"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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Not to be taken Lightly

When you blog you open yourself up to plenty to scrutiny. I give people lots material to talk about.
Sometimes I care but usually I let it roll off me.
It's none of my business what you think of me.
I recently heard some words said about me and my running. God has given me the gift of recognizing when I am a conversational piece. A blessing and a cursing. I try not to hold grudges and most of the time I succeed.

Here are a few points I want to share about ME;
  1. Yes, I LOVE RUNNING. Sharing it with others, learning from others, coaching, encouraging and running.
  2. My IDENTITY does not lie in my running. This is a running blog, clearly I am not going to flood it with other parts of my life, my family, my dog, my church, my work or whatever else makes me who I am.
  3. Yes, I run a lot, that's what I like. My running might bother a few, but to those who I have met, encouraged, cheered, taught, watched, my running has made a positive impact.
  4. For the few haters out there, WHAT have you done to encourage someone else? What have you done to try and inspire someone else?
  5. I Run to not just be part of a community that encourages, edifies, and supports one another but to invite others in and watch them inspire as well. All Are Welcomed. All colors, All sizes, All Shapes, all Beliefs, I don't JUDGE.  I have been in many groups. And some of the biggest haters have actually come church people. I am a churchy person, however, I don't do many groups due to the fact they are not always welcoming, not always encouraging and not always nice.
Today, at Cross Country a mother came to me. "I just wanted to say "Thank You". Thank You for taking the time and stretching Trinities hips out. Whatever you did she said really made a difference."
Matthew 5:16                         
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Maybe My Identity is "Just trying to make a difference."  A hip stretch, a high five, a smile, a couple words or a pat on the back.
It is all given to me from God. I do not take my responsibility as a Christian lightly. I am a LIGHT and I try to show it in the gifts HE has given me.

The Rundown
Distance: 14 miles, 1 mile XC & 4 miles biking.
Location: Clover Park Linden
Temp: 31 degrees, cold windy
The Crew: Danielle and Jama
The whole run was all effort today. I don't know what I would have done without the girls. Our route was another hilly one. My It Band is getting a bit angry, last weeks 60+ miles didn't score me any brownie points.
On our run we still ran a sub 9 minute mile and that is with a few water/walk breaks. I couldn't figure out why I was so fatigued, "REALLY girls, I thought this was LSD?" I felt better knowing my burning lungs weren't from being old and weak.
I have been making out with the foam roller this week. I even took 30 minutes today and laid down with Sheba after our long run and before Cross Country.  I took a bike to XC in order to stay off my feet.
Pain seems to fertilize a lot of negative thoughts. Coach Jeff called me. He said this to me "Celebrate what you can do right NOW, Do the Work, and if you are still slowing then You are getting to be an Old Lady." Jeff's profound Wisdom.


Isaiah 60:1            
 "Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Runner Wisdom.

I hate when I can't control my thoughts. I woke up after only sleeping for an hour. I couldn't get it together. My mind was chaos, and the same cumbersome thoughts kept drilling deeper and deeper into my space. I couldn't get out of it.
I found myself praying for God to "Create in me a Clean Heart." I prayed For "Peace"
I was desperately begging God to calm the storm in my mind.

With little sleep, I woke up at 5:30am to Andys alarm. I laid there only to find myself back in my own metal torment.

In a mild anxiety attack, I sent Andy a text message asking him to pray for me. My chest was heavy, tears rested on my eyelashes and my body was shaking internally.
"Get a Grip Anita, Calm down."
I recited all my mantra, I recalled Gods promises but I knew I had to just suck it up and get the day tackled.

It's like I can hear God saying "RUN Anita RUN".
Yes, I believe God loves to see me run. Because He knows I am running right next to him.
I felt my wet tears hit my shin as I ran around the cold track.
They were not tears of emotion. They were not even tears, my eyes watered from sweat and effort.
They watered from the release of a whole lot of chaos.

Distance: 7 miles at GAC track
3 miles with Husky Road Runners. We had a great turn out in the snow. We hit the trails for 3 miles at Sorenson Park.

