Friday, August 27, 2010

Rise and Shine

Tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., Me Melissa and Carman are going to tackle this route!
I kinda want to know what to expect next weekend for my fist 8K
According to the route on Map My Run, there's lot of turns... should be interesting
This will be out last race before the big HALF MARATHON October 3rd!!!
Hope we're ready

Life's been so crazy lately that my training is so off
Got to get things back in order

This race is benefiting TEEN CHALLENGE
Check it out

If you're interested, sign up and come join us next weekend, September 4th @ 8a.m.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Black/Blue Toe

Last Thursday night when I had the great idea to run 6 miles then walk 3, I had NO idea that my toe nail was going to hurt me as bad as it had.

I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. I've heard of runner's toe nails being messed up from running but this pain was awful. I had heat in my toe and it didn't look infected but had somewhat of a heartbeat..

I wasn't able to run Sunday because we were helping my parents move, which gave it more time to heal and thankfully it has stopped hurting... BUT, I did look down this morning and noticed that my nail was turning a nice shade of BLUE.

My immediate response, I just laughed. NICE, very attractive..
I think I had just cut my toe nail too short.

From talking with Ashley Carroll though, hers is turning too

No pain, No gain
I'll turn into a smurf if need be

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Heat is On

Alot of the girls have really been wanting to increase their miles so some of us have been running the Trussville route twice. That's 6 miles BTW!!

Just thinking about it makes me tired but having all my sisters encourages me..
Yesterday Me Jackie and Carman got there at 6 and ran once around, then Natalie, Ashley, Haley B, and Lauren J. came and ran another one with us.

Natalie, Ashley, Haley B., and Lauren J. ran again at 8 with all the girls like normal and my mug walked just to cool down!

I had cotton mouth like you would not believe!
Not to mention that I feel like the toe nail beside my big toe is going to fall off...haha
Even the sheets were killing it last night.

I was sooo proud of everyone last night.
I can tell that all this running is paying off!!
The bond we have is unexplainable

God is doing big things and he gets all the glory!!

There were 2 new girls last night also:

Amanda Phillips
Emily (from Michigan)

YAY!! They did great


    This past Tuesday was AWESOME!!
    All the girls ran the 4.5 route this time and everyone beat their time and it felt incredible I must say
    It's like everyone was determined to run as much as they possibly could and it paid off.

    Next Tuesday were going to increase just a little bit and add .5 miles to make it a 5 mile route

    We had 2 new runners come join us Tuesday!!!

    • Savannah Randoulph
    • Lauren Johnson
    They are beasts!! I love it

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    13.1 Marathon - Atlanta | Atlanta, Georgia 30319 | Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 7:13 AM

    Here it is!!!
    Signed up yesterday
    Not going to lie, I'm a little nervous but I think by October I should be ready

    I'm excited because my family will all be there and it will hopefully be a wonderful experience that we will ALWAYS remember!!!



    My very sweet sweet husband had these waiting for me when I got home last night!!! 
    Totally unexpected and I LOVED IT. He had a note to go with it to say that he was very proud of me and that he loved me.
    I'm not a "Gifts" person, I'm more "words of affirmation", but I'm not going to lie, this definitely got the love tank full 
    I've been wanting new shoes for a while now and he took it upon himself to get them for me
    He's amazing and so blessed to have a husband that continues to push me and encourage me like he does

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    Sunday's Stamina

    Can I please tell you how proud of am of all the new girls that have begun this journey of running with us.

    Kelly Gilliand
    Katelyn Carter

    They are killing it! IM SO PROUD OF YA'LLL!! Keep it up
    It's sooo encouraging to see girls who have never done 3 miles before get out there and give all they've got, even if they don't think they can or are not feeling well, but do it anyways.

    Very powerful. It's showing satan that he is not in control and that there is a God that is stronger and with God, ALL things are possible. You can do immeasurably more when you add God into the equation.

    Ask any one of the girls what they felt when they accomplished more than than they thought they could, what did they feel??? 
    It's very overwhelming
    It brings some to tears!
    It did me. The first time I ran 3 miles straight without stopping was monumental! I cried because I couldn't believe that I had reach a point where I was able to do that.

    I can only imagine what the Lord's thinking when he sees us accomplish what we've set out to achieve. How much more proud must He be?

    I pray the Lord continues to grow this group and that we never lose focus of what this is about.
    It's not about who's the fastest runner, or who can run the farthest, but it's about encouraging those to push themselves to reach their highest potential physically and spiritually. If we as an army of girls can do that, what a blessing to be a part of that.
    I pray we NEVER lose sight of what this group is all about

    The ultimate encourager, OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
    To God be ALL the glory!!

