Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Birthdays, Camping, and Picture Taking

So in an 30 minutes ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!! I love my birthday, and everyone else's for that matter!!  Birthdays are the only day a year that people think about you specifically and that gets to be all about you!  I'm obviously as excited as a 6 year old....and I'm going to be 26!  Oh well!!

So I've been taking LOADS of pictures with my new I just have to figure out how to put them on my computer so I can show them to you!!  Maybe I will accomplish that in the next couple of days.... I quit taking Iphone photos in hopes of actually posting my good pictures!  Being a pretend photographer is SUPER fun!

We went camping yesterday in Oklahoma!  My husband's friend's grandparents have some land and a cabin just north of the state line so we went up yesterday afternoon.  I spent most of the afternoon taking pictures of the cows, the pups, the trees, and the actually looks like fall up there and it's GORGEOUS!!  We made a huge fire in their fire pit, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, drank lots of Holiday inspired beer, and SHOT GUNS!! I actually hit a bottle with The Hubs pistol!  I was sooo excited!!  (Did I forget to mention we are FROM in Oklahoma camping....shooting guns was not only appropriate but TOTALLY necessary!!)  I will make a post advising you all to check back to these posts for pictures soon! 

Needless to say I have not gotten in the mileage I wanted to this week....camping and beer followed by a nap today was obviously more important.  Will someone meet me at the finish line on Sunday with some oxygen please and thank you?

Oh did I is my birthday?!????

Do you get as obsessed with birthdays as I do?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

One More Week

‘til the big Half Marathon I am totally not prepared for!
I did not get the 6 miles in that I wanted to the other night….ya know that thing called Thanksgiving and the fact that my house was full of people for 3 days?! Yah didn’t work out so well.
I got 2 miles in on Friday night before dinner and shopping with my parents. Quick easy miles about a 9:45ish pace (I'm slow remember?), started with Knox, about a mile in traded for Max, my mom’s miniature schnauzer, then another .5 miles and traded in for Marley, my mom’s other mini schnauzer! It was 3 very different portions of my run…but it was entertaining to say the least!! My parents call Marley ADDDP ADD-Doggy-Princess. And that she is! She is a complete SPAZ, but she’s super sweet and totally adorable!!

I traded a run for hanging out with my parents yesterday since they’re leaving town this morning and I had to work last night….however the NACHOS I ate for lunch yesterday are making me think this was not the smartest idea!! Oops!!..But they were SO good! PS I sucked at sticking to my diet on Thanksgiving….Oops again! Homemade Pecan and Pumpkin pie are HARD to resist!
The goal is for at least 3 miles before work tonight…..then getting in an 8 miler Monday or Tuesday night, just to get some distance in before next Sunday.
12 weeks from next Sunday, exactly, is the CowTown Half Marathon in Ft. Worth, which means I have a date with Hal Higdon for the next 12 weeks!! Hopefully I can stick to a training plan and finish a full Half without walking!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

It's almost Christmas!

Ok so maybe it's almost Thanksgiving....but THEN it's my birthday (one week after Thanksgiving) THEN its finally Christmas!!  Unfortunately I have to work Christmas this year....BUT my house is officially being transformed into my husband's worst nightmare!!!  The light people came and put our lights up today! (We tried to do it ourselves but our ladder is to short and the guy is doing it for less than a ladder would have cost....)

Tomorrow morning I will be the proud owner of this beauty.....
Thanks to my awesome work for the Christmas bonus!!
I was going to wait until Black Friday when it goes on sale, but it's not worth the $20 I would save to get attacked by crazy soccer moms!

Yesterday I did an easy 2 miles with The Hubs and Knox.  My legs still aren't quite used to a decent amount of mileage, I did an ice bath after Friday's run and that helped a lot.  I'm trying to be smart about increasing my mileage quickly.  Well on our run we saw this.....

I LOVE peacocks!! I used feathers in my wedding and have them in my living room! I ran down the street like a teenage girl who just saw Justin Bieber when I saw this!  Sorry for the sucky I-Phone picture again (those will all end tomorrow!) And yes I am creepily close to these people's house, hope they weren't home!!  This is wild animal sighting #2!!

