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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.

The Pieces of My Shattered Heart- Guest Blogger

The pieces of my shattered heart are lying in the sun.

Warming to the hopeful chance of finding love again.





Knowing there’s an arrow poised to pierce this heart of mine.

Bursting with a renewed purpose, splendid and divine.




Contagious Comeback

It is the year of the Contagious Comeback!

Contagious Comeback

Do you feel like you have had multiple setbacks holding you back?  Are you ready to breakthrough and feel powerful again?  Declare it your year with these 4 statements!


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3


It is a process as we walk through things on our journey.


Declare every morning!


1. I will hope!

2. I will pray!

3. I will believe!

4. I will endure!


It is the year of the CONTAGIOUS COMEBACK!!

I believe in you and know you abundance awaits you– CLAIM it!

Weekend Workout#1

Weekend Workout #1

Weekend Workout #1

Workout can be done anywhere without any equipment!

First week of the month


Saturday Work out 
Warm-Up 3 to 5 minutes
Stretch 3 to 5 minutes
10 squat jumps
20 jumping lunges
10 push ups
10 frog leaps
10 plank rows
20 mountain climbers
10 push ups
20 calf push ups
20 crunches
20 side crunches (alternating)
20 reverse crunches
(repeat 2 times)
Sunday Workout 
Warm-Up 3 to 5 minutes
Stretch 3 to 5 minutes
Interval Training (30 seconds/ 10 seconds)
Side lunges
High Knees
Plank Side Jump
Wall Sits
Push Ups
Rest for 1 minute



Life on the Run

Life on the Run

While running an eleven mile training run, I was able to reflect on life and running.  I realized that running is similar to life and life is similar to running. The scenery was beautiful with hills, open pastures, and cattle. The temperature was in the thirties with a strong breeze. We shared the road with motorist, motorcyclist and bicyclist.
Life strategies and running skills are similar.

1. Goals

Goals provide you with a vision without a vision the people will perish!

2. Surround yourself with champions
The journey is much better when sharing with others with same goals and drive to succeed. It is nice to have motivation and support from like minded people.  It is also nice to support and motivate others along the journey.

3. Enjoy the journey
Finding joy in all you do makes the journey much more enjoyable. My motto: “Live life for joy in the journey.”

4. Embrace the pain
Life is full of painful experiences that makes us stronger. Running can be painful too. We become stronger from the pain.  I have seen signs while running races that say, “Pain is weakness leaving the body” and I truly believe it.

5. Remember timing is in God’s hands

Things do not always happen in the time we want them to, but it always works in God’s timing. We cannot rush time or slow it down; we can only make the best of it.  I have stopped wishing my life away.  I enjoy Mondays as much as I do Fridays.  Each moment is a gift and I am grateful for each moment.  While running, sometimes your time is slow and sometimes it is fast.  Learning to accept it for what it is or deciding to make it better for the next long run through proper training techniques.

6. Don’t quit! Quitting is not an option! Sometimes, we have to change the plan or route, but never quit!

7. Believe in yourself!

What we think about we bring about! Believe in yourself and you can accomplish the goal and enjoy the journey of life!

Life on the run

30 Day Mental Diet

30 Day Mental Diet

What are affirmations?

All of our thoughts and words are affirmations… it is our choice what we think and say. We continuously affirm subconsciously with our words and thoughts. This flow of affirmations creates your life experiences in every moment. Our beliefs are just learned thought patterns that we have developed since childhood.  Some of our thought patterns are good for us and some are not, but both can be better by changing your thoughts.

Do affirmations work?

Since affirmations actually reprogram your thought patterns, they change the way you think and feel about things. You have replaced dysfunctional beliefs with your own new positive beliefs, positive change comes easily and naturally. This will start to reflect in your external life, you will start to experience seismic changes for the better in many aspects of your life.


Start the year with a “30 Day Mental Diet”  to change your thoughts, beliefs, and life.  Having the right mind set is a prelude to success!   This will really help you set your mind in motion for the things you for the things you wish to achieve.

30 Day Mental Diet

When something negative comes to mind, say to yourself, “cancel, cancel, cancel. You used to be true for me, but I now exchange those thoughts with nature’s system of abundance.” 

30 Day Mental Diet

Refuse to accept those negatives :“Cancel, cancel, cancel”


“You used to be true for me, but I now exchange those thoughts with nature’s system of abundance.”

Only “positive” is your “motto.” BEGIN AND END EACH DAY (20 times) “Positive thinking brings me advantages I desire.”

30 Day Mental Diet comes from Trudy Evans,  Certified Hypnotherapist  at http://trudywevans.com. She is amazing and can help you to be a better you.

Please keep me updated on your progress of the “30 Day Mental Diet.”

30 day mental diet positive affirmations

Forty 4 Forty!

Route 66 Tulsa Marathon

Route 66 Tulsa Marathon

Forty 4 Forty!

