Friday, September 26, 2014

Pinch Me

Last week I did something COMPLETELY crazy!  

Like some may think I'm insane!

But I did it!!!

I registered for my first duathlon!!!!!

Y'all, if you know me IRL, then you know how ridiculous this sounds, but I did it!  I am doing the Esprit de She!  And truth be told, I am so excited about it!

Click here to learn more about the Dallas Duathlon.

Since I have absolutely ZERO running ability and am a beginner cyclist, I'm just doing the short course.  It's a 2 mile run, 9 mile bike, 2 mile run. So now I'm in the middle of a training plan. So today's Five on Friday is all about getting ready for the race and the things I "have to have" to get this done!

Running Shoes!  One of the biggest things I had to do in order to get ready for my race is get good running shoes!!! Close to where I work there is a running store called Luke's Locker.  I was able to go in and get properly fitted for a running shoe based on how I walk and run.   After my fitting, I eneded up with my new {neon} pink Brooks, and I have to tell you that I love them!!
Eating Right!  I've been trying to make those dreaded numbers on the scale go down, and its slowly-but-surely working but I've really had to curb what I eat.  I can definitely tell a difference when I'm running if I had a bad eating day because my body is just sluggish.  So my diet has definitely been over-hauled to lean meats, and lots of fresh produce!

Energy!  In my current training plan (and sometimes just for fun) I am doing long bike rides.  And by long I mean 30 and 40 miles worth of riding.  Energy is a must have to get through these rides, so one of my go-to items is GU Energy Gels. They are the perfect size to fit in my riding jersey, and definitely help me get through the long rides!!  I really like the mandrin orange, and the cherry lime, but they have all kinds of flavors ranging from fruity to peanut butter and caramel macchiato, root beer and chocolate outrage! 

A foam roller! This has been a lifesaver on my calf muscles and quads.  Brant asked for one for Father's Day when he was training for his triathlon, so I got him one at Target for less than $30, and it has become one of my favorite things.  My calf muscles get so sore after running because they just aren't used to being used that much, lol, and this help alleviate so much of the pain.  I typically roll my calves at least one, and sometimes twice a day.  So this is a must-have in my house!

And my biggest "must-have" is ENCOURAGEMENT!  I know it may not sound like much to you, but it is huge for me.  Probably because one of my love-languages is words of affirmation, but having someone say "great job" or having my husband send me a text after I go on a 20 mile bike ride that says "I'm so proud of you" means the world to me!  When my 3 year old looks at me and says "Look mom, I'm exercising like you!" it makes me want to do this even more!  I don't want to even guess the number of years that I'm adding on to my life by changing my lifestyle and taking care of my body.  So I need encouragement, and lucky for me, I have the friends and family who are giving me just that!  So if you need encouragement too, you just let me know because I'll be by your side cheering you on! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy First Birthday, Madeline Grace

I'm not quite sure how my baby went from this

Madeline Grace,
You help make our family complete.  You are such a sweet baby who loves momma, daddy and big sister Emmie.  You love Dax and the kitty, too.  Your big blue eyes can light up a room and brighten any bad day.  Your precious smile can and silly faces and bring joy to the gloomiest times.  You are simply a little ray of sunshine and you are treasured more than you'll ever understand.

You're walking everywhere and always on the go; you never seem to sit still.  You eat almost anything too, except carrots and avocado - you are not a fan of either.  You go to bed around 7:30 every night and sleep until 6 or 6:30 in the morning.  You go to Ms. Donna's during the day while momma & daddy work, then we have lots of fun and play time when we get home.  You love playing in big sister's room.  You love books, baths, your bunny, and watching Mickey Mouse Club House. 

You wear 9-12 mth or 12-18 mth clothes, and are in a size 3 diaper (although I think you'll be moving up a size soon).  We have your one-year well check on Friday, so I'm excited to see how much you weigh. In October we go back to see Dr. Pinto to monitor your reflux and see if your kidneys are still growing and developing.  Daddy and I continue to pray that the Lord will heal your little body so you don't need surgery; but not matter what we know that you are His child and in His hands.

My prayer for your sweet girl is that you will grow up know how loved and cherished you are, not just by me and daddy and Emmalee, but by the Lord.  You, my sweet child, are a daughter of the King and I pray that you will learn to know Him and fall in love with the One who first loved you.

Happy first birthday sweet baby girl!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Motivation Monday

Do you ever just feel like singing "Good morning, good morning..." because that is definitely how I am feeling today.  Actually, if you want to know the truth my heart is full of different emotions today:

Joy - because my God is alive

Thanksgiving - because He continues to bless our family

Anticipation - because of things to come

Longing - because my sweet Madeline Grace is turning 1 tomorrow and I long for her to stay little

Excitement - for Madeline's birthday party on Saturday

Proud - because I finished my first 40-mile charity ride on Saturday for Bike Out Hunger Mansfield!

It was cold and drizzly and windy, but we still finished.  We almost pushed to do the 60-mile ride, but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to make it back with the miserable cross-wind that we were up against. 

But I saw this posting on Facebook the other day and this is my motivation this week:

I've needed this motivation more than ever now because I'm officially signed up to race in a duathlon on October 26th.  Its a 2-9-2:  2 mi run, 9 mi bike, 2 mi run.  The cycling I'm not worried about - its the running!  I get thrilled if I run a mile without stopping - now I have to run two miles...TWICE!  But I know that through my training, I can do it...and when its done, it will be worth it!!!