Forgiveness Builds Strength

What a better way to prepare for the new year than to post my final part to the 2012 Living Better Series? Instead of writing the standard New Year's Resolutions, I ended up reflecting on some key elements I face daily in my life. Unconditional Love, Dictatorship in the form of uncompromising behavior, and Forgiveness.....such a wonderful gift but so hard to give.

I question why it is human nature to remember the bad things so well but forget the good things so easily? I am not saying we forget all the good and I don't deny we can suppress negativity, but generally speaking, we do a really good job remembering the little oops in life. Why is this?

I am going to be completely blunt and honest with you. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. Sometimes I even make the same mistake twice. Good golly! But when I do mess up, I realize it and I am sorry....really sorry.....especially if it ended up causing someone hurt. I will go out of my way to make amends and am often the peace maker saying it is all my fault....even if it isn't. This is not necessarily healthy.

Forgiveness can be healing to both the person who gives the forgiveness and for the person who receives it. The thing is, for it to really work you need to forget the wrong (as long as it isn't major like physical abuse) and move on. In addition, if you're the recipient of the apology, accept it and don't continue to tell the person apologizing what they did wrong. They just apologized....forget it and move on (again, unless it is something major).

It is crazy that still today I hear of mistakes I made as a child or other wrongs I did as a younger adult. It adds no value to current discussions and only opens old wounds. My goal for 2012 is to forgive and forget, to model this great gift. I hope others follow suit because forgiveness truly does make us all stronger.

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New Year's Resolutions

I have never really set any resolutions before in the past. I always saw them as meaningless and a waste of time. But now that I am more committed to my running, I feel resolutions are a great way to focus on what my goals are for the coming year.

It is great to set goals. They can be motivating and let you track your progress. Thing is....goals need to be SMART. They need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. So a goal to be more healthy really doesn't rock it. How on Earth are you going to measure your success? What are the criteria? A goal to drink more water. Awesome! You can keep track on how many cups you drink, monitor your progress, and reward yourself for a job well done.

With that said, here are my New Year's Resolutions/Goals.....

To run 12 half marathons in 2012. I feel this is completely doable and I want to do it mainly because I feel it keeps my running base where I want it to be. I also want to run a half in each month so if I get crazy in February, I still want to do my March half. Any distance greater than 13.1 miles will count to this goal.

To run each day in 2012. This one scared me at first because I wasn't sure if I was biting off more than I could chew. So I had to consult with one of the best, Shelly, for her advice/input. I love how supportive she was and willing to quickly give me the inspiration and answers I needed. I now feel this goal is completely attainable! I just need to run at least one mile a day....all year. Why am I doing this? I feel it will help me avoid those slumps I get by knowing I just need to do one mile....and that won't kill me. And through running I become a more peaceful, better, stronger person and I want that for myself....and for my family. Plus, I feel it may change my perspective a bit on running by letting myself actually run a true easy run at times. I really suck at that. And no, my overall goal isn't only 7 miles a week. If you follow me, you know I want so much more!

To embrace challenges and participate in ones that align with my running goals. I loved participating in HBBC (and still do for the final days). It was a great motivator for me and it wasn't about winning but about earning as many points as I could....about pushing myself....about getting active and feeling good. Thankfully Amanda has already announced the first 30 day Food Journal challenge. I'll give it a try, see what I think, and perhaps identify some oddities in my diet. Essentially, this is a soul searching challenge for me.

On an unrelated note, I had to share this....

It was a notification from Nike+. Note, it isn't year to date or all the miles I have ever run. Only the miles I have run with Nike+ but I loved the message and it made me laugh. And yes, my work does know I am a running addict and that I will get my job done on time so I can run! And I even got a special assignment at the Run and Walk for the Whales so I can do my job and still run the half marathon! Aren't I spoiled?

Today I am grateful for:
  • You....thanks for stopping by today
  • Angels....I do believe they are around each day and they don't need to be celestial....think about the good someone did for you recently
  • Pears....a real fresh pear is truly delicious
  • Water....I do love a nice cold glass of water!
  • New Year's....even if I may not see fireworks this year


Is a dictatorship ever really any good?

It amazes me how one simple moment can turn into so much. That Christmas Eve mass spurred a lot of thought and reflection on life and how we interact with one another. Events in my life after that mass added to my reflection. My mind has been racing with thoughts and I am struggling to keep them in focus and to share some with you.