    Bless these girls Lord

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Romans 15:5

    May the God

    who gives

    endurance and encouragement

    give you a spirit

    of unity

    among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus

    4.5 Tuesday's

    Ok.. so we all know that Tuesday's are probably the most dreadful day of any day that we run
    • Because it still hot outside 
    • It's the longer route of the week
    • Lot's of hills
    The only thing that really gets us through is knowing that as soon as we finish we get to go worship!!

    I don't know why, but honestly Tuesday's are becoming one of my favorite days. I look forward to going to run the streets of Liberty Park

    They always have sprinklers on and we run through them to cool off.. Yesterday this person let us use their hose for a second
     Super nice

    Since we've been increasing our mileage for training, it's become alot easier to run the shorter distances.
    I think my body is finally starting to catch on after 4 months of this.

    Yesterday, somehow me and Carman cut off 4 mins of our normal time
    We usually finish 4.5 miles in 48 mins, but yesterday we made it in in 44!!!!
    I honestly COULDN'T believe it

    I felt good when I was running.. nothing was hurting, but both of my legs felt like they weighed about 80lbs each. The only way to fight it was to pick my legs up higher when I ran, and when I did that I guess it made me run a little faster, and that might be why we finished alot faster than usual.

    I didn't know how I was going to run yesterday since I was in bed the night before with ice, messaging my legs for over 30 mins from the 6 miles we ran Sunday night.
    That's when I give all the glory to GOD because without HIM I wouldn't make it.

    We had 3 new girls run the LP route with us yesterday:
    • Kristen Ramsey
    • Haley White
    • Katie J
    They rocked it!!

    Some only did the 3 mile route to make sure to get to worship on time, and from what they said, it's pretty hill-e
    Hills are not really my friend, but they help tremendously in training.

    We were missing so many of our normal TUESDAY runners yesterday

    • Melissa
    • Courtney
    • Brittney
    • Stephanie
    • Walls
    • Natalie Bezet
    I'm prob missing some too.. if so, please forgive me!!
    So many girls to keep up with these days


    Tuesday's: 5:45 Church of the Highlands
    Thursday's: 8 Trussville Mall by the Flagpole
    Sunday's: 8 Trussville Mall by the Flagpole

    I love to run, but I also love the days I get to rest
    Especially now that we're increasing in mileage
    My days off our Heavenly, although slightly anticipating the next run

    I LOVE YA'LL!!!!

    *Been slacking on my posting, but going to do better
    * Uploading pictures and posting tonight!!! Be on the look-out

    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    Sunday's are my Fave

    So tonight we had 17 girls come to run and we were even missing about 5 that normally come!!!
    3 were out sick: Ashley Carroll, Jackie Seay, and Brittney Little
    GUESS WHO DID COME THOUGH??? The one who first showed me and Melissa the route...
    Even though she's pregnant she's still got it
    Im so proud of all the new girls that have stepped up and started running with us
    Off the top of my head...

    Sunnie Leigh
    Haley Busbey 
    Ami Knight
    Haley White
    Alicia Davis 
    Payton Sims
    Ashley Langley
    Keri Owen
    Katie J

    I'm sure their is more but its late and my brain is shut down...

    I love how the Lord is constantly bringing more and more girls to come run!!
    Its starting to cool off just a bit which makes it a little easier. 
    I cannot wait until the Fall!!!

    I was hanging out with Haley Busbey this weekend and she was cracking up telling me that there was a race coming up called the Butter Bean festival 5k run or something and their slogan was along the lines of...
    Butter Bean runners NEVER run out of GAS!!! 
    I bout died laughing

    Last Thursday night something TERRIBLE happened to a our fellow runner LAUREN WALLS.
    She's awesome let me just say! When she runs she gives it all she's got and encourages you to do the same. We all got there Thursday night and were ready to run and she was already there ready to go. She had already ran the loop once, but is so committed that she wanted to run it again! LOVE that attitude.
    So our little army set out and lets just say that the cars were not so friendly that night. Pretty scary but not so smart of us to run in the dark on the road. Anyways, we top our first major hill and this car comes flying around the corner and apparently  L was trying to get out of their way and rolled her ankle and fell:( SO Sad.. I felt helpless. We prayed for it and were in hopes that she just rolled it, but the next day she went to the doctor and was told she had a sprain and was put in a boot.

    Still believing for healing in that ankle! We need her back and runner and we MISS her and her encouragement!! I love you WALLS!!!

    I have a confession to make.... 

    P.S. Me Melissa and Carman are in training for our half marathon and we ran 6 miles tonight!! That was a first and it honestly felt GREAT (little sore though, not gunna lie)
    8 more weeks to go

    I'm being sincere when I tell you this...
    If you ever think about it.. say a prayer for us during our training. 
    Our race is October 4th and Satan is going to do everything in his power to keep us from achieving this dream/goal that we have and some days it will be hard and we will want to give up, so we will need all the prayers we can get!