying to run local and hope to travel more in 2015 to run races in different states.  I would love for you to run with me, cheer at the races, and/ or pray for me as I accomplish this huge goal!

I have a heart of gratitude for the following races supporting my goal:

The Duel Marathon  in Wichita Falls January 18, 2014

Cox Racing Services  Mother’s Day Race

Hotter N’ Hell  in Wichita Falls August 24, 2014

Cox Racing Services  Thanksgiving Day Race


Join me as I run 40 Half Marathons in 2014!


Join me as I run 40 Half Marathons in 2014!

Join me as I run 40 Half Marathons in 2014!


Date Race Name Location
1/11/2014 # MS Blues Jackson, MS
1/12/2014 # First Light Mobile, AL
1/18/2014# The Duel Marathon, Half Marathon Wichita Falls
1/25/2014* Lake Benbrook Lake Benbrook
 2/2/2014* RnR New Orleans
2/15/2014 Stonebridge Ranch McKinney
2/23/2014* Cowtown FW
3/1/2014* XPress  Wichita Falls
3/15- 3/16 Seabrook Half Marathon Challenge Seabrook




Waco, TX


4/5/2014 Denton PTA 5K
4/6/2014 Big D  Dallas , TX
4/12/2014 Zooma Bastrop, TX
4/27/2014 Lone Star Arlington
5/10/2014* Cox Racing Fort Worth
5/26/2014 Patriot Rockwall
6/8/2014 Wounded Warrior Irving
6/28/2014 Jalapeno Half Fort Worth
7/6/2014 Irving Irving
7/26/2014 Wildfire Denton
8/24/2014* Hotter n Hell Whichita Falls
9/17/2014 5 Half Marathons 5 days 5 states Center of Nation Series
9/28/2014 Plano Baloon Festival Plano
10/5/2014 Tyler Rose Tyler
10/12/2014 Showdown Allen
10/19/2014 Honored Hero Fort Worth
10/25/2014 Monster Dash
11/2/2014 DRC Dallas
11/9/2014 Fort Worth Marathon Fort Worth
11/16/2014 RnR Las Vegas
11/20/2014* Cox Racing Thanksgiving Fort Worth
12/6/2014 Spicewood Spicewood
12/7/2014 RnR San Antonio
12/13/2014 Jingle Bun Temple
12/31/2014 Daily Double Allen

# Completed

* Registered