Friday, May 31, 2013

Fashion Friday: Taking care of our favorite fashions!



We have been sharing with y'all some of our favorite things we like to wear running, working out, or just hanging out in the 901 and let's face it, they can be expensive. So we decided maybe we could talk about how we care for our work out clothes and keep them looking and smelling clean!

I've used a lot of different detergents, actually, I use two different kinds depending on what I'm washing. I believe I have found the one I like the best for my running, workout clothes and all those stinky teenage boys sports clothes (oh yea, firefighter uniforms too)!


I'm not sure what it is, maybe its the Tide or the Febreze? Or maybe it's Drew Brees on the bottle, but Tide with Febreze Sport does the trick. A girl I work with told me about this detergent and how it got rid of the order in her sons gym uniforms so I thought I needed to try it. I found that it works! 


I use it on all our sports clothes and on Marks uniforms, he's even noticed! I wash all of our clothes together in cold water and hang all of my jog bras,  running tops, and running pants out to dry. They all come out smelling great!

Tips: 
  1. For a particularly stinky item, you might try to soak it in the sink with some detergent or some people swear by baking soda.
  2. It is best if you don't put your workout clothes in the dryer, but if you choose to put them in the dryer don't use a dryer sheet/fabric softener. They clog the sweat wicking areas and won't pull sweat away as well.


What do you use to keep your favorite fashions looking and smelling great? We want to hear your tips!



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

St. Jude Marathon and Half Marathon

The biggest race in Memphis is the St. Jude Marathon and Half Marathon, not only is it a race that highlights our town but the race benefits our very own St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The St Jude Half marathon was also recognized as one of the best in the country by Runner's World. Race sign-up opens this Saturday, June 1st and is sure to sell out in record time. 

This race is one of our favorites, but that reason is different for each of us. We thought we would share why we will run this race:

Debi: I was inspired to start running by a little girl, Lucy, who was a patient at St. Jude. Her mom asked people to run the race to help raise money and awareness for St. Jude since St. Jude patients do not have to pay for their care while being treated there. Well, all I could think was of course. Here's a parent with a child being treated for cancer, and there's a way that I can help, why wouldn't I do this? What keeps me inspired to continue to run this race are the kids and families from St. Jude. Running past the hospital at mile 5 of the course is the most humbling of experiences, and then later passing the Target House where many of those families stay while being treated; my eyes well up with tears just thinking about it.   I will be running this race as a hero this year, meaning I will try to raise additional funds for St. Jude, and I encourage you to do the same.

Janell: St Jude is meaningful for to me for a number of reasons. When I first started running, it was my goal: to be able to complete my first half marathon then a year later, my first full marathon. I have amazing memories, and, let's face it, hard times (like at mile 24 when I am not sure I could remember my name). I will run because I am so very proud of this race in our city. It is an honor to be a part of such a worthy cause! 

Dawn: I am the only one who has not run the St. Jude,  I  was all signed up ready to go last year when I came down with the flu/bronchitis and sadly sat on my couch cheering my Girls and my 17 year old son on! This year is going to be the year and I am hoping to get Mark to run with us!? This race means so much to our city as well as it does to many people, personally, for Mark and I, we will be running for Trey!!

Stacey: The St Jude marathon is special for me because it is a race where I have always ran with someone who was achieving their first. Friends and family members alike, it has been amazing to run and witness someone achieving something they have worked so hard for! The St Jude patients are truly inspiring to me and encourage me to keep going. In the 901, fall is a great time to train for this December race, so I really enjoy the training as well!

Jennifer: It is very personal for me, having four friends who have experienced the generosity of St Jude and their treatments. So when I run, it it is personal. One of the things that keeps me going is that no matter how bad I feel, I am out there, running when there are ones who want to and aren't able. St Jude is a pillar of the Memphis community and we as Memphians are so proud to be a small part for it. 

