Monday, July 28, 2014

Diva Dash Recap

Holly & I befor the Race
Ok so the Diva Dash wasn’t my best race but it was fun!!  My worry & dread started on Wednesday when my foot started hurting a little.  So I went to the gym & was planning on doing a light run to see how it felt, well that turned out to be a mile & a half run but oh well.  My foot felt fine!  Well, that all changed Thursday morning when I woke up, I couldn’t walk!!  I was so upset because the Diva Dash was on Saturday.  So Thursday I strapped my running shoes on & went to work, yes I wore my running shoes to work!! At this point I thought I had a stress fracture in my foot!  I took some Advil & hoped for the best!!  By the end of the day my foot felt better so I thought I could walk the Diva Dash.  Friday was packet pick-up day.  My foot felt almost back to normal but I was still not sure.  I left work at 3:30 to go pick our packets & shirts.  It was crazy there!!  Then I stopped by my sister’s pharmacy to pick a foot wrap!!  Friday was just a normal Friday, Todd went to bed at 7:30 & I stay up watching my shows!!  I went to bed around 9!!  Saturday I woke up at 6 checked my phone & my friend Holly was on the way!!  My foot felt extremely good but I wasn’t taking any chances.  I got dress, wrapped my foot & drink a lot of water!!  Holly got to my house at 7 & we were off to the race!!  The race started at 8 so we had time to stretch when we got there.  We both started off running but after the race started Holly started to walk.  I ran a little further but started walking about a mile into the race!  Once I came to the turnaround I started to run again!! Then I started walking again after about a ½ mile.  I walked the last of the race but I did manage to RUN across the finish line.  I finished the race in 42:34 which considering I had a foot injury is pretty good.  I could have ran more & done better but I wanted to make sure my foot was ok!!  My foot is fine I think I just over did my training!! 
On the Course

My next race is the Race for the Cure in September & then I am trying to put together a relay team for the Route 66 Marathon in November!!      


Until next time!!

At the finish
After at home

Very proud of myself

Monday, July 21, 2014

Diva Dash

The Diva Dash is only 5 days away!!  I am ready.  I have been training pretty hard.  I think I will do pretty good!!!  I have my playlist all ready for Saturday!!  I consists of:

Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas

Happy – Pharrell

Stronger – Britney Spears

Toxic – Britney Spears

Work Bitch – Britney Spears

Fergalicious – Fergie

Please Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna

Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO

Stronger – Britney Spears

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Hey Ya – Outcast

Push It – Salt N Peppa

I am not a Britney Spears fan but a few of her songs make my runs more enjoyable.  I also have the Black Eyed Peas/Fergie on my list I love running to their songs!!  All together this playlist is 49 minutes 48 seconds I know it won’t take me that long but I wanted enough to keep me going!!  I am thinking it will take me anywhere between 37 – 40 minutes to finish!!  My goal is to always finish a 5k in under 40 minutes. 


Until next time!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Running in the Heat

Since it is summer I thought I when share some tips to running in the heat. I know these are common sense but I thought I would share anyway!!

#1 The Early Bird Gets the Worm – Run in the morning when it’s cooler

#2 Bottoms Up – Drink a lot of water before, during & after

#3 Dress to Impress – Wear light colored clothing when you run to keep your body cool    

If you have to run outside please be careful & take percautions!

Until next time!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Recap

I am so proud of myself this week!!  I actually made  it to the gym 3 times this week & I worked out at home one day!!

Monday – I did a 1 ½ mile run.  I really do like my run days!! I only have a little over a week and a half until my Diva Dash!

Tuesday – Step/Pump Fusion class at the gym.  I actually really like tis classing it is the Cardio I need & the weights I love!!

Wednesday – I didn’t go to the gym. L

Thursday – Bootcamp!!!!!  Everyone knows I Love Bootcamp so I won’t say anything else!!

Friday – Date night (even if we stayed in)

Saturday – I used the Nike Training Club app on my Nook & did a 30 minute sorta class.  It was a lot of weights which I love.  I was actually sore on Sunday!!

Sunday – Relax day!!  Laundry day!!

This week I plan on about the same schedule!!!    


Until next time!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

4th of July

Over the 4th of July weekend we did a lot of cooking.  We tried something new on the smoker, a Big Fatty.  It is so not good for you but it tasted so good.  I thought I would share the recipe with you.

1 pound of thick cut bacon

1 pound hamburger meat

½ regular sausage

For the filling (use whatever you want but we used the following):

½ onion chopped

½ green pepper

4 or 5 button mushrooms

Shredded Cheddar Cheese 

To assemble:
Bacon Weave

Weave the bacon (see picture)

Mix together the hamburger & the sausage and flatten it on the bacon

Then top with the filling

Roll it into a log & use toothpick to hold it together

Put in fridge for about an hour

Then it on the smoker @ 230° in the internal temperature is 165°

Take it off the smoker & let it rest for about 15-30 minutes, then cut into it & enjoy!!!!

Like I said not real good for you but it tastes so good!!!!

Until next time!!

All Rolled up

Just off the smoker
Finished Product

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Benefits of Running

I can’t tell you how many times I am asked “Why on earth do you run?”  And when I answer with my typical “Because I like it” answer, I get running is so boring & it hurts me or my favorite is I used to be a runner but stopped after a few times.  There are so many good reasons to run, but I run because I want to & there are a lot of other good benefits of running.  So I thought I would do a little research about it.  Because I know there are a lot of know it all’s out there that know better than me so did the only I knew how to.  I googled it!!  LOL!!

I found 2 different websites that give me some benefits of running, &

So anyway I just wanted to highlight the one’s I feel apply to me & maybe others.

1.    Improve your health – Research shows running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping increase your lung function.  I have seen that since I started running my health has been in tip top shape.  Running can also boost you immune system. 

2.    Prevent Disease – Running can help lower your risk of breast cancer & help reduce your risk of having a stoke.  Which is good for me because my grandmother had a stoke.

3.    Lose Weight – Running in the leading way to burn off extra calories. 

4.    Boost your confidence – By setting & achieving goals, you can help yourself feel a sense of empowerment, which in turn will make you a happier person. For me this is the biggest benefit to running!  I have set several goals for myself & I have reached most of them!!  I am so much happier!!

5.    Relieve Stress – Stress can diminish appetite & sleep quality.  When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy & hormones.  When I run after having a stressful day I feel so much better after I run!

6.    Running strengthens your knees – It’s long been known that running increases bone mas & even help stem age-related bone loss.  I have had a bad knee since high school but since I started running my knee does feel better & doesn’t hurt as much as it used to!!

Once again I am NOT a medical expert!!  I found all this information online & I just thought I would share with everyone!!  I also wanted to share how this information applied to me!!


Until next time!!