Wild One the Third

Living this life I call my own.

A Letter to the Daughter I Hope I Never Have

Daughter,

I write this to you because I am scared. I am terrified of the world you will be born into. In my few years, I have learned that life is hard for everyone but more so for women. Why women? Well we have asked that question for so many years. I doubt there will ever be a satisfying answer.

I write this to you because I am mad. I am fierce. We are viewed as Man’s lesser counterpart. Weaker. Slower. Dumber. This angers me because it means we have to suffer. I have seen your grandmother shed so many tears. I am certain that her heart is broken from all the tears that have flooded her eyes. I am well on my way to a broken heart with all the disappointments, failures and betrayals I have dealt with. So many tears have fallen from my face that it hurts, Daughter.

I write this to you because the World will force you to see what I have seen, go through what I have gone through. Sure, those things eventually force you to be strong. I believe they have made me strong to a degree but I want for someone else’s daughter to be roughened by those things. Not you, Daughter. Maybe I am a coward but I know that a greater portion of your life will consist of suffering, and I do not wish that upon you. Maybe I am selfish but I know that I don’t want to experience any further anguish from seeing you suffer.

I want to protect you. The only way I can do that is by never having you.

With Love,
A Daughter

Warrior Dash Craziness

Three events in 28 days. This past Saturday I completed my final event in this triad of epic-ness. I started out with the Epic Mud Run, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and finished with Warrior Dash.
Warrior Dash was by far the best out of the three. I loved the course. It was so cross country like. The gravelly trail was awesome and consisted of twists and turns, ups and downs. Along the way there were statutes of animals/dinosaurs hidden among the shrubbery. Is a dinosaur an animal? There were also poster boards with motivating comments that I found quite amusing. “We won’t tell anyone you cried.” “Or that time you watched the Titanic.” “Don’t let Ted from the office beat you.” Winking smile

What I liked about this event was that you were able to get about a little over a mile of running out of the way before hitting the brunt of the obstacles. Before the event, I was worried about not being capable of completing the obstacles, mostly the ones requiring upper body strength. I sold myself too short. I breezed through them and on a couple ones, wished I could go back and do them again. The ones that dealt with climbing up walls and ropes were my favorite.

This was considered a mud run but there wasn’t really any mud right until the end. I didn’t mind that one bit. The mud was cool and refreshing toward the end.

Jumping over fire at the end–passage to warrior-hood–was the highlight of the course. Open-mouthed smile I thought my feet were going to be charred off but the fire just felt mildly warm as my feet grazed over it. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to get any sweet pics of that action.

I did get plenty post-run pics, of course!
I didn’t get as muddy as I should’ve but maybe next year. Winking smile

Best part post-run was getting the mud hosed off by a fire hose. The water was ice cold at first but you eventually got used to it if you stayed in the stream long enough. It did a good job of getting rid of all the mud. I was so cold afterward, though!

I had a great weekend around the St. Louis area after this event. I got to hang out with friends and got a delicious/expensive dinner out of this Warrior Dash Weekend.
On top of that, I am now deemed a warrior. Check out the hat and medal. Winking smile

Poor Baby…Ok, Moving On

Poor, neglected blog of mine. The start of a new school year is to blame for my absence. I knew that was going to happen so I’m not too torn about it. Priorities, right?

Moving forward, I did want to put together a short recap on a race last week. Kyle and I ran the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure here in town last Sunday. (It’s so nice doing in town events…I can’t say that enough!)

I honestly did not feel like I was going to perform as well at all when I woke up Sunday morning. I had spent the day before tailgating and going to the Mizzou game and filling up on burgers, pizza and maybe a couple beers. Maybe. Winking smile On top of that, my roommates decided to throw a party that Saturday night so I got little sleep.


The tailgating and football made for a great time, of course! But not the best for pre-race day–especially with all that yummy unhealthy food. It was a bummer too because I had “trained” pretty well and had some awesome runs in the days leading up to race day.

