"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rock CF Half marathon Recap.

You have to learn very quickly not to take yourself too serious if you are me. Laughing is a great tool that I have adopted for my not only being birthed into a series of unfortunate events but also for the constant mishaps, misfortunes and misdirection's I have performed.

This was my girls weekend with Danielle and it gave me multiple opportunities to screw something up.

Like forgetting my brand new running shoes at home.
Or poor Danielle's reservations getting messed up and not having a room.
Then to add a cherry on the top..
Finally getting a room in the middle of a bunch of knot head kids.

I LOVE kids. I work with them every week with bells on.
But being up all night listening to them talking about getting more weed, getting more high and getting more obnoxious was not giving me a loving feeling.

About midnight, my brains fell out. The Latino in me was burning, maybe it was my Napoleon Complex, regardless, I lost it.
Without thinking, half dressed, maybe even less, I opened our room door, stepped out and told them to keep it down.
I am not sure if I caught their attention because all I was wearing was a sports bra and a pair of booty shorts or they suddenly were convicted about their ridiculousness
but they acknowledged me...for about 5 minutes!

With no sleep, I was last to crawl out of the queen bed Danielle and I shared at our 6am wake up time.

ROCK CF Half Marathon.
Danielle and I, Love this girl!

Everything appeared to be falling into place perfectly:
  • The weather was sunny and 21!
  • Danielles shoes fit great!
  • We got what appeared the last parking spot at Gross Isle High School.
  • Getting our bib was a 5 minute process.
  • Port-o-johns were even easy to get in and get out of.
Danielle was short on words, I could tell she was nervous. I think Danielle wouldn't have been as nervous had I not given her a goal time of 1:40-1:45.
But she was a trooper. "I will do my best to stay with you, if I have to drop off, you go ahead."

I was so excited to see both Michelle and Anthony T at the start of the race. I was looking for both of them and they found me.

Pretty sure my eyes are closed! Michelle B

Anthony T and  me
The starting line was very organized. We positioned ourselves in the front.

Side by side we took off over the starting matts together. The sun was radiant, it danced off the water in front of us. I was so happy.

THE COURSE: Mostly flat until we approached mile 7, then the rollers began. Most of the course was along side the water. Seeing the sun come up with the water next to me made our 7:45 pace not so noticeable. You had to be careful not to get lost in the scenery or you might fall into a pot hole. The road was patched and stitched together with multi-colored asphalt. The winter was brutal to the island and the roads took a hit.

Danielle stayed with me until mile 9. She then slowly backed down, never really leaving me,  staying in my shadows.
Mile 10 was AWESOME. We ran through the hanger at the Pilot House. They had a band rocking it out. I got so stoked running through the little air field that I picked my pace up on that mile to a 7:35.
YIKES! "Girl, You better be smart, you still have 2 miles, AHH Dang..I ONLY HAVE 2 MILES LEFT, You got this!"

I found a guy to keep my focus on. I slowly began to close the gap. As I approached the 12 mile marker I found myself just about 4 feet behind him. I just was not ready to make my move yet.

With a 1/3 of  a mile to go we made a sharp turn, I let him go in front of me. I wanted to see the finish line before I attempted to pass him.
With the "Finish" a couple hundred feet in front of me, the crowds all along side of me, I made my move.
It was a crowd pleaser. The crowds were shouting when I made my move. The guy picked up his pace. "OH NO!" Now the announcer was getting involved in the excitement. I HAD to TURN them over stronger and faster. He could NOT pass me. The adrenaline was pumping through my veins like a lunatic. I picked my legs up and found a gear I didn't know I had.I BEAT HIM! I wanted to say "Good Finish"  to him but he was no where to be found.
I did see Brian from Dailymile at the finish though. That was a great surprise.
My Legs were still Jumpable! WTG Danielle on a PR!

RUNDOWN:
Running In Danielles Shoes!

RockCF Half Marathon: 1:40:42
Course was about a tenth of a mile short. Great Race, Great volunteers.
The shirts and medals are very cool. I would do this race again!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Considering I have a infection, I ran in Danielles shoes, this is the first time I have ran hard at this distance since last spring, I surprised myself. My Body is healing, so thankful, God is Good.



