Family, Food, Football–A House Divided

*peeks in and looks around*

Whew! I had to wait a few days and recover from the holiday/Iron Bowl Weekend before I posted.

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On Thanksgiving morning, I was so excited about heading to Montgomery (aka The Gump) to spend time with my HB’s family. After the recent passing of one of his favorite Uncles, that was just what the doctor ordered. It’s the little things. We figured on the way out we’d grab some Chick-fil-a, but of course they were CLOSED! I always want Chick-Fil-a when they are closed, which is usually Sunday’s. Womp! I think that’s a mind game they play with us loyal customers. Anyhoo…we found some grub and kept it moving!

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mifamiliaI was so excited to see everyone! There’s nothing like family–and this is not all of us!

 

BGR! BIRMINGHAM MEETS BGR! MONTGOMERY….

Since I was in The Gump, I figured I should meet up with Black Girls RUN! (Montgomery Chapter) to “Preserve My Sexy”. You know ya girl had to work off all that dressin’ and pecan pie. This was my first run since the Magic City Half. It was a great, chilly morning for a post-Thanksgiving I-Already-Ate-The-Turkey Trot! I was given a mini-tour of downtown Montgomery thanks to my lovely Soror/BGR-MGM Ambassador, Cecily!

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mooRan past the MOOseum and look who I ran into?

(Alabama Cattlemen’s Association)

 

 thanksgivingIt was such a beautiful morning!

bgrmgmGreat run with the ladies of BGR!

neatpw1Game Ready! Decided to pull out my Phillip Lim for Target sweatie, found here.

THEN THERE’S FOOTBALL…

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You can’t have an Iron Bowl Party without good eats! There was SO MUCH food! Everything was delish! My HB seriously makes the best pasta ever. I’m working on him to see if I can share the recipe! :)

jezzybrowniesMy infamous Slutty Brownies, found here, made an appearance. Please excuse how they look…that’s how they got their name! *wink* I made TWO pans and they didn’t stand a chance.

unnamedA few of the cousins. They are always talking trash! They are Michigan fans. Go Blue!–I guess…

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Let me just say, if you are an Alabama fan in this family, you are totally outnumbered! I didn’t see that win coming, but…Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers…Roll Tide and Go Blazers!

I’m Only Half Crazy!

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I have been preparing for my second (really third) half marathon since the summer. Okay, let me explain.  I added the Magic City Half Marathon, part of the Ruben Studdard celebration weekend, to my schedule to give myself a challenge. And, who doesn’t love bling? My coach-runner-Kenyan friend (and yes, we joke about this), who is an incredible runner might I add, encouraged me to “up” my mileage and get out of my comfort zone. I’m also surrounded by my awesome, BGR “Sole Sisters” who are the best motivators ever! It’s nice to have people that support and believe in you and your potential. My training put me very close to where I needed to be to run a half, so just like that–I signed up! Besides, it’s right before Thanksgiving which is a great way to prepare for chicken/turkey & dressing (not stuffing), macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pie, and all the other yumtastic goodness!

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 Since my Run Disney Princess Half Marathon training is provided by Olympian a.k.a. “America’s Coach”, Jeff Galloway, I decided to implement his plan into my summer training. After few crazy on/off weeks, I was able to pick back up where I left off. His training plan is designed to keep runners healthy and injury free. It even includes cross training (if you wish and I encourage) and an easy walk on the Friday before your long run. For long runs, the Run-Walk-Run method works great for me because my body is not as tired and I recover much faster than I ever did before. I also love this plan because it makes the task ahead seem more achievable. You ignore that voice inside your head that tells you–you can’t, because your heart says otherwise. You feel like you can conquer the world! Okay…maybe that’s a stretch after a 13 miler. I just want a shower, some ice (scared of ice baths…I’m just not there yet), compression socks, iPad, couch, and my Snuggie! I do, however, LOVE that feeling of accomplishment once I’m done. I look forward to seeing my progression over the next few months.

Here’s a little bit about The Galloway Method.

JEFF GALLOWAY’S RUN-WALK-RUN METHOD

Short walk breaks, when taken early and regularly, will restore resiliency to the main running muscles and extend their capacity at the end of the run, plus ease fatigue, speed up recovery and more!