Sunday morning. I was scheduled to start running at 8:30 AM. We had planned to leave at 7:40 to be there at around 8. We didn’t leave until 8 and even then we had to turn around because Kyle forgot his headphones. Side note:  Usually I would have freaked out and made a big deal out of something like this, stressing myself out and every single person around me. I’m far too dramatic sometimes. But I kept myself from doing this because I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s morning. That’s not very nice. Kudos to myself. Winking smile

We got to the site and at this point was getting a little anxious because it was about 8:20. I wasn’t warmed up, stretched out and we were going to get left behind! I was able to get a couple minutes of stretching–not nearly enough as I would have liked, but it sufficed. Also, no one was left behind so that was not a problem.

The timed group–myself included–went first. Kyle didn’t run it competitively/timed so he took off after my group started.
There were people of so many age groups participating in the 5K. It was awesome! The support and encouragement throughout the course was equally as awesome!! I run with headphones. I’m not sure why but I get freaked out listening to myself breathing hard and hearing my footsteps so I always run with headphones when I’m running on my own time. At events, though, I leave the headphones at home. I’m afraid I’ll miss something or not pay attention to something on a course because I’m distracted by my music. I also know that most likely there will be people shouting out words of encouragement to the runners and I definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on that! It’s much appreciated and helps me push through till the end! Red heart

The cool part about this course was that it ended inside our Missouri Tiger football stadium. We ran the last 300 or so meters on the track. As I approached the tunnel to enter the field, my shoelace somehow managed to untie itself. #RunnerProbs to the max! I was not happy with my shoelace at all. I was on a roll and almost done so there was no way I was going to stop to tie my shoe. Instead, I slowed my pace and focused on not tripping and landing on my face. My darn shoelace kept me from sprinting to the end.

There were cheerleaders and volunteers cheering the runners on for the last few meters. It was awesome, needless to say.

Since Kyle started a bit after me, I was able to see him cross the finish line. Yay! Then we both hung out on the field for a while and stretched. We immediately talked time. We tracked our runs and were so impressed by our times. Neither of us were expecting good performances out of ourselves. I’m pretty sure Kyle PR’d and I have no idea anymore what my 5K PR is. All I know is that I had a great pace with an official time of 26:52.

We couldn’t have been any happier with our performances!
But it was time to sleep right after that race. Right back to bed I went. You sleep so good after you’ve finished an awesome run… Winking smile

Now if I thought I was nervous for that 5K, I’ve got Warrior Dash coming up this weekend! Yeah, super nervous and definitely not ready for that one. I haven’t been doing enough pushups and chin ups as I need to be doing. Winking smile I need to get on top of that asap.

My plan for the Warrior Dash is to have fun, get dirty and take as many pictures as I can! We’ll see how that goes! Wish me luck!!

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Epic Mud Run

I ran the Epic Mud Run last week and boy was mud the name of the game! That’s all the running/treading through mud that I did for the week. So we can sum up last week’s Monday Run Day with that event.

This was the first mud run I had ever done and it was a blast. I had an awesome team to run it with too. We–honestly, mostly me with the help of Kyle–made the most legit team shirts ever. We were the Bad Mudder Muckers. Say that 5 times real fast. Winking smile We got some loving and “good one’s” along the course from some people.
The shirt on the left was the event shirt. The were pretty sweet shirts. The guys lucked out and got tanks. Not every guy likes or looks good in tanks, so that was unfortunate. The shirt on the right is one of the four team shirts that we made. A lot of time and work and time went into those babies. They were about 10 dollars per shirt to make. Nice little deal. I may have to dedicate an entire post to the making of the shirts. It was a blast!

Proudly wearing our team shirts!

Cool back view. It’s important to note that I free handed the “run like a mudder” with the silhouette of the man running to make the stencil. It turned out better than I hoped it would.

We did one of the later waves which worked out well since I had to work so early in the morning. We got there about an hour before our wave started. There were a lot more people than I expected and of course there was mud everywhere.

