Thursday, March 28, 2013

8 Reasons a Break from Running can be a Good Thing

Howdy Ya'll!!

I have been taking a much needed break from running/working out and blogging. I'm currently working full time and attending classes. They are short classes so they cram in so much in so little time.

Other than that, life has been great. I've been really enjoying my time even though it's passing very quickly. The next 3 weeks I have 3 races. The first is a fun run called the Electric Run. I have a team of 8 people. That's right! I finally got my friends to join me in a race. It will be awesome. You should check if it's coming to your city.  That race is here in Austin this weekend. The following weekend I will be running the Capital 10k. I haven't been running in a month so I am not prepared to PR, but I am prepared to go enjoy myself with the other 24,999 runners. And the weekend after that I will be running the Ausin 10/20. 10 miles/20 bands. It will be my longest run ever. And again, because I haven't been running, I don't suspect that I'll be having the greatest run of my life, but I will be rockin it out there...and eveyone gets a medal! I'm in.

So like I said earlier, I've taken a whole month off of running. Here is a couple of reasons why you might want to try it too.

  1. It gave me time to miss it.
  2. It gave me time to do other things that I wouldn't normally do because of working out such as the Austin Rodeo/Carnival...and my vacation to Miami and the Bahamas.
  3. When I ran again today, I didn't dread it. I enjoyed it.
  4. It gave me time to remeber that it's not all about timing, pace, and mileage, but about being healthy and enjoying the run.
  5. It gave me time to realize that when I don't run, I feel sluggish and tired and fat.
  6. It gave me a reason to not have a set schedule everyday after work. I got to enjoy me time.
  7. It gave me more time with my boyfriend and dogs.
  8. It also made me realize that if you take a break it is okay just as long as you get back into it.
There are several other reasons to give yourself a break from running.

Have you ever taken a break from running? Was it from an injury or just because?

What did you realize when you took a break from running?

Do you have any fun races coming up?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My First Plane Ride

Everytime that I mention to someone that I've never been on a plane, I get the "your crazzzzy, no wayyy" look. Apparently everyone and their mama's have been on a plane before.

On my trip to Miami and the Bahamas I had to do 3 take off's and 3 landings. WOW!

Leaving Austin I told Mom that I wanted the window seat. So I sat at the window seat and I was always right on the wing for every plane ride I was on that week.

I was super excited and nervous at the same time. We rounded a corner and were on the straight away. As we started going faster, I started to get more nervous....scared actually. But too late, there's no turning back now.

Mom was able to catch a couple of pictures of me while the plane was taking off. In one of them you can kinda see a tear. Yes people. I was scared. I didn't like my first take off at all....I flipped the eff out. Any weird noise I heard or any subtle movement caused me to freak out...

So I did what I do best. I ordered a drink. OMG! Those airplanes do NOT play around with their mixed drinks. I believe it was probably the strongest drink I've ever had. I was in love. I had two drinks and by the time I was done with two I had a nice buzz and the rest of the plane trip went smoothly.

By my next plane takeoff I was a little more at ease. I knew the drill and I knew that those weird noises I was hearing doesn't mean the plane is going down. :]

And by my thrid take off, I felt like a pro....

I will have a lot more pictures for you guys once my camera situation gets fixed. Some are too funny.

Would you ever be a flight attendant?
Probably not.

Do you know anyone that has never been on a plane before?
Just me...and some babies...but then again, a lot of babies have been on more plane rides that I ever will.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pro Compression Giveaway

Who loves Pro Compression gear? I do, I do. And who doesn't love free things?

Well I wanted to spread the love to all of you guys.

Pro Compression is having a giveaway for this month.

Prizes include an iPAD MINI (1 winner), an iPOD NANO (1 winner), PRO Compression Marathon Socks (2 Winners) and Marathon Calf Sleeves  (2 Winners)!

TWO easy ways you can enter for a chance to win:

1. Place an order using coupon code MARCH (get 40% off and FREE shipping) to purchase any Marathon Socks or Calf Sleeves online at


2.  Enter by email here: LINK 

Maximum two entries per person; using coupon code MARCH and by email address count as two entries. A total of 6 winners will be chosen at random.

That's it! So simple.  But hurry, the deadline for entering is March 20, 2013.
Link to official rules.

Sign up!! What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

And Now She's Back

I am back and pretty glad to be back, minus the waking up early, not having breakfast, lunch, and dinner already prepared, and no one to make my bed for me.

I have a ton of pictures I wanted to share with you guys but my camera is being funky. I'll figure it out soon.

Just know I had a blast but definitely missed my hunny bunny and Kujo and D.O.G.

Some quick things I learned:

People in Miami can be quite rude.
People in Miami are crazzzy drivers. From the airport to the hotel I almost saw 4 wrecks.
They also honk at you even when there's no where for you to go, like at a red light.
When you go to the bahamas, don't let the straw market hustle you, you hustle the straw market.
Got some great deals because of my hustlin skills :]

It feels great to be back in AUSTIN!!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Welcome to Miami

I leave for my trip today!!! Woot Woot! I couldn't be more excited.

Except....I will be missing these guys.

I will be having a great time while missing my babies, b/c....


I'll be enjoying some Bahama Mama's in the BAHAMAS!!!

Be ready for lots of pictures and reviews!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March Goals b/c February Sucked

Did any else feel like they kinda lost their momentum last month?

I feel like I didn't do anything productive to keep myself healthy. I mean I did get sick, but did I bounce right back from it? NO. I don't like the way not exercising or eating right made me feel. I felt sluggish, fat, and mentally I felt that I had given up. But I am not a person to give up that easily.

So for the month of March I will have goals to keep me in line. I think for every goal I complete off of my goal list I can purchase that many new workout clothing items. That sounds like a win win to me.

March Goals

1. Avoid eating sweets everyday. Only eat 1-2 sweet things a week.

2. Drink more water. I'm usually pretty good at this but I can feel that I am not as hydrated as I should be.

3. Run outside a minimum of 3 times a week/Strength train a minimum of 2 times a week.

4. STOP overeating. When you are full, put the fork down! Why has this been so hard for me lately?

5. Stay active when I get home from work. Don't plop down, because my big ass will not get back off the couch!

With my trip coming up, I know a couple of these will be hard. But I have a plan!
  • There will be free food so I will not feel guilty if I don't everything on my plate.
  • I am packing my running gear so I can run on the beach of Miami and run on the cruise ships track. Yes, they have a track. AWESOME!
  • Use the hotel gym to get my strength training in.
  • Sodas cost extra on the ship...heck I don't even drink soda's except for with mixed drinks so that will encourage me to drink lots of water
  • I'm sure I will be active enough. I'll be walking a lot to check out the sights and sounds of Miami and the Bahamas.
Do you have any goals for March?

Besides running and hitting the gym, what kinds of things do you do to keep yourself "active" throughout the day?