Anita

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Comedy of Errors

This evening has been a comedy of errors. This was Danielle and my girls running weekend.
We headed to out hotel in Flat rock over an hour away. UNFORTUNELTY for me about an hour into the drive I had a massive brain fart. MY SHOES! I didn't remember seeing those Pepto Bismo Brooks running shoes. I called home to confirm my fear, they were still by the garage door.
Danielle by the grace of God brought 2 PAIRS! And just happens to wear the same size shoe as ME!
But our issues didn't stop there!
Our hotel did not have us booked!!
Danielle sat on the phone for over an hour trying to get out room situated.  I actually left and came back with dinner and she was still on the phone!

So between forgetting shoes, having no room, it all worked out great...
Tomorrow, it will be COLD but NO Snow or Rain! Sunny and a bit of wind. Lets see how it goes!! What your estimated time?


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hills..

4:45am. "UGH, close your eyes maybe you will go back to sleep." Wide wake with nothing to do but get up.
COFFEE...The house was so quiet. Everyone asleep I curled up with my bible, a perfect cup of coffee and a throw.
It was going to be a good day.
The girls were meeting at my house to run at 8:30.

Danielle was waiting for us at Clover Park for a 9 mile run. This week was a step down week. Between getting sick and stepping down my miles are way down!
Last week I had close 50 miles, this week I will be lucky to get 40.

Jama, Danielle, Lacey and I looked like quite the posse. All four of us are training for Bayshore Marathon in May.
Danielle had our course mapped out to perfection. We had a trail, some dirt roads and a lot of hills.
We were just getting in our groove when we all saw her. One wicked wench of a half mile incline. Danielle had a very pleasant grin plastered on her face, the rest of us started whining at the first sight. It seriously looked like a highway to heaven it was so long. I personally didn't know whether to laugh or cry. We sounded like a bunch of nagging woman all complaining about this beast. By the time we reached the top we were all in a slight goofy laugh, you know the ones that sound half crazed.
"We get to go down that though on our way back!" Danielle so positive. Too bad it was only 1 of 2!

5 Tips for Running Hills:
  1. Hill Sprints- Steepest hill you can find 10-15 seconds attacking her. Take a 2-3 minute to recover completely! Just do a few of these your first time.
  2. Long hills- These hills are great to do a few times taking a few minutes to get up. They are hard however going down multiple times on your legs. You will take a pounding.
  3. ITBand- If you are struggling with this hill are NOT your best company. Hills will aggravate and worsen your condition. Especially the downhill.
  4. Keep your posture upright, chest up. Picture yourself holding a rope that's secured at the top of the hill.
  5. Keep your eyes focused on the top of the hill, eyes up and focus on the finish.

Rundown:
9 miles

I dropped below the 3 figure mark. I can not figure out what is going on with me. Eating is not a main priority of mine but I like food. I just hate taking the time to sit and eat.
Cachexic- this is the word my dear husband calls me. I will spare you with the picture he attached to it, is grotesque and not scorning him any points. I of course gave him a choice word and sent him a picture in return. It was not a very Godly wifey thing therefore I will put a period here. But it was funny!
I ATE good today. I even ate bad, but I ATE. I ate so much for dinner I have a food baby.
I enjoyed Girl Scout cookies, Tagalongs, I felt a little healthier knowing they had peanut butter in them. I even ate 3 cheese garlic bread with our goulash.
Really hoping I can put some weight on before my race Sunday.

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Cheater..."Danielle, what are you hoping to run?"
"I was thinking starting off at a 8 -8:15 and go from there, but if you are trying to do a sub 8 you can go ahead of me..."

 Anita

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trading in my knees..

Lets Keep It Simple SUNDAY!
"Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees." Isaiah 35:3
No one will come near me after a run, Sheba thinks I am a salt lick.