I mentioned last Monday Run Day that this event was a color/zombie/mud run. When we got to the starting corral, there were little cups of colored powder that accounted for the color run part. We covered ourselves and each other with different colors. That’s as exciting as that part was. The idea wasn’t executed as well as it probably should have. All the color was just going to be covered in mud and washed off later during the course. Sadness.

The course began by running through a barn filled with zombies. Some of them weren’t scary but others got me with the element of surprise. There was one zombie chick that just followed me for the longest time in the world. Since this was the beginning, we were still pretty congested and had no running room. So we got through this part by walking through the barn and climbing over quite a few walls.

From there on, we ran the muddy course. It was fun running up this muddy hill while having a hose sprayed over us.

There were muddy hills, ropes to climb hills, the muddiest trenches ever, walls to scale…and tons and tons of mud. We got to one of the two 15 story water slides which was a blast sliding down. Then we went through probably a quarter mile of the thickest, deepest  mud in the course. This part definitely slowed me down. Each step felt like I was going to lose my shoe! It was crazy.

After coming out of that long stretch of mud, we did a little more running on an incline on a path running through woods. It was difficult getting a running start because my feet felt like lead because of the mud. The sun started drying out the mud as I went along, though, and it was caked on me even more.

We finally got to a pit filled with water. As I ran up to it, I noticed volunteers dumping bags of ice into it. I hadn’t realized that the water would be ice cold when I plunged myself into the pit. The mud washed off and I got to cool off a bit. It felt so good! We did a little more running until we got to the final huge water slide. I slid down with Kyle. I kept slowing down for some reason so Kyle caught my legs and pulled me down along with him.

At the end of the course, there were volunteers ready with water bottles, gatorade, bananas and crackers to snack on. We also received some pretty awesome glasses.

Then we took after photos! We were a big mess!

This event was such a blast! Kyle and I recently registered for the Warrior Dash in St. Louis. That’s in exactly 20 days! Eeek, I just realized that! I feel like this event will be the epitome of mud runs…and blood, sweat and tears. Winking smile So, needless to say, I’m pretty stoked for that one! Also exciting is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k that Kyle and I registered for. That one is next week. #CancerSucks!

What’s really funny is that this is the first “regular” 5k that I’ve done in forever; no zombies, color or mud! For anyone keeping track, this will be three events in 28 days. Wow! We sure are getting a good start to race season! Open-mouthed smile

August Foodie Penpals Reveal x3!!!

I’m so excited about this Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

I’m hosting 2 guest posts for a total of 3 posts in one! I’m not only revealing what I received from my foodie pen pal, but I also have on board what Kyle got for his first foodie pen pal experience AND on top of that, his pairing, Susan, will be sharing her thoughts on what she received from Kyle. There’s some sort of inception action going on right here. So exciting.

Let’s start this off by getting my reveal out of the way. Then we’ll check out Kyle’s post. Susan did a wonderful job of reminding us what foodie penpals is about and how it works, so we’ll let her close off. Open-mouthed smile

I received my goodies from reader, Jenn. Last reveal day,  I wondered whether my strike of receiving coconut water would continue. I’m happy to say Jenn broke the strike for me. Yay! Also, this was my first package to include a recipe! More on that in a bit.

Check out the goods:

The Wild Harvest mango peach salsa was the first thing I tried. I was glad to have some chips readily available to try this out. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Open-mouthed smile
I don’t even know how to describe the taste of this crazy staple. First bite, I immediately picked up on the mango. Salsa’s not supposed to taste so sweet and candy-like so I was thrown off. I still don’t quite know what to think about it. All I know is that it’s pretty good and very different. I can only eat a little bit of it at a time, though–the sweetness of it still gets me! I guess that makes it good for portion control. Winking smile

I moved onto Snyder’s Eat Smart Potato Crisps. These were a little too salty for my liking. It may have been the mesquite BBQ flavor.

