Friday, June 9, 2017

Mizuno Wave Sky

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mizuno and Fitfluential,but all opinions are my own!

Finding the perfect pair of running shoe's has always been a struggle for me.  Since becoming a runner 4 years ago I've struggled with Plantar Fasciitis, hip pain, knee pain, and shin splints.  I honestly thought that having pain was just a part of being a runner.  Little did I know that finding the perfect pair of shoe's for your feet would make all the difference.

What I've learned over the last four years of running is that I'm a neutral runner.  I also have to have a shoe that has support, responsiveness, and cushion...lots of cushion!  Until Mizuno sent me the wave sky I had never ran in a pair of Mizuno.  Boy was I missing out!  The Mizuno wave sky has everything I was looking for in a trainer.  The heel and forefront has a good amount of cushion, the toe box is very roomy also.  Having a toe box that is roomy is very important to me.  I don't like getting blisters from my toes being tight!  The mesh in the front of the shoe also gives it that perfect breathable touch! 

I chose a short recovery run as my first run in the shoes.  Normally a trainer would take some time to break them in, but these had a very smooth transition.  No stiffness at all.  They were so comfortable!  These shoes would be perfect for running any distance. 

I'm definitely no shoe expert, but these are just the things that really stand out and matter to me when I'm choosing a shoe.  Also, the fact that they come in my favorite color is just another added bonus!  If you haven't tried Mizuno shoes!  Don't wait!  The Mizuno Wave Sky is an awesome running shoe and I highly recommend it!  To learn more about Mizuno Wave Sky click here! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

New York City Marathon: So The Adventure Begins

I was accepted into the New York City Marathon for 2015, but ended up deferring my entry to 2016.  The reason was because I was running the Dopey Challenge in 2016 and I just couldn't imagine running that many miles back to back, not to mention the costs of both of those trips back to back.  So this past November my daughter Bre, my niece Meghan and I flew to New York City!  To say I was a little nervous was an understatement.  I had never really traveled without my husband and the thought of taking on a place like New York City was terrifying! We had only been to New York City once and that was for Colt's cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  Bre was 6 at the time so she was so excited to see the city again! 

After we got there and got checked into our hotel we had lunch with some friends and then headed to the expo.  We stayed at a hotel on 57th St. near Central Park.  We loved it and we loved the location!  Our trip to the expo was our first experience on the Subway!  I can't even describe the excitement these small town Texas girls had when we first walked underground to the subway.  Blown away!

After our subway adventure, it was on to the expo!  The expo was of course one of the biggest I've ever seen...other than Disney.  We picked up my bib and made a few purchases.  I was just excited beyond belief.  Who would of thought I would ever be here, in New York City, picking up a bib to run through one of the most amazing cities in the world!

And a sweet teddy bear for Luci

We then headed back to the subway.  This time we accidently went the wrong direction and had to hop off and back on before we ended up on the other side New York City!  Now that we had the subway figured out, it was back to the hotel to get cleaned up.  We were ready to hit up Times Square for the evening!  Stayed tuned to hear about our first evening in Times Square!  It definitely deserves a post of it's own!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I'm Home Again

Wow! A lot has changed since I've blogged!  First of all, I am now a stay at home Mom again.  I'm loving every second and looking forward to summer when the kids and I can get out and have some fun.  This was a tough decision for me to make because I actually loved my job and the people that I worked with and for.  I know that I made the right decision though!  For our family things were just a little chaotic.  We are a large family and involved in a lot of things!  This year was Luci's first year of school and I was finding it hard to get away and attend her school activities.  Those are things that I just wasn't going to continue missing.  She's only little once and I can sacrifice material things for this time with her.  Joey's job also requires travel and a lot of time away so me being home allows things to be a little less chaotic.  His support is also allowing me to pursue my dreams and I can't thank him enough.

Being home has allowed me to eat lunch with Luci every Friday, attend every party, school event, and every field trip!  I wouldn't trade these moments for anything.  It also allows me to get workouts done during the day so they have my attention in the evenings.  I usually go to the gym 2-3 days a week for classes and cross training and I run 6 days a week with Friday being my rest day. 

It's been such an exciting year!  Since November...I've ran the New York City marathon, the Chevron Houston Marathon, the Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney World, and several local races.  Now that I have time off, I plan to get some race recaps up soon.  I started working with run coach in January and have since gotten a personal best in my half marathon, 15k, and 5k.  I'm currently training for the Chicago Marathon where my goal is to break 4 hours. 

Lunch is calling my name, but stay tuned for blog posts in the days to come!  Also, a few pictures below of what life is like.  Total Bliss!  So Blessed!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rock n Blogger 2017

2017 just got a bit crazier and a bit busier!  I'm excited to say I'll be joining the Rock n Blogger team as an ambassador for the Rock N Roll series of races.  I'm running the Dallas Rock n Roll half marathon on March 19th, but I'm also adding New Orleans, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Nashville, and maybe a few more!  The Rock n Roll series is one of my favorites!  I'm always excited when the Dallas race rolls around.  It's always an awesome experience! I hope to see many of you there and if you haven't registered for Dallas, registration is closing Sunday!  You can still get in and use the code below to save you $15!  I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hold On

 It's that day again.  The day I hate to see coming.  To be honest, I loathe this whole entire time of year.  Sorry folks, but it's just hard to be positive.  I don't really know how to even act on this day.  It's not a day for celebration.  I know it was for Colt, but not for me. 

