Running…again. What have I done?!

Running…again. What have I done?!

So in January, I set some fitness goals.  Along with trying to lose some weight, I’m ultimately just trying to be healthy and strong, and focusing on fitness is a great way to do that.

I am still doing my kickboxing workouts at 9Round, and I’m still teaching a weekly dance fitness class at work.

I had initially set a goal to also do the Morning Meltdown 100 in my Beachbody app.  However, 10 workouts in, and I realized that for a second-focus workout, I just wasn’t enjoying it enough to force myself to do it.

I still wanted something more. 9Round is AWESOME. I love it. I grow stronger and better there.  But I wanted something to “finish” and work towards.

Then some coworkers were talking about completing the Women Run Arkansas clinic starting in March. I got sucked in. I’ve tried running before (see the year I ran 13 races, plus a triathlon, in 2013), and it’s not my favorite workout. But….it’s something good to work towards. So I signed up too. It will be 10 weeks of personal sacrifice. 10 weeks of home late, making sure I meal plan ahead of time, 10 weeks of pushing myself physically. But I want to do it.


The run clinic typically concludes with a 5K in Conway, but we decided to do something closer to home. And also, something harder and crazier. It’s an 8K up the world’s highest hill (it’s feet too short to be a mountain). So we are signing up for it, too.  #whathaveIdone


Then I was telling one of my weight loss accountability buddies about all of this, and she said “Why don’t we meet up in the middle and do a 5K together?”  She lives in Missouri, so we looked…and we signed up for the NWA Race for the Cure together.  Lord, it’s gonna be one heck of an active Spring!


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I’m not sure if I’ve lost my mind or if I’m about to get into great shape….but here’s to doing all of this by May! ha!

Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

We packed a LOT into Memorial Day weekend, so I have split it into two parts.

Saturday morning started off bright and early with a 5k with some coworkers. Becca and I had matching shirts made. Since we knew we weren’t going to be the fastest- they say “I run like a 90’s slow jam”

We got lots of compliments on them! (PS. My friend who made them has them for sale here).


We also met up with our coworkers Daysi and Ashlyn. So fun to do this together (though Daysi and Ashlyn were faster than us!)


After the run and a quick shower, we went to brunch together. Remi was SO funny this day. She was adamant that she wanted a dish pictured on our table- it was pancakes with fruit and bacon. She didn’t care about the pancakes, but she wanted fruit and bacon and “sour cream” (which was whipped cream).  She and daddy also enjoyed coloring together.


And she wore her cape to breakfast, because she’s super Remi.


We stopped by the park at the dump (yes, our city dump has a fun park right outside!) and played on the equipment for a few minutes.


The park is (of course) trash and recycling themed, so you can drive a trash truck and slide down a trash can. ha!


She always LOVES the swings.


After the park, we went to a hair appointment where I chopped off my hair! 🙂 I love the new, easier to style, short do!


We spent the evening at my mom’s.  The pool water was a bit cold, but the view and the sunshine were awesome.


Sunday morning, Remi got into my makeup while I showered and she gave herself a 5 o’clock shadow. ha!


And we all matched in our red, white and blue and sunglasses. We had our friend Gabby take a picture in the nursery. Love it!


Part 2 coming tomorrow!

Running PR Update: Week 2

Running PR Update: Week 2

I had good intentions this week, but only got one run in (but I did get several cross training workouts).

Another night, I was headed to the park after Remi went to bed, and the bottom dropped out and it started POURING, so I never got to run.

But the run I did get was GREAT.  It had rained all day, so I wasn’t hopeful to hit the pavement. But it cleared out after dinner, so me and Remi went to the park (I’ve been trying to run without the stroller, because I think running with it bothers my knee…but Tyler was gone for the evening).

We did a few laps of walking and running, and everytime I stopped running, she would say “Momma run!”  Talk about encouraging!

They are calling for MORE RAIN, so I don’t know how much I’ll get to run in the next few days….the park’s creek (that’s usually just a foot or so deep) was overflowing and running like crazy. We’ve had so much rain.

I’m actually not 100% certain I’m doing the 5K in August (just family conflicts, really) but we did sign up for one in October, so I’ll keep running and training until then (or keep going to hit my PR).

Running PR Update: Week 1

Running PR Update: Week 1