We have all studied history at one point in our life. If you haven't, you lucked out! History was my dreaded course. I really didn't get into memorizing all those dates and names. It seemed meaningless to me. But every story can teach us something and perhaps I should have embraced the opportunity more.

Regardless, I can sit here today and say with confidence that a dictatorship can't ever really be good for anyone. There is more that one way to do something. No one is perfect. Therefore, no one can decide what everyone else should or shouldn't do. And this can be applied to life and running. My half and full marathon training plans may work for me....but don't do it how I do it just because.....they may not work for you.

And in life, how many times are people asked to do something just because? How many times is there a  lack of compromise because one person is so adamant that his/her way is the best way? Is this the way anyone really wants it to be?

My hope for 2012 is for better listening, better understanding, and more compromise.....as those things will make me a truly happy running mom!

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Tuesday Tunes and Resolution Run!

I have been told many times that I am a very positive person. Thanks so much but honestly, I am not always positive. I have been diagnosed as clinically depressed in the past and was prescribed antidepressants. I quickly quit taking them and knew there had to be a better way. Fortunately, my issue at the time was probably centered on a whole lot of stuff I was dealing with at that point in my life and I hit the overload point. Since then, I have been very good at knowing what I need to do to get myself to seeing the cup as half full, to realizing that things could be worse, to believing I just need to have faith, and to trusting things will work out how they are meant to.

With that said, I got some news yesterday that broke my heart. The deal isn't over but it made me break down and cry at my desk for a few moments. It also made me sick to my stomach with worry. This was not a happy place so eventually I took action. I grabbed my running gear and headed to the gym. So many times on the drive there I just wanted to switch lanes and go home. But no, I knew I needed to run. I was sad and grouchy and going home would only lead to unhappiness and potentially a fight with dear hubby. For my sanity and for my family's peace of mind, I had to go to that gym. I had a dream of just going ahead and running that HBBC Resolution Half today. Why wait a week?

I was honestly surprised that my spontaneous half turned out so well. This was the longest I ran since the broken toe and I had doubts. I ran negative splits and really picked up the pace at the end. I felt great! I could have run a longer distance too but wouldn't have picked up the pace so much so early. I ended up logging 13.23 miles with my little cool down with an overall pace of 8'16". And once again, I reflected on how that broken toe was a blessing in disguise due to the positive training impact of all the other things I have incorporated into my workout when running wasn't an option.

Post run fuel!
The run really cleared my head and got me to the point I needed to be. Some could say I was running away from stress. Others could say I was running towards my spirituality. I say a little of both. But I always end up with more than I imagined. I was running with angels --- others at the gym who were helping newbies learn the machines, guardian angels who didn't let the guy who fell off the treadmill OR the lady who fell off the Stairmaster get hurt, or the sweet lady who moved to another treadmill so a hubby and wife could walk side by side. And they were a darling old couple! I also ran into my inspiration and have lots of ideas for 2012. Hold on.....I will get to them soon....but not today!

When I got home dear hubby wanted to go on a walk so I coaxed darling daughter to go by telling her she could mark our way with chalk ---- a Hansel and Gretel walk. She eagerly agreed and we ended up walking 1.06 miles with one very intense uphill climb. Now I know where to go for even more hill work!

And welcome to today's Tuesday Tune --- You Are My Sunshine by Anne Murray --- in honor of my darling daughter. She loves stories from when she was a baby and last night I told her the story of one of our first doctor visits where she cried and cried in the car. I sang You are My Sunshine over and over and over and over. She stopped crying once I got her out of the car but I sang the song a little more on the walk to the doctors. This wasn't the only time I sang her this but it is the time I remember the most. She was just 6 weeks and it was my doctor visit for post-Cesarean check-up. I am not sure if this is a good running song but I did start smiling when I listened! And by the way, there is so much more to this song than I knew!

Today I am grateful for:
  • YouTube
  • HBBC Resolution Run...and I may need to do another next week too!
  • Being able to run a half marathon on a whim
  • My Dad
  • Flexible work hours


The Power of Unconditional Love

My darling daughter and I went to church Christmas Eve and she immediately konked out. This allowed me to listen fully to the readings only to get perplexed on the Gospel, which was a very long list of who fathered who with nothing else in between. My mind drifted back to school and decided this would be a very tough test to study for and wondered what am I really supposed to be getting out of this story. What lesson am I to learn?

