Eff This Healthy Shizzzz

Eff This Healthy Shizzzz

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how I have given up certain things in my life in order to simplify and make myself happier.  One of the things I gave up was dieting.  This was stupid. I have now reached a size where I don’t even feel like myself anymore.  You know those unflattering pictures that sometimes get taken of you by accident?  The ones where you are in the peripheral or the background and you were clearly not prepared to be photographed?  You’re hunched over in the most…

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Finding Comfort in the Senseless

Finding Comfort in the Senseless

I was teaching my 7th period class today when the bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  My phone started ringing the instant classes ended.  We have several friends who live in Boston that we were worried about, and my mother-in-law is a race trainer and she always has a group or two of people running in major marathons.  Immediately, Chris and I touched base with everyone we knew and we relieved to hear they were all safe and sound at home or back in their hotel…

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10k On-the-Fly

10k On-the-Fly

I’m slowly getting back into running again.  I’m up to three or four times a week, and it feels so good.  Well, mentally, at least.  Physically, I’m freaking sore!  My calves are throbbing, my back is aching, and my thighs feel like they’ve been put in one of those paint shakers at Home Depot.  As my dad always said, getting old is hell!  But, I’m doing it one step at a time.  If I don’t feel like running on a day when I planned to run, then I walk.  If…

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Running Out of Time

Running Out of Time

So, I casually mentioned in a blog post last week that I signed up for a 10k. And no one is freaking out about it, so I thought I would say it again to give people ample time to die laughing. I SIGNED UP TO RUN A 10K THIS WEEKEND. This is funny and terrifying on several levels. Level One – I have never run a 10k before. Ever. In fact, the farthest distance I have ever run was 8 miles. And that was at my peak last year. Level…

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Body Image

Body Image

It has been a jarring day, to say the least. I am spent. And my body image has been battered down to my sixth grade self. Several things happened today which led to this middle school regression in self confidence. Allow me to share. 1) Remember that inspiring post I wrote last week about my running and healthy eating habits? Yeah…. about that… I haven’t run since that post and I’ve decided to go all the way and just JUMP off the wagon by eating like crap on top of…

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Running Around All Crazy Like

Running Around All Crazy Like

Well, against all odds and against everything I thought I knew about myself, I have actually stuck with this running thing.  Who knew I was so determined and athletic?  (Determined athletes still groan and moan when they roll out of bed at 6:00am for a work out, right?)  I continue to impress myself, and I think that’s important.  We should do something every day that impresses us.  It’s how we grow. The thing that I am loving about running is how it has become so much more a part of…

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Dear Sarah

Dear Sarah

My best friend, Sarah, is in Michigan with her husband’s family for the summer.  I miss her like crazy.  She’s been in Canada at their family cottage for the past two weeks, which means I haven’t been able to talk to her because she’s technically “traveling internationally,” according to AT&T.  But I know she read my blog every day, so this is my attempt to reach out to her.  Because I miss her.  A lot. Dear Sarah, You’ve been gone for almost half the summer.  I miss you so much! …

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The Fourth Mile

The Fourth Mile

Though it is summer, I am continuing to run six mornings a week.  I’ve learned that I can go further and feel better if I alternate long runs and short runs, so every other day or so I keep my run only about a mile and a half.  On the other days, I run anywhere from three to four miles. And that’s as far as I can go. I don’t know if this is normal for a runner, but I have hit a major wall in my running.  No matter…

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Better Run, Run, Run

Better Run, Run, Run

I can usually tell how I’m feeling about life in general based on how my running is going. Right now, I can barely get my butt out of bed. I am dragging fo’ sho’. I haven’t skipped a day when I was scheduled to run yet, but I have certainly shortened my distance and slowed my pace. This morning, Sarah was going to run with me but she texted at 5:15 to say she was taking a rain check. I laid there for a while, dozing in and out of…

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MamaBear 5k

MamaBear 5k

This past weekend, we went to Atlanta to spend some time with my sister and brother-in-law. On Saturday morning, we got up early because John Michael and I were running a local charity 5k with a friend of mine from high school. I’ve mentioned before that I am a new runner and one of the goals I’ve set for myself is to run a 10k in November. This 5k was a little warm up just to see how I was doing with my first round of training. We met my…

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