Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Vegan Burgers

One thing that I love to eat is a cheeseburger. Im not really a big meat eater anyway, but a BBQ cheeseburger from somewhere like Cheeseburger Paradise or of my biggest weaknesses. Or a Jack Daniels cheeseburger...yumm. So this morning I decided to try to cook a "vegan" hamburger. I tried " Candle Cafe Brown Rice and Lentil Burger". Candle Cafe is a vegan restaurant in New York City.
One thing that really sucks about living in the midwest, is that it is so hard to go out to eat and find food that is considered "vegan". Even if I find a vegetarian dish, it's usually covered in cheese of some kind. So I find myself doing pretty good during the week, but eating alot of meat on the weekends. I wish there were more health friendly restaurants around here.
Back to the burger. It consisted of Brown rice, lentils, chopped onions, green peppers and garlic. I baked them, and they were delicious! Even my husband and daughter ate them. My husband's response, " Well, they're not aweful, they're ok". They really did have a wonderful flavor.
Another thing I have been worried about is that this whole vegan experiement would get a little costly. I am actually suprised at how cheap it has been! My burgers I made today cost less than a dollar for each burger. Soy meat, and tofu, is actually cheaper than other meat. Soy yogart is also the same price as regular yogart. Soy milk is also about the same price, maybe a little more, but not much. I really love the Engine 2 book, it gives so many recipes with every day ingredients that you could find at places like Walmart, Krogers, and Aldi's.
Tonight, I am attempting Tofu Steaks. This will be my first time cooking Tofu, and I am a little nervous at how it will taste.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Found another 5k!

I love when people tell me about a 5k and then ask me to post it on my blog!

Ugandathon 5k and 1 mile kids run
Saturday May 12, 2012
Trace Creek Baptist Church
Registration fee: $20 / $25 after April 28
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m
Race begins at 8:00 a.m.

You can pick up a registration form at Hibbett in Mayfield.

How to Overcome Shin Pain |

How to Overcome Shin Pain |

A few weeks ago, my shin pain was so intense I could barely run two miles. This article has pretty good advice about what to do if you experience shin splints or shin pain.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

First 10k : )

So if you're reading this blog, my guess is that you're just dying to know how my first 10k, or at least. Slightly curious. Well.. last night I started feeling very anxious about it. I hadn't had a "good" run all week, in fact I had only ran 3.5 miles all week long. As the night grew, my anxiety turned to dread. I didn't want to do the race. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish it, or that I would have to walk a good part of it. I went to sleep about ten, but woke up at 5:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. So after laying there for about an hour and half I finally decided to just get up and get ready.

My itunes hasn't been working on my computer, and I didn’t have much music to listen to on my ipod. I didn't want to chance the radio on the ipod, so I begged mom to let me borrow her iphone for the race. She agreed, and thankfully I had good music to run to. I got to the race about thirty minutes early. I was so anxious.

About ten minutes before the race started, it started to rain. The temperature was already colder than it had been all week, and I thought oh no, this isn't going to be good. We started with the 5k's and the ran was POURING on us. In a matter of minutes, my hair, shirt and shorts were soaked. It was at this point that I decided screw it, I'm just going to go with the 5k people. I have class next week, with two very important observations, one that I can not make up. I also have a test and a bunch of other stuff I have to turn in. I mean, what if I get sick because of all this rain? It wasn't worth getting pneumonia over a race, school is more important. This is everything I was telling myself as the rain was covering my body. As soon as it came time for us to turn and go a different route than the 5kers, the rain immediately stopped, and the sun started shining. I took that as my sign to keep on. I made it about 2 1/2 miles without needing to stop to walk. This is excellent for me. I kept on through the 10k route, keeping my normal pace ( which is pretty slow compared to most everyone else) and didn’t really stop to walk again until about mile 4.

