Thursday, December 7, 2017

A more relaxed approach.....

As some of you may have noticed my running has been, well, less than impressive. Well, it's true, last fall/winter I was running 23-29 miles a week and sticking to a training plan for my first half-marathon. This year my average weekly mileage is 10. that's it. 10 stinking miles.

Part of me is really embarrassed by that, and I feel like I should have an explanation for it. Then there is part of me that really gets it.

I love to run, it's a fun and healthy hobby. It gives me both a mental and physical boost that I think I'll be going after for my whole life. But guess's just my hobby. So I don't HAVE to run. I get to run when I feel that desire, or I can skip.

Lately I've chosen more and more often to just hang around at home with my husband and my dogs. We both work full-time, have obligations at the church, and have other interests, so I genuinely want to just hang out with Eric. I've also had some health related stress, nothing serious, just an issue that requires a lot of visits with my doctor and planning for the future. So, due to all that, I'm choosing at times to just not run.

Ok, now that all of that is said.....I really miss running consistently. I want to be back to it. I've been trying to run at least 3 days a week. Even if it's just a few miles.I know what I need to do. Pick a race. Sign-up for it. Find a training plan. And get going!!!

So now I need your help PLEASE!

Please COMMENT  with either an idea for building up base miles or where to find a great training plan!




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Launch 4 Review

I've put about 250 miles on my Brooks Launch 4's so I figured I'm over due letting you know what I think of them!

I really love my Pittsburgh shoes!

These shoes are really great at supporting my high arches, and giving me enough cushion to put in a lot of miles.

It's a neutral shoe and it definitely supports me well even though I have some issues with under-pronation.

The fit is great, I stuck with a size 7 (same as my ghost 9's), but this one felt like it fit better. My foot wasn't moving around in my shoe causing blisters.

If I were to compare them to my Ghost 9's again, I would say that they were a lighter and less bulky shoe.

I truly believe that the Launches are going to be my go-to shoe for a very very long time!

What shoes do you run in?

Have you ever ran in the Launches?


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday

So as some of you may know I used to run track and cross country in middle school and high school. I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures from those days!

Some of my teammates and I grabbing lunch after a race! (I have the white headband 2005)

Braids with my girl Calley & I think our friend Brittany got them done too, I'm guessing Junior year right before district 10 invitational (2006) 

I think this was taken at PA State Championships 2005...(I have bib 238)

This was at Niagara falls after a race in Rochester, New York, we begged our coach to take us and he gave us 15 minutes there! I believe this was 2006 (I'm in the plaid PJ pants)

I hope you enjoyed some of my pictures from back in the day!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Home makeover and what I've been up to

This month Eric and I had our house painted! It's been needing it for awhile and we decided 2017 would be the year. Our house was built in the 1920's and was owned by his grandparents, they ran a gas station out front and had penny candy inside, then later on they sold antiques! Eric's parents then owned the house until their family outgrew it. Eventually it was rented to some family friends till Eric bought it 13ish years ago.
It's been red, tan, and now it's blue! Eric and I picked the color because it's what our front door was already and we both loved the color.


After: (they had to scrape a lot of chipping paint)

We hired 3 Amish men from a town nearby to paint the house. We had to pick them up in the morning and drive them back at the end of the day. After 6 days together we were pretty close. I miss those guys.... I don't have pictures of them because, in case you are unfamiliar with Amish beliefs, the Amish don't allow their pictures to be taken.

Besides the house project, I've been staying busy in other ways.

New training plan for the month, very loosely based on the run less run faster plan, in preparation for the Mario Lemieux 6.6k in October.

I've also been reading.

Can you see a theme?
Confession: I am very interested in the Amish way of life. I especially love their quilts!

Anyways, that about enough about what I've been doing lately.

What have you been training for?

Read any good books lately?


Monday, September 11, 2017

Movie Monday: From Fat to Finish Line

This week on Movie Monday is From Fat to Finish Line (2015)

I found this movie on Netflix

From Fat to Finish Line

This movie was pretty good. It follows 12 people who lost A LOT of weight and now they are competing in a Ragnar Relay race.