Dana: This race is meaningful to me for a couple of reasons.  December 4, 2010 is my runnerversary and the first year I  ran the St. Jude half. Just being honest I signed up for St. Jude because Stacey told me to. I had been running for about 6 months and she said it was time to get out there. That was my first ever race experience and I had no idea what to expect. As an inexperienced and new runner, I was just trying to make it to the finish line... It wasn't until my second St. Jude race  in 2011, did I fully come to understand the significance and importance of this event. It was my first marathon and I ran that year as a hero. As I ran, I kept hearing "thank you hero!" For the first time I payed attention to the crowd, looked spectators in the face and actually saw patients and their families. My eyes filled with tears seeing all the signs from the parents thanking us for running to raise money  for their kids...their  sick children. I had two healthy kids waiting for me at the finish line and my thoughts turned to... No, I'm not the hero, you are. You and your children are. That years theme was "Run for a Reason." I did, I ran that day for a reason... For the children and their families and will do the same this year!

So go ahead and register. Help support St Jude, set a goal and go for it. We will have more to come on training and meet ups! Can you tell we are excited?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Make it Monday: The perfect cookout dessert


We wish you all a beautiful, safe and happy Memorial Day! In honor of all the veterans as well as the active service members, Thank You for all that you do!!

Given that most of you will be attending or hosting a cookout we thought this would be the perfect time to share this light and oh so tasty dessert. I am always asked to bring this dish when I'm invited to a cookout, and its usually gone within 5 minutes, it's that good. This recipe is from Light and Tasty,  Enjoy!

Strawberries 'n Cream Trifle

rawberries 'n' 20

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 prepackaged angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces), Kroger's is really good
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 whole fresh strawberries
Directions

  • In a bowl, whisk the milk and water. Whisk in the pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set; fold in the whipped topping. Cut cake into 1/2-in. cubes.  
  • Spoon a third of the pudding mixture into a 4-qt. trifle or glass bowl. Top with half of the cake cubes and sliced strawberries. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining pudding mixture. Garnish with whole strawberries. 
Do you have any special cookout dishes that you make?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Fashion Friday: My Town Tees tank giveaway



How cute is this tank?! We are super excited about this awesome giveaway from My Town Tees. This is a great company started by two sisters and friends of ours right here in the 901! Rhea Douglas is a wife and mother of 4 and Jessie Hanks is a wife and mother of two. They have grown up here in the 901 and began creating their one of a kind t-shirts a couple years ago. Jessie is the artist of all their designs and has created personal town tees for Collierville, Germantown and others as well as local schools, sports teams and many more. They can also create designs for you to do as fundraisers. Check out their Facebook page to see their designs!

We all wear their designs around the 901 and now you have the chance to be one of the first to wear their newest design for the summer: The 901 Tank!

For the giveaway you can choose any size or color tank you want from the colors in below.


This will be the coolest thing you'll wear this summer on your runs!
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

On the Other Side

By: Dana

Bib... Check... Shoes... Check... Fuel... Check.. Sound familiar? Race day morning you are mostly thinking through all you need for race time. But do you ever stop and think who's getting the timing chips ready, water stations, aid stations, post race food ready, medals? The list goes on and on. 

Sunday morning I had the privilege of volunteering for Start 2 Finish at the Memphis in May Triathlon. I knew this was not an event I was trained to participate in but wanted to be able to support the racers out there. I, for one, really have never stopped to think about what all it takes to put on the events that we love to participate in.
I am always so thankful for the water stations and the crowd out there cheering but I have never put much thought into the fact that the majority of what goes on behind the scenes is done by volunteers; people giving of their time with nothing in return. Ok maybe a volunteer tee and some free food, but that's not why people volunteer to help out on race day. 

They are out there because they love runners, they love the racing community. They have servant's hearts and want to give back. Goodness aren't we thankful, because what would we do without that water at mile 18? Or that post race chocolate milk? 

Volunteering is not something I've ever done at a race, I've always been a participant. But now having been on the other side, I have a whole new respect for race directors. They work hard, very hard, as do the hundreds of volunteers out there making your day happen! It may take some of your free time that you could be doing a hundred other things but the people you will meet, the smiles you share, and thank yous you get make it all worth it! The racing community is amazing...Incredible people and athletes. Get out there and give back. You'll be glad you did! 



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Memphis is May Olympic Triathlon Relay Race Review

This weekend we, Janell and Debi, got to participate in the Start 2 Finish Memphis in May Olympic Triathlon Relay.

