Monday, April 30, 2012

Races for May

If you're wanting to run a 5k or any other type of race, I've looked online and tried to find some upcoming races for the surrounding area in May.

Run for the Roses 5k
Sedalia Ky
Registration 7am/$20
Race begins at 8AM

Paducah Ironmom Half Marathon and Relay
Race Info
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 6:30 AM Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay Start
Location: Water & Jefferson St, Paducah, Kentucky

Sacred Steps to Change the World
May 19, 2012
9:00 am
5K Run/Walk/Stroll
Registration $25

All proceeds will go to support the Marshall County Safe House and the House of Hope in Honduras.

To register send name, address and tee shirt size to :
Benton First UMC
845 US Highway 641 S
Benton, KY 42025

If you know of any other races I may have left out, feel free to email me or get in touch with me and I will add them to the list!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Us after the race!

And the results are in!

Before telling you about my race..let me back up and talk about two things that happend this week.

Wednesday, I decided my stepdad and I needed a practice run. So we ran at my parent's house. Their house is back in the country, on a long, winding, hilly road. So we sat off for a three mile run. I have never ran a harder trail than I did at my parent's place. OmG! I was exhausted by the time I reached 2.5 miles. Also, our time wasn't very good for us either, 37 minutes. I was devistated, almost to the point of tears. I just knew this would be the race that I wouldn't beat my previous time at.

So Thursday comes and after class I went over to the big consignment sale at the RSEC ( opps, CFBS center) to check out some deals for the kids. My friend Jessica was there at her 31 booth and she introduced me to someone she knew working the sale. This girl ( Im terrible with names, and faces, which really sucks!) saw my 5k tshirt and we got to talking about running. She had just done the Murray Half Marathon last weekend. We were talking about it, and she mentioned Jeff Galloway. Now, I knew he had taught a running class before the Half, but I also knew it was something I didnt think I would be interested in. Sometimes, I just want to slap myself for not knowing anything about anything.
Turns out, this girl took the class and she said it was AMAZING. She learned so much about running, and she increased her time by 5 minutes the next day at the race. So when I went home, I googled him to see what all the fuss was about. Apparently, this guy strongly believes in taking walk breaks while running. He swears it helps performance. So, while I was looking at this website, I called my dad to talk it over with him. Previously, the only running training I had looked at was C25k and Hal Higdon, both of which are really good.
So, Jeff has this calculator on his website where you put in your one mile pace. Then it tells you how many minutes you need to run and how many you need to walk to increase you pace and finish the race in as good of shape as you start out in. According to his calculator, I could finish the 5k at 32:42. This would beat my last 5k which was 33:31.
The whole way to the race this morning, I debated on if I should try his approach or not. Finally, dad and I decided what the heck, we'll try it. So we ran the entire race 3 minutes running, 1 minute walking.
My ending time 33:00. Pretty darn close! AND..I beat my last time. But the best part is ...My stepdad ran his first 5k in 32:36!! Pretty awesome!!! We both couldn't get over how GREAT we felt after the race. Much better than how I usually feel.
So God answered my prayers, I had a good run, dad finished extremely well. I had the most fun at this race! Can't wait for the next one. Oh, and maybe..just maybe Jeff Galloway has given me the boost I needed in order to start training for a half marathon. I really think I can do this!
P.S Here is a link to his website
Thanks for reading,
God Bless!
Phil 4:13

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just a little update on what's going on ..
This saturday is the Relay for Life 5k at Murray State. My step dad and I are running this one. This will be the first 5k he has actually ran, he and my mom walked the Run 4 Another back in early March. I'm excited about this race. I have been trying other forms of exercise besides running these last few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if cross training will help or hurt my performance on Saturday. Right now I have been running once or twice a week, weight lifting twice a week, zumba once a week and then kickboxing once a week. However, for the rest of this week I am going to just run and weight lift.

I am suprised at how much I actually enjoy weight lifting. This was something that I previously had no desire to do. But as my calf and thigh muscles began to really take definition, I wanted that same results for my arms as well. I've been going to an all womens weight lifting class the past few weeks, and I can already tell a slight difference in my arms. And this past sunday when we went bowling with some friends, for the first time I was actually able to throw a ten pound ball and had a pretty decent game. In fact, I only came in 3 points below my husband, who is an excellent bowler.

I'll be sure to post the results from the 5k this weekend. Pray for good weather and that we have a fun time doing this race!
Phil 4:13

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bike around Mayfield Century Bike Ride | Mayfield, KY 42066 | Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Bike around Mayfield Century Bike Ride | Mayfield, KY 42066 | Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Along with running, a goal I have for this year is to try to be able to do at least one bike tour this summer. Hopefully, this is something that my husband and I can do together, since he is not into running. I found this today, and I'm really excited about the possibility of doing it.

If you have ever done a bike tour, I'd love to know some tips or advice. Just leave a comment on this post!

Monday, April 16, 2012


I am all about setting a goal then achieving it. Since working out, the scales have stopped at 135. I can't loose weight no matter how hard I try. I can count calories, work out for hours, forbid myself from eating carbs, whatever it is, I've tried it and it hasn't worked. So, I'm just going to forget the scales for a while. I'm going to concentrate on working out, getting fit and staying HEALTHY. Tonight, I am going to a Power Pump Class. Since starting kickboxing, I have found that I love lifting weights. When I first started, the heaviest weight I was using was a 5lb weight. Now, I am up to alternating between 5, 8, and 10 lb weight. To most, this isn't a big deal, but to me, its pretty big!

Another goal I have is a ten hour endurance run in June. You can run as much or as little as you want. Another cool thing about this run is that its at night, from like 8 pm to 6 am. My goal is anywhere between 6-8 miles. You don't have to run the entire 10 hours, and I don't plan too. I will post a link to this race sometime today!

I'm also doing a 5k on April 18th. Its for Relay for Life. Then, the next weekend there is a 5k in Sedalia called Run for The Roses. It starts at 8 am, with a kids run at 9. The registration fee is 15 dollars if you preregister, 20 on race day. I'm thinking about running this race also!

If you have noticed Im not on facebook, I deleted my account until after finals. FB tends to distract me, especially when I have as many papers and projects as I do right now.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 5k's!

I have been slacking a little in this blog. After the 10k, I took a few days off from running. This week, Im running between 2 and 3 miles a run. I bought some new running shoes this past weekend. I had been running in my Reebok Zigs, but after having my son, my feet literally grew a half size! After running the 10k, I took off my shoes to find that my toes were actually bleeding. EWW. So I bought some Asics gel nimbus 13's. So far, I really like how they feel on my feet. I have a high arch, and they have so much cushion and support.
On to the two 5k's that I found...

Autism Awareness 5 K

E.W.James And Sons

Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ 9:00 AM


Start: Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ 9:00 AM


E.W.James And Sons
705 East Reelfoot Avenue Union City, TN

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, April 5, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST
Cost: 20.00

Racing for a Cause 5k to benefit Relay for Life

Murray State University Campus

Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 7:30 AM


Start: Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 7:30 AM


Murray State University Campus
Corner of 15th and Olive Murray, KY

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST
Cost: 20.00

Get out there and run!
Phil 4:13