At this point a lady who had been behind me caught up with me. We went the rest of the way together. Turns out, this was her first 10k also. She was such an encouragement, I know I would not have kept the pace I did at the end if it wasn't for her. She was wonderful. The last half mile of the race was hard. I was so exhausted, and my calves were killing me. They felt like they were on fire. But I made it. I came in at 1:15:22 ( maybe, not sure on the seconds, but I do know it was 1:15. Which, to many people I know it is slow. But I am fine with slow, right now. As long as I can see improvement in some way during each race, I am ok with that. Whether it be mileage, speed, or consistency, as long as there is some sort of improvement, I am ok. So there you have it. My first 10k!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Coolest Races You Gotta Run This Year:

The Coolest Races You Gotta Run This Year:

Check out this link. The color run that they mention will be held in Nashville in October. It looks like so much fun. I'm definately adding this run to my "want to run" list. My birthday is in October, so that could be an awesome birthday present, hint hint-mom, dad, jason!
Ive also found a couple of mud runs I want to do this summer. The Mudathon is in northern Kentucky sometime in June. When I find a link to it I will add it as well. Its about $75 dollars, but the experience would be awesome. I've almost got Jason convinced we need to go. They offer free beer, so if the mud doesn't excite him, the other probably will!

Just a little motivation..

Run Mayfield Graves 1 mile/5k run

Below is the information on the 5k in Mayfield I promised to post about. Its on April 14th. One week before the Half Marathon in Murray, so if you need a 5k to help you train for the half, here ya go!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • 8:00am until 11:00am
  • Spotlight Sponsors: FNB, Jackson Purchase Medical Center, First Kentucky Bank, and HealthSource

    $20 for Chamber members before 4/2/12
    $30 for non-Chamber members
    ... $30 for everyone after 4/2/12

    Every participant will receive a good bag. 5K Runners will be eligible to win age and gender awards. Awards sponsored by Arby's.

    T-shirts are available for $10 each and must be registered before 4/2/12.

    Race Day Schedule:
    8-8:45am Sign In
    9am 5K run starts
    9:15am 1mile walk starts
    10:15am 5K Awards Ceremony

    Proceeds will go to benefit GRACE MEDICAL CENTER.
    Contact the Chamber for more info. 270-247-6101
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Recipe Update and 5k Update

    Yesterday evening was my first attempt at a vegan meal. I cooked black beans and corn with brown rice toped with salsa and avacados. It was amazing! I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this meal was. My daughter ate it, but it definately wasnt her favorite. However, today for lunch I cooked a califlower soup, and she loved it! It had califlower, potatos, green onion/white onion, and celery. I was shocked that she finished her bowl, twice!
    Then tonight, I had planned on cooking regular spegetti. When I went to walmart, the soy meat was actually cheaper than regular hamburger meat, so I bought it instead. So I made vegetarian spegetti, but we wont eat it until later tonight. However, I did have a small sample and it was also pretty good!
    So 3 vegan/vegetarian meals have been a success so far. I have been praying for God to open my eyes to healthier food, give me the organization and patience to fix these meals for my family, and to give him the credit for every sucess I have with my health and fitness. This is something that I am doing for my family, that I feel called to do. God may not be calling you to switch your lifestyle in this area, and that is ok. God has a different calling and purpose for everyone, and my calling is probably not yours. However, I do feel led to share my experience with others, in case God is calling you in this direction.

    I also have a 5k update. The 5k in Paducah on April 21, 1/10000 5k has been canceled. I have found another 5k in Mayfield on April 14, and I will put that information on here later tonight.

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    Fork Over Knife

    So, its been a little while since I have blogged..
    I've ran 3 times this week. Each time it was only 2-3 miles a time. My goal was to at least run 6 miles one day this week, but it didn't happen. My shins have been killing me everytime I run the past two runs. I hope I don't have shin splints. So I'm taking a few days off from running, taking tylenol and icing my shins to see if that helps the achiness and pain. The 10 k is saturday, 6 days away and this setback has me (really) nervous.
    On another note..Jason and I watched a documentary this week called, "Fork over Knife". Basically, it was a documentary about the research of a plant based diet. I have to admit, I was very skeptical before watching this ( and so was Jason!). But we sat down after the kids went to bed and watched it together.
    The claim that the movie made was we needed to cut out meat, dairy, and eggs from our diet. Ok, if you're going to tell me to cut out those three things, I want some good reasons why. And wow, did they give some good reasons. 25 + years of research to be exact, from different people, all coming up with the same conclusion. Diets high in red meat, dairy and eggs led to higher chances of cardiovascular health problems, and was linked to cancers, like liver cancer and prostate cancer.
    Ok, so that's all well and good, but I work out almost 5 days a week, so I should be in pretty good shape no matter what I eat, right? Nope! Prime example: My grandad exercised all the time, very physically active but had a diet high in meat, dairy and eggs.  A year ago, he went for a simple procedure and ended up having triple bypass surgery because he had over 90% blockage in either 2 or 3 of his main artieries. He had never been in the hospital since the day he was born, and the Dr. said he would have most likely died suddenly from a heart attack had they not caught it by the pretest from another less severe procedure he was having done.
    I also bought the book " Engine 2 Diet", which also recommends cutting out meat, dairy and eggs for your diet, for all the same reasons as the movie we watched. After reading the book, I am determined this diet style is the best for my family.
    I would love to say that my husband is 100% on board with it, and that we cleaned out of refrigerator, and now we are a happy little vegan family. That's not the case. This is going to be a huge adjusment for us, and it's going to take time, for both of us. This week, I have tried to slowly cut out my MDE's. Like for example, instead of meat 3 meals a day, I'm down to 1-2. Opting out of cheese on my sandwich and skipping a glass of milk in the morning, and getting calcium through food like spinach and kale.
    Now, while Jason isn't totally on board, he is trying to meet me in the middle. For example, 2 meals I am cooking this week are from the Engine 2 Diet recipe section in the book. Black beans and rice with avacados one night, and califlower soup another night. We'll see how this goes, but I encourage everyone to at least check out the movie. Its already on streaming on neflix.