The Priest did a great job touching on this during the sermon, and even commented that we all probably drifted off somewhere else. But to make a long story short, we all have names. Not just the name on our birth certificate but the names we have been called throughout our lives. Think of the names you were called in elementary school, junior high, high school, etc. Add to that, the names of people, good and not-so-good, who have been in and out of your life. It is through all of this that we become who we are today. It is through all of this that we each have the personality and behavior we have. A behavioral quirk such as taking 15+ showers a day can be an indicator of something.

Once I reflected on this, the story made an impact. I was holding my darling daughter and hugged her a bit more snugly thinking how precious she is and how lucky I am to have her in my life. I also knew I wanted to do my best to fill her life with positive names and help ease the hurt of any negativity. I want her to always know that she is indeed enough and that she is always loved....unconditionally.

Any mother can confess it is hard to deal with a full-blown temper tantrum. It may make you a bit crazy at times. But regardless, you still love your child. My love for my darling daughter doesn't change on her rough days and her good days. It is always there....equally....or if nothing else, growing stronger.

The power of unconditional love is amazing! It can give you the courage to go out and try something because you know you will still be loved even if you make a mistake or fail. Imagine life if we never tried. You cannot succeed without trying. And I believe, knowing you are loved unconditionally gives you greater courage to try.

Personally, I have many days when I feel I am not enough. I have always struggled with the idea of perfection and felt if I wasn't perfect, I wouldn't be accepted. Logically today I know that isn't the case but those thoughts and names from my past still influence who I am today.....even though I try to shove them to the side and say, no, it is okay to make a mistake.

I do have unconditional love in my life from my Mom and my darling daughter. I feel it more from my daughter who is always wiling to give me a hug or kiss, who loves to snuggle with me each day, who just wants to be with me and play, and who will still be by my side when I am grouchy. I love my daughter unconditionally and at times on her roughest days I just step back and look at her and realize she just needs a hug. And I will hug her and empathize that it is hard being a little girl and things can be so frustrating. I will tell her it is hard and that I love her. I hug her snugly and that is it. Any talk of behavioral management goes out the door because at that moment she just needs love. And it helps. Wouldn't it help you?

Imagine a beautiful garden. It's soil is rich and provides a good foundation for the plants. Water showers the plants with the love they need to grow, blossom, and bear fruit. Now imagine that garden with the same foundation but no water.....no love. Those plants will just wither and dry. Our hearts, our souls, our courage is the same. Without love we will indeed wither.

My challenge to you is to love unconditionally and to appreciate the unconditional love you receive in your life. It truly is powerful.

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Merry Christmas!

I may need to come back to this as my darling daughter has just hit the limit and can't wait one more minute until it is officially Christmas day. She wants ALL her presents....not just one tonight. It is so hard being a kid!

Before I digress too far....I want to say a huge MAHALO for the gift from my Secret Santa Blogger - Jill. I really think she had a direct line to my wants and desires! I have a great new Bondi Band, chocolate (oh yeah!), and a lovely new candle to chill out to. I may be lighting it soon!

And somehow in all this craziness of the holiday season I have managed to get some workouts in.

Thursday: I ran 5.46 miles with an overall pace of 8'36". I wanted to go 6 miles but heard an announcement at the gym and didn't quite get what they said; therefore, I had to go check on my car. Call it paranoia ever since my car was broken into years ago at the gym.

Friday: Oh my! My darling daughter and I headed to the gym bright and early but the Kids' Club was full so no workout and no play for us. However, we are both equally determined so we went to do some errands and tried on some dresses. Afterwards, we went back to the gym and I ran 4.1 miles with an overall pace of 8'32". I ran long intervals and had fun! I followed it up with a round of the Skimble Balance Act workout.

I really didn't think I would earn my 1 HBBC point for fruits and veggies with a holiday party but I pulled it off! The buffet actually had vegetables and I ate primarily that. Any seconds had to be vegetable too! We had a good time although getting our goody to share and goody to trade together took some work.