It's been a rough week being Anita. My kids have had a rough week, my heart is heavy. I continue to pray for a clean heart, wisdom and discernment. I wish I knew the right thing to do all the time.
Claudia reminded me that I shouldn't beat myself up so bad on the trails tonight. I love my running friends. Claudia is a crazy funny as she is deep and wise. I knew I was where I was supposed to be out there tonight. So grateful.
Runners Hold A Lot Of Wisdom.


Monday, April 20, 2015

No Stopping Monday!

"AHH, IT'S 6:25!!!" I heard a toilet seat drop, waking me up out of a sound sleep. It probably startled me because it is a RARE occasion the boys in my house ever put it down. "Mom, You should leave the seat up for us, because you are the only girl in the house."

I slept through the night, it was a beautiful thing, COFFEE, I need COFFEE is all my mind replayed in between remembering to turn the Alarm off, grab lunch meat and find my robe.
I felt clumsy trying to do my routine in order without making to many mistakes.

I didn't want to run. I needed to run. It looked like rain. I was still trying to wake up. I didn't want to run.

I needed accountability. I called Lacey. Lacey sounded like she was just waking up. "Hello" she said in a droggy quiet voice. "Lacey, You wanna run this morning?"
She sounded like I felt and she felt the same way I did.

12 miles of Hills.
You know, that there is only 1 vowel difference between HILL and HELL? I discovered that as we were running up another HILL and my body felt like HELL. "Hey Anita, I was thinking we could do 10 miles, I have a route on Rattalee Lake rd."
I didn't want her to see the fear in my face, Rattalee Lk road is EVIL. It was created by Satan to injure runners, eat them up and spit them out with no REMORSE.
"Ok" I replied trying to hide the terror in my soul.
We were running our miles at a moderate pace about a 8:20 mile. Somewhere about mile 6, I turned the gears over. Lacey was hanging tough next to me.
Together, we just kept nailing the hills. The backroads were thick of muddy sludge making it difficult to get grounded. Mud was flying faster than we were! We gritted 3 miles out, running at a sub-8 minute mile. It actually felt good. We both agreed it felt better to tackle them hard, to run with speed. Breath deep and turn them over! We brought the last 2 miles down to a conversational pace, the only time we had the energy to converse at all.
I wore my old shoes, they took a beaten

I was completely consumed in front of the computer screen watching the 2015 Boston Marathon. It was just incredible. The tears welled in my emotional eyes. My stomach had butterflies in it as I stared intensely at the runners. I wanted so bad to be there. Watching the Boston Marathon is like a Superbowl game for runners!
Desi Linden lead the pack, however, she just didn't have the extra gear to make the last 5K to the finish when the pack picked up the pace. She still finish 1st American over Shalene Flanagan and Amy Hastings and 4th Overall. With a Time of 2:25:39
Meb came in 8th and was a total crowd pleaser. He is a class act. I think he has replaced Ryan Hall for me! He finished behind Dathan Rizenhien from MICHIGAN.
Mebs time: 2:12:42
Dathan (RITZ) 2:11:20

I wanted to be there so BAD. But a big Shout out to those that were there, Kathy M and Mike K.

Chopped Salad
I cut all the veggies up small, layering them, just add salt, pepper and feta cheese. I like it without dressing.
Garbanzo beans are also a great layer, I ran out of room!

Red Onion, tomato, red pepper, green pepper, carrots, cucumber, cauliflower and broccoli.

If you watched the Marathon today, what stories did you enjoy??

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Long Haul

The Long Run reminds me of the Long Haul.
That place in life you wonder if you are ever going to get through it.

As a child, when chaos was brewing in our little trailer I knew I had to figure out how I was going to get through it. I would play out several different scenarios to make sure I had all my options covered.
It didn't take long, a case of beer, a bag of weed and Eric Clapton shaking the walls to know you were in for the Long Haul.
I would sit in my bedroom with my cassette player blasting Prince or David Bowie, hoping to drown out the dysfunction going on less than 30 feet away.
The clock would stare at me, haunting me. Father Time was like a bomb, the more he ticked the worse I knew the party was going to get.
 I would break the night up into segments, trying to make it easier to get through.

