{marathon training} week 1

Oh my! It has been way too long!

Work has been chaotic over the past couple of months and as we head in to fall things should be settling down some. So it’s time to get back on track! Not that we’ve been completely off. We haven’t stopped meal planning but fitness definitely took a back seat!

Happy to say we kicked booty this week! I am officially training for a full marathon! The plan I started has me slowly conditioning for the longer training weeks. Definitely needed!! Since Monday was a holiday, I started on Tuesday and we managed to get in some extra miles throughout the week.

{week 1 recap}
Monday – Food prep + cleaning
Tuesday – 1 mile run
Wednesday – 3 mile walk
Thursday – 1 mile run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 2 mile run + 1.5 mike walk
Sunday – 1 mile walk, food prep + cleaning

My training plan for this coming week consists of 4 running days! Once I get a few solid weeks on me, I’ll start adding back in weights and core workouts. I knew if I started out doing too much something would suffer (missed running sessions).

AND my amazing husband started C25K! This is huge people. He hates running! He’s made a commitment to his health though and I am so proud of him. He’s out walking now as I type this! He’s likely logged more miles than me this week!


Bring on week 2!!

<3 Shonie

{ simply love }

Grayson will be 3 in June!! (internal panic has begun)

It’s amazing what these little guys will learn from you!  Since the weather has been nice lately, we’ve been enjoying a walk to the park most afternoons before dinner time.  This walk always includes the phrase “Grayson run, momma” which translates to “I want to run with you, momma!” Knowing that my running and healthy living is impacting his life completely over-joys me!  He’s been at all my races and always wants to run with me now!  Hoping I have a future running buddy (since Ben refuses to run with me :P).

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Lately he’s also been picking up the little 3 pound weights and will proceed to lift weights!  With a big smile he will say “work out, momma!” I snapped this picture a couple of weeks ago :)

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I’m constantly reminded that he is watching everything we do!

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His first official race!  1K for the Brave! **heart melting**

LOVE every second with this little boy!  Even if he is growing up way too fast!  This is just a daily reminder that I need to be the best momma possible for him!  Simple as that :)

{ whole30 – the lost week }

Ok seriously people!  Where did the week go???  Spring has been statistically my busiest time at work and I’ve been swamped with files!! So bare with me!  I promise I’m making whole30 compliant choices :)

So while I’d to go back to day 10 and remember every single thing I ate – my brain is fried!! and no, not from eating fried food 😛 It’s just been one of those days!  This is the first time I’ve been able to sit down at the blog since my day09 post!  Insane!

Any  who, I can say this weekend was much easier although after a very long and busy Sunday, we had pizza for dinner :( Oh I also enjoyed some ice cream.  But those 2 things out of an entire week, that’s literally like 5% of the week!  The biggest thing for me is control.  I feel like I have control over what I eat now.  Sure I had pizza yesterday but I don’t need bread and greasy food today (the pizza wasn’t greasy but just throwing that out there) and I don’t need sugar today.  Prior to whole30, I felt like I needed sugar and bread……. That need is completely gone now!  Do I want to indulge with my family? Absolutely.  In moderation! Do I need to?  No, but I can choose to!  And I can choose to have ice cream with them over hamburgers. Moderation :) Before, I’d have it all!  I am now in control of the food choices I make!

Activity for the lost week was not lost!!  Actually had a pretty active week.  I think I logged about 10 miles for the week along with an awesome Kenpo X workout that hard my arms sore for days!

Now on to week 3 of whole30!  It will be another crazy week at work and I will try my best to log and post! Have a few other posts I’m working on that I should be posting this week – one includes some super cute pictures!! 😉

Good night friends!

{ fitness friday }

Planning out my workouts for the next week to help keep me on track!  I got my 2 miles in last night :) which was actually my first post-marathon run!  Kept a good pace (11:30/mile) but had to stop a few times to stretch out my calves.  They were very tight!  My goal is to incorporate more of the cardio style P90x workouts and get at least 1 run in during the week and maintain my Saturday long runs!

OH!  And WAKE UP SHONIE!!! { Reminder to myself to wake up and get my work outs done in the morning!! }




PS – planning on a big commitment over the next 30 days!  stay tuned as I work out the details and get the husband on board 😉

{ half marathon }

I am over-joyed to say that I ran a half marathon!  I’m still on that runners-high and looking for more races to fill my year!!