Today started off with taking dear hubby to work as he left his car there last night to party. Therefore, I didn't make it upcountry for any group running but darling daughter and I hit the gym again. I ran 3.46 miles at an easier pace and did no speed work. Although, I did play with the inclines! My overall pace was 8'41". I followed up the run with the Skimble Balance Act workout. I really think I am improving and I find it very meditative....and that is a good thing for holiday (and everyday) stress.

Today I am thankful for:
  • It being Christmas Eve
  • Reindeer Food
  • Vegetables at holiday parties
  • Chico produce bags....a giveaway is coming up soon for these awesome reusable bags!
  • Sunshine, rain, and rainbows!


It is almost Christmas....oh my!

To start the day off right, here is some thanks for a couple more cards from "Team Cookie".....

This adorable card came from Jenn and just made me wish I could see snow a little more often. Her blog design is quite cute too!

And what can make you feel better than a little HO, HO, HO from Caroline? I love her blog since it has a wonderful mix of running and life....a perfect match for this running mom!

Now for a confession. I have been lazy. Yes, I have been running and working out but I have been incredibly bad at pulling myself out of bed in the morning to do so before work. And I really should because it would help me at work. I have been fatigued and the doctor attributes it to the nasty infection that I am being treated for and healing from now. However, that is a pitiful excuse. How many days can I pull the "I'm sick and need more rest" card? My goal in 2012 is to just get up and do it! By all means, I have done it before, I can do it again! Right?

On a more positive note, I did run yesterday and my darling daughter gave me the best gift. I just didn't have the heart to run at a 10% incline and the weather was questionable. I didn't really want to subject the little one to another rainy run or else getting her into the stroller again may turn ugly. So I asked her if she would like to go to the kids' club at the gym and she eagerly agreed! Now, I am not one to count my chickens before they hatch because months ago she also eagerly agreed and when we got there she rebelled. I kept my cool and headed off for this next adventure.

The gift --- I couldn't get her INTO the kids' club quick enough! Yeah! I was doing almost as big of a happy dance for the opportunity to run as she was for the opportunity to play! I didn't want to push my luck too far (it is always good to end on a positive note) so I only ran for 4.14 miles with an overall pace of 8'30". I ran an easy run but picked up the pace for the final mile and then tacked on a little cool down. I felt good and really thought I would be able to get up early this morning to go back. Oh well.....I will get something in today. I know that.

But what I don't know is if tomorrow I can convince darling daughter that take 2 at the gym is a good idea!

Today I am grateful for:
  • Kids' Clubs - the best spent $4.17 of my life!
  • Wrapped presents
  • Nice realtors
  • Probiotics that help calm the very upset stomach....medicine side effect
  • Christmas parties ---- even if I am not ready yet!


Tuesday Tunes and More!

Can you believe it is almost Christmas?! That means 2012 is just around the corner and I think a great way to start a new year is to share a little bit more about myself. So here you go!
  1. I am a Libra so I am obsessed with equality and balance. This is most likely intensified by the fact that my sun and moon sign is Libra but that is about all I can say about astrology. I like it but really don't get fully into it. 
  2. I was born in the year of the rat. This made me very unhappy as a child and I am still not stoked to be a rat. My darling daughter was also born in the year of the rat. Therefore, today I must stand up for all rats and point out some of our qualities and I will leave it up to you to decide which are good. Rats tend to be smart, well-liked, protective, selfish, energetic (including nervous energy), prone to stress, need to learn to control aggression, cheerful, good homemakers, love knick knacks, anticipate problems, see the big picture, cunning, thrifty, like to save for a rainy day....
  3. I am thankful for all of my parents. Yep, I said all. I have an awesome biological mother who was brave and strong enough to give birth to me when she was a teenager. She never looked at me then as she immediately put me up for adoption. We have touched based since and exchanged pictures. Don't ask about the biological father --- I know nothing and never will. I had wonderful foster parents for two months. Never met them. Never will. But they opened their home to a child in need while paperwork was being taken care of. I have amazing parents (and by this, I am referring to my adoptive parents). I miss my Dad every day and wish I could be closer to my Mom to give her more support.
  4. I love math and have since the 3rd grade. I had a remarkable teacher then. She was great at inspiring kids, and girls, to love math! We even had I love math pins to wear!
  5. I have compulsive tendencies and like things to go back where they came from. Why can't everyone do this?
  6. I am currently addicted to Words with Friends Free. I think I have 10-12 games going right now but tell myself it is a good way to work my brain. Don't get me wrong, I don't play all day. I aim to give each game one word a day! You can find me at GoRunMom.
  7. I have overcome a lot of self-confidence issues through the years. There are still days I question if I am enough but I aim to do the best I can each day.
  8. I reconnected with my spirituality after my Dad's death and through my running. 
  9. I love, love, love music and if I am alone in the car and a good song is playing I will crank up the volume.
  10. I hate to drive. Really I do. And highways terrify me! Good thing there aren't any here. When I was on O'ahu for two years I thought I was going to have to confront this fear a bit more but only had to drive on a highway twice there. And one time was for a matter of seconds. 

