Friday, September 30, 2016


So, I realize that running doesn't have to mean racing.
We all choose to run for different reasons.
Loose weight
Gain confidence
Alone time
Free therapy
Challenge yourself

In order to be a "runner" all you have to do is...RUN!

I know a lot of people who run just because they enjoy it, they don't race. Personally, I love to race.

I used to look forward to big invites and all the smaller meets every week during cross country and track seasons.

Lately though, I have just done one race(5k) and I only have one on my schedule for the near future (October 16th 6,6k).

So I've started the process of looking into more races to put on my calendar. I want to challenge myself more and see what I can do. I also want to get more running skirts and come up with some very fun race day outfits!!!

I'm thinking I'm going to add a Turkey Trot 10k in November, then I'm going to see about more 5/10k's for the spring and maybe even a half! My longest race ever is a 5k so I'm excited to start trying out longer races! I'll keep you updated on what races I decide to sign up for.

What Races do you have coming up?
What is your favorite distance to race?


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

When you don't feel like it

Today I just didn't feel like running. I was tired, it was colder than usual outside, and my couch felt really comfortable at 6:30 this morning.

I even thought up a few excuses to get out of it.
I don't have running tights
It's still kindof dark outside
I worked late last night and didn't get enough sleep
I don't think these shoes are right for my supination
My coffee is too good to walk away from

etc. etc. etc.

I probably could have though of a few more, I'm pretty imaginative this way, like, my dogs looked like they were feeling abandoned, maybe I should play with them instead.

Ever have these days?

Finally I decided I would get dressed, put on my shoes and then see how I felt and if I had enough time.

Once dressed I decided that I could at least go out for 5 minutes, get the legs warm and then stretch.

I got outside and decided to run through town to a small housing development that has a few small hills but is overall a nice easy run. Then it hit me, I love running. I felt strong, I have been blessed with the ability to get up in the morning and use my arms and legs.

My mind wandered and cleared itself out and after 2 miles I had a new perspective on my day. I ran my strides 5x100m and I felt fast and excited to see my pace. I jogged home and I am so glad I got out there.

Moral of this story.

NONE of the excuses are worthwhile.
I don't have running tights   Who cares, wear sweats
It's still kindof dark outside Run somewhere with street lights
I worked late last night and didn't get enough sleep Great, running always energizes me
I don't think these shoes are right for my supination OK, take it easy and focus on form till you replace them
My coffee is too good to walk away from it'll still be there when you get back, but it'll be a reward for getting in a good run

Its so easy to come up with reasons to stay in, but it is so worth it to give yourself some reasons to go for a run.

Just tell yourself I can just do 5 minutes, if it still sucks go back home, but typically once I'm out there I realize why I love it and I keep going and get it done.

Have you ever talked yourself out of a run?
What keeps you motivated?


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekly Recap 9/19-9/25

This week was a lot of fun! I got to run a bit and although I didn't really increase my miles I felt stronger and I really was able to appreciate each and every mile.

Rest Day

I did 3 miles and I got to see the most amazing views, I felt great, and I realized how happy I was to be back running again.

I love living in a small town surrounded by farmland
4 miles, I also ran my strides at the end of this run 4x 100m. But I noticed that at work that day my ankle started to bother me.

I decided to take it as a rest day, my ankle was still bothering me and I didn't want to risk it. I tried to stay off my feet and really let it rest. I also wore and ankle brace and kept my feet up in the evening.

3 miles, not my very best run but I felt good and my ankle felt ok and I was happy to be out on the road.

LSD day! My favorite. 6 miles kept the pace around 9:30-9:45 and I had no pain in my ankle! 

Mileage this week = 16

On an unrelated note I've had to take a few breaks while writing this post due to my German Shepherd farting. Its indescribable. I wonder if shes OK.....but dang. She's like a grown man who just ate Indian food for the first time. Pray for us. Gag.  

How was your week?
Are you training for an event, or just a love of running?
Do your dogs farts ever smell like hot garbage?


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Honey Stinger

I had written a post about what to eat before a run. I had not found that perfect option to avoid stomach ache, to be full enough, and that tasted really good. Read it HERE

I had looked into honey stinger and decided to go ahead and get some of the waffles to see if my body would process it well and to see if it would really give me the energy I needed to get up and get going.

I went to their website and read reviews of their products and thought I would give them a try. I especially liked that they use honey to provide the energy you need instead of a whole bunch of ingredients that I can't pronounce.