These people are great and I really enjoyed hearing their stories and what led them to this point. I am a sucker for before and after pictures. I think no matter where someone is in their journey they are beautiful, but it is amazing to me to see some of the transformations people make.


Now, I liked this movie BUT I didn't love it. They back stories kept me interested but from there I wasn't really invested. I wish they would've made the race more of a focus and more of the participants and the course. Since it was so focused on the specific runners on the team and which leg they were on it made it hard to see the magnitude of it.

From Fat to Finish Line documents the incredible weight loss journey of a group of 12 new friends. Spread throughout the United States from San Diego to Maine, these former strangers became united through blogs, social media and friends of friends when race-enthusiast Rik Akey teamed with popular health blogger Katie Foster to form a very special Ragnar Relay team. Their vision was to put together a team of people who shared the common bond of losing and keeping off a significant amount of weight through running. In January 2013, the team ran the 200 mile Ragnar Relay race from Miami to Key West, FL.

Overall it was a good watch and definitely shows the hard work the 12 made to get to that point.

Good movie for all ages, strong focus on weight loss and running.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Movie Monday: Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats It's Young

This weeks Movie Monday is on a documentary about one of the most secretive, difficult, and interesting races in the world, The Barkley Marathon.

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats It's Young

I watched this movie on Netflix.

From the very start of this documentary I was hooked! This is an ultra marathon of about 100 miles (although it's typically longer) that goes through the Tennessee wilderness.

It's very secretive about when and how to apply, and it is a very small fee ($1.60). If you are accepted you must bring with you a license plate, t shirt, or cigarettes depending on whether or not you have done this race before or not. Oh and not only do not many start it, it's very rare to have anyone even finish!

Here's a description from IMDB In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.

The Starting line & finish line is a gate!
The director of the race seems to be an eccentric man who genuinely loves the idea of a race that pushes a human's limits. Part of your fee is an item he is in need of, shirts, socks etc. Or his brand of cigarettes. Oh and no starting gun at this race! He lights a smoke to signal the start. Chip timing?HA! He uses books hidden on the course and numbering system to make sure you haven't cut the course.

All in all this movie is exciting and intriguing from start to finish! I highly recommend it if you are looking for something that is focused on a race that it completely insane! 

Have you watched this movie?

What did you think of it?


Monday, August 21, 2017

Movie Monday: McFarland USA

I've decided to do a series of posts on Monday about the different movies I have seen recently, some will be running related and some won't.

My husband and I have netflix, so a lot of the movies will be from there. We also have an actual real life movie rental store in town so we go there a lot to find new movies, but I'll let you know where I found it.

First Movie Monday: McFarland USA

This movie was made by Disney in 2015

I rented this movie on AMAZON

If you like a feel good running movie, this would be a great choice!

Kevin Costner stars in this movie as an ex football coach turned cross country coach in a school that hadn't had a team before.

It's set in a rural town in which many students are expected to work in the fields before school and after. They are never expected to finish school, or move on and make a name for themselves outside of field work.

Costner's character notices some of the students running to school and realizes they are running very fast without seeming to get tired. I don't want to spoil the movie, but after finally convincing some students(and their parents) they could have a successful XC team, they really make things happen.

McFarland USA focuses on issues with race and expectations as well as how we view family.

I highly recommend this movie for any age viewer, it's got clean language, and it's on topics that can be understood by all viewers.

Stay tuned for more movie reviews!!!

Have you seen McFarland USA?

What running movie is your favorite?


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Family Vacation: Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

Every year Eric and I go on a week long vacation with my in-laws. Typically we visit cook forest, but this year we went somewhere different-PA Grand Canyon! It's located in North central/east PA so about a 4-4.5 hour drive from home for us.


We decided on it and we all got excited for the State Parks just a short drive from the house we rented.

