Busy, busy Sunday.

We didn’t go to King Burger and get served by Bon Qui Qui, but we did go to Panera Bread and get lunch with my parents.

I had the Tomato Mozzarella Panini and Kurt had the Bacon Turkey Bravo.  Both were excellent.  Thanks again for lunch mom and pops!

My parents were in town for the UNC vs. FSU basketball game.  I think they had a pretty good time.  I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy watching their team shred its opponent?

Before the game, there was a moment or two of craziness.  Where’s Bon Qui Qui when you need her?

Sacurrity, sacurrrity!  Crazy man on the loose…both of them, actually!

When it was time to go, we snuck in a few family pics…

 

look how wild Davis' hair gets in the back!

and as they say, all good things must come to an end…

oh yeah, btw, I ran 9 miles, cleaned the apartment, I’m watching the Super Bowl……whew!  I’m going to sleep well tonight.  Hopefully.

Come on Davis, help a momma out!

Hey guys!  I missed ya’ll yesterday.  When I skip a day of blogging, I feel terrible.  It’s almost worse than missing a run!

To catch you up, I ran 7 miles on Sunday, 4 on Tuesday with Fleet Feet’s Next Step running group, core work on Wednesday and Friday, and today….

THE HILLS!  CHAPEL HILLS!

I ran 4 miles of these hills this morning.  Whew!  Got a long run tomorrow and I think I’m gonna stick to the more level terrain.

2 side notes:

1. We watched “The Social Network” last night.  Thanks redbox for good entertainment and only taking $1.08 in return.

2. The weather was warm and sunny today underneath “Carolina” blue skies while the Heels put a beatdown on rival N.C. State at the Dean Dome!  I guess they’re still a rival even though they never beat us! HA! 🙂

Gotta go, it’s GIRL’S NIGHT OUT TONIGHT!  Whoop, whoop!

Raise your hand if the following sounds like you:

Hello, my name is ____________ and I’m an overcommitter.

When it’s football season…I want to help plan the tailgate.


When there’s a project at work….I want to lead it or at least be involved.

I'll explain this picture some other time!

 

Want a piece of gum?  Why yes I do!

Wanna go to dinner?  Sure!

Wanna move to Canada?  Absolutely…..wait a minute….what?

Well, my hand is definitely up!

The local Fleet Feet store has a training program for runners.  Recently, they invited me to be a mentor for a group training to run a Chapel Hill 10-miler!  What did I say?  Take a wild guess!  I’m only partially committed though.  I’ll be running with them twice a week (as it fits with my schedule).  Kurt says I’ll have to find a new place to live if I commit to any more than that. 🙂

It’s official.  I think the Sunday Funnies were a dud!  Unless I get a ton of comments asking for a comeback, I’m gonna go ahead and shut em’ down.  It’s all good, though.  There are plenty of other things we can talk about.

First of all, I had an awesome 6-mile run this morning.  It started out really cold, but once I got the juices flowing, it was nice.   During the run, I almost bumped in to 6 or 7 deer in the middle of the road.  I had a camera, but I couldn’t get a picture before they ran away.  When you start blogging, you live for moments like that so you can share them with your audience.  But nope, I missed it. 😦

 

FYI- Today starts Week 2 of my training for the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN on April 30.

 

Sooooooo…….

 

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you might have wondered what happened to the project I announced a few weeks ago.  I asked readers to send me a message with their New Year’s Resolutions.   In return, my goal is to help them stay motivated throughout the coming year.  Well, it just dawned on me that we started the project and I haven’t even given you guys updates.

The project is going remarkably well and  I have been truly amazed by the participants.  As most of you can imagine, the first few months of the year are probably the hardest.  Since I have everyone’s attention, I wanted to give all those ladies a big “Whoop, whoop!”  They’re braving the cold weather and shorter days to find ways to exercise.  They’re doing well with eating healthier diets and monitoring their portion sizes.  I couldn’t be more excited for them!  If you read this and want to share your support, leave a comment on the blog to let em’ know!

Boy, do I feel like a total slacker.  I haven’t updated the blog in 48 hours!  It’s been one of those weeks where an overload of priorities ends up pushing some things to the bottom of the list.  Anyone else ever been there?

Me and K-dogg did manage to find some time for a little dessert tonight:

A little Ben & Jerry’s ain’t never hurt nobody!

When I say little, I mean little…

That’s the spoon it came with.  Are you kidding me?  Now I know what Shaq feels like when he has a bowl of cereal!

The little spoon did make it last longer, but I definitely could have used a refill.

Kurtrina took the first picture with the spoon, then we took the picture with me holding it.  He thought the picture made his hand look all crazy.  I put his in here anyway. 🙂

 

Another reason for the 2-day post delay is for the development of a new site!  Kurtimus has been working on it for a few days and still has some kinks to work out.  Be looking for the change over soon!

Yesterday marked the beginning of my marathon training.  While I was out there, I had such mixed emotions.  I was excited…and nervous…and slightly intimidated to tell you the truth.  After running for 7 months, I’m already training for a marathon?  Who do I think I am?

Regardless of my emotions, the money has been paid and the commitment made.  I’m invested!

For the first run, my training program only requires that I put in 3 miles.  So, in order to challenge myself a little more, I decided to find a really difficult route with LOTS and LOTS of hills.

Did I mention that it was fa-reeeeezing outside?!!!

All I wanted when I got home was a blazing hot shower, my UNC Snuggie, and a cup of hot chocolate!!!

Unfortunately, the only thing I could sneak in before Baby Davis woke up from his nap was the shower.  The  Snuggie and hot chocolate had to wait until later on in the night.

Oh well…

All is well, that ends well!

 

Many of you are keeping up with the blog and possibly asking yourself why I like running so much.  I’ve talked about it briefly in other posts, but I want to share what actually keeps me motivated.

Motivation seems to be one of the hardest things to find when it comes to fitness and exercise.  I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t do something every day that I find boring.  So a lot of you (if you don’t run or tried it and hated it) are wondering what I find so “interesting” about running.  It’s a perfectly legitimate question.  Let me try to answer your question by taking you back to my “3 Mile Miracle”.

As you may or may not know, I started running about 7 months ago following my dad’s unexpected and untimely heart attack.  It scared me into shape, causing me to start running, exercising, and eating better.  I don’t want to rehash everything I’ve already told you before, but suffice it to say, running didn’t come easy at first.  I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but somewhere around the 2 or 3 month mark, I went for a run and the “Miracle” happened.

I don’t use the word miracle all that much because I don’t want my husband hearing it and subsequently using it.  I love the man to death, but the way he pronounces it makes me want to scream!  I told him about it the other day…he moped  for a few minutes, but he got over it.  Anyway, back to my story about the miracle.

So, I went for a run and I ran 3 (count them 1,2,3), 3 whole miles without stopping.  For any of you ultra-marathoners reading this, I hear you laughing.  Be nice!  It was a miracle!  Okay, maybe it was just a really awesome breakthrough.  Anyway, long story short, it was just the thing I needed to get over the hump.  After that, I gained confidence every time I hit the road and the miles started to pile up.

The story of the “3 Mile Miracle” brings us back to the question about motivation.  It’s not about the distance.  It has hardly anything to do with losing weight.  All these months later, I’m also finding that it’s not so much about fearing the consequences of not staying healthy.  I think it’s something more:

Running has been a microcosm for harnessing, fighting, and conquering life’s challenges. Every time I lace up the shoes and run, I learn a little more about who I am and the remarkable power I’m able to unleash both mentally and physically.  I have challenges, but I win.  I feel tempted to quit, but I keep going.  In running and in life, I’m getting stronger!