Now for today's Tuesday Tune --- Funky Town by Lipps Inc. I must admit, I totally forgot about this song until it came on the radio the other day. I was listening to a different channel because I had had enough of Purity Products infomercials. And yes, I cranked up the volume! I need to add this to a play list!

Today I am grateful for:
  • New medications that seem to be making me better....finally!
  • Having a job.
  • The live Christmas tree in my office just inches away from my desk.
  • Snow....even though I barely ever get to see any.
  • Kefir Probiotic Smoothies!


Monday Love!

It is the dreaded Monday again but really, Mondays can be great! It is all a matter of perspective. As much as I want to stay at home with my family today, I will embrace this very long work day knowing I get an extra day off later this week to be with darling daughter. It is winter break so things are a bit crazy in the household. Speaking of crazy....I had the crazy idea to make the walkway to the newly planted garden safer for a preschooler. I wish I had more supplies but check out what we did....and this time we pulled dear hubby into the day of manual labor.

This all happened yesterday after I headed out solo in the morning for some good running. I really wanted to get a long run in and pretend to be officially training. Okay, I am training for a good time at the half in February....I just am not following my schedule/calendar as diligently as I did for  marathon training. I ended up  having a good run at the gym - 7.35 miles - my longest since I broke the toe. And I felt good at the end and really could have kept going. Can you tell from the before and after pictures below? But 7 miles was my goal and I may do next Sunday's long run on Friday due to holiday confusions, etc. My overall pace was 8'50" (if I am remembering right) and later in the day I did another Skimble Balancing Act workout. Some moves in this are tough but I think it is a great workout for runners. BTW, in case you are new or don't remember, Skimble is an app on my iPhone and you can get free workouts or pay for the full version. I am happy with the free!

I am loving the cards from "Team Cookie" in the Christmas card swap and want to share some love with you.

Check out this cutie from Nicole. I love that her card promotes adopting pets whenever possible. Way to go girl! You can find Nicole on twitter.

For you next blog hop, check out Trish! She is one busy lady and her blog banner says it all!

I love the cute idea behind the card from Cathy and you can definitely feel her personality when you look at her blog. And kudo's for a great way to highlight your blog reading list!

For this one, please do go by and say hello. Not only because of the darling card and great business card idea but because Zaneta was brave enough to organize this whole exchange!

Today I am grateful for:
  • Strong women!
  • My broken toe --- yep, it taught me that I can become stronger through altering my workout and proved that I have more determination and commitment that I imagined.
  • Not having to make a school lunch.
  • Peppermint mocha to add to my morning coffee....even though I left my travel mug at work.
  • Workouts to improve my balance!


Working Out with a Preschooler

My exercise for the day is not like any other day....but I wouldn't mind more like today!

I started out with the goal of getting some plants for the veggie garden that I have been promising dear hubby since we moved into this place. It is approaching two months so I figured I better do it and call it an early Christmas present. My darling daughter and I picked out some wonders --- patio tomatoes, black beauty eggplants, green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, basil (two varietys), oregeno, and thyme. Now, I don't know what we will succeed with and I opted to go ahead and get some tomato and veggie fertilizer to help us out. Our soil isn't the best. We were just going to bring them home and set them by the garden but we got ambitious. We decided to plant!

Therefore, we had to turn the soil, pick weeds, move rocks, etc. I then got even more ambitious and decided to make a fourth level for the creeping thyme so it won't creep into other herbs. Woah! I didn't know what I was getting into. Removing those clumps of grass and moving rocks was intense work. I was sweating like crazy and my body is already aching from the full body workout. And this whole endeavor took at least 1.5 hours!

See my nice new level by the fence?

And here is the whole project.