I cannot even begin to explain what an amazing journey this has been!  Ups and downs like any journey and moments of self-doubt, but I did it!  I could not have done it without all of the amazing friends I made through our running group and my family’s support!

Let’s start with saying we’ve had a very unusual winter here in Texas!  More cold days than normal (which I will not complain about that) but all of our long distance training runs were basically cold.  Like bundled up cold!  So to see the forecast for the marathon showing 70 degrees and 95% humidity, I was about to die!  I absolutely do not like heat and humidity.  At all……..

So our race weekend started with annoying weather and pasta!  Our running group had a pre-race dinner Thursday night.  Delicious pasta!  This is a picture of the few of us from the half marathon group that made it to the dinner:


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I took Friday off work so I had time to rest, which was needed since Grayson was up all night Thursday night!  I met Veronica Friday around 11 to pick up our race packets and check out the Expo exhibits.  Lots of awesome running gear but I did good and only bought a headband =D


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And then it hit me.  oh my goodness…….. I’m running a half marathon tomorrow!  and the mental games began!  can I do it, the heat, no I may not finish… Headed home after lunch with my aunt and sweet friend Alva and took a much needed nap! Uneventful night after that.  made tacos and took it easy!  stayed plenty hydrated! went to bed at a decent time and actually slept good (after the voices in my head shut up).

And then it was the day!  I woke up at 4:30.  plenty of time to get dressed, make sure I had all my gear and eat my pre-run meal (greek yogurt and English muffin – winning combo for me). I left my house around 5:30 and headed straight to Luke’s Locker.  we met there for a pre-race picture with the entire running group (half and full marathoners). And thanks to Luke’s, we got to use clean restrooms and not porta-potties!


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After all the good lucks at Luke’s, we walked over to the starting line (nice 10 minute walk from Luke’s).  we headed to our corral and lined up in our respective pace sections.  OH, did I mention at this point it was RAINING?  Yeah.  factor that in to the heat and humidity!  Any ways, we took some starting line photos as we waited in line with the thousands of other runners!


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And then it was 7! The elites took off and we were able to watch the marathon elites from where we were standing.  Amazing!! About 10 minutes later, we finally crossed the starting line!  AND WE WERE OFF!  And of course, not even 4 steps in and I was losing junk!  go figure :) luckily Angela was still behind me and picked up my towel for me.  And then we were off again!!  That was the last we saw the rest of our running group as we maintained pace with the 2:45 pace team.  OH hey… guess what!  it was still raining! It probably rained for the first 3 to 4 miles.  Not a hard rain but enough to make a mess everywhere!  We paced with the 2:45 group for about the first 6 miles then we both started getting goosebumps which I then learned was a sign of over-heating.  GREAT!  So we started pouring water on our heads and down our necks to cool off and we backed off the 2:45 pace team. We took the next couple of miles easier as we worked back up to a good pace.  At that point, my left foot was hurting!  Ended up with some blisters from the wet shoes.  THANKS RAIN!  Then we were in the home stretch!  Less than 2 miles to go and oh man were we done!  Around mile 12 the 3:00 pace team caught up to us so we started sprinting!  We were determined to stay in front of them!  And we did!! Although, I’m not sure I would have if I didn’t have Angela pushing me to the end!  We made it back to The Woodlands Waterway and started heading towards the finish line, passing people.  That’s right, PASSING PEOPLE!  I thought I was about to pass out!  And then I could see the end!! We were in the finish line chute!  TONS of people cheering!! Oh, what an amazing moment!  And we did it!  We crossed the finish line and of course, I’m in tears!  I wasn’t sure if Ben and Grayson made it to see me finish at that moment but I knew I finished!  We headed over to get our medals and a finishing picture!  That’s when I saw Ben and Grayson!  I ran this race for many people – I ran it for my mom and other’s who cannot run, I ran this race for me but most importantly I ran this race for them!  I want Grayson to grow up knowing he can do anything that he wants when he works hard for it even if there are times that he wants to give up. And it’s ok to have those moments – that is why he has us!  To always pick him up and reassure him that he can accomplish anything.  I wanted to give up cause of the heat, but I didn’t! It was a long 26 weeks of training with many moments of doubt but I never gave up!  I ran with my heart those last 6 miles.  I ran knowing that my husband would be proud of me (he also told me I had to finish or else he wouldn’t pick me up – thanks Ben ;)) and that Grayson will always have this moment to look back on with me even if he won’t remember it!  And I’d run it all over again :)

A couple of extra shout outs:

VERONICA ~ my sweet amazing friend who agreed to train for a half marathon with me!  I would NOT have made it through the training without you!  thank you for being half as crazy as me!! I am beyond blessed to have you in my life and I cherish every mile we run together!

