It was supposed to be cloudy and rain on my run today, and it was... for the first mile. As you can see, that quickly changed, and it sucked. I'm not griping, I'm just being flat out honest. The blazing sun, 1,000% humidity, a tank, tall compression socks, and a towel on Emma were just not a good mix. By mile 3 we were both soo miserably hot that I had to stop at the house to take off my tank, take off the towel Emma had on her, and ditch the big stuffed animal she'd brought along. I was so annoyed that the weather had changed and we needed to stop at home, but today would have been Delaneys (a former-student-of-mine) birthday so I proceeded on. I fought like hell until the very end, just like she did with her life. I talked to her on my entire last mile, begged her to give me her wings, and joked that the sun was all her doing. The girl loved the sun and heat, and I'd always tell her she was crazy because I hated it. She would have been 22 today, and I've celebrated her birthday every single year since she came into my life, and every year since she went to heaven. So even though this run was really hard, I knew the every day struggles she dealt with were SO much harder, so I didn't give up.
5 #strollermiles [9:50, 9:20, 8:56, 9:02, 8:03] for 'my girl' for run streak day number 7️⃣7️⃣7️⃣, ✔️.
It was so bad on the treadmill that I had to finish today’s run outside. 8 miles total and a necessary self-reminder that one bad run - where goal paces weren’t hit - is not indicative of my growth and strength as a runner. I guess I picked out the perfect @momentumjewelry wrap for today 💀
I about died out there this morning. Set out to do 20 minutes of running (all in one interval, a new thing for me). Made it to 16ish and stopped to walk for 30s. Then picked back up but made it about a minute shy of my 20 minute goal. I don't know why I couldn't do it, but I just couldn't no matter how much motivating self talk I gave myself. 85% humidity, dew point 74. Feels like 86 outside and it's 6 in the morning. I'll chalk it up to that. Hydration here I come 😧.
3 miles • 10:58 pace 🏃🏼♀️ The sky looked like it was about to fall out & pour any minute but we kept running & thankfully just got a little bit of rain on us. Worth it! Caroline was content the whole time looking around, It felt great outside AND I needed to run off some annoyance. My card got hacked AGAIN, someone ordered a PS4 on my account & so thoughtfully put it to ship to me then they ordered a controller for themselves & shipped it to them? So odd! Plus they signed me up for a million random & scam e-newsletter’s so my e-mail is a mess. 🙄Thankfully our bank & the store were extremely helpful & all is well now. I think this is 3rd or 4th time this year our cards have been hacked & once I lost mine sooooo I’m really close to just paying in cash. 🤦🏼♀️ Anyone have any tips on how to not have this happen? Open to all ideas. 🤷🏼♀️
6 more weeks to go before @ironmantri Maryland!
I finished off the week with a 9 mile run in the AM with @ehgarciaa, and 2 hours later I took off on the bike for my 90 mile ride! Killer elevation but that just means I'll be able to feel very comfortable on the flats 🤞😅
I was praying for rain, since the sun was just beating down on me(scroll to find my sunburn back lol) and finally got it with 8 miles left of the ride! I was super thankful for it even though it came 5 hours later! 😪😱😅
And the ride was worth it... since I passed a car going down a mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway!!! They had passed me at the top and I cought back up and left them, needless to say I feel accomplished! 😂😁
Wasn’t my best but it’s ok not every race is going to be great and let’s be real...training for this race was non existent haha😂 I had a great time with hubby though, he motivated me the whole time, he pulled over when I had to throw up 🤢 on our way home sigh* I was a mess at this race. Better luck next time! Congratulations to all who conquered the heat, humidity, and hills today! .
It was so cold out there this morning....-7❄️And they tell me that it’s just going to get colder so for this wk only ending Saturday 25th of August -
Oringal and reflective buffs, 3Dheadtube compress sport, Zensah smart Running gloves, Zensah thermal arm warmers and Vigilante jackets (only) all 20% off!! Hurry only while stock lasts!!!
31hrs/102.1 miles/17,900’ elev. after leaving The Village and circumnavigating Big Bear Lake I stumbled across the finish line and checked off my lifetime goal of completing a 100mile race by age 25! This was not what I expected at all. I envisioned pain not torture, I envisioned running not crawling, I envisioned laughing not shedding tears. There is NO freaking way this would have been possible without my amazing crew by my side. For these guys to put up with my moaning/grunting and snails pace for that long is unbelievable! To my beautiful girlfriend for coming out the second year in a row and staying up all night driving to aid stations, dropping off my pacers and supplies you are my hero and you have no idea how happy seeing your little pretty face and smile made me each time! I’m forever thankful for this team of friends and I will NEVER forget what they have all done for me this weekend!
Finished 28th overall/2nd for my age group. I battled IT/hamstring issues in my left leg early on at mile 25 but it wasn’t until mile 63 when it really took a turn for the worse. The pain is something I never expected to go through in my life, yet I’m happy I did. Now I’m left in this surreal state as my body settles down trying to determine if this is reality or all a dream 🤔. Thank you to everyone for the support and kind messages leading up to the race and after I finished yesterday as well you guys helped motivate me to get across that line knowing I had the support of an army behind me! #bucketlist ✅ #kodiak100#ultramarathon#supportsquad#family#hokaoneone#zensah#onestepatatime#nopainnogain#neverevergiveup#getout#chaseyourdreams#neverstopexploring
🔥🔥 HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF MY SECOND 20 MILER. holy moly, y’all. I did NOT want to do this run. But you know what? I have goals and those miles aren’t going to run themselves. During the warmup my legs felt heavy & my heart rate felt high. When it came time for the workout I was shocked how GREAT my ‘on’ miles felt. Goal was 9:45-10:15. Actual paces were: 10:05, 10:02, 9:50, 9:44, 9:43, 9:32, 9:35, 9:24. I don’t ever hit paces like that so late in a workout before. And they felt SO GOOD. The process is working!!! The training plan WORKS (@mamabear_runs_marathons is a saint) and so does strength training (thank you, @madeline_moves for #tightertogether !!). I am feeling so confident with only 48 days (??!) until @chimarathon!! Old picture because I had to dash to get ready for work. You gotta do what you gotta do! Hope everyone has a great Sunday!!! ~~”THEY WILL RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY.”~~
Shit just got real y’all...just got my uniform scrubs for school! It’s so crazy to me that I am just 4 semesters away from earning my BSN. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had to break down so many road blocks, or because I’ve heard “NO” from so many people, that it’s just not real to me. I’m sure I’ll get over that real quick when I’m waking up at 5am every Tuesday for my clinicals! Believe it or not, I’m 34 years-old. I didn’t always get A’s for grades, and I didn’t always know I wanted to be a nurse. I also have never been the type of person to take NO for an answer. So learn from my mistakes, and use my victories as an example to never let anyone (including yourself), tell you NO. If you have a goal, a dream, a little voice in your heart telling you to “go for it!” ...just do it, because I will guarantee that the fear of failing is nothing compared to the regret you’ll feel not living your life on your own terms.
For everyone whose supported me, given me advice, and has helped push me to this point...THANK YOU! From my parents and best friends, to my nurse friends, and especially to the friends I’ve never met but have been so kind to me on this crazy thing we call social media...I am so grateful. People always say things like “this is just the beginning...”, but like literally...this is my beginning because you know... I’ve got another 2 years to go, lol! So, not only do I promise not to kill anyone, but I also promise to one day hook all of you guys up with Botox 💉