They also offer a whole bunch of flavors and I decided on caramel because I would eat anything if its caramel flavored! I also found they had a sale going on them at Running Warehouse and they evened out to be about $1.00 each. Then, I found a coupon code on the retail me not app to take 10% off my online order! Score!

So, How were they?

  • Tasted great
  • Didn't bother my stomach
  • Light and easy to eat
  • I did feel like I was more energized and ready to start my run at dawn


  • At around $1.00 each they are a bit more costly then I like
  • If you are going on a particularly long run I would recommend eating something else earlier and then have the waffle on your way out the door.
  • Not easy to eat WHILE running, I did not personally try this but my friend Calley(who is one of the best and most inspiring women, be it in running or life, I have ever know) said that she prefers it before a workout and something easier like gel or chews while our on a run.

So all in all I highly recommend this product! So yummy and it is now my go to snack when I am getting ready to head out and put in a few miles!

Whats your go to pre-run fuel?
Have you ever had this product, what flavor do you like?


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The view on my run

This morning I could not have asked for a better run. It was in the mid 50's, cool, slight breeze, the sun was just coming out. It helped that today I just had an easy 3 mile run planned. I drank my coffee and water and ate a honey stinger caramel waffle (review coming soon) and I was ready to go!

I went a little out of my small town and onto a back road that is mostly farm land and I couldn't help but stop and take a few pictures and appreciate the morning I was given and how blessed I was to be able to go out and see it.

The fog over a farm, so beautiful!
Wow! How blessed am I to get this view!
Feeling good after 3 recovery miles
Do you chose your running route based on the views?
Are you loving this cooler weather?


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly Run Recap 9/12-9/18

I thought I should get into the habit of posting my weekly mileage in order to track my increase in miles, to see how my speed changes, and to just stay accountable and consistent.

Rest day!

3 Mile progression run!
1 mile warm up, 5 x 100m Strides and then 1/2 mile cool down
Strides are when you start out from a rest and build up to 95% effort, then ease back down. It helps get your muscles loosened up and gets you used to switching gears! I'm hoping to do strides after 1 run each week

4 miles, this run I tried to keep to a 9:10 pace
I got to see the most beautiful sunrise over a field near my house...I should've taken a picture! So sorry, I promise I will next time!

Another rest day (remember I'm still getting back into this!)

LSD day (long slow distance) 6 miles
I got to run with my friend Megan who always help me realize I have more speed in these legs than I thought!
My phone was not letting me edit photos today! Oops
1 easy miles and lots of stretching!! Eric even helped me out by rubbing down my legs :)

Total Miles: 16

Next week I think I'm going to try for 18-20 miles

Non-running activities:
Work, Playing with the dogs, Hanging out with Eric,tutoring Spanish and Saturday all-day canning marathon

Our garden happened to produce about a million jalapenos, so we decided to cut them up and can them so we can enjoy them all year.
I have a feeling these will be good on nachos! 

We also had about 7 gallons of tomatoes that we had already pureed so we made some pasta sauce and canned it up too!
10 quarts of sauce 8 pints of peppers

Now, cooking down that much tomato puree takes HOURS so we started at noon and didn't finish up until about midnight. Phew! It's most definitely a labor of love that pays off during the cold winter months when we are able to get out a jar and enjoy our garden all over again.

How was your mileage this week?
Did you enjoy any breathtaking views on your runs?
Do you can, if so, whats your favorite recipe?


Thursday, September 15, 2016

What's to eat?

I've come across an issue with my training. It has to do with eating. I can't seem to figure out how to properly fuel before a run.

If I go for a run early in the morning I always have water and coffee!!
I've tried toast with peanut butter- ugh- a little too much for me.
I've tried oatmeal- ugh- felt like concrete in my stomach after a mile.
I've tried a banana- this was best for me, only downside is that I don't really like bananas enough to want to eat one before every. single. run. So, no, thanks....

I've been reading up on some other things to try before going out on a run, and I ordered what sounded the yummiest.

I think I will try this on Saturday before my Long run
I hope I can find something that tastes good, gives me enough energy to get going, and doesn't upset my stomach.

What is your go-to fuel before a run?

What type of food messes you up before a run?

Any advice on other goodies to try?


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yesterday's run + Some fun facts

So yesterday morning I got my butt out of bed and ran 3 miles, it was supposed to be an easy day but I thought I would try to do them with negative splits(progression run). I think I did pretty well and it reminded me that I need to run early in the morning more often!

Not too shabby!

I was reading one of my all time favorite blogs shut up+run (if you haven't read her blog, do it now! she is hilarious!) and thought I'd steal this fact list from her so you could learn a little more about me! 