Some may call it a day and just relax but I opted to keep going so I could get some more HBBC points. I figured that intense gardening had to count for some points due to the heavy lifting, etc. Really, I was huffing some too.

For my "real" workout I opted for some Skimble today and darling daughter came over to join in. We did an ab workout and she has decided planks are indeed tough and oblique crunches are hard too. And she wasn't too happy with the Russian twists and abandoned me on the moutain climbing. But it made me feel good that she called me strong!

Afterwards I followed it up with a new balancing workout I hadn't tried before and it just pointed out that although I may be strong (in some regards) my balance really could use improving. Try it yourself....balance on one foot with the other leg at a 90 degree angle in front of you. Easy huh? Okay, close your eyes....did you wobble like I did? Yep, I need to work on this but found it very relaxing in an odd way. I think it is a great stress reducer to start or end my days.

Today I am grateful for:
  • Being able to garden outside in shorts and a tank top.
  • Being able to garden period....so nice to do when you are renting a home.
  • Rocks....although they are not nice in the garden bed itself they make nice walls.
  • Sunshine....a great source of vitamin D! And really, I should have higher levels by taking more advantage of my opportunities to be outside.
  • Being able to sit at the kitchen table and blog with the door open and my darling daughter playing outside on the porch....by the way she has been talking to me non-stop all day! And that means I am typing this while carrying on another conversation so I should add....
  • I am thankful for multi-tasking!


When a mile isn't just a mile

Today's run taught me reminded me of a very important lesson. Ironically it was a lesson at the heart of my guest post earlier this week. I am my own competition and I can't let previous performances get in my way.

I had a hard run today. First, I still have this nagging cold and had very low motivation. But I forced myself kicking and dragging onto the treadmill to run. I was about to get into the groove after a very slow start but then darling daughter started getting needy. I don't mind meeting her needs but could tell there was no way on Earth I was going to get to run. I didn't have it in me to abandon my need to run completely. Yep, even the running mom that has no motivation needs to run.

My decision: Get her dressed and we headed out the door to check out some roads nearby. There is a nice neighborhood that has safer roadways so I thought I could just drive around the corner to run there. Running on my street is now completely out of the question and I probably would have the same mindset if it was just me....let alone me with a jogging stroller. It is curvy, no shoulders, and quite busy with fast moving cars.

I thought my plan was solid until I got into the neighborhood that had no parking signs everywhere. Wow! No parking here huh....unless I parked in someone's driveway. Not an option....yet.....I will be talking to a co-worker/friend to confirm where she lives in this neighborhood and ask permission to park in her drive next time.

But for today, I drove over 6 miles to a road I could run on and got darling daughter set up in the jogging stroller with her snack. She was still complaining and unhappy but I kept going. Within 10 minutes she was zonked out....and I added a bit more to my run just 2 miles or so. But the run was hard....really hard....I felt heavy and sluggish and was huffing and puffing at times. I tried to not get too hard on myself with my performance as I have run these hills with darling daughter in the past with a better pace and lower RPE. Eventually logic took over. I am still running. I am getting it done. And hills at elevation with a jogging stroller can be tough....and it can be great training for the next marathon at sea level....right?

And yes, the cat is out of the bag. I am already registered for marathon #2! And even though my sluggish wee little run today had me questioning my capabilities for a bit today I have to remember, my daughter is growing and gaining weight....as she should be. I didn't run with her much at the end of my marathon #1 training so I am adding in more resistance into my runs.....and I am glad. It really does make me a better runner but if Dorothy can get faster and faster in her jogging stroller runs....so can I! (Although, I don't think I will ever be as speedy as Dorothy and you know what, that is okay as long as I am the best me I can be!)

Run Stats: 10% incline for 0.84 miles with overall pace of 13'46" (yuck) and hilly jogging stroller run for 2.98 miles with overall pace of 11'27".

More gratitude for the day:
  • I am grateful for those of you who are reading my second post of the day.
  • For having a run that compelled me to share how we can't always be so hard on ourselves.
  • For getting it done.
  • For fellow bloggers who inspire me, make me laugh, make me cry, make me remember we are all strong and human!
  • For girls' nights that let me postpone making dinner so I can blog!

Sweat and Fun

I love Christmas. I love to give. I love the smells. I love the decorations. I think I even love some of the chaos....not all of it though.

