Life's Run

Journey of a mother, wife, runner..

Week Recap/Monday Motivation

Monday – Ran 4 miles

Tuesday – Ran 4 miles

Wednesday – Home CF WOD

Thursday – Ran 6 miles

Friday – Ran 3 miles

Saturday – 5k Race, PR and 2nd in Age Div.

Sunday – Ran 7.5 miles

On top of my training, I started coaching “My First 5k” on Monday and Wednesday evenings and got in an extra 3 miles of run/walk intervals.

Whew, what a week!


Training/Racing Mantra

On top of the Monday and Wednesday 5k coaching, I continue to train for my upcoming half marathon in November. I decided to throw in my first race of the fall this morning. Seafood Festival Don McCloskey 5k. Not only did I get a PR, I came in 2nd in my age division! I’m being a little hard on myself right now because I started out too fast. I feel if I could have held back a little more, I would have placed 1st. I think the excitement of racing again after taking the summer off made it harder to hold back. But a lesson learned is that I do have it in me and I have to work a little harder to control it, then let it loose at just the right time.

I use the above as my training/racing mantra!

Do you have a training/racing mantra, if so, what is it?

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and if racing, GO FAST, TAKE CHANCES!

The Transformation!

I selected this post to be featured on my blog’s page at Running Blogs.

This weekend I decided to tackle the boxes that have been sitting in our office since we moved into this house almost 9 months ago. Lots of papers and pictures and books. I found quite a few pictures that made me stop and stare. These pictures are of me from 2 and more years ago. I really don’t even recognize myself. Around this time, 2 years ago, I weighed in at 185 lbs. That is pretty close to my pregnancy weights but I was not pregnant. 😦 Two months prior to this picture I had hit bottom in my life and realized I had to make some changes right then or, well, I had to make changes. I quit drinking, I started to change the way and what I ate and I started the Couch to 5k program.

Me in 2010

I ran my first 5k in May 2011. By that time I had dropped 30 lbs.

August 2011, down 30 lbs.

Right after my first 5k, a very dear friend convinced me that I can do a half marathon. So the training began. I trained by myself and ran the Pensacola Half in November 2011.

Before the race, I was a nervous wreck!

I finished the race way better than I predicted and knew then that I would continue to run and continue to shoot for bigger and better goals.

Not only did I drop another 14 lbs in the last year, but my running continues to improve.

Left pic was in April and right pic was just a couple of weeks ago

The moral of me sharing my transformation with you is that if you continue to work hard you will see results. Do not get discouraged if you don’t see them right away. Just know, if you are feeling better about yourself than you must be doing something right, so keep up the hard work!

Week recap/Motivation Monday

Monday – No run because crazy monsoon rain all day! 😦

Tuesday – Ran 6 miles

Wednesday – WOD, 12 reps, 4 rounds (Burpees, Tricep Dip, Lunge Hop, Butterfly sit-up, Push-up, Jump Squat) Goal is to do workout faster next (my time was 9:46)

Thursday – Ran 4 miles

Friday – Ran 4.25 miles with 6 hill repeats

This is the hill that has 3 nice hills in it!

Saturday – Ran 8 miles

My total were very low this week because of no run on Monday but I will be kicking it up this week!

I had a great week and I hope you did too!


Knowledge is Power!

Someone very close to me said, just the other day “Knowledge is Power”!

I just increased my “Power” by completing the USAT&F Fundamentals of Coaching course. I am so excited to implement the information I just learned with the “First 5k Training Program” I will start coaching next week.

As first, I was hesitate to take the course because it looked as if it were geared to coaching students. I’m glad I did take it because I was told a good coach knows how to adapt any learning to the group they are coaching. I was also told that knowledge and experience are very important. That is good to hear, because I have some of that to share, but will never stop looking for more knowledge and experience.

My First 5k Coach and Road ID Winner….

Some incredible things have been happening lately and I feel so blessed. A few days ago I was asked to be the coach for the “My First 5k Training Program” at the local running store, Running Wild. I love how they describe the program on their website.

More than just a running program, My First 5k will teach you how to safely RUN a 5k in 12 weeks. Learn to make the necessary lifestyle changes to make fitness and running a regular part of your life.

I was told that this program has been a life changing experience for most of the people that participate. How awesome is it to be part of that?! We have our kickoff on Monday coming up. I am very excited and can’t wait to share this with everyone because I know if it’s life changing for them, it will definitely be life changing for me!

On to some other exciting news…the winner of the Road ID is….

And my 27th comment belongs to…

Congrats Kristin!! (Sorry pic is so small, still working on making them bigger)

Thank you everyone for entering and remember to look for more upcoming giveaways!