I was intrigued by the Planters Nut-Rition energy mix peanut butter. Once upon a time, I used to be obsessed with peanut butter. Then I found out about almond butter and I knew it would be a way better alternative to PB for me. It was nice getting this jar, though…mostly because I’m running out of almond butter…but this was a berry nut mix–you can’t go wrong with that!

The Funky Monkey–mangoj cracked me up. It’s the “fruit that crunches.”
I definitely didn’t know what to expect from it. I was just excited about the mango flavor. This was a very interesting treat. I’ve never had anything like it. The first couple bites were a little tart, but the flavor and texture of it grew on me after a while.

I enjoyed the peanut butter cookie Larabar at work. It held me over for a couple hours until lunch time. I love how convenient bars are!

Jenn also sent me a seafood seasoning which I have yet to try out which is strange because I love my seafood, but I look forward to using it!

The recipe Jenn sent me for chicken parmesan burgers was awesome. I had never used ground chicken so I was glad this recipe called for it. I prepared the burgers along with some corn on the cob and a side of chips and yep, some mango peach salsa. Winking smile
I cooked for three and all three of us loved the burgers! I got a request from my roommate to make it again sometime. I think I may have to try substituting the ground chicken with ground turkey just for comparison. I’m curious about what the difference would be.

Much thanks to Jenn for the box of goodies!

Time to check out what Kyle received!
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This was my first month participating in Foodie Penpals. Cindy has been participating for a couple months now and I’ve noticed how much she enjoys it so I thought I’d try it out with her. I can now say I know why Cindy is so excited to do this every month. Whenever the postman dropped off the package that Michelle sent me, I was so anxious to open it up and see what goodies awaited me.

I realize that this is only my first month participating, but I think it’s safe to say that Michelle is the best Foodie Penpal out there. Seriously, I loved everything that she sent me in my box.

Where shall I start discussing this awesome box of deliciousness? I guess I’ll begin where I did when I opened the package. Once I found all of the items that were hidden amongst the packing peanuts, I dove right in and tried the sweet potato corn tortilla chips, The Peanut Roaster Selects honey roasted peanuts and the sweet potato biscuits. Apparently North Carolina (where Michelle is from) is a huge sweet potato state. I had no idea. Anyways…back to these sweet potato corn tortilla chips. To say that these chips were good would be an understatement. I’m trying not to over exaggerate, but these chips might just be my new favorite chips. They were salty and sweet. Tasted like sweet potatoes and tortilla chips. Needless to say, I will be on the lookout to see if I can find these locally.

Next up were the peanuts. I don’t know how Michelle knew this, but I love honey-roasted peanuts. These particular peanuts were grown and processed in North Carolina and they were also delicious. She was also kind enough to include an order book from The Peanut Roaster, just in case I decide I want any more of their peanuts or other snacks.

The last thing I tried after immediately opening my package were the sweet potato biscuits. These were from Café Carolina Bakery, also in North Carolina. Michelle hooked me up with all kinds of local foods. I had never had sweet potato biscuits and I was pleasantly surprised with them. I was very surprised to discover how moist and sweet they were. I shared them with Cindy, who also loved them, and we decided we need to try to find a recipe to make some more.

The other three items in the box I unfortunately could not enjoy immediately (some assembly was required.) I must say, I’m not the world’s best cook by any means, but I try to cook occasionally with Cindy. We were both looking forward to trying both the recipe and the Gnocchi pasta that Michelle had sent me. The recipe was for some honey, soy chicken kabobs. The recipe itself sounded awesome. I believe we made them that night, along with the gnocchi pasta, which we just made with some spaghetti sauce. I wasn’t a huge fan of the pasta. I had never had gnocchi pasta before and found it to be a little doughy for my taste, but I guess that’s what you get when you make pasta from potatoes. We grilled the kabobs up and added some peppers, which the recipe didn’t call for, included the gnocchi and finished the meal off with some White Russians just for good measure.