Yesterday after work was a perfect example of how yes, you can have it all!

I had a crazy meeting at work.....all stress and chaos.....and left shortly after with a very long to-do list for today. But I had to pick up my darling daughter on time and she had a school show that night. Therefore, we had a brief 2.5 hours before we had to be back. And in that time I had to feed her and get her ready. Sounds simple enough but I had to run. Yes, I needed to for my own sanity and I needed a good sweat. I told myself just squeeze in 30 minutes. I had time to do that for myself. So I hopped onto the 10% incline treadmill and got going. I decided to run intervals today and to push myself but not to do full blown speed work due to the pesty congested chest.

At 30 minutes I found my running happy moment. It usually happens somewhere around the 5K mark and I kept on running. I told myself, just go 10 more minutes. I had time for that. But then I was so close to the 4 mile mark I couldn't stop short. If you follow my blog, you will see I had the same issue as my last run....not wanting to stop. I ended up running 4.01 miles with an overall pace of 10'49"....an increase in pace from my run on Monday. I felt happy until I did this.....

Then I started coughing like crazy and got queasy so I got up, drank some water, and started doing what else I needed to do. Getting darling daughter ready for her night.....

to do this.....

plus more. And after the 1-hour concert we went out to dinner with some dear friends. And darling daughter got to bed way past her bedtime....and so did this running mom.

Today I am grateful for:
  • Being able to run.
  • Mini days.
  • Airborne.
  • Sleep.....which I really need more of.
  • Weekends.


Is it really Thursday already?

My cold is persisting and my chest is oh so congested.....and I really want to run.....maybe later.......

However it is a perfect day to say thanks for another card from "Team Cookie". Check out this beauty from Alanna at running42km.blogspot.com. You can also find her @lovemyrunners! I started following her journey with the Hood to Coast posts and still love what she has to say. Check it out when you have a chance.

Speaking of posts, I did my first guest post for Kendrick Ribeiro this week and you can read it HERE. It is a short post and the goal was to be inspirational. Leave me a comment there or here and let me know if I succeeded. And Kendrick picked out the photo....what do you think? You can learn more about Kendrick through my interview with him HERE and you can find him on facebook and let him know {lifeasa}RunningMom asked you to stop by and say Aloha!

Today I am grateful for:
  • Making contact with the winner of mix1 giveaway!
  • Photo editing....did you notice the nice hat on nuun? It wasn't really there.
  • Painting ornaments with my darling daughter.
  • Expensive one day shipping charges that won't really get to me in one day....but I am thankful I can ask for it to come quicker! (See, even things that seem negative can have a positive spin.)
  • Finding stamps in the outgoing mail box at work.....gotta watch those volunteers a bit more!


Almost Wordless Wednesday

If I don't hear from my mix1 giveaway winner soon I will be selecting a new winner on 12/16/11.


Tuesday Tunes.....and More

I am thankful I opted to participate in a blogger Christmas card exchange to get to know some bloggers a little better. Plus I got to meet this blogger yesterday through this delightful card and bumper sticker.

Go check out Journey in Running by Bobbie when you have a chance. She runs as a way to learn about herself and recently put out a fire!

On to running news:
I know you are not supposed to run if you are sick below the neck. Yes, I have a cough and felt awful Sunday....really awful. I was up coughing all night Saturday night so being tired surely played into it. But when I got home from work yesterday my treadmill was teasing and tempting me. I ended up putting on a new pair of running shoes (more to come on those later) and told myself I was just going to run a mile to "break" in the new shoes and see how my toe feels with my "real" running shoes again. I can do that with a chest cold, right?

It felt so good to run and I wasn't coughing so I thought a little extra wouldn't hurt as long as I kept the pace easy and just focused on doing a nice base run. Really, 30 minutes wouldn't hurt me, right? It got close to the 30 minute mark and this week's Tuesday's tune started playing.

Introducing Heart of Glass by Blondie! This is a fun song and my only sad thing to report on it is that its volume is quieter than any other song on my play list. So when it plays I usually end up turning up the volume and then getting blasted by the next song. Therefore, I don't often have this song on my play list but it just makes me feel good and happy....and that is a wonderful feeling when running....and it usually doesn't compel me to run faster....and that is good for my base runs.