My Day in 5 Sentences:
  1. Made dad my special oatmeal, he is having surgery issues.
  2. Missed church,both boys had AAU tryouts for basketball from 9-12.
  3. 1:30pm meet Jama for her long run, 15 miles.
  4. Exhausted I head to Youth group at 5, love those kids.
  5. Sweat pants and chill out...So happy.
My Run in 5 Sentences:
Most of the deer ran off, how many can you count?? Behind the tree line...
  1. My knee is aggravating me after my gravel road run on Friday.
  2. Easy pace was the goal, I was hoping around a 9:30, NO FASTER.
  3. "Jama, Slow it DOWN!" I had to keep reigning her in!
  4. We saw field of deer over by the Veterans Cemetery, so majestic when they run, wondered "Do I look that graceful when I run." Yeah, NO.
Random thoughts:
My Father in Law had his second knee replacement surgery this week. We all were at the hospital to support him.
In the waiting room, someone had made a comment about me, my knees and how I will be in need of this surgery one day.
I wasn't really paying attention until later in the night. Then the comment struck me.
I spoke to mom about it. Mom had heard the statement made too and said "Anita, people just don't know you. You would never trade in your running for knees."
It didn't bother me at ALL that the statement was made. Mom even shared one of the nurses' story with me.. Mom looked at her slender figure and said "Are you a runner?"
She not only was a runner but now she was a walker. She was in recovery herself in her 40's from knee replacement surgery.
She explained to mom what I also explained and what mom knows so well about me.
I LOVE running. It is MORE than just exercising. It is the friendships, it is the community, it is my testimony, the races, the endorphins, the elements, the wellness, the witnessing, the experiences, the locations. Running has given me experiences most will not achieve. Running has introduced me to some of the most amazing people. I would never have met incredible people like, Jama, Jeff, Lacey, or Kay, or Danielle or even Michelle who I have only met once!
I would never have experienced runs in places like Pontiac Lake, Kensington, Stoney Creek, Indian Springs or my favorite Mackinac Island.
OH the Places I have gone, the people I have met, the experiences I have achieved. I wouldn't give it up to protect my knees.

Anita




We girls gotta stick together!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pot O Gold Recap 2015



I LOVE this Girl, She makes me laugh, and I love LAUGHING!

MURDOCK. That was my mothers maiden name. I grew up with a family very proud of their Irish heritage. My grandma and mother both had the most beautiful Irish auburn hair.
My Uncle Danny always called me "Little Anthony Quinn" because I was born half Mexican half Irish.

Before I left the house I had my corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot and my Kilt on. I decided very early in the week I was going to wear my Sport Kilt to work. When I showed up at work all the girls were cracking up.

This was the first time I can remember that I would be racing the Pot O Gold on a work day. Wearing my running clothes to work was the smart choice because of time restraints. Irish Blessings permeated all day.
Being in character set the mood for the whole day. Megan and I had so many laughs.
"Nita, what are you wearing under your Kilt?" Megan was curious about if I was wearing my outfit to race in.
Me: "Well my underwear?"
Megan stunned: You don't have any shorts under there??"
Me: "Hmm, the thought never crossed my mind."
Megan was rolling laughing so hard, She has the best laugh too.
Megan:"What if someone sees your underwear?"
Feeling frisky I lifted the back of my skirt up showing off my bright striped boy short panties and replied "Then they are going to see MY POT O GOLD!"
Stunned, this pushed Megan over the edge, She was dying at my flashy drawers!

I headed to Flint solo. I was so nervous. I had no idea how my body was going to race. My last race was a crap shoot. Shorter distance hurt soo bad.
Old man Jeff calls me a "Wuss". He couldn't be more accurate when it comes to shorter distances.

The race had a great turn out. Lacy and her partner Holly were both there.
I forgot it was a gun start and started in the back with the girls. We were bobbing and weaving trying to get over the starting mat. I hung with the girls, only every  time I looked at my watch we were running a sub 7 minute pace. I knew I couldn't hold that. I put my ear buds in and decided I better just run my own race. I stayed behind them for about a mile and a half and slowly separated.
Andy had shot me a text telling me to run this 4 mile race in 28:40. I had no idea where he came up with that number but I was going to try like the H@%% to make it. "Run your Own Race ANITA"

I was sucking wind and wanting to barf up the food I didn't eat. I just finished mile 3 and was on the home stretch when I looked up this hill. I could feel my legs slooowwing down. I tried to find a good song, I tried to dig deep and I even tried begging God for a miracle.
THEN the MOTHER OF ALL Dirty tricks happened.
Lacey came up on my Left with a sneaky leprechaun grin, smiled at me, tapped me on the shoulder and passed me.
"You Little SHIT!"
I was just a second behind her at the finish. I was really laughing when Holly came over, I could tell that they had dropped my name to "Beat". This is the fun in racing!