This in many ways reminds me of the Long RUN. I tend to have anxiety over it. I have found that it is best to break it up into compartments. Rather than looking at the run as a 20 miler, find a way to section it out making each segment a victory.

The Long Run teaches you so much. But you have to get through it to learn what you are made of.

Kensington Metro Park and Huron Valley Trail.
Lacey and Danielle were my running partners today.
Danielle took the time to map and organize our run. Over the last week, I don't think you want me in charge of keeping track of the route,  keeping your keys or cell phone!
Originally we were going to run Island Lake, However, because we are not familiar with that trail system we decided against it.

We all know what a challenge Kensington is when it comes to a long run , therefore, we accepted the fact we were going to have to step it up.
What doesn't kill you makes you Stronger.
Suck It up Buttercup.
It's just a Hill GET over it.

Lacey was running circles to get her Garmin caught up to Danielle's, while Danielle was filling her water bottle!

Between the 3 of us, we had a shocking amount of quiet time.
3 hours of running, you do a lot of thinking. It is not just trying to Control your legs it is more important to Control you mind.
"Strong Mind Strong Body"
It goes Back to the word I spoke about a couple weeks ago: DESIRE.

The three of us held each other accountable when it came to keeping our Target pace. We all whined up the hills but not too much where we would lose out energy.
The Last 2 miles we did at a threshold pace:

Distance: 20 miles
Time: 2:59:53 
Average Pace: 8:59
Mile 19-8:33
Mile 20:8:14

The days total Miles 21. I told the coaches I wasn't able to run with them, I ended up running a mile, it was ugly!

FUNNY STORY, Andy took me out to lunch after my long run. As we were leaving a very attractive lady stops me. I was embarrassed because I  look so bad . Shyly I approached her. "What perfume are you wearing if you don't mind ." I didn't want to laugh because I couldn't imagine I still smelled good. "Well, to be honest I am impressed you still smell my Versage, I just finished a long run and feel like I shouldn't be smelling good at all!"

Do you have a favorite route for your long run? What makes it your favorite?


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Tempo Run

Tempo Runs; also known as Lactate Threshhold Runs. These runs help to improve your ability to hold a solid pave before having to slow down.
My tempo runs usually begin with a mile easy then 5-8 miles at a target pace then a mile cool down.
Some people will run their tempo runs at a 5k race pace or a 10K race pace or just comfortably hard.

Today, I opted for a target pace I wanted to achieve. I wanted to Up Chuck at my second mile. I hung on and noticed I had taken those first 2 miles to fast. I tried to scale down without falling down, yet keep my target pace.
I just kept thinking "Another mile down, only "X" amount to go."
I did a 7 mile Tempo run, 1 mile easy, 5 harder than I thought and 1 mile cool down.

Its been a LOOONG day. Every hour has been accounted for. It is days like this that I make more mistakes. Like losing my phone at Krogers. What a stinking nightmare.
Andy was able to track it to the Kroger Parking lot. I went back up there for the 3rd time and someone turned it in. I took more grief from Andy making fun of me then anything.
However, this mishap cost me over an hour of my run time. By the time I got home I only had an hour to run. Hence the dreaded Tempo RUN.

I was literally running ALL day. I left my house to RUN to Cross Country. Thankfully we were not running with the kids today, we were doing Time Trials.
I had to Run back home to make dinner, I didn't have enough time to eat it though. I did make some healthy blueberry muffins from scratch, probably why I didn't have time to eat.
Then I  had to Run back out to Run our adult running club.
I got 10 miles total in today.
No shower until 8pm.
Grateful for deodorant, body spray and perfumed lotion.

Boston Bombing. Today was the Anniversary of that horrific day. The day was perfect until it was hijacked by the chaos. The Boston Marathon in 2013 will always be a day of Overcoming to me.It haunts my youngest son. He was forever altered on that day. He overcame his fears and went back last year to support me as I ran the Boston Marathon my final time.  That day is Victory, a Day so many came together to support, encourage and Overcome the terror that framed that day. I am reminded of how grateful I am in that tragedy. Humbled. Not worthy. Blessed. Speechless.