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
1. Draby (my husband calls me this variation of baby, it happened by accident)
2. Mrs. Miller
3. Boo-bear (dad has called me this since I was a baby)
4. Oppy (XC called me this variation of my maiden name)
Four jobs I’ve had:
1.  McDonalds
2.  Family Christian bookstore cashier
3.  Receptionist
4. Deli counter at a grocery store
Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
1. Elf
2.  Silence of the Lambs
3. Pocahontas (favorite movie ever)
4.  Angus thongs & perfect snogging (look it up, funniest movie I've ever seen) 
Four books I’d recommend:
1.  To Kill a Mockingbird
2.  The Giver
3.  The Book Theif
4.  Flowers For Algernon- I cry like a baby every time I read this book, bring tissues 
Four places I’ve lived:
1. Western PA
2. Oklahoma City, OK
3. Moore Oklahoma
4. Southern OH
Four places I’ve visited:
1. Costa Rica- studied abroud and lived here for 5 months!
2. Israel
3. Nicaragua
4. Cuba
Four things I prefer not to eat:
1. Cabbage
2. Spicy things
3. Spinach
4.  Coconut
Four of my favorite foods:
1.  Meatloaf
2.  Lasagna
3.  Pizza
4. Steak and Potatoes 
Four TV shows I watch
1.  Parks & Recreation
2.  The Middle
3.  The Simpsons- My favorite character is Cledus Spuckler 
4.  Gilmore Girls
Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
1.  Tutoring a Mission team in Spanish
2.  Visiting a good friend in NYC(I Hope)
3.  Christmas!
4.  Being able to do a 10 mile run (hopefully)
Four things I’m always saying:
1.  Awesome!
2.  ERIC!
3. Sydney! Jett! (my dogs)
4.  I need to go for a run

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Running Gear

Is it just me or is running gear super expensive now?

I mean I have always known running shoes were, and I think they are totally worth the price tag! But shorts, t-shirts, tanks, socks, watches, the list goes on and on.

When I was in junior high/high school I would run in a t-shirt and cotton shorts. I didn't even realize the options and I guess I didn't really care. But, now that I'm older and running seems to be more challenging I am finding that I do want moisture wicking technology, I want shorts that I won't chafe my legs in and I want socks that help me from being too badly blistered.
But wow, the price tag with some of it is crazy!

So, what did I do to stock up n the necessities without breaking the bank? I shopped around, looked online, found coupon codes and sale ads.

I ended up heading to Target (my all time favorite store) they had a cartwheel coupon a few months back for 25% off C9 shorts, I got 2 pairs for around $25! Score!

Oh how I love cartwheel!
My husband also got me a pair of Adidas running shoes on a pretty good sale on Amazon, I don't think they are the best shoe for me but they are alright for now, low mileage, road running.

What are your splurge items for running?
How do you save money on running gear?

Let me know if you have any tips for buying quality running gear at a discounted price!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Return to running

I used to be a runner. From 7th grade through Senior year I ran Cross country, Winter track, and Track. I used to love it. I was good at it, I mean I didn't hold any records and I wasn't even the best on my team, but I did well. I could run miles and miles, I helped my team win districts in XC in 2005, and we went on to get 5th place at States. Then I quit.
Senior year I just didn't have the motivation anymore, I struggled with depression, I gained some weight, and I gave up on running. I went from running 25-35 miles per week to 0.
College came and went and I didn't run.
Life happened, I got married(2 years ago), I'm working full time.No running.
Then this spring my husband and I signed up for a 5k in our small town. I did it back in high school and he's done it for years(we laugh that he is a 3.1 mile a year runner). It benefits my mother in laws historical society. We signed up and I thought I should run a few times before it to make sure I don't die on race day, and hey maybe it would help me lose some of the weight I've gained since I got married.
Well, training for the 5k was tough at first but it reminded me why I loved running in the first place. I felt strong, it cleared my mind and it just felt freeing. So, after Rube's Run 5k (I got first place for my age group, there were only 2 of us in my group HA!). I decided to keep running but I needed a new goal.
My husband told me about Mario Lemieux 6.6k in Pittsburgh in October. I signed up the first day they opened registration and I'm happy to say I have a new goal!
I think I'm going to use this blog to keep track of my training and to help keep me motivated!

Did you ever quit doing something you loved and then found your way back to it?
What made you decide to try it again?

Thank for reading and if you have any advice for getting back into running I'd love to hear it!