Monday, April 15, 2013

Make it Monday with guest blogger, Meredith!

Today, we have a special Make it Monday. Meredith is friend of ours and a girl I (Janell) have known since Jr High. We weren't connected as much through high school and college, but connected again in the last year or so over our common interest, running. She is a wife, mom to 2, works full time and still manages to be awesome and fit her work outs in. She has a blog as well and we are so excited she is joining us today! Thank you, Meredith!

Hey y'all!
I am so excited the girls are sharing their little slice of the interwebs with me!! They are all such amazing
women who inspire us, but also take time out of their everyday lives to pass on helpful knowledge.
Well my name is Meredith and I blog over at My Own Little World. You can find me talking about all kinds of randomness over there but today I wanted to share with you how I came to love running.
That's why we are all here right? Running deets!

In December of 2010 I had my second child. Like any mother just having had a baby I was relishing in every second with my newborn but the time soon came where I also wanted to shed some elbee's and have some alone time. I craved it and needed something that was mine.

Lucky for me, soon after returning from maternity leave, my employer gifted us gym memberships. For the first couple months I lived on the elliptical and had a walking routine down pat on the treadmill. I even tried some weights here and there. My point here was that I was exercising, but not at my full potential.
Several times a week a group of us would walk over to the gym at lunch to workout. One particular day I remember my boss telling me that while walking on the treadmill(on a high incline I might add) is good, but if I really wanted to push myself I should try running. I was so scared. I thought to myself " I really want to push myself?" I honestly don't think that I did. At this point we actually went outside and he made me run. I say that he MADE me run because I literally was crying like a baby in protest. But being the competitive and proud person I am, I did it. We ran down to a light pole and stopped. I thought I was dying. We did it again. I thought I would pass out. We did this a few more times and I realized, "I'm not dead!"
Each day afterwards I would try a little farther without stopping. Most days it was the length or two of mailboxes in my neighborhood until one day I ran an entire mile without stopping.

It was slow.
It was ugly.
I felt like I might hurl.
But at the same time I felt like I could take on the world.

Each week brought new challenges and with actually getting better at running I decided I should sign up for a 5k. I had WALKED a number of 5k's in the Memphis area but never had I actually RUN one.

At the time I had been following the story of Lucy Krull. You can read about her story HERE andHERE. I had a spot in my heart for little Lucy. I have a daughter so close to her age and I wanted so badly to be a part of something that might help her and children like her.

On May 21, 2011 I RAN the GO Lucy GO 5k and ran it without stopping. My time was 32:09. I WAS HOOKED. I felt like a million bucks. I wanted to do more. I HAD to do more!

Since then I have run 27 races which include 5k's, 4 milers,10k's, and 10 milers. Some races I have even managed to place in my age group! How cool is that?? I have also run 5 half marathons. My 2013 New Year's Resolution is to run a FULL marathon!

When runner's say this thing we do called running is a mental game we aren't lying. It literally is 90% mental. Your head and your body WILL NOT always agree. Sometimes you have to lead with your heart. If you have heart and determination then you

I have dealt with good runs, bad runs and even injurys. Sometimes it's not fun and it is definitely not always pretty, but I can guarantee that the feeling of accomplishment you have crossing that finishline or passing that one mile marker is better than anything you could have imagined!

This Coming Saturday I will be running the Go Lucy Go 5k for the 3rd time. It's my Runniversary(and it just so happens to be my wedding anniversary)!
Come out and run with me and and The 901 Girls!

Since it is Make it Monday, here is a yummy apple dip recipe:
I use about 1/2 cup Fage Greek Yogurt(any yogurt will do) Vanilla is best.
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Spoonfull of Natural PB
1 Splash of Flax seed or Chia seeds(optional)
Couple dashes of cinnamon(optional)
Mix and use as dip for apple slices!

Thanks for reading and Happy Running Y'all!


  1. Great job Meredith! Isn't this crazy that we actually like to run now and in high school when we were made to run, we HATED every minute of it?!? :) Go girl! Keep being awesome!

    1. Hey Morgan and Thank you! Yes running for conditioning in HS was always so SCARY to me! It is very hard to believe we do it now for fun!! haha

  2. Awesome story, Meredith! I love that you have a Runniversary. (I do too!) I'll have to try your recipe. It sounds yummy and healthy.

  3. Aw Meredith! Thanks for sending me this link! It's exactly what I needed!