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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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

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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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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!

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.”

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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!

Atypical New Year’s Post ~ “Fruits of your Labor”

“Fruits of your Labor”

Gratitude journal changes life!

Do you see evidence of your “fruits of your labor?”

While most are planning new year’s resolutions, I have your “atypical New Year’s Post ~ Fruits of your Labor.”

Yes, the new year is an exciting time for me too and I am somewhat at a lose for exactly what my new year’s goal will be since 2013 was amazing.  I have the first few months planned, but am actually looking for a theme or something amazing to carry through the year since I will be celebrating my 40th birthday in March.

 

Over the last few days, I reflected over the last year and some things I wanted to make better within me.  I made a list of what I want in an ideal mate and decided I was dating on purpose this year (meaning if you did not have the qualities on my list, I would not date you- living on purpose).

 

My morning began with the first date of the year. Tom (name changed to protect the innocent) and I met for breakfast and the conversation was good.  He did want to see me again which means I may have broken through my One Date Wonder stage- woo hoo for 2014- making strides!!

 

My last two dates have brought a concern regarding the impact we make on the lives of others as much more importance that the materialistic things. The “fruits of your labor” are far more important to me than your income. I don’t care how much money you make, what type of car you drive (or don’t drive in these cases), the size or location of your house, the restaurants you chose, or the tags on your clothes.

 

As a single mom of two boys who lives on a school teacher’s salary, I know how to stretch the dollar.  I know how to be creative and innovative. What matters to me is the “fruits of your labor.”

 

What are your values and morals?

What are you doing to make yourself better?

What do you do to make your family better?

How do you treat the people who mean the most to you?

How do you treat strangers?

Who are the people that surround you?

When is the last time that you helped someone and expected nothing in return?

 

As you prepare for the new year, I challenge you to focus on the “fruits of your labors” and not the material things.  I suggest starting with a gratitude journal and record your list of gratitude daily.  I promise it will change your life.  I am excited to start with my new journal that I received as a Christmas gift from my oldest son.