While we are both are training to compete in a Sprint Triathlon later this coming season, we decided to form a relay team in order to enjoy this past weekend's race activities. Neither of us can swim a mile at this point so we asked our swim coach to help us find someone. (We had no idea at the time that the guy that volunteered was a 4 time Ironman, WOW!) Let us tell you, Jason was amazing, and we are so thankful for his willingness to join us as a relay team!

JanellI was truly inspired by all the athletes competing this weekend. I always love to be out there, talking with people, learning their stories and why they compete. With my recent bike purchase, I was a little nervous about the doing the bike relay along with other what seemed to be pro bikers. But, as usual, the running and biking community is always so inviting and helpful. Even though I created the cardinal sin in not putting air in my tires before the race, someone let me borrow theirs. The 24 mile race was really amazing. Even though this is a very flat course,  the first half was brutal with the wind, but once we headed back, I really enjoyed it! 

Debi: I completed the run portion of the relay, 6.2 miles. Standing in the transition area, watching all the racers swimming, biking and then running was surreal.
The run portion of the event starts with you exiting the Harrah's Hotel parking area and going uphill leading to the casino, then it turns right on to a gravel road, then turning left onto a paved road. Once you passed the water misters after mile one, you head under an overpass to find my favorite race volunteers, Breakaway Running, passing out water and gatorade. After that comes the much talked about out and back on black pavement. While there were many water stops, it was a hard and HOT run. So many of the volunteers passing out water were offering to pour water on the runners to help cool them off. They were so sweet! There was so much encouragement along the course from fellow racers, telling each other to "stay strong", or "you're doing great." It's just another reminder why I love this sport so much! 

We are very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a well done event. We had a great weekend and as always, honored, to be a part of such an incredible group of runners, swimmers, and bikers. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Make it Monday: Margarita Chicken and Cilantro Lime Rice

Oh this week's Make it Monday is oh so good!!! This recipe is from Iowa Girl Eats and as soon as I saw the recipe I emailed it to my amazing hubs with 3 short words, "Make this, Please!!" So for Mother's Day he surprised me by making it and it was just as good as I hoped!


Chicken Ingredients:
zest of 1 lime +  juice of 4 limes
zest of 1 orange + juice of 2 oranges
1/4 cup tequila (optional)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon agave nectar (could use honey)
3 crushed garlic cloves
salt and pepper (lots)
4 small chicken breasts

Rice Ingredients
1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of 1/2 lime
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 bag of frozen corn


Directions:
  1. Combine ingredients from lime zest to salt and pepper in a large bowl or ziplock bag then mix well. Add chicken breasts then cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours.
  2. When ready to grill or cook, let chicken breasts rest out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes then grill or saute over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes a side, or until cooked through.
  3. While the chicken is grilling, bring water, oil, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add rice, place a lid on top, then turn heat down to medium-low and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Cook the corn according to package directions. Stir to fluff the rice then add lime juice, corn and chopped cilantro. *Optional: top with sliced avocados!






Friday, May 17, 2013

Fashion Friday: Wedding Day for one of our own!

We are sorry we are a bit late with Fashion Friday but it has been a busy day for us - especially Jennifer.

For this Fashion Friday we want to show you that running shoes go with everything!  



We were so blessed to celebrate with Brandon and Jennifer tonight as they began their new journey as husband and wife. Congratulations!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Are you a streaker?

By: Stacey

So the idea of streaking has always intrigued me. Probably not the streaking that first comes to mind - I am too modest for that. I am talking about a running streak.  I have read several articles about runners who have ran for 16 years straight never missing a day and thought to myself that would be really cool. As I would set out for my 16 year journey I'd get a few days under my belt and think "Oh, ya - I can do this." Then I over sleep or work late, have a kid is sick, have to feed my family, there's a Grizz game, and there goes day three of my streak. I'm back to ground zero! 

I was very frustrated with my failing streaks and was about to give up the idea until I read an article about a father/son running team that had a streak of running an organized event every weekend in the winter. That got me thinking ... a streak can be anything you want it to be! It might be running a determined mileage every Wednesday, it might be you run a half marathon every month, it could be that you run St. Jude every year! I began to look at my Nike Plus app (my favorite running app!!) and realized I am on a monthly mileage streak - I have ran 120 miles or more every month for 10 months. 
Although I cannot run every day, I can still be a streaker. You can be a streaker too! It does not even have to be a running streak. Your streak can be whatever you want - maybe you eat fruit everyday or maybe mangos every Monday, tangerines on Tuesdays, watermelon on Wednesdays and so on. Janell and I started a walking lunges streak on April 29 and have done one lap around the track (or equivalent) at work everyday since. That said ... I have to go lunge now!! Day 16!!