  • Leonard Harrison State Park
  • Colton Point State Park 
  •  Lyman Run State Park
Did you know the state of Pennsylvania has 121 State Parks!!!!!!!!! CRAZY

Every day Eric and I went on a hike (just the 2 of us while the other 18 chose different trails)

Leonard Harrison State Park trails we hiked:

  • Turkey Path-2 mile hike,  most difficult, very very steep, waterfalls 
  • Overlook trail-0.6 mile hike, difficult, beautiful overlook of canyon in this hike

Colton Point State Park trails we hiked:
  • Turkey Path-3 mile hike, most difficult, very steep, waterfall, connects with other turkey path
  • West Rim Trail- We only did a 2 mile hike, easy hiking, steep drop off, view of canyon
  • Barbour Rock Trail- 1ish mile(technically in Tioga State Forest) easy hike, overlook of canyon

Lyman Run State Park
  • Rock Run Trail-2 mile hike, difficult, straight uphill
  • Spurline Trail-1 mile hike, easy hike, old railroad trail, easy descent back to parking area
Not my most flattering-but we didn't take any others at this park......

We also went tubing 3x's in the Pine Creek
I went running 4x's with some of my nieces and nephews 
Eric and I did an 8 mile bike ride on the pine Creek Rail Trail

A view on the Pine Creek Rail Trail

On Friday and Saturday of our trip there was a meteor shower so we all stayed by the fire very late and saw a whole bunch of shooting stars!

This vacation was so much fun & I feel like we really got to do a lot of sightseeing and adventuring in the area. One week is really not enough to see it all.

On the way home we even stopped by Kinzua Bridge State Park so we could stretch our legs and see one more of PA's beautiful parks before heading home.

Hopefully we can go back again some time! 


Friday, August 18, 2017

Rube's Run 5k Recap

Rube's Run is a 5k held in my town every 4th Saturday in July. It is put on by the Prospect Preservation Society (which my mother-in-law is a member of) and it benefits our small town, and it's just a fun local event that gets the whole town together!

This recap I am going to do a list of points about the race instead of my normal paragraphs (since it's just a short & small race)

Rube's Run:

  • I've done this run 3x's in the past 4 years 
  • I ran this once in H.S. 2004
  • Hilly course, 2 smaller hills in the 1st mile, 1 big hill mile 2, the largest hill in mile 3
  • My whole family joins in- Mother-in-law, husband's aunt & husband's cousin all helped with registration- 3 nieces, 1 nephew, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, husband & myself ran it

  • Eric trained for it(first time ever really preparing) and ran his second best time ever! So proud of him❤
  • It didn't really go how I wanted, though
  • After the second mile, I mentally gave up
  • I still ran a strong race & ended up getting my first overall award, 3rd female!

Overall, this race was hard, hilly, and so much fun! I love getting to spend time with my family and friends(my BRF also ran and did GREAT). If you have the opportunity to do a small, local 5k that benefits your community....DO IT.

Have you run a local 5k?

Does your whole family run?


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Better late then never: Summer Solstice 5k

In June I ran the inaugural Summer Solstice 5k put on by the local high schools cross country boosters. It took place at the local state park (Moraine State park here in western Pennsylvania).


This race took place on Wednesday June 21st at 7pm. It was a hot evening but I was excited for a race that took place in the cooler part of day.(Although not much cooler)
getting excited!

The turnout was awesome, especially since it was the first time this race was held. Over 100 runners! A bunch of my family members did this race, and so did my BRF! It was a fun way for us to all get together and cheer each other on. Most of my nieces even ended up placing in their age groups, and the nieces and nephews that didn't run did a great job of cheering us into the finish. Although, I asked my 2 year old niece how I did at the end and she said I should run faster soooooo, I think she has coaching in her future.

I think this is my favorite race tshirt ever! Oh, and my BRF designed it!

The course took us around the south shore loop in the park and it was a beautiful night to take in the sights. By the end of it the heat got to me and I was just ready to be done.

South Shore view of Lake Arthur

My finishing time was 25:07 & 1st in my age group(18-29)
I was hoping for sub 25 but by the end the heat got to me and I was on the verge of throwing up! I ended up walking through the finish line and dry heaving behind a van. Luckily, I didn't have anything in my stomach to let go of (I was really off with fueling before an evening race) but it was still not a fun ending to the race.

New bling from the race!

So, I still have my eyes set on a sub 25 minute 5k. I'm hoping this summer I can reach it!

What is your 5k PR?

Are you planning on racing short & fast this summer, or are you training for a fall marathon?