The last food item I had yet to try was the Lundberg Wild Blend rice. This was a gourmet blend of wild and whole grain brown rice. I actually waited quite awhile to try this one, and almost forgot about it. I realized just the other night that I hadn’t cooked it yet and probably should so that I could write about it. The rice was quite good, although I’m afraid we might have overcooked it. Overcooked or not, it still had good flavor.

Lastly, but definitely not least, was the beer bottle koozie Michelle sent me. It was from the North Carolina Bar Association. Yes, she is a lawyer. So of course I’ve already gotten a few good uses out of this item, and as a college student with football season fast approaching, I’m sure many more opportunities will arise where this will come in handy. Michelle put it best when she said in the email she sent me, “That’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

I am seriously pleased with my first experience with Foodie Penpals. Michelle, can we just be Foodie Penpals forever? But seriously, I cannot wait to see who I am paired with next month and can’t wait to see what they send me because they have some big shoes to fill haha.

The floor, er…page is now yours, Susan!
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I received my box from Kyle after a vacation to Canada. I had exhausted my food supply before leaving, so was extra delighted to receive his package!

I’m a vegetarian who’s getting more into eating local and sustainable foods, so I asked him for local products or things that really sing Missouri.

To give something of Missouri, Kyle sent me Sorghum Molasses from Lambert’s Cafe. Lambert’s Cafe has three locations, two in Missouri and one in Alabama, and sorghum molasses is traditional in the South, so this definitely fit the bill.  I enjoy eating baked goods with molasses but the one time I baked with it (in Boston brown bread) I wasn’t totally satisfied with the taste. I’m therefore really excited to have another molasses to try.

But, here I am, hungry and back from a trip! So, for tastes, I first turned to the Karmalized Savi Seeds since they seemed the right size. These were sugar-coated roasted sacha inchi seeds, which I’d never heard of before trying this product. They are an incredible source of ALA Omega 3s, and also a decent source of protein. The seeds were about the size and shape of an extra-large macadamia nut, with the crunch of a desiccated peanut. I thought they were delicious! However it might be a taste not everyone would like. The seeds themselves seemed to have a seaweedy taste. I actually found that it went great with the sweetness of the coated sugar, which doesn’t sound like it would be the case on paper, so it might not be for everyone.

Next for the tasting were two cookies from My Sister’s House, a gluten-free home bakery. I had the “OMG” cookies, which were a sweet, crumbly cookie smothered in butterscotch and chocolate chips. They were… OMG. I, er, had them for breakfast the next day because I was out of food still. Kyle told me that he bought them from his local Farmer’s Market, which I’m thrilled about. My best friend has Celiac disease so I’m always looking out for gluten-free foods even though I’m not gluten-free, so I recommend this to anyone who’s in Missouri to try to hunt this place down, gluten-free or not! I wouldn’t have been able to tell it was gf, and it was a homerun of a cookie.

I brought the vegan, gluten-free Boom Choco Boom Ricemilk Crunch bar to lunch with this said friend to split afterwards (who is also vegan, and thus I could justify keeping the non-vegan OMG cookies to myself). I forgot about it, so ate it by myself on the walk home – so much for that plan. It was tasty! I did find it to be a little less chocolate-flavorful than I would have liked, and I theorize that it has to do with using extra cocoa butter to make up for the lack of dairy milk for creaminess (it’s the number one ingredient). Indeed, the creamy texture was fantastic, and I really liked the crunch.

And drum roll please… the last item was Kind granola, Oats & Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut. Oh boy!! I’ve eyed their granola for such a long time but have never sprung for the luxury of having their brand for whatever reason. This piece felt particularly like a wonderful surprise present because of that. I’ve had it by the handful and with milk, and both were great. I’m not always a fan of coconut, but I like the light flavor and crunch it gives to the granola.

Thanks again, Kyle!