6 miles is on the schedule for tomorrow....wish me luck!! 
I'll put up a picture of our lights tomorrow!!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?
Are ya'll crazy enough to endure the Black Friday madness?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sad, Sad day at Oklahoma State

My "alma mater" is Oklahoma State University.  I use the "" because I didn't graduate, but spent 2 fabulous years there (they don't have a nursing program) but the nursing school I went to was at a branch campus of OSU.  I am a 3rd generation Cowboy and my baby sister is about to graduate from OSU.  Let's just say this university has been a huge part of my entire life, a school SO rich in tradition, traditions I learned at an early age.

Anyways..... 10 years ago 10 players, coaches, and team members of the mens basketball team were killed in a plane crash.  Friday morning my OSU family woke up to news of another plane crash tragedy.  The women's basketball coach and his assistant coach were killed in a plane crash late Thursday night.  The thing about OSU is that we are all a family even when tragedy is not a current thought, but tragedy brings us even closer.  Talk about a school that is familiar with tragedy.

I thought this deserved a post since this blog is about my thoughts and life.  Like I said OSU is a huge part of my life, and always has been.  Ever you'll find us, LOYAL and TRUE, to our alma mater,      O-S-U!  Cowboys fan for life!!

My thoughts and prayers are with my OSU family tonight. 

Here is just a taste of our tradition I stole from someone's facebook....

Orange is that day that you moved into the dorms with a bunch of people you'd never met. It’s meeting those friends that would stick with you for life. It's "don't look at the arc", house decks and walk-arounds. It’s wearing orange the Friday before the first game & every Friday after that. It’s KURT BUDKE, MIRANDA SERNA, Barry ...Sanders, John Smith, Garth Brooks, Mike Gundy, Eddie’s and me. Orange is putting your arm around the shoulder of the stranger next to you to sing the Alma Mater. It’s making the switch to saying “Power” instead of “Orange.” It’s remembering Lewis Field & admiring Boone Pickens Stadium. It’s knowing that it’s left hand up to make an “S.” Orange is when it’s good for a Cowboy First Down and Ten. Orange is Pistols Firing – Touchdown Oklahoma State. It’s “...O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A Oklahoma STATE” no matter where you are when the state song is played. It’s the big smile on your face when you walk past the orange fountain. It’s going back to the place you worked in college & remembering it as the best job you ever had even though it paid the least. It’s a cabinet full of Joe’s cups. Orange is knowing that it’s time to go home when you hear “New York, New York” or “Shoulda Been a Cowboy.” Orange is the one you tried to let down easy & the one you’ll never forget. Orange is wanting to get out of Stillwater for four years & spending the rest of your life wanting to go back.

Proud and Immortal,
Bright shines your name.
Oklahoma State,
We herald your fame.
Ever you’ll find us,
Loyal and true.
To our Alma Mater
O – S – U!!!

Hello Runners High....where have you been?

First of all can I just say this OSU football game is going to give me a BIG ol' HEART ATTACK! 

I just finished a 5 mile run.  Yup that's right, the GOOD kind of run where you feel AMAZING afterwards!!!  I ran 2.75 miles, walked 0.25, then ran to 3.7, stopped for a drink and to pick up Knox, then finished a total of 5.25!!!!!!!!!!  I felt GREAT the whole time, and probably could have finished another mile or so but decided not to push my luck just yet.  I finally got out of my ;head and just ran.  When my legs started to feel heavy and I felt myself shortening my stride I just told myself "push, push, push" and pushed off with my calves....and IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello bathroom pic, post sweaty nasty run, in my NEW Under Armour all seasons NEON YELLOW so I wont get hit by a car when I run in the dark running top!!  Pleae don't judge my awesome hair!

 I ran by myself (minus the part with Knox) and listened to the Justin Bieber Pandora station.....yes I know, The Biebs helped me rock my run!  Let's just admit my dorkyness and say I have "Bieber Fever"  I am not ashamed.

I needed this run BIG TIME!

Just took an ice bath....ahhhh LOVE them!

Do ya'll ice?