Be a streaker ... Start one today! What would your streak be? 



Monday, May 13, 2013

Make it Monday: Curry Chicken

My step-father grew up on the island of Trinidad and one of the common seasonings used in many of their dishes is curry. Today's recipe is a dish that he ate as a child growing up, and passed it along to me through the years. Enjoy!

Curry Chicken

2 bell peppers, chopped (not too small)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
3 large russett potatoes, peeled and cubed
3-4 chicken breasts (cut into cube size pieces)
2 -3 tablespoons curry powder
salt and pepper
coconut oil
2 cups quinoa* 

Place 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a large saute pan, (one that can hold all of the ingredients). Place onion and garlic in the pan and saute until they start to turn slightly brown. Toss the bell peppers in and stir. Next place the chicken pieces in and stir. Add the curry seasoning, ensuring it gets fully distributed over the other ingredients. Add more seasoning if needed, there should be a yellow tint to the food. Add salt and pepper. Add the potatoes and stir. Turn the temperature down to low/medium and let simmer for 40 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook quinoa according to package directions. The curry will be done when a potato can be sliced easily with a fork. 

Place cooked quinoa on  plate and spoon the curry mixture on top.  Enjoy!!

Note: This dish was originally served with white rice. Over the years I have made it with brown rice and just recently began using quinoa.



Friday, May 10, 2013

Fashion Friday: Flower Power and a Giveaway!




We are Fellow Flowers, and we want you to be too! If you didn't catch our post yesterday about who and what Fellow Flowers are, you may be thinking history really does repeat itself and that we're back in the '60s. That is not the case with this Fashion Friday, because we as Fellow Flowers have chosen to join this motivational movement in our own individual way, representing the different reasons, stories and purposes behind why we run with color and flair. 


Each of us from GRT901 picked out a shirt that has a two-fold purpose. Our shirts and flowers unite us together with each other and every other Fellow Flower in this life race as well as every official race we run. Also, our shirts specifically were self-selected to describe us personally. While we all like certain parts of each color, these are the ones we felt we most related to.


Jennifer 


This shirt lists the words with which I would want to be described. I am not yet who I want to be, but that is just another one of the journeys I am on. If I were to read this shirt every morning, it would motivate me to live in a way that could change both me and the world.

Debi

Courage is not a word that I would normally use to describe myself. I just do what needs to be done. Period. Since I started running I have learned that I can do so much more than I ever thought possible (we all can!) and loving every bit of it!!
Believe. Achieve. Bloom. Endure.



Janell and Stacey 
 

Both of us agree that some days are harder than others to wear 'Authentic', 
but it's who we strive to be. 

Janell: I feel running has enabled me to find so much joy and confidence in who I am so it is the one I identify with the most. Plus, I love to laugh A LOT.


Stacey: I chose yellow because I never pass up a run on a sunny day, it brings me joy and is definitely one of my favorite ways to find my happy. I chose yellow because I am blessed I get to run!


Dana

Running makes me feel strong and powerful, it's the one thing I can control. I may or may not be a rule breaker ... But either way, I am a force to be reckoned with in the race of life or out pounding the pavement!



Dawn

I picked Gratitude because I liked what it said about being united, to love, mostly because I am loved. The last part of the definition: it's so much bigger than me...LIFE. It is All so much bigger than me! And hey, I like pink! 




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Fellow Flowers has generously offered 2-$30 gift cards for you to enter to win! You can choose anything you want from the shop worth up to $30! Just enter below for your chance to win.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

There's Power in the Flower

We've made some new friends here at Girls Run the 901, a lot of new friends as a matter of fact.