It was a great RACE, A lot of fun. I was astonished at my time honestly.
  • Time: 28:48
8 seconds behind the time Andy gave me.
  • Pace: 7:12min/mi
  • 4th overall female
  • 1st in my Age group 40-44
  • 2nd in Masters.

HOW in Gods name was I going to run 17 miles tomorrow? I couldn't sleep. It was after 1am. 
KENSINGTON METRO PARK.
I had to change my long run from Wednesday to Thursday because my father in law is having surgery in the morning. (His second knee replacement.)
Here is the magic in being able to run 5 days straight and 1 day after a race, are you ready for it?
SLOW AND STEADY  said the turtle.
We ran an average pace of 9:37 with walk breaks every mile. It was great. We actually did 18 miles, because we overshot our distance by a mile. We walked that last mile in. I am COUNTING it!

Love to hear some of your St Patties Races. What ones did You RUN?

Anita

Monday, March 16, 2015

2 Runs in 2day!


I was talking to Michelle E. as I was walking out of the gym this morning. Michelle was surprised I was at the gym, commenting "I can't believe you didn't run outside..."

I wanted to run outside, it was warm enough to run outside but I already had it in my mind what I was going to do.
  • Get to gym by 8am
  • Stretch and roll
  • Easy run on the track
  • Stretch, roll, upper body and core
  • Cold Plunge, Cold Plunge, Cold PLUNGE!!
  • Shower and get ready for the day.
  • Get out by 10:30.
I entertained the idea of running outside as I walked into Genesys but I didn't have my Garmin to map out my miles. I decided I would only run 4 miles and talk Alec into running 2 miles with me when he came home from school.

I had a full schedule of running around today. I was supposed to go to Somerset with Megan but it was not working out. I saved 100$ by not going to Athleta today! We were going to go bathing suit shopping. Andy says I am too old to wear a Bikini. It is kinda a bummer because I work really hard at taking care of my body, it is NOT perfect by any means but I am more comfortable with my body in my 40's then I was in my 20's. I like a 2 piece for me, not for others.

My niece Sarah stopped over this afternoon. It was so nice to talk to her. To see her smile, to listen to her dreams, to just feel her love for me. I love being an Aunt. My other niece Becca sent me the sweetest text message this afternoon too. I have always taken being an Aunt very serious. I don't have girls of my own. I even received a text from one of our high school kids struggling. I told her I was going to take her out this week. "Anita, I love you..."
That makes you all warm and fuzzy.

It didn't take too much to convince Alec to go for a run with me. He is the new owner of a Garmin 10 and has been itching to play with it.  I only ran 4 at the gym but wanted to get in 6 total today. I could chase behind that boy all day long. He ran the whole distance this time without getting a side stitch.
Someone tuckered out!

This is part of taking care of yourself that is a major payoff.  Being healthy and active enough to play with your kids. I had a college client this week that was telling me about a race that her and her dad ran together last year. They trained together , they ran together and it was AWESOME. You could tell it meant so much to her.

It is making memories. After we finished, I sat on the back deck. Alec, all red faced sat down with a glass of his homemade sweet tea. He pulled out his history on the Garmin and compared  info. He just sat there. "Alec, I am so proud of you, you ran the whole way."  "Yup, I did!" he responded with a ice cube in his mouth.
Gratitude.

It was a good day. I saved money, got 2 runs in, 2 showers in too and got to enjoy being not just a mom but an Auntie too!

Anita

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Triggers...

