spring has sprung

Enjoyed a weekend of fantastic weather and fellowship with family and friends. Caught up with a dear high school friend, Hollie, and her little family on Saturday. Who would have ever imagined two Texas girls who have fallen into the grasp of Oklahoma’s arms?

Started the weekend off with a Saturday morning run with my training group. I was so eager to return to my training after my week’s hiatus of running. So, I had 12 miles on the menu. Woke up and started my morning with a hot coffee and fresh scrambled eggs. I guess I am going to have to start getting used to the warmer days ahead. Even after the thunderstorm that had passed through the night before, Saturday morning welcomed us with a springy 60 degrees.

My run started off UH-MAZ-ING. I was just thrilled to be back on my running game. I even got to break in my new shoes. My Achilles was feeling great for the first 2 miles, and then it started to hurt- the same type of pain I was having a week ago. I said and prayer, and kept running. It didn’t give me any more problems during the remainder of my run, but I made sure to stop at every water stop just to rest it a bit. I finished my 12.25 mile run, and headed to the gym.

Saturday was an upper body at the gym. I have officially completed 1 unassisted pull-up! To complete a pull-up has been a goal of mine for years running, but never took the time to put in the work for it. After weeks and weeks of pull-up negatives, weighted pull-ups, assisted pull-ups, wide grip pull-up, narrow grip pull-ups, and any pull-up under the sun you can think of, I FINALLY can complete 1 pull-up on my own.

OH Press- Look a those biceps :)

OH Press- Look those shoulders and back 🙂

I will also be interviewed on NPR this week on Zobra Paster’s, On Your Health. I will let you all know when it airs.

Since I spent most of the week resting my leg, I did mostly lifting and resting this week. Plan on making a call to the doctor tomorrow. I will keep you all posted.

Week 12-

March 30- 12.25 mile run

Week 12 mileage total- 12.25 mile run

March total mileage: 84.81 miles

65 degrees.

Wow. It has been an amazing week. This weekend has been one of the warmest that I can remember in awhile. Which is pretty awesome. A little taste of Spring in the middle of winter.

This week I caught the couponing bug. Although I may not be all that great at it, I was inspired by the audiobook, “How to Shop For Free.” Tons of great ideas, but seriously turns into another job. Spent probably about 4 hours cutting and sorting coupons this week, and while I did save tons of money without buying things I didn’t need. It was a chore. The cashier at the grocery store was even excited for me, even stating, “it’s always nice when you save more than you spend.” I saved 64% at the grocery store! My haul included diced and crushed tomatoes, chicken, pork sausage, paper towels, and Cheerios (actually made 45 cents for buying the cereal). All for $17.73. Saving $28.59. I was pretty proud of myself. But, it was a lot of work. We’ll see how long I’m willing to keep it up. Since I was in my “I can get anything at a good price mood,” I stopped at Panera Bread to claim my free smoothie with my rewards card. I knew better. It was way too sweet and sugary. Ended up giving it to the boyfriend.

I finished out today with a nice threshold run at the lake. It was so nice to see people out and about, even if it’s just for the day. Since it has been pretty cold during the week, I usually do my running on the treadmill, and suck it up on the weekends when I’m not walking distance from my gym. When I do my threshold running on the treadmill, I usually write it down on a Post-it note or index card to carry with me. Today, I got a little creative. Or maybe I just became a normal runner.


Where do you write down your workouts when training outside? Or do you have a better memory than me?

I write it down because I’m more likely to do it. If it’s just in my head, I’ll start negotiating terms with myself. Come on, I’m human!

January 15- 3.00 mile run
January 16- 4.65 mile run
January 17- 1.30 mile run
January 19- 10.02 mile run
January 20- 5.01 mile run

Week 3 total mileage- 23.98 miles

Have a fantastic week!

**Please keep my little brother in your thoughts and prayers.**