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re interested in participating for September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by September 4th as pairings will be emailed on September 5th!
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Three times the fun, huh? Big thanks to Kyle and Susan for their awesome posts! There’s no doubt that I speak for all of us when I say I can’t wait till another round next month! Winking smile

Monday Run Day and Training for a Trifecta

Happy Monday! Open-mouthed smile

What an uneventful week of running. The good news is that I got some running done this past week. Better than none!

Here’s the quick recap of all my running for the past week. I got a total of 3 miles in a single run.

Not impressive for the week, that’s for sure. That single run got me good, though. After having gone almost 2 weeks without running, my body did not welcome that random run. I’ve had worse post-run fatigue and other issues, though, so no big deal. I did have a decent pace for that run, so I’ll give myself that much credit.

The sad thing about my week’s performance is that I have a race this coming Sunday. The Ultramax Epic Mud Run: mud/color/zombie run—all in one! Trifecta for sure.
No training for it has been done at all. I’m planning on climbing on the workout wagon this week in order to get some training in. I don’t plan on doing too much running, though. I think I’d mostly benefit by focusing on strength training. I’m looking forward to incorporating that into my week. It will help make my epic mud run more awesome and hopefully I won’t get my butt kicked too badly. Winking smile

Yummy Salad

As part of PowerCakes #PowerMealAWeek, I’m sharing my version of a Palm Beach Salad that is too legit to quit.

Palm Beach salads are skillfully layered with avocado, shrimp, crab meat topped off with eggs. My version, as you’ll see, isn’t as skillful but it’s still very delicious.

I’m sure the pros in the kitchen use some sort of sauce/dressing that helps keep the layers of yumminess intact but I didn’t worry about whipping up anything like that for this salad. That cuts back on the calories too. Winking smile

I threw everything together based on memory and it was meant to make one serving but I was surprisingly filled up quickly. I had plenty leftover.

These are your ingredients:
* About 10 shrimp
* Crab meat
* 1/4-1/3 cups tomato and avocado
* 1 diced up hard boiled egg

I cooked the shrimp with a seafood seasoning and a bit of butter. I heated the crab meat through the same way, sans the seasoning.

I prepared the tomatoes, avocado and egg in the meantime.

After the shrimp and crab meat are done, cut them up into smaller pieces. Then start layering! Layer your plate with a bed of spinach, then avocado, crab meat, tomatoes, shrimp and top it off with the egg!

Now you have this masterpiece:

Give this salad a try–unless you’re allergic to seafood, please don’t give it a try in that case. Red heart

Runners Are Weird

I don’t know if it’s just me or if this is generally true but runners are kinda, sorta weird. I had a random “Oh…!” moment when this occurred to me. I started thinking about the group of runners I was first exposed to–my high school cross country team. Honestly, the majority of them were truly weird. Then I thought specifically of my brother, who was also in the xc team and is a great athlete. My brother…of course I view him as weird–each and every one of my siblings is! Next, my neighbor who runs around the block. He’s weird, for sure.

Then there’s myself. Am I weird? You know, what? I think I just may be.

Seriously, who actively strives for a combination of obscene mileages and paces? Or gladly beats the sunrise to cross off a ridiculously long run while everyone is just waking up–rain or shine, cold and heat. Who loves carbs? Who in the world says “fartlek”? Most importantly, who works out strapped with snacks and GU?? Myself. Runners.

Yeah, we aren’t a normal group of people. We are adventurous. We are dedicated. We are strong. We are runners.

Running has been such a critical part of my life. It’s made me weird but that’s ok. I’m thankful for it.

Dude.

Runners are weird.

 

Monday Run Day–Fail Edition

I think I need to read this book…
It’s Monday Run Day and I have no mileage to report for August 13-19. Also, I have no excuses. I really don’t. I simply just didn’t “feel” like running. As terrible as that sounds, I don’t plan on beating myself up over it. I run because I like to run and I like to challenge myself with it. I do it when I feel like I need it. Apparently, I didn’t need it this past week. Winking smile

My body is all rested up–needless to say–and I think some good miles are going to be racked up this week. I’m looking forward to it!