This time of year I tend to just go through the motions.  I try to make Christmas great for my kids.  I put on the smile.  I decorate the tree. I buy the presents, but I just don't feel it.  What I've realized is that Christmas is just not my holiday! For those of you who can't quite understand..I offer this: It’s not the Christmas story — the gift of everlasting life and love and light — offered to the world in the form of a baby in a manger. I  love Jesus. A lot.  It's just the shopping, baking, decorating and all that.  The Christmas movies, the cards about spreading joy and cheer it just feels like false advertisement.  Every thing is just a painful reminder that things are not as they should be.  Then there's the Christmas music and all the sad stories on the radio.  I'm just being honest here.... I can be driving down the road and those songs or stories come on and I just want to punch out the window. Seriously. 

With that said.. I am trying.  Trying to find the joy of Christmas.  I'm trying to feel the same excitement the kids do when their eyes light up at the sight of the beautifully decorated yards and houses, or the excitement when they get to see their family and cousins.  Where do I find it?  How do I hold onto Christmas? How can I get back Christmas? How can I live Christmas again?  Reminding myself today and every day that there will come a day that His Light will shine before all men, and all will bow, and all will be made right.

I truly hope you all have a Merry Christmas

Friday, October 14, 2016

Do Things Different...A 15th Birthday!

How do you celebrate a 15th birthday when in your mind he's forever 3?  This year we're doing things different.  For the first time since he passed away we will not be having a balloon release for Colt's birthday.  Will we have one next year?  I don't know, maybe.  This year his birthday falls on a Saturday so we get to spend the whole entire day as a family.  I personally wanted to head to Disney World but taking off of school and work just wasn't going to work this year.  So, Joey and I decided to surprise the kids with season passes to Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor!  Saturday we'll be headed there for the day!  It's Fright Fest season so that should be interesting!  Some of our tribe, who also love Colt, will be meeting us there to celebrate for the day!

One of the reasons we decided to do something different is because there are just some years we don't feel up to it.  There are times we just want to do our own thing, but feel obligated to entertain others.  This year we're doing our thing.  We want this day to be full of laughs and memories, and this year we're throwing in a little fright and maybe some zombies and clowns!  Who knows!

This year our lives also seem a little different.  Our relationships are different, our tribe is different, our outlook is different, and we are just different. And my priority are the little faces under our roof and their happiness!  If laughter and fun is celebrating Colt's birthday with some zombies, then that's what we'll do! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I miss running!

What a kick off to summer we have had!  June 2nd, which was our last day of school, I went in for an abdominal surgery.  I had an umbilical hernia repair along with a diastasis recti repair.  Diastasis recti is the abdominal muscle separation that happens during pregnancy.  For most, the muscles will go back together or there will be a small gap.  I, on the other hand, had a very wide gap.  So large in some areas you could probably fit a fist into the gap.  This also caused an umbilical hernia.  I contemplated having it repaired, but the future complications it would cause not repairing it were way worse than the recovery from it. 

The recovery though, has been rough.  I think for the first week I was in a coma. I couldn't do anything without help.  I was like an overturned turtle.  I had to have help getting up, help laying down, help on and off the toilet, help getting dressed, help showering, and it was miserable!  I had two drain tubes coming out of my upper thighs that I had to drain twice a day.  My daughter Jolea was my saving grace.  She never left my side!  She made me breakfast, lunch, and helped me up and down.  She even put her swimsuit on and got in the shower with me!  Bre helped run me back and forth to the Dr. and Luke, well, he helped entertain Luci or just hit the door running at the crack of dawn to avoid work!  Each week things have gotten better.

I am now almost 6 weeks out.  2 more weeks and I can resume running and exercise.  I have dropped around 4 pounds, not too bad, but I just couldn't eat for the longest time.  I still can't eat a lot at one sitting.  I've given up Diet Dr. Peppers.  I have had one on occasion, but I can't even drink 1 full bottle.  It causes too much bloat and discomfort.  I had one minor complication and that was a part of my incision has opened up.  They won't re stitch that due to the risk of infection so I'm letting it heal from the inside out.  An annoyance, but it is what it is!  I also can't swim or get in any hot tubs until it heals...

So, I will have missed 7 weeks of running.  I'll be starting back with around 3 months to get ready for the marathon. It may not be the greatest race, but I won't give up!  We are in the works of planning a little summer vacation, and also planned our next Disney vacation for 2017!  More details on that later ;)  Things are going great!  Life is great!  So Grateful for every second of every day that I get to spend with the people I love!  Life is so very precious!


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