Wordless Wednesday

Week Recap and Motivation Monday

Monday – Ran PR 6 miler

Tuesday – Ran 5 miles

Wednesday – Crossfit WOD

Thursday – Ran 6 miles

Friday – Ran about 1.5 miles to park, did 5 SERIOUS hill repeats, ran about 1.5 back

Saturday – Ran 7 miles

After running 7 miles on Saturday, I went home changed clothes and headed to UWF campus to help out with the Pensacola Kid’s Marathon Kickoff.

(Left) Running with my buddy, Tripp. (Right) Me and UWF Mascot.

What is the Kid’s Marathon?

Pensacola Kid’s Marathon is special for area children ages 5-12. The split a marathon into 3 segments over an eight-week period. This past Saturday, the kickoff included a one mile run (4 laps around the University of West Florida Track). Then over the next eight weeks they will run, walk or wheelchair at home or school. At the end, the children will run a final 1.2 mile run following the Pensacola Marathon on November 11th, 2012 at 12:30pm. Upon completion, the children will have run and logged a full 26.2 miles. The children receive a Kids Marathon T-shirt and a Kids Marathon medallion. 

So many children are not participating in some sort of exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. I can not think of a better way to get these kids moving, off the couch and out of the house.

I had so much fun running with all the kids! So glad I had the opportunity to be part of this. I can’t wait to see them on November 11th after I run the Half Marathon.



Road ID Review and Giveaway

A few months ago my wonderful hubby ordered me a Road ID. What is a Road ID?

According to their website: If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just an active person, Road ID is for you. In the event of an accident, if you can’t speak for yourself, your Road ID will. It’s not just  a piece of gear – it’s a peace of mind.

A couple of reasons you should wear ID

  1. If you can’t speak for yourself, Road ID will speak for you.
  2. The emergency contact information is readily available on the Road ID.
  3. Accidents happen more frequently than we think they do.
  4. Road ID can save your Life. Period.

There are several styles and colors available. I have the Wrist ID Sport. Like all their IDs, it is laser engraved with your emergency contact info and even an extra line to add a mantra or short quote. Mine says “Never Give Up”. It is very comfortable because it is made of a soft nylon webbing with a velcro closure. It is water resistant. (We like to say they are “hydrophilic.” If you paid attention in biology class, you’ll remember that hydrophilic means “water lover.”)

The great people at Road ID wants you to be safe on your next run or walk so they are going to give one of my lucky readers their own customized Road ID!


1. Visit their website and check out the different styles and colors. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know which one you would like to have.

2. Like Road ID on Facebook. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did this.

3. Follow Road ID on Twitter. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did this.

4. Tweet about this giveaway OR share it on Facebook. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know which one you did.

GOOD LUCK! (The winner will be picked via

Contest will end and winner will be selected on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 12pm CST. Winner will be announced by 9pm CST that same day.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review/giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

ZOOMA Women’s Race Series

I am very excited to share that I have been selected to be an ambassador for the ZOOMA Florida race. The newest location, Amelia Island, was announced about a month ago.

First let me tell you a little about the race.

ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Start time: 8:00 a.m. half marathon and 8:30 a.m. 5K

Soak in the Florida sun and feel the sand in your toes as you enjoy a fit girls’  weekend getaway in awe-inspiring Amelia Island on north Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

You’ll be welcomed to the ZOOMA weekend with a Fitness Expo at the host hotel. Take in the oceanfront sunset as you drink a cocktail (or mocktail if you prefer) at a sponsored happy hour before your post-race meal on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, awaken early to run a flat and scenic half marathon or 5K. After the finish line, celebrate your accomplishment with friends at a fun After-Party Expo on the oceanfront lawn at The Ritz-Carlton.  Enjoy your adrenaline- and wine-fueled buzz with live music, massage, shopping, recovery yoga, and lots of empowering girls’ weekend energy.

As a ZOOMA AMBASSADOR, I will be running the race, promoting the race locally and encouraging you to join me.

Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move–encouraging fellow runners, creating unforgettable moments, and celebrating personal running triumphs.  Picture a post-race party and expo all wrapped up in one memorable “after-party expo” where these strong goal-oriented women come together for well-deserved celebration.  This is the Muscle Milk Light ZOOMA Women’s Race Series.

  • Mission: To inspire women to live healthy, happy & active lives.

I am so excited about this opportunity. If you want more information, please feel free to contact me. Be sure to follow ZOOMA on Facebook and on Twitter @ZOOMArun for updates.

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