Monday Run Day–The Day I Ran to Hollywood

It’s technically ‘Tuesday’ Run Day–excuse the belated post. I had a little out of town excursion with Kyle and we visited his family back home. We got back in town late last night. It was a tiring weekend and I’ll be glad to get back in the swing of things–I’ve got lots to do this week!

But I had to make sure to definitely complete my Monday Run Day because it was a good week of running! Stay tuned for my crazy run to Hollywood. Winking smile

I told myself that I’d do better than last week. I had actually set a goal for myself to run at least 1 more mile than I did last week. Got that taken care of! I surpassed that goal and got in 13 miles! Big difference from 5.2 miles, right?

Here’s the breakdown of my 3 days of running from August 6 through August 12.

My first run for the week was great. The first couple miles were great. I’m not sure what happened on my last split. I remember it started sprinkling for about 30 seconds–that must have slowed me down greatly. Winking smile It was a good run overall.

My second run was a short run that I’m glad I included into my week of running. Anyway to increase your mileage throughout the week is great! I ran from work to campus which is extremely close. It’s less than a mile away but I took detours to raise the total to a complete mile. Since I knew it was going to be a short run, I focused on my speed. I ran a great mile and it was a nice run through downtown and campus!
The funny thing about the recording of this particular run was that I ran to campus planning to steal Kyle’s car from work–he works at the University Bookstore–and then picking him up when he got off. Well I got to his car and started stretching and cooling off before heading home. I completely forgot my app was still running so I ran drove for .82 miles before I realized I hadn’t stopped my time. That’s why my max speed is 2:41 min/mile. I wouldn’t mind that pace per mile a single bit, though. Winking smile

I rewarded myself for that short slash awesome run with a couple tacos from a local Mexican food vendor. No shame!

Now, saving the best for last. My RUN TO HOLLYWOOD!
Ok, so that’s a little misleading. One of the two theaters we have in Columbia is Hollywood Theaters. That was the first job I landed when I moved here for school. That job sucked–but I digress. I ran to the theater–a ridiculously long run, but not as ridiculous as running to Hollywood, CA would’ve been. It was a fantastic run, nonetheless! One of my best!! Open-mouthed smile

I ran on one of the many main roads here in town. At 6 AM on a Saturday, it was dead as can be. The road was mine. It was so lovely.

I was amazed at my pace; I would be shocked every time I heard my pace for the last split stay within range from the split before it. I thought I was running the first couple miles too fast, so I aimed for about a 9:15 mile for the third split just so that I could keep steady and not tire out too quickly. I hit 9:15 dead on for the 3rd split. I realized a mile later when I ran a -0.02 split and felt just fine, that I could rock the rest of the run.

It was almost an exact 4.5 miles from my home to the theater so I was glad I would get an even mile run and wouldn’t have to worry about adding any detours to make a complete 9 miles.

I was faced with inclines around miles 4-6. Those were the roughest parts of the run. But I was glad to pull through.
I paused at the halfway mark at Hollywood!

And enjoyed the sunrise that I would be running away from as I headed West to go back home.

The rest of the run back home was smooth sailing. I made myself proud with the last split. I always remind myself of what my high school cross country coach said about finishing runs strong. You always have to pocket some energy for the last mile. That way you can just pull out whatever energy you have left and give your last mile your all. For my last mile, I wanted anything less than 9 minutes–even if it was 8:59…I wanted it.
When my coach read off 8:34, I was overjoyed. AMAZING RUN! Open-mouthed smile Open-mouthed smile

It took like 5 hours for my body to stabilize afterward but it was a run well worth it. I proved to myself what I’m capable of and how amazing the human body is to be able to accomplish things like that run!

Well, now it’s a new week and that brings along new goals. I don’t foresee a 9 mile run this week but shall we go for 14 miles for the week?? We’ll find out next Monday Run Day!

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