We are so happy to be growing a relationship with Fellow Flowers. Two ladies, the founding Flowers, Tori and Mel, and twelve other friends ran a half marathon for Tori's birthday. Just for fun and to celebrate, they all put flowers in their hair on race day. As the race went on, people noticed the flower and began to put them together. They realized the flowers had become a sign of unity ... showing the mom, the teacher, the doctor, the nurse, the marketing director, and the housewife all go together. The flower had birthed an unexpected dream that began to unfold and they could not pass it up. Fellow Flowers created the space and the name but the connection between women runners was there long before Fellow Flowers. 

Tori and Mel have gotten to the heart of every woman runner with their philosophy promoting "a women’s running movement that honors, shares and celebrates the reasons behind why women run…because we believe that every woman has a story and every woman runs with a purpose." This unifying and motivational thought is the idea behind the flower part of Fellow Flowers. It's the idea that everyone runs for a reason, and that's reason enough to help each other run. 

Not only can you identify one another by participating in the Fellow Flower movement by wearing a flower, but you can represent your own journey by which flower you choose for yourself. There are ten different colors in all, each denoting different reasons, stories and purposes behind why women run.

If you're already thinking to yourself, "No. That's a nice story, but I don't wear flowers." Well, I am no Hawaiian princess either, but it's not actually about the flower, or even about running. It's about connecting with one another, about sharing a moment, a struggle, a victory with a fellow flower. It's an outward sign of a journey in a community of shared experiences. 
 
As people begin to realize they are not alone, that they belong to one another, they begin to do outrageous things. They set goals, they dream, they live with passion, they conquer their fears. This is the journey of a Fellow Flower, with the idea to crush the quiet thought of "It's just me."
 
Check back tomorrow as we share with you how our colors relate to our story and who we are. We want you to be a part of the Fellow Followers community too! 
Be sure to enter tomorrow's give-a-way it's going to be huge ... DON'T MISS IT!!

To read much more about Fellow Flowers founders, the background behind the flower, or pick up some (Mother's Day) goodies, check out Fellowflowers.com




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Costco, how we love thee




By: Janell and Debi

Do you ever wonder where people find all these "healthy foods" and at affordable prices? We admit, we have a love affair with Costco. We are in no way receiving anything to write this, we honestly just love Costco so much we had to share. There is not a time we go there when we don't fine something great or score a great deal.  Costco has an amazing selection of organic meats, vegetables and fruits!  We could go on and on about all our amazing finds, so we thought we would share some of our favorites with you!

Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. 
Flax Seed  contains all sorts of healthy components, primarily Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.This is great mixed with greek yogurt!

 
Gluten Free pasta made out of quinoa, talk about the best of both worlds. Get your pasta fix while getting the benefits of quinoa!!
 
Coconut Oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir fries, grain free baked goods, and practically any other cooking use.

If you like trail mix, then we highly suggest this yogurt, fruit and nut blend. This one is not available often but be sure to grab some whenever you can.

These chips and dips are so good! Pair the dips up with some of Costco's fruits and vegetables for a healthy and delicious snack.
And if you are going to treat yourself once in a while, we say Pop chips are the way to go! Naturally delicious and half the fat of fried chip.

What is your favorite find at Costco? 
Don't you just love the samples?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Weekend Race Report

It was a cold May morning this past Saturday, but we put on some warm running clothes and met our friends from Start 2 Finish at Overton Park to run the Eye Opener 5k.

My heart was warmed by all the people that were there! We saw friends we hadn't seen in awhile, and met some new friends.

The race was was started by the family of Kyle W. Kihnl, a Houston High School student who was killed by a drowsy driver. There were kids from the HHS cheer squad and wrestling team helping out. And tons of families. It was a very family friendly race.

The route was very pretty, a tree lined path through the park. I personally have never ran there before but will definitely be back again during these hot summer months coming up, it'll be a cool run with all the shade.

Their goodie bag was the bomb!! Cute t-shirt too!! The girls will do this race again and hope to see y'all there!!

Check out their website for detail info about them and help for tips to drive awake!
We are looking forward to warmer weather this week, so break out the shorts and get out and run the 901!

Well, as much as I would have loved to have run this 5K with my favorite running girls, this 901 girl drove to Indianapolis to run the 500 Festival Mini Marathon. This was supposed to be my husband's 1st half marathon and since he's from Indianapolis we thought this would be the perfect race to celebrate the accomplishment, but sadly, he was unable to do the race after being plagued by multiple setbacks during his training.