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Running update

    As promised, Im trying my hardest to keep this blog updated. Struggles and triumphs, they will all be on here! Wednesday, I did run 6 miles! It took me a little over an hour, but I accomplished my goal! I had to walk a small part of it also. I was completely exhausted after it was over. In fact, I feel asleep at 9:45 that night. It felt good to set a goal and accomplish it. I had a running partner that night, who is faster than I am. I tried to stay at her pace, which I think helped me out alot. Running with someone who is a little faster than you is a great motivation.
    I'll be honest, I have slacked since that great run. Thursday I had class all day, so that was my excuse. Friday..well I can't remember what my excuse was. Saturday I went to kickboxing, and sunday I was SO sore from kickboxing, I could barely get out of bed to make it to church on time ( daylight savings didnt help much, either). But today, it is 70 degrees outside. NO EXCUSES! I plan on running 3 miles tonight, since I am still a little sore from saturday ( however, I can already tell that class is definatley going to get me in shape!).
    There are 12 days until the 10k. Now I am confident I can do the entire thing. I'm still not going to worry about my timing. I'm just going to go out there and DO IT.

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own.
    And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.”

    Dr Seuss

    Phil 4:13

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    Ok guys..
    This is a list of 5k's I have found in the West Kentucky Area ( Primarily Graves, Marshall, Mccracken and Calloway County). This is probably not every single race, so if I find more, I will add them to the list. If you are hosting a 5k or any other type of race, let me know and I will add it to the list. I found most of the races at, and facebook. Hope this helps! One of the best ways to motivate yourself to run is to just sign up and register for a race! You wont believe how much more motivated it can make you, just knowing you have something to run for.

    Beat Beethoven 5K Run/Walk March 17, 2012
    Noble Park, Paducah, Ky
    When: Race Registration at 7:30-8:45 AM, 5K Run/Walk at 9:00 AM, Youth 1 Mile Run at 10:00 AM
    Cost: Pre-Registration (by March 15): $25.00 Awards: 5K Award for top 3 finishers in each age group
    Race Day Registration: $30.00 Groups: Youth, 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up 1 Mile Youth Run: $10.00 Special awards for top male and female finisher, all youth runners, the organization with highest participation, and those who “Beat Beethoven!”


    Lights for Luke 5K/ Swamp Rat Run 10k March 24, 2012
    Mayfield, Ky YMCA
    9:30am until 12:30pm
    Cost: Before March 15- $15 After March 15 $25

    1 in 10,000 5K Run/Walk for Sevy April 21, 2012
    Where: Noble Park, Paducah, KY
    9:30 am
    Cost: Pre-registration $20.00 Race Day $25.00
    Registration form at

    Murray Half Marathon and 5k April 21, 2012
    Center for Health and Wellness, 716 Poplar Street Murray Ky
    Half Marathon starts at 7 am, 5k starts at 7:05
    Half Marathon Late Registration: $60.00
    March 1-March 31; Registration fee increases to $70 on April 1.
    5K Run/Walk Late Registration: $30.00
    March 1-March 31; Registration fee increases to $35 on April 1.
    Active Military: $50.00
    Active Military Registration
    Kids 1-Mile Fun Run: $10.00

    All participants will receive a finisher’s medal. The 1-mile course with consist of 3 laps around the Wellness Center outdoor track. Parents are welcome to run or walk with your child.