PS it sucks when you get home from a great run and your husband just woke up from a nap and is trying to read something important and you and your endorphin filled self are saying the most random 'that run rocked" comments and he seems totally uninterested...Boooo!!! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Motivation and Perfect Timing

I registered for the Dallas White Rock ½ tonight….it’s 2 weeks from Sunday. Am I retarded? Absolutely. Am I going to take it easy and run/walk it for fun with a friend? Absolutely. Did I find some motivation from some coworkers tonight? I SURE DID.

Then guess what? EXACTLY 12 weeks from the White Rock ½ is the Cowtown ½. Cowtown was my first 5K last year and it’s a great race! Guess what else is EXACTLY 12 weeks? Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program……Perfect timing? I THINK SO!

GO VISIT CHRISTINA @TheAthletarian and check out her GelBot giveaway!!

My brain vs. My Garmin

The last week has consisted of totally SUCK-TASTIC runs. I feel like that statement could produce 15 blog posts all on its own.

I also feel like this is all I EVER BLOG ABOUT…..So apologizing in advance for that….

The Hubs has stated from the day I bought my Garmin that I don’t need it. He says I don’t need to worry about my pace, or my distance, or any of that BS, he thinks I should just go out and run.

I think I’m way to OCD to not have the numbers so easily accessible. My goals with running are different than his, I run to “race” (if you can call my slow-ass a racer…) he runs to run, for cardio, to stay fit, with no desire to “race” much more than a 5k. Yes I get obsessive over the numbers. When I feel like I’ve ran 4 miles and I look down and its been .5 sometimes I feel defeated, sometimes I feel like I suck…well this is most of the time. So maybe my Garmin sometimes causes me to get all wrapped up in the “I suck, why do I keep doing this to myself?” I am SO my biggest enemy. I have GOT to get out of my own head. I have the physical ability to be so much better at this than I am, but suck big time in the mental department. Last week I ran 4 miles straight, at a good pace, and felt good. Since then I haven’t gotten in a single good run. WHY!?!!!

I need some SERIOUS help. Can any of my blogger friends help me with this? Any advice on how to get out of your own head? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What I learned on Saturday's run

I learned a VERY important lesson Saturday when I met my girlfriend Olivia for a 5-6 miler.  FUELING BEFORE A RUN IS IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Duh right?!

I have never had a problem with this before, because I don't usually run shortly after waking up.  I normally run in the evening, about 45 minutes-1 hour after dinner or a heavy snack.  I don't know that I generally do this on purpose, it just kind of happens.

Well Saturday Olivia had to work for a few hours and we agreed to meet when she was done.  She called around 11 and said to meet at 12:30.  I know everyone else in the world would have been awake and had 2 meals by this time....but I work night shift and my sleep schedule is all janky!! So I got up, made myself a smoothie with a little proten in it, but we were low on juice so it was thick and I couldn't suck it through my straw!  Then I got distracted by Sports Authority on the way (I wanted some new running leggings and they were on sale....don't judge!) and forgot to get a snack on the way because I ended up being late! (Who me? Late? NEVER!)

So we started running, and I got about a half mile in before I started to feel the fact that I hadn't eaten.  It sucked to because I started off really strong at a good pace, but burned through the little calories I had taken in to fast.  So we completed the first mile then walked for a minute or two.  I happened to grab a GU gel on my way out, and Olivia suggested I wait until mile 2 was done to take it.  We were getting 4 miles in one way or another.  So we ran mile 2, which sucked, I was waiting to pass out....I stopped for some water and took my GU.  Mile 3 was SO much better.  I never realized how much of a difference GUs can make! 
                                                              HELLO LIFESAVER......
We walked for a minute or two in between every mile, just to give my body a chance to recover for a minute.  So we got our 4 miles in, I suggested doing another 0.5ish and Olivia said she was done.
                                                            4 Miles Done & Done!
                              *Please don't judge my greasy hair....just taking a page from Janae's book

I went to Cafe Express for my FAVORITE salad after...took one home to The Hubs too...working on those Wife of the year points!

Saturday night was ZAC BROWN BAND!!!!  = BLAST with some awesome girls!!

                                           We keep it classy with our BIG ASS Bud Light cans!