"When a man says I Cannot, He has made a suggestion to himself, He has weakened his POWER of Accomplishment that which otherwise would have been ACCOMPLISHED."
MUHAMMAD ALI

There is a section of downtown Holly that is pretty narley. Going old school with my vocabulary. As I ran past a couple houses it was like I was caught in a time warp. I felt like it was 1981. The warmer it gets outside, the more smells become distinct.
There sits a house on Saginaw St. Before I even approach it, the odor hits me like a bad flashback. How do I go from 41 to 9 years old?
The stench was so pungent that it regurgitated bad memories. I recollected the stale beer smell stained in the carpet mixed with dirty dishes. I could see the tiny kitchen with 20 year old un-kept linoleum from my childhood. The house reeked of mold, it  was mixed with dysfunction and chaos. The carpet was stained with undisciplined and filth. On a windy day, you can get a whiff of reefer, but today I didn't get that. The  stench was enough that I was able to connect the dots back 3 decades. My memories revisited the stale coffee on the stove in a nasty saucepan, burnt.  I saw the Playgirl magazines under the bed, hardly hidden. A joint rested in a metal bean bag ashtray which was sitting on the cigarette burned coffee table. I wanted to march in that house and back hand the dysfunction in there.
But I ran past the house, hoping I could outrun those terrible memories. However, I visited them all with gratitude, memorizing every detail like it was yesterday.

The last few weeks I have been doing tempo runs. I had waited to hear from Jama. She invited me to run 15 miles with her and Ken H.
15 miles was not on my agenda, however I did tell her I would love to run some of it with them.
After running 4 miles, I checked my phone hoping I would have a message from her.
I DID! She was wondering where I was. I texted her back but didn't hear from her.
Just as I was heading to Elliot Rd I had a brain fart. "Turn around Anita, I bet they are coming this way."
Ken H., Jama, Andy J. and I, trying to all squeeze in 1 pic!
I love the moments of me being BRILLIANT! Here they came, Jama, Ken and Andy J. I was shaking like a puppy.
I waved my arms in the air, expressing my excitement.
They were running at a very disciplined pace. About 9:50. The problem with this pace was I could do it, even after running 17 miles on Thursday. It was very comfortable, this comfort was like the devil in disguise.
I lagged back with Andy J as Jama and Ken chased each other several meters ahead of us.
Andy offered me to go ahead of him but I replied, "No man left Behind!"
Andy J. and I trailing behind, Jama and Ken so far up you cant even see them!

I looked at my watch, 9, 10, 11 miles and we were not back to 7 Lakes yet. Home was over 4 miles from 7 Lakes. They were still running in the park.
When we arrived at the park, I said, "I am almost at 12 miles, I may be calling Andy to pick me up!"
I waved them off and thanked them for a great run.
I never called Andy to rescue me.
Because we were at such a conversational pace it made it easy on my body. My body, legs, feet still loved me. It was one of those runs I felt like I could run all day. Easier said them done of course.

RUNDOWN:
Distance: 15.40
Fastest Mile: 8:02
Average Pace: 10:01
Recovery: Smoothie: Muscle Milk, Pineapple juice, mandarin oranges, frozen fruits and ice.
45 minute brain less bath, it may have even been an hour.

My Training Reminder.
I go all in. I feel like I I need to be out of breath and exhausted. Running with the group today was a great reminder to CHILL OUT.
I will be running 6 days straight, this is more than I normally do.
 I have to run smart. Eat smart, or just EAT. Roll, stretch, and smile!

I came home Saturday night with the boys from dinner around 9:30 at night. This little package was under my pillow! Some of my goofie FAVORITES. You have to really know me to know I LOVE Multi colored pens. I only like to write with Blue ink, multi colored pens and I really prefer sharpies, fine tip. Love my chocolate and a PINK Whistle for Coaching!! I have wanted a PINK whistle forever!!
A little Piece  of me~


 

In Closing, I am reminded today, I am a Overcomer. I am not a product of my past. I reminded of my past to feel gratitude at its fullest. I have no bitterness, I know that everything has a purpose and that God was preparing me, He knew what I could overcome.
Ask Yourself, Have you used your Darkest Moments to grow from? or Have your Darkest Moments Overcome you?
Anyone else have a trigger that sparked a Vivid Memory?? Good or Bad?
Anita