    Sacred Steps to Change the World May 19, 2012Where: Benton First United Methodist, Benton Ky

    9:00 am
    5K Run/Walk/Stroll
    Registration $25

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Here are two really good articles I found this morning, if you are thinking about getting into running but don't know where to start!

    This one is pretty good 5k training schedule. I did this one back in October when I was training.

    If you find a good article and would like for me to post , or you have a race you want me to put on here for you, email me at

    10 k training

    Monday afternoon, I officially registered for my first 10k! Its in a week and a half, so I have some serious training to do! I know I can physically do the mileage,(6.2 miles) however; I don't think I will be able to do it under an hour. Therefore, my 10k goal is just to finish, and not worry about time. I said in my earlier post that being a fast runner is not my goal right now, and that is still 100% true. However, I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talk about thier 27 minute runs, I often wonder if I will ever be that fast.
    Monday afternoon, I ran at the gym on the treadmill. There are pros and cons to the treadmill. I love that I can increase the speed, set hills to appear on my run, and run in an air conditioned environment. However, running outdoors is a totally different beast. I find myself running at a slower pace outside than inside. Yet since pretty much every race is held outdoor, I try to run outside too, weather permitting.
    So monday I ran 4 miles on the treadmill, in about 47 minutes. I read an article on to intentionally slow your pace the first two miles when you are working on endurance, which is what I was working on moday. I (never) run on tuesdays since I usually don't get home until later that evening. Wednesdays are usually my "long run" days. So today, my goal is 6 miles. Im hoping to run outside this afternoon, since the weather is going to be so nice.
    One thing about this blog is that its going to be honest. I may not meet every goal that I set for myself. And If I don't meet a goal, I'm going to let you know about it. It bothers me when I see people only talking about thier successes, but too afraid to talk about their failures. We wont become better runners until we examine every aspect of our run. I'm also going to be posting great articles I find online about running, and how to make the most out of every run. So I hope you continue reading. I was so happy that I had over 30 views on  my first post. That meant 30 people took the time to read what I had to say about running. Thanks guys, it means alot!
    Phil 4:13

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Attempting to Blog

    Ive started blogs before, two to be exact. They were attempts to keep everyone updated about my family, and I failed miserably each time. But I've been tossing the idea around to start blogging again for a few months, so I thought I would give it one more shot. This blog will mainly be about my journey to fitness, primarily through running. Reading other blogs about running has helped keep me motivated, so hopefully keeping my own blog will help me stay motivated, too.

    Background about myself and my "athletic history". Im 23 years old, a wife, and a mother to two great children, Ava and Jameson. I began running in 2010 when my daughter was about 2 1/2 years old. I wasn't very motivated at the beginning. When I was younger, I hated to run. I tried a few different sports throughout my childhood, but never stuck with any of them. However, I always admired runners for their strength.

    In August of 2010, I ran my first 5k with a time of 38:??. I was proud of myself for finishing. Then, in October, I ran my second 5k with a time of 42:00. My worst time, ever. I became pretty discouraged at this point. In November, I found out we were pregnant with Jameson, and I had to quit running after several problems in my first trimester. I did continue to exercise in other way, like the eliptical and weight training throughout my pregnancy.
    I started back running in October 2011 with a friend. We began using the C25K program. Getting back into running was extremley hard. We ran our first 5k in Nov 2011 with a time of 36:??. Best time for me yet, and I had shaved about 6 minutes from that horrible experience a year before. I was hooked. I knew I could do this if I put my mind to it.
     This past weekend, I finished my first 5k of the 2012 year. I finished in 33:31, my best time yet. I was so excited, words cannot desribe how I felt when I was close enough to the finish line to see the red numbers with 33:__ on them.
    My goal as a "runner" ( I still feel odd calling myself that ) is not to be "super fast" or break any records....yet. I want to run for myself, and for my family. I want to set an example to my children. I also want to push myself out of my comfort zone, a zone I've stayed in far too long.
    So how am I going to push myself out of my comfort zone next? By signing up for a 10k. I ran 5 miles last week at the gym, and it was at that point that I KNEW I could do. Im not shooting for a specific time, or a PR...just to finish. I want this journey to focus on the positives, and not beat myself up for not running in a certain time.
    So this is my first post, and I hope I can continue with this blog. I hope this blog keeps me motivated, and hopefully it will motivate someone who stumbles upon it by accident.
    God Bless,
    Phil. 4:13