The 500 Festival Mini Marathon is the largest 1/2 marathon in the US, with 35,000 runners. That's a lot of runners!!! And they handled it with ease, they even handed out Gatorade and water prior to race start.

Since you had to prove your anticipated finish time to be seeded in the correct corral, there were no walkers to run around for the 1st mile of the race. The community support along the race route was great, including cheer leaders, people in costumes and local bands playing every 1/2 mile.

My favorite part of the race was running through the Indianapolis Speedway from miles 6-8.5, this facility is massive! As we were running through there they had jumbotrons showing the winners as they were crossing the finish line, which was pretty amazing.

If you ever get the chance to run this race, I highly recommend it!

If you raced this past weekend, how did it go? 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Make It Monday: Chicken Quesadillas

In light of yesterday's Cinco de Mayo, we'd like to share a yummy but healthy quesadilla recipe:

1lb boneless chicken breasts
1 yellow pepper (sliced )
1 package whole wheat tortillas
Low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
Pineapple chunks (canned or fresh)

  1. Boil the chicken in water for 30 minutes, once cooled shred the chicken.
  2. Slice the yellow pepper and place on a George Foreman grill for 2 minutes.
  3. Layer the chicken, cheese, pepper slices and pineapple on 1/2 of the whole wheat tortillas. Fold the tortillas in half and place onto the George Foreman grill until the cheese melts.
  4. Top with other condiments as desired like pico de gallo or guacamole (see recipe below). 
 *Note: Although a George Foreman grill was used in this recipe, you can broil the chicken in the oven and saute the pepper in a pan if you don't have one.



Here's a delicious guacamole recipe to spread on your quesadilla:

2 medium Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro

Coarsely mash avocados, garlic, and jalapeño with a wooden spoon until the avocados are creamy but still very chunky. Add the tomato, onion, and salt to taste, and stir together. Sprinkle with lime juice and cilantro, then stir and taste once more. Add more garlic, jalapeño, onion, salt, lime juice, or cilantro as desired.

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? What did you do?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Where are you in your journey?



I saw this quote recently and it truly inspired me. This is where I am at how I am motivated. As I said before here, I am completely goal oriented, but my goals are not set up against anyone but myself. For example some of my goals have been everything from run from a steady 30 minutes, when I first started, to completing a marathon alive. As most you busy people and especially moms know, even getting a work out in 4-5 times a week can be a goal.  What I have loved so much about the blogging world is that it has enabled us to hear so many amazing stories on how people got started, what their goals are, how they have reached them, and they are setting new ones. THAT is what it is all about. Your journey. Your inspiration. I think we have to tell people's stories. How they started, how they are inspired, which in turn inspires us. 



Meet my friend Renay, who started with a goal to complete a 5k and was inspired by our blog and other friends that run as well. We are so very proud of her. Here is her story:



Numbers: 207, 70, 45, 16, 32, 5, 2.
I started running because of numbers. At my highest, I weighed 207 pounds. With my two pregnancies, I gained 70 and 45 pounds respectively. I was a size 16 when my youngest child turned one. I'm 32 years old, and 5 feet, 2 inches tall. I felt old, short, and fat!
People say it's not about the numbers. Well, skinny people say that. To me, it started because of the numbers.
Let me say this, I am not a runner. I hate exercise. I don't like sweating. I despise being sore. I'm lazy. I like to sleep. I love to eat.
But, again, there were the numbers...
So, I downloaded the 8-week training C25K app four months early, and set my sights on a 5k on April 27th. And it took the whole four months!
135, 8, 35.
Today I ran my first 5k. I have never felt a more amazing feeling!! The hills were hard. My legs are aching. I sweated. Today I weigh 135. Today I am a size 8. Today I ran 3.1 miles in 35 minutes.
Today I am a runner. 

What I really love about running is that it just that it gives me my ME time. My husband totally respects that, and if I can't run in the morning, he makes time for me to do it after he gets home from work. I am a much happier person when I get my run in. I feel healthier. It relieves stress. And I sleep better! Once upon a time, I turned to not so positive things...but this time, I made a better choice! And as much as I hated it at first, I can't imagine not doing it now!!

  • Where are you in your journey? What has inspired you along the way? We would love to hear!