Monday, April 13, 2015

10 Reminders while Training for your Marathon

10 Simple Reminders while you are Training for your Marathon
"I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your legs, and the last part with your heart."
I have several tips that I juggle through when I am training for a marathon. These are my Top 10.
  1. Set 3 goals for your finishing time for your marathon:1. Beyond your wildest dreams 2. Dream come true 3. Grateful goal.
  2. Find a training partner: Accountability, Encouragement and Motivation.
  3. Prepare and Recover Properly: dynamic stretching, static stretching, rolling and icing
  4. You are what you EAT!: Eating the right foods at the right time. 65% of your total calories should come from carbohydrates, 10% protein, 20-25% unsaturated fat. EAT whole foods. Keep it clean!
  5. Drink Alcohol in Moderation: Remember alcohol dehydrates you.
  6. No Pain No Gain: Remember to pick up the intensity, Hills, Repeats, Tempo runs, these help not just physically but also Mental Strength, YOU are going to need!
  7. Rest Days are part of training: Allow your body to recover and heal.
  8. Core, Core and More CORE. The core is what powers you, keep it strong.
  9. Listen to your body. You should treat your body like a machine. If it tells you it is hurting, take care of it. If it tells you it is tired, take a nap. Listen.
  10. HAVE FUN! Laugh, buy some fun gear, go on some different routes, just have fun!
  • This morning I was seriously dragging. I got out of bed at 6am and after dropping the kids off I crawled unto my neatly made bed. I grabbed a throw and fell back to sleep for another hour and a half. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
  • I woke up wanting to do some recovery miles from yesterday horrible mishap. Even though my body wasn't sore I didn't want to press my luck. LACEY left a message that she would be at the track. I got it together and headed that way. TRAINING PARTNER
  • We did some repeats. Only after a couple 200's and 1 400 I knew my body wasn't participating. HOWEVER, I continued running them and TIMED LACEY. When she finished I put a bug in her ear.."Lacey, you were on target with all of those, I want you to consider trying to qualify for Boston for your marathon." Set a GOAL
  • I started my run off this morning rolling my IT Band. I finished my run stretching and with a power smoothie because my belly cant handle solid foods right away. I also double up on my Juice Plus and hydrate.  PREPARE AND RECOVER PROPERLY
These are just a few of my reminders that help me train better and get the most out of my training and my Marathon.
What tips do YOU HAVE?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Neverending Story!

I get so mad at myself. I wonder if there is a pill that will fix me.
Maybe I am imbalanced, that is why I do ridiculous things.
Maybe I have a disorder, that has not been diagnosed yet.
Maybe I should change my diet, I must be lacking some nutrient.

People are always so kind saying "Nita, it is because you have so much going on..."

Well, it just sucks to be me and loose track of all the bone head moves I do accidently.

Trust me, I couldn't make this up!

Another way to turn a 15 miler into a 17 miler!
Loose your KEY FOB!

Sometimes it is so painful I just want to cry.
I wanted to cry because I was afraid to tell Andy.
I wanted to cry because I didn't want to run another step, yet I was backtracking down the back roads looking for the little plastic she devil.
I wanted to cry because I was so thankful that Jama was still at Genesys. We met there to run. Jama was running 20 and I was running 14 or 15...Which ended up 17! I left Jama and headed to my car. Jama continued to finish her 20 miler. I called her and told her of my mishap. She finished her run while I backtracked and picked me up in route.
I wanted to cry because I NEVER found the little thing.

And to add injury to insult I was running with just a sports bra hoping, to get some sun. . I got more that I planned, I am BURNT!

The only thing that held the tears back was reminding myself, "The only thing that is the end of the world is the END OF THE WORLD."

Build a bridge and GET OVER it.
It was a marvelous day for a run. I had great company and a perfect route. We were not the only ones out there, we saw so much wildlife. The sounds in the elements made my heart flutter. Jama even discovered a small patch of violets.
And we saw several horses. Jama grew up with horses, this made her heart happy.
I LOVE being in the elements, the sounds, the sights and the smells, All the smells but mine. I was pretty ripe, I think my deodorant ran off at about 13 miles and I know my Versace was long gone!

17 miles.
Enough said.
Last weeks miles: 51