Needless to say, I had to keep running to the end of the song. At that point, I was just over 30 minutes so why not round it out by going 35 minutes? At this point, I still wanted to run but had to call it quits. After all, I do have a chest cold and need to get dinner and lunches ready! The end result, I ran 3.14 miles with an overall pace of 11'14" at a 10% incline.

Today I am grateful for:
  • Blondie
  • My co-worker coming back to work
  • Fun runs....in races and at home
  • Running shoes that fit again
  • All of you bloggers and followers!


What a Weekend!

"Don't play in the rain, you will catch cold!" "Put your jacket on or you will catch cold!"

You have heard it and may or may not believe it. After all, you don't get a cold from being wet or cold. A cold is a virus. Right? The scientist in me says "OF COURSE!" but the reality it, my darling daughter and I had a bit of a cough and after being wet and cold, we are both doing worse. So perhaps being cold won't give you a cold but it will make your cold worse.

I feel awful and all I want to do is stay in bed but I have meetings at work and things to do. Running didn't even tempt me yesterday. The computer didn't even tempt me. I put my darling daughter to bed and immediately felt beyond tired and everything hurt, even my hair. I zonked out moments later only to wake up, take some medicine, and go officially to bed in my bed.

I can't say I am feeling much better now but want to share some of the fun that has been going on like school field trips to sing Christmas carols to those in the hospital.....

Partying when we danced the night away. This is just when darling daughter was beginning to get a little wild and crazy.....noticed the very composed (and perhaps somewhat bored) older brother in the background?

We woke up early Saturday to do a Christmas fun run. As much as I wanted to do the 10K for my ego I did the 5K with the family. Dear hubby doesn't come to the events as early as darling daughter and myself so we had fun pre-run.

The run was good and my pace was okay. My time was about 26'32". I didn't stop my iPhone immediately so it may be off a bit and the official times haven't been posted. Plus, I didn't look at the clock when I crossed the finish line. I probably could have pushed myself a bit harder but I am still in a dilemma about how hard to push the slow healing toe. Dear hubby even pushed the stroller some for the second time. It started raining during the run and darling daughter wasn't impressed. We got soaked. Can you tell?

Afterwards I got my darling switched into dry clothes and we went undercover and enjoyed the pot luck and being around other runners. And after that, I treated my darling daughter to a fun-filled day with games, treats, and adventures. Her bonus was getting to go to the Fun Factory if she was good during the run. She earned two extra dollars of games due to the downpour. But I don't know if that topped this....

And we are always crazy girls.....

But sometimes we can be more serious for a photo shoot for Grandma (although this was the 6th attempt)......

Today I am grateful for:
  • Getting a good night's sleep courtesy of proper medication
  • Pharmacists who go out of their way to assist paranoid over protective moms
  • Umbrellas
  • Hot chocolate with peppermint marshmallows
  • Santa Claus and all his helpers


mix1 Giveaway Winner Announced

Mahalo to everyone who participated in the mix1 giveaway either by spreading the word or entering. I truly do love this drink and am amazed that I just jumped in and had faith. For those who don't already know, I tried this product after a blog reader recommended it. When I discovered I couldn't buy it on island I purchased some online. You would think I would just get a bottle or two, but no, I bought two cases! And I could have bought more! (And I did later.)

Since I loved the product so much I decided to see if there was a way I could share it with you. Luck was on my side and I was able to offer one of you the opportunity to try four bottles of mix1! (BTW, I received no compensation for hosting this giveaway. The product was given free to me to share. The opinions are solely my own.)

I can personally say the blueberry is delicious, the strawberry-banana is yummy and a bit thicker than the blueberry, and I look forward to what the winner thinks about the mango and vanilla. I tried the vanilla product line with chocolate and it was good. In addition, the acai pomegrante is nice and the peach is to die for! I never thought I would like a peach flavor so much! My darling daughter and I were practically fighting over the bottle.

But in all reality, you just want to know who won! The lucky winner was chosen randomly through Rafflecopter and is:

Congratulations Jen Roe! You have one week to email me at lifeasarunningmom (gmail) with your physical mailing address. If I do not hear from the winner by 12/16/11 a new winner will be selected.

Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

Today I am grateful for:
  • Being able to share.
  • A couple extra hours of sleep.
  • Dancing the night away with my darling daughter....surely that earned some HBBC points!
  • My dear hubby driving us to work today.
  • Santa coming to town.