  • Restore resiliency to the main running muscles before they fatigue.
  • Extend the capacity of the running muscles at the end of the run because you are shifting the workload between the walking and the running muscles.
  • Virtually erase fatigue with each early walk break by keeping your pace and effort level conservative in the early stages.
  • Allow those with some types of previous injuries to train for marathons without further injury.
  • Allow runners to improve 10 to 40 minutes in their marathon compared with running continuously.
  • Speed up recovery from each long run.

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I love running because it truly challenges me for the better. I’m able to push beyond my limits, set new goals, bask in accomplishments that prepare me for the next level. The key is to remain CONSISTENT, no matter where you are on the journey. It’s your journey, your pace, your race.

30 Days of Thankfulness

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For the past few years I’ve seen the 30 Days of Thankfulness challenge shared on social media. This year I decided I was going to participate for the entire month of November, not just a few days here and there like I normally do.

How It Works: Each day in November post about something or someone you are thankful for. For example: Facebook–post a status, Twitter–post a tweet, and Instagram–post a textgram. You can use the #30daysofthankfulness hashtag on all three media sites so you can view what others have posted as well. And don’t worry if you’re not social media savvy or if you just don’t want to go that route–you can share with someone close to you or write it down.

I’ll start it off…

Day 1: I am thankful for new beginnings!

See…it’s that easy!

Day 2: I am thankful for the ability to walk and run.

Today I participated in my first Vulcan Run 10K! I was so excited about running it since I signed up, but on last week, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to participate. I had oral surgery this past Monday and I knew that me being out in the air would be a possible no-no. I almost gave up all hopes and dreams until next year until my doc gave me clearance, but told me to listen to my body. My HB asked, “Why don’t you just walk it?” I did a test run Thursday to see how I felt and I figured maybe I could do just that.

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Ready for the race!

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My Sole Sisters and I at the race! I even got a picture with Vulcan!

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I was so excited when I got home from the Vulcan Run and found my Black Girls RUN! Sweat With Your Sole Virtual 5K/10K medal in the mail! Every girl loves bling! I feel like a winner! ;-)

Now, let’s keep the ball of thankfulness growing! Here is why I chose Day 2 for my #30daysofthankfulness:

I had oral surgery Monday and thought I wouldn’t be able to run this morning. It has been hit or miss with pain/discomfort. I started the 30 Days of Thankfulness and reminded myself that running AND walking is something we often take for granted. I saw a man around his 70′s/80′s out there pushing through to finish that 6.2. I’m like wow…he’s out here doing it, I can do it too! I completed my 10K and hit a PR goal–even with discomfort. I wasn’t feeling my best, but I gave it all I had today and finished! For every milestone great or small there are so many others who wish they could do the same. So I’m gonna add my 6.2 miles to the books, take these meds, relax, and thank God that I had the opportunity to do it all over again! #Isaiah4031

It’s RunVember!

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I can’t believe November is here! You know what that means…the holiday season, peppermint bark, and 2014 is right around the corner! October was a rather interesting month for me. I wanted to up my mileage, but I had a few challenges so I didn’t get in as many miles as I anticipated. Busy schedules, long days, and doing what your body requires at that moment–it just happens. I had to get an unexpected surgery which limited my activity.  I’ve also been limited to mashies and ice cream, but I guess that’s not too bad. Well, when you eat a whole pint of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla for dinner, that can become too easy! But–I’m feeling much better!

What’s RunVember? Complete 30 miles in 30 days. The goal is to get people out there and get active. It takes 28 days to form a habit, so what better way than the RunVember Challenge! Run it or even walk it–just get those miles in. I can’t think of a better time than November!

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I signed up for my first Vulcan Run 10K which will be held this Saturday, November 2. Even though I might walk it, depending how my body feels, I’m really excited about it! I definitely don’t want to overdo it. The great thing is–whether I walk or run it, I’m still going to get out there and get those miles in…and there’s still time to register!

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I’m also excited about another big event towards the end of the month. It’s perfect timing as we get ready to partake in Turkey Day festivities and good eating! I’ll be running the Magic City Half Marathon part of the Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend. I decided to add this race to my 2013 calendar as part of my preparation/training for my first Run Disney event, the Princess Half Marathon, in 2014! *insert scream here* I’ll tell you more about that later. This will be my second, half marathon and a lot of my running buds will be participating as well!

I’m looking forward to a great RunVember and an awesome month as we get closer to bringing 2013 to a close. I’m expecting GREAT things and I hope you are too!

Do you have any special plans, big races, or events coming up this month?