                                                    BOOTS  :  Footwear of choice in TEXAS!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Goals Update

Towards the beginning of October I made a list of goals for myself....I actually forgot about the post HERE until just now when I was reading Christina's goals!  I decided to re-read my October goals, and SUPRISE SUPRISE...I'm right on track!!!

-No more Dr. Pepper : I'm doing WAY better than I thought I would with this one!!!  I tried a Dr. Pepper 10 the other day (their new "diet" with lots of flavor...and I actually didn't even drink half of it.) I can't remember the last time I had a "real" Dr. Pepper!!!....This REALLY makes me want a Dr. Pepper.....

-Start running more : Doing good with this one too!!  I have finally started to increase my mileage, run a lot more frequently, and the quality of my runs is improving.  The Hubs has been running with me, and he's such an awesome motivation!

-Life/Crosstrain more : I'm doing good in the lifting and The Hubs life together a lot, probably 4-5 days a week!  I was doing awesome in the crosstrain department, that is until The Hubs bike got a flat tire and we havn't gotten it fixed yet!  So I need to work on that part....

-Eat Healthier : I am rocking this goal!  Since we started eating Primal (read all about it HERE) I feel healthier, and LOOK BETTER!  We are eating "cleaner" and much healthier....TONS of fruits and veggies!!  Hopefully we can keep this part up!

I'm really proud of myself for actually sticking to almost all of my goals....Now if I could just transfer that into my 'big girl" life and keep my house clean and the laundry caught up.....

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Improvement and pumpkin muffins

Last night I FINALLY completed a run worth talking about/worth counting as an improvement.  The Hubs and I took Knox back out to the park we saw the Bobcat (I know dumb right?) and it was dark LEAST favorite part of fall!  We did 4 miles, non-stop, no walk breaks!  I know this is so minor to some of you, but this was a big accomplishment for me.  I havn't been able to increase past 2-3 miles since I started running again, so this gave me a little encouragement to bust my rear to be ready for a Half by December 4th! 

So we have found a restaurant that has a gluten/grain free pizza crust!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Super exciting in our life because we LOVE pizza, and this whole "no grain' thing makes pizza eating a distant dream!  BJs Brewhouse has AWESOME grain/gluten free pizza!  Last night we made grain free pumpkin muffins..

.We had them for dinner and AGAIN for breakfast today!  SO good!! Here's the Recipe if you want to try them!!  We got the recipe from the Primal Cookbook Here  We really like this cookbook!  It has a lot of really awesome recipes in it!

1/2 cup cocunut flour
2tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cooked pureed pumpkin
6 eggs, beaten, (one at a time as you add it to the pumpkin)
4 tbsp coconut oil OR butter, melted
1/3 cup pure maple syrup OR honey (I used maple syrup, its cheaper!)
1tsp vanilla

Beat the eggs one at a time into the pumpkin add coconut oil or butter, syrup, and vanilla, mix well. Sift dry ingredients together into a seperate bowl.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk together until most of the floury clumps are gone, but stir JUST enough to blend.
Grease a muffin pan well (I used Pam for baking...worked perfectly) and fill the muffin tins 2/3 full.
Bake @ 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes (18 was perfect for me) until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean!

We ate them warm with a little butter on top and a side of blackberries!  You can add nuts or chocolate chips as well!!

My birthday is 3 WEEKS from today!!  My wish list includes this LOVELY watch, (picture from Nordstrom's website)  If anyone wants to buy me this for my birthday email me and I will gladly send you my address!!  (SO just kidding....kind of)

 and a DSLR then my blog pictures will be better than what I take on my Iphone!  & there's also the fact that I LOVE taking pictures...I'm not very good at it, but i want to learn!!  Any suggestions on a DSLR that isn't crazy expensive?

Here is another picture of my view on my new favorite running trail....well cement path that I consider a trail....

I am finally feeling like my body is adjusting to this new way of eating.  I am feeling properly fueled while working out and running.  Yesterday before my 4 miles I had a bowl of fat free yogurt with a banana and some raw almonds.  My body is learning to use the sugar from all the fruit and protein from all the nuts and meat to fuel me instead of the simple carbs I was eating before.  I really do feel SO much better! 

