Thursday, October 16, 2014

Half marathon training

My first run in the brand new shoes was spectacular. It's amazing how new shoes feel worlds different from worn out tired running shoes. 

I ran 4 miles Tuesday and today I'll be running a combined 6 miles. Saturdays I will add a mile until it's time to taper for the next half marathon. It's 7 miles this Saturday and I think my longest run will be 10 miles. 

Another milestone to celebrate is that I've run over 900 miles since regularly using the nike app. I started getting to it last November. There's no doubt that I'm runner now. 

I absolutely love the color of these shoes! And I must share a photo of Chomps. 

He was cold and we bundled him in this blanket. What a cutie!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The journey, #halfmarathontraining

I had another picture in mind but this will do. Apparently the photo stream doesn't feel all photos belong. 

Just like losing weight, I've discovered that running is a journey that never ends. I will always find another goal and another race. I can cross the finish line, recover, and get back out there. As long as I take care of my body, I can keep running. Besides running, there's also walking, which is am equally a big fan of. 

I've also recently discovered that my weight loss goals have morphed into training goals. I need good nutrition to fuel long runs. The scale has not been kind to me but my clothes remind me that things aren't so bad. I fit into my current 6s and 8s. I remember the days of 12s and 10s. If I think about it, I high school I was 16/18. Thankfully, I chose a different healthier path.

While my goals have shifted, the journey does not end. I just have to remember to celebrate my successes. Tonight was my first run back at it and it felt great! Saturday is looking to be soggy in Oklahoma City. Bring it weather, I'll be ready.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Spirit of Survival half marathon

We were all smiles at the beginning of the race and decked out in our cute costumes. The weather was stunning! While it was chilly at the start, it was not unbearable. I even caught some sunrise photos!

The race had a super hero theme and we ran in tutus, pink capes with silver lightening bolts and lightening bolts on our shoes. 

We chatted and ran and tried to do the negative splits. Unfortunately, we started out too fast and didn't actually complete negative splits. One mile was 11:20 after the halfway point. I had so much energy and turned into a chatterbox. Brittany was quite the trooper. At mile 11 she was done running and told me to get to the finish line. 

I took off running and stopped twice for water and Swedish fish. At the finish line, I saw a group of 4 runners and I decided it was time to kick it into high gear. I started sprinting towards the finish and I heard one of the guys yell out, "hey, slow down!" I wasn't slowing down and crossed the finish line at 2:48. First half is under 3 hours! Now it's time to beat that record. I've been resting this week but plan to get bak out there on Saturday. The next half is November 23 I Tulsa. Route 66 half marathon, I'm eyeing the prize!

I demolished a massive burger for lunch after the race. 
And bonus, it was free because they forgot my hatred of jalapeƱos. Score!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Shoes for running

I'm pleased that I was able to dry out my shoes yesterday because the sun came out. As I'm going back to these shoes and doing my runs, the achiness is fading and the running is getting easier. I should have changed a couple of weeks ago but that's not a big deal. Bodies heal. 

After the usual pack pint run last night, I got my burger without a bun. It was a mess all over me but delicious. The crunch was fantastic. I'll order it again for sure!

This mornings taper run was speedy! 12 minute miles! My next run will be the half on Sunday. I learned a couple of things this week. 1- elite athletes do a shakeout the day before the race to ensure their body is in peak performance. 2- apparently chafing doesn't come from being fat. It's just how my skin handles the runs. I will need to explore options to solve this next summer and then I'll run in shorts and tank tops. All this summer I've been in shirts and capris because that is one solution to chafing. There must be a better option. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

#esthernorinedesigns and a shoe saga of sorts

So my creativity has fallen short but it's still early. I'm really just trying to take photos of everyday life and trying to find new perspectives. I created the hash tag for my own purposes but anybody could use it. I don't know why you'd use it though. 

The shoe saga continues. I left the other pair in the truck bed because they still smell from stepping in poop. Unfortunately, it rained last night. Now the shoes are wet. I'm attempting to dry them with the truck heater but I may have to resort to the back up - back up pair. Tonight, I'll run the 3 miles with pack pint run and red coyote. Tomorrow will be two miles.'s race day. Sunday will be here in no time. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Half marathon training update

These shoes have run their last miles. I'm aching and cracking all over. I have some old shoes that should still have miles left. I did yoga last night to try and stretch out the pain. I'm aching from head to toe and the half is on Sunday. I got this. I know my training has been good. I'll cross the finish line victoriously! 

In other news, I enjoyed a free shot of espresso because the cashier felt sorry for me ordering only one shot. And I've created my own hashtag for Instagram and twitter: #esthernorinedesigns. Ultimately, I'd like to post at least a photo every day and bring some creativity to this online home. I'm starting today. 

Chomps and Kirby love the new home!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Make a difference Monday

I've always said that I volunteer for completely selfish reasons. It's a form of stress relief for me. I went to a leadership retreat for the youth group leaders and being a consistent part of the students lives is a big problem because leaders come and go so quickly. 

I've been playing the piano for Wednesday night worship for nearly a year. That's my little part of giving back. I'm starting to feel guilty for not doing more. My friend said I should get to know the students and be friends with them. After I play, I always go to the adult service and hang out with my friends. So am I doing a disservice by not getting to know the students? I will need to pray about it. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Half marathon training

Today, I ran 6 miles. Its time to taper. The race is next Sunday and we have been working on our costumes. The race has a super hero theme. I love running in my pink tutu and I found some lightening bolts to lace into our shoes. We will have capes and will look cute!

Found this gem from missmel on Instagram. She's an inspiring runner and is currently training for a whole marathon. 

I did color my hair and its a bit darker than usual.

I feel like I'm ready for the race. I've stuck to my training and will have no problem reaching the finish line. I'm excited for next week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Half marathon training update

But first, I went to the fair....

And I ate a giant turkey leg.

Today's run was 11 miles and it was tough! I powered though until the finish. I know there was lots of running and some walking but my average ended up at 13 minute miles. I'm super pleased with that..

I found a nice sunrise while I was running. I had to walk to take the photo though. I don't think running and taking photos is a good combination. I enjoyed water and Swedish fish for my fuel during the run.  I've tried the gu and I'm not sold on it yet.

After the epic run, I treated myself to a chocolate, salted Carmel banana smoothie with whip cream. It was heavenly!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hi 5 for Friday

Hi 5 for Friday! Somebody at Tucker's knows how to use chalk. 

1 - There's a new donut shop in town called Hurts.
2 - I got to eat Greek food at Hummus for lunch.

They had a good lunch special.
3 - Epic worship was great and I think everyone enjoyed the service.

4 - Last nights run was shortened to less than 2 miles but Wednesday mornings run was 5 miles with a speedy 12 minute mile pace! I'll be busting out 3 miles this morning.

Tucker burger after the pack pint run.

5 - More donuts. I promise I didn't eat them all but I thought about it.

I'm linking up with The Lauren Elizabeth blog, a super cute fashion and interior design blog.
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