ANGELA ~ I cannot thank you enough for sticking by my side every step of the way!  you are an amazing person!  and even if this was your last half marathon, i know you will be cheering us all on for many miles to come!!

MICHELLE ~ you are awesome!!! you seriously brighten every mile with your positive attitude!! i know we will have many more miles together and i am so happy this training brought all of us together!!


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{ life after half marathon training }

I’m a girl who’s gotta have goals hence the half marathon goal race!  so here are a few goals I am working on now that half marathon training is officially over!

{ personal goals }

focus on losing weight – goal to be down 15 pounds in 12 weeks (I know, I know but I gotta have a goal!)

focus on overall happiness – cause we all need a little more focus on this (not letting the negativity get to me =D)

focus on improving running pace – this will be an ongoing goal and luckily I have some 5K’s coming up that will help keep this in check

morning workouts – do them!

{ family goals }

focus on ben’s goal weight and overall health

focus on family healthy eating – need to add more family friendly recipes to my weekly prep

focus on organization – cleaning plan for the house to keep everything in rotation

focus on more family time

focus on more puppy time

{ starting fresh: highlights + goals }

Happy Monday!

30 days have already passed – where is the year going?!  Grayson will be 3 in less than 4 months! Someone pinch me please!

OK! Back to the post :) I thought it would be great for us to highlight all that we have accomplished these last 30 days and share our goals for the next 30!

{ highlights }

75% clean eating each week!

80% of workouts completed each week!

12 mile run – done!

overall health – we both feel better!  More energy!  and I feel stronger (LOVE P90x)!

my clothes fit better and I believe the hubby lost a few pounds :)

{ goals }

HALF MARATHON on March 1st :)

Continue improving clean eating habits – with a primary focus on the weekends!

Continue improving active living habits – I am working on becoming a better morning work out person!

More walks for the dogs :)

More family time on the weekends (which means more cleaning during the week) :)

More blogging!

The hubby is working on the oh so fun family budget!

 And more of this: { happiness }


{ starting fresh – day 1 }


Happy Monday!  Today is the start of our new { healthy } life!  No more cheese fries and large Dr. Pepper (cough *Ben*)!  We want to be { healthy } parents for our son and for us!  So this is work in progress.  As I sit here wrapping up my work day, I thought it would be a good time to share what has worked for the day so far!  An extensive amount of planning went into planning today and the next few weeks!  planningI wanted my workouts planned so there is no thinking about it!  As my sweet husband mentioned in the very first blog post, I am training for a half marathon!! **insert extremely happy face here** We have about 8 weeks to go and we are up to 8 miles on the long runs!  Never in my life thought I would run this much!  I’ll share my inspiration behind running another day!  I will also work on linking and sharing some recipes!  Oh and another post coming soon about the bet we took out on ourselves! EEK!

Out for now!  Ready for P90X day 1!

{ shonie }

For My Amazing Wife

Months ago, Shonie (my wife) made the comment to me that she would like me to set her up a blog site.  She currently has one setup on Blogger, but wanted a self hosted solution so that she had more control over it. Being that I have a limited background in IT, although just enough to be dangerous, and it is her birthday tomorrow, Christmas the next day, and our anniversary in the next week, I decided this would be a good gift to her and have taken on this project to set her up a site and help her manage it.

Even though she doesn’t realize it most of the time, my wife is an amazing woman.  She is currently training for a half marathon she will run in March.  After giving birth to our son 2 years ago, she decided she wanted to start running.  Its become a bit of an obsession for her.  She does this on top ofa demanding full time job, raising a child, raising a husband, raising two demanding yellow dogs….keeping up with a household, AND continuing her college education (at least part time each semester, some semesters full time).  Most people would buckle and/or constantly complain about dealing with just a few of those things.  Shonie carries all of this on her shoulders with grace and a positive attitude.  I know its not easy for her and she I know she has moments where she thinks she fails.  But I can assure you she is not, she is succeeding everyday.

Shonie – we love you and appreciate all that you do.  We are so proud of what you have and will accomplish.

Signed – Ben and Grayson

Happy Anniversary!