Well off to RUN to the gym (if I can convince The Hubs its a good idea....) then to do some full body lifting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Bobcat and Some Advice

Yesterday The Hubs and I took Knox (our pitbull mix) for a run around the park.  It was one of those, run, walk, jog, sprint, walk and run some more kind of runs. We really just played for an hour!  It was kind of awesome!!  It's finally starting to look a little like fall in Texas, and was GORGEOUS outside!!  This is our version of fall.....

                                                      Yup, that's ONE yellow-ish colored tree....
                                         At least they're not all brown like they were all summer!

Anyways on our way back to the car we saw a BOBCAT!!  At first I thought it was a dog and couldn't fingure out why I didn't see it's owner, then it registered that it was a giant freaking CAT!  Luckily The Hubs had ahold of Knox's leash because I'm pretty sure it could have eaten him!  I was a little too much in shock to think to take a picture!  It was gorgeous, but I won't be running in that park alone again that's for sure!!

 Knox doesn't pose for pictures very well....he chased a few too many squirrels and was a little on the tired side!
So I know I talk about needing motivation on here all the time.....but I've got to find some for real, and SOON.  I'm supposed to be running the Dallas White Rock 1/2 Marathon on Dec. 4th.  Problem is...and it's a BIG problem...I havn't ran more than 3 miles in a long time.  So I need some advice....should I push myself over the next few weeks and see if  I can get my mileage up?  Or just say forget it, and run the next one?  2 of my friends are already registered to run this one..... And the highest mileage run I completed before my first half was a little over 8 miles.  What do you think?

Also...anyone have a link to a pushup challenge? I still suck at those!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Spandex, Compression sleeves, and a Push Up Challenge

First of all....I LOVE my Spandex....I don't know why, and it's probably not a good thing! My spandex shorts and my capris. I'm currently shopping around for a pair of COLD gear long tights. They make me feel skinny for some reason....and the shorts make me feel like my legs look good..... This picture is how I feel in my Spandex shorts.....

I saw this picture on Pinterest, and then on Tall Mom's blog! 

So a few weeks ago I bought a pair of CEP compression sleeves, and proceeded to run 3 miles in them.  My legs were sore the last half of my run, and I'm pretty sure it was because of the sleeves.  I know a ton of people run in them, so is it just something that your legs have to get used to?  I was not a fan of running in them, however I am a fan of lounging around the house in my SPANDEX with the on!  Made my calves feel amazing!

So a few posts ago I made fun of myself for how aweful I am at pushups....and Jess @ The Blonde Ponytail suggested I do a pushup challenge.  Anyone have a link to one or want to send me the info?  This is RIDICULOUS!  After lifting chest on Wednesday night I tried to do some pushups and failed MISERABLY!  Someone HELP ME not be such a weenie!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Primal Diet Update

So far so good with this primal diet thing!  The Hubs has lost 10 pounds already!!!!  I've lost 5!!!! I am continueing to workout hard, but I feel like this change in eating habits has made a HUGE difference!  I can't tell you the last time the scale has gone down more than a pound, let alone stayed that way!!

The part I thought would be the hardest is finding stuff to eat....and keeping myself interested in it.  We bought "The Primal Blue Print Cookbook" and are actually really enjoying some of the things out of the book!  We have made chilli (which was AWESOME!) and we even found a recipe for crackers that have no grain in uses almond meal instead, and they are actually really good, and satisy that salty snacking craving!! 

My running is going less than great.  I'm running consistantly, but my mileage isn't increasing.  I am running 3 miles over and over and over, and just don't feel like it's getting any easier, and for some reason I'm having trouble pushing myself to go any farther.  I want to run the Dallas White Rock 1/2 on December 4th, but I just don't think it's looking good.....Any advice?

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!!!  We had a party with our friends and had a BLAST!!  And since it's officially Novemeber.....that means.....COUNTDOWN TO MY BIRTHDAY IS ON!!!!!!  I love birthdays!!

Ok off to eat some breakfast (yes I know its 1pm, that = morning time for me since I have to work tonight!) then go to Vitamin Shoppe and the gym!