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Motivational Monday for the week of Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving week!  As we start the kickoff of this 2013 holiday season remember to be good to yourself.  Strive for consistency rather than perfection.  Although moderation is key, if you do fall off the “healthy” wagon just remember one meal is not going to make or break your goals.  Dust yourself off, get back on the wagon and keep going!

Blessings to you and yours!

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Reaching My Pink Goal

This past Saturday (and by the way did I ever tell you I love Saturday races) myself and some of my family & friends participated in the 1st annual Virginia Fallen Heroes 5k and fun run.  A great cause, but it turned out to be an even better day than expected!

Good friends of ours were coming to visit from CT this weekend and I have always wanted to run with my buddy Aimee, the timing worked out perfect and we all signed up a few weeks before they came down. The race itself was held down at Mt. Trashmore, a local park in Virginia Beach.  The weather was beautiful for running, partly cloudy and highs in the upper 50’s low 60’s.  There was both a kids fun run and a 5k run.

The kids fun run took off at 10 am and Mr. Cutesie Face rocked it!  Although it was a fun run he came in fourth.  Nice job Mr 🙂 My kiddos always amaze me!

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The 5k was held after the kids race.  The hubbies were granted the “privilege” 😉 of running with the strollers so the Moms could race together.  Don’t worry my hubby still rocked it and beat me by about 3 minutes even with the stroller!  I had a sub 30 minute race on my mind.  I have belonged to a Sub 30 Facebook Support  Group (yes we runners are a funny and supportive bunch) for quite a few months but had not managed one as of yet.  I told my hubby I wasn’t feeling a sub 30 today, his words “Hey you should always give it your all and at least try.”  He was right, sometimes I really need someone to set me straight.

The course was an out and back, sort of.  There were lots of runners of all paces that came out to support the great cause.  I told Aimee (who is a bit faster than me) prior to the race I would try to hang with her but to take off if she felt I was holding her back.  We stayed together until mile 2 when I told her to go on ahead.  I looked at my watch and saw I was holding a steady 9:50/mm.  Really?  Me?  Thanks Aimee 🙂  I kept Aimee in my sites for most of the last 1.1 miles.  I was determined to try my best for that sub 30.  To my elation I finished with 29:57!

OK here comes some TMI: After receiving my medal I nearly puked on both the volunteer and Aimee, who was waiting for me at the finish, lol.  NEVER have I come that close to actually puking.  I have felt like it but this was a little uglier than that, hehe.  I had to walk off to the side and come back for my water later.  But you know what, it was TOTALLY worth it!

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So why the PINK Goal you ask?

Well over the past few months I have been determined to accomplish a sub 30 5k for my “Pink Awareness Cupcake Race” (the virtual race I co-hosted to raise money for Komen for the Cure)  I have a strong family history of breast cancer in my family (my mom, sister and aunt)

So I dedicate my first sub 30 5k  ever to both my Mom and Sister and my late Aunt

who are breast cancer survivors.   

I love you so much, thank you for being so inspirational.

With the help of everyone who participated I was able to donate $1529.00 to Komen for the Cure!

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Motivational Monday Nov 18 2013

 

 

There are times when I get so focused on the end result of my training and hard work (not just in running but in life) that I forget how important the journey is.  There is so much to be learned throughout the entire process of life!  It may not always be enjoyable or easy for sure, but it’s so important to embrace not just the finish line, but the journey along the way!  If not we can miss so much.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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Color Me Rad and FUN – Review

A few months back I was given the opportunity to become an Ambassador for Color Me Rad.  I jumped at the chance as I had never participated in a fun run like this before.

A few Sunday’s ago myself and two of my kiddos participated in Color Me Rad 5k Virginia Beach.  I’m pretty sure my kids were even more excited than I was!  A few of their friends had done it in the past and it had definitely become a bucket list item for all of us.  One of the coolest things is that kids under 7 can participate with a parent for FREE!  Sweet!

Packet pick up was done at Sports Authority, a local sporting goods store.  The line was a bit long but moved fairly quickly.  We got our Color Me Rad Swag which included shirts, bibs and a color bomb (bombs were given out post race for the after party).  There was also a Color Me Rad store where you could purchase shirts, shorts, bandanas, etc.  We picked up a few items including extra color bombs, because hey we didn’t want to chance coming home clean 😉

Race morning was cool and breezy but we got to the race early and had plenty of time to park and hang out.  My kids were bouncing off the mini-van (which we affectionately call the mommy-mobile) walls.  Hey no laughing, I totally rock it 😉  We were signed up for the first wave at 9 AM.  Pre-race we stopped for “clean” pictures.  The DJ was already pumping some music and there was a Zumba warm up just before start time.

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And we were off!  The kids were so exited and my son must have told me 10 times how cool the race was.  Within the 5k we were color bombed and splashed with various colors and fun.  The Virginia Beach run was mostly grass trails and is NOT a timed race, Color Me Rad is all about fun!  I took it slow to hang with my little man and not twist my ankle because I had a half marathon coming up.

Post race we stopped for “RAD” after pics and joined the post race party.  The DJ played games, threw out TONS of swag and extra color bombs.  We were lucky enough to catch not one but two (one for each kid) extra shirts and a rubber bracelet!  The DJ and crew threw out tons of extra color and did countdowns that led to huge color bombs.  My kids absolutely loved it all!

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I would recommend this race as a some good clean  colorful fun for the whole family.  It was a great experience but not meant for the serious racer wanting to PR.  So if you have kids or your just a big kid yourself I am sure you would enjoy a Color Me Rad 5k.

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Motivational Monday – Nov 4 2013 – Embrace the Suck

I have learned this lesson recently:  You get to a point when you really need to push yourself to continue to see improvement.

I often have to remind myself that the pain is temporary and I am not going to die (although sometimes it really feels that way).  When I start to struggle, I tend to pull back, never giving myself the chance to embrace the “suck”.    Its a hurdle I am trying hard to cross with the help of my running friends and hubby.

Embrace the "suck"

Embrace the “suck”

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