Have you ever set a goal so big that scared you, but you were so excited that you could not sleep at night?

I am two months from my 40th birthday and am celebrating 40 years of life by running 40 half marathons (13.1 miles) in 2014.. running 524 miles in timed races plus the training miles in between!

I have wanted to do something monumental for my 40th birthday and I love running half marathons which is where is this magical idea was birthed.  It is a big commitment for me and my family, but we are all on board.  I am going to blog my journey here and on my Facebook Fan Page. https://www.facebook.com/christilynn.org

In 2013, I ran 3 half marathons and 1 full. I ran the Dallas Rock n Roll Marathon in March, Cox Racing Services on Mother’s Day in Fort Worth, and San Francisco Half Marathon in June.  The Route 66 in Tulsa in November was my first full. Running has changed my life and made me realize I can overcome obstacles and become the best person I can be while here on earth. I hope to inspire others to become healthier through my journey of Forty 4 Forty!

I have mapped out the half marathons in my area and have begun strategizing the logistics.  I would love for you to support me in forty 4 forty with prayer, cheering, or actually running with me.  It is going to be fun and I look forward to the joy in the journey from Forty 4 Forty.  I vision new friends, belief barriers broken, and lots of fun through this phenomenal aspiration to run Forty 4 Forty!

Race 1 of Forty 4 Forty is in Mississippi Blues in Jackson, MS on 1/11/14 and Race 2 is on 1/12/14 is First Light  in Mobile, AL.  The others are tentative, but Rock n Roll NOLA is on the books plus 5 half marathons in 5 days in 5 states is scheduled for September.

2 half marathons; 2 days; 2 states

Exciting way to start the new year!

5K Beginner Training Plan

5K  Beginner  Training Plan

Zombie 5K in Denton, TX 



Photo on left was the Jack-o-lantern jog in Denton and photo on right is the Fillie Race in Grapevine.

Photo on left was the Jack-o-lantern jog in Denton and photo on right is the Fillie Race in Grapevine.

 5K  Beginner  Training Plan

Do you want to run a 5K?  I have an easy to follow 5K beginner training plan here for you including information you may not find elsewhere.

5K= 3.1 miles

Chose a 5K in the next two months as your goal to work toward, register and start training. (5Ks are usually held on the weekends and close to home… just google 5K and the name of your city for a list.)  Having a running partner is always good for motivation and accountability.

Few things before you start: listen to your body always.


5K  Beginner  Training Plan

If you feel like taking a rest in between anytime, then do it. If you feel like you can increase your running time and decreasing your walking time, then do it. If you miss a workout, don’t worry and pick up where you left off. No need to feel that you have to run the entire time nor do I want you to make every workout a hard one (meaning going all out). Rest is rest, nothing on schedule! You have two rest days. One day, do nothing in terms of cardio or lifting. The other rest day, you can do cross training (easy 30min elliptical/bike/stair master/swim).



    Your mileage is so low that you do not need to eat a lot of carbs; however, carbs is energy for runners. So don’t completely eliminate carbs, the good kind. Don’t get all hung up on super high protein diet either. A good balance of both is great. Everyone is different so play around with what will work best for you.

Hydration is key! Drink plenty of water and be careful with sodas and alcohol which can dehydrate you.


If you are having shin splints, chances your shoes are not the correct shoes for you. Click here to learn more about running shoes for you.

Stretch your calves, leg muscles, and hip flexors after running. http://www.active.com/running/articles/5-key-stretches-for-runners


Helpful Apps to track time and miles:




GymBoss (interval timer)

 5K  Beginner Training Plan:

*Warm-up with a 5 minute walk before each workout and cool down with a 5 minute walk after each workout.

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 (Intervals 1 minute run/ 2 minute walk) 25 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 25 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest
2 ( Intervals 2 minute run/ 2 minute walk) 25 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 25 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 35 minutes Rest
3 (Intervals 2 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 25 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 25 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 35 minutes Rest
4 (Intervals 3 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 30 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 40 minutes Rest
5 (Intervals 3 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 30 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 40 minutes Rest
6 (Intervals 4 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 30 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 45 minutes Rest
7 (Intervals 5 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 30 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 50 minutes Rest
8 (Intervals 6 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 30 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 60 minutes Rest
9 (Intervals 7 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 30 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes 45 minutes Rest
10 (Intervals 8 minute run/ 1 minute walk) 30 minutes Cross train 30 minutes 30 minutes Rest Cross train 30 minutes Rest 5K Walk/ Run

If you prefer Sunday for long run, trade Saturday for Sunday which is what I do. If this feels like too much, let me know and we will create a plan for you. Christilyn74@gmail.com


Listen to your body and focus on distance; only walk if needed.  Remember, running is 90% mental and a test of your determination. Challenge yourself every week to run a little further!   You can do it!!

Congratulate yourself along the way for your accomplishments! You are making progress with each day!


Give me feedback as you go along and ask me any questions anytime!