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Red Hills Festival 5k Race Recap: 1st. 3 weeks out from marathon debut.

Red Hills Festival 5K Road Race in Louisville, MS. 17:48, 1st female, $200 (and a trophy bigger than my Maddy!)
Recovery Training Week Monday:60-70 minute run (can't remember) Tuesday: 35 min warm up, 30 minutes at half marathon pace (6:10-6:20 pace, 4 mile split, 24:50), max of 8 min cool down (ran out of time) - sick w/ diaphragm cramp Wednesday: OFF- AM: 20 min bike, PM: 30 min bike Thursday: AM: 20min, PM: 70 minute run (diaphragm cramp at 40 minutes) 6 ish X 1 min at 10K pace (awful run) Friday: AM 20 minutes (treadmill broke) PM: 26minutes (diaphragm cramp) Saturday: 3 miles at 7:00min pace, 5K road race in 17:48, 60 minute cool down Sunday: Planned easy run 45-60 minutes
Well, that weeks over. Ok so, some negatives this week on the running part... forgive me for this...the dehydration/diaphragm cramp from last Saturday basically hung around all week. On top of that, I got my 9th sinus infection since Jan of last year (when I got pregnant with Maddy) so that didn't help anything. …

Just For Fun: During Pregnancy and After Pictures

I just saw these and they made me laugh.Pregnancy was the most amazing experience for me. Aside from 9 months of feeling like I was riding a roller coaster immediately after eating a double cheese burger, I was constantly amazed at the changes of my body and the little Maddy growing inside.

Enjoy!
35 weeks























39 weeks versus 7 months p.p.






















7 months after- Me and My Maddy

















6 1/2 months after - Me and My Maddy! (actually, this is Maddy at 5 months, but it is sweet!)


Marathon Simulator FAIL! Valuable hydration lesson learned.

Weekends = Fun day with Maddy! Look at her waving! Another milestone. There truly is NOTHING better than being a Mom.













Training Week in Review: Sunday: 60 min super easy
Monday:70 min run Tuesday:72 min run Wednesday: 2 mile w/u, 3mile/2mile/1mile at tempo, 3min recovery in between. Results from Garmin: (17:59 for 3miles (5:59 pace)/11:50 for 2, 5:55 pace/ 5:14 for 1 (5:14 pace) Thursday: 65 min run (achilles) Friday:55 minutes easy (achilles) Saturday: 2 mile w/u, 12 miles at goal marathon pace: 6:42, 6:44, 6:43, 6:44, 6:44, 6:43, 6:43, 6:39, 6:36, 6:47, 6:47, 6:56, got super dehydrated at 12 so called it quits early, jogged 30 min home, see below for details. Sunday: Planned 70 min run
What a week..... My coach had his second open heart surgery, but my sister-in-law was also missing for 2 days. Both Coach and sister are OK at this point, and please forgive me if I choose not to comment further on either. Thank you all for your prayers and kind words.
My husband was home (!!) and my father retu…

The only man I still call "Coach".

Last Thursday in Athens, GA, my Coach (former college coach) went into cardiac arrest twice. He fell into the arms of Steve, the head coach at state, and my husband, the head xc Coach at Mississippi State, during warm-ups at the GA track. Moments later my husband called me in a state of panic. I grabbed my keys, picked up Maddy, and drove through the night with Coach Al’s wife and daughter....we arrived around 4:00am. I spent the next few days watching the SEC Track and Field meet and visiting with him. He is alive and doing much better and he is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery Thursday. This will not be his first rodeo so please keep him in your prayers.
When I came to the realization that I had almost lost the one and only man that I call COACH (I don’t even call Houston “Coach”, and he respects that) I realize just how much I take my relationship and the memories I have with him for granted. Before Al I was a lost and lonely high school athlete that had obsessively ran twic…

5 weeks out from Winnipeg Marathon

Monday: 70minutes Tuesday: 70 minutes Wednesday: 5X1 mile on roads w/ 2:30-3min rest, 5:40, 5:30, 5:34, 5:29, 5:34 (80minutes)- In training shoes cause of achilles, ended up being a great idea. Thursday: 52 minutes with Maddy in the jogger Friday: 70 minutes in Athens, GA Saturday: 1:40 for 14.6 miles (6:50 pace), last 5 miles at 6:30 pace. Hilly does not do this run justice.
Not a stellar week but...its a week and it was not bad. I had a lot going on this week that I would rather not post about- partly because I was asked not to just yet. It was just a hard week for everyone.... didn't seem to phase Maddy what-so-ever. Who is this child? Seriously, I know she is mine but she is absolutely amazing.
Going to P.T. for the hip and it seems to be helping. 16 miles at goal marathon pace is this Saturday. Wish me luck.
Oh I also, joined HoneyMilk.com. I've got an athlete profile on there somewhere.
BTW, Brooks T6 Racers are some of the best racing flats I have ever put my ski-sized man feet…

Being a Mom and being an athlete- yes I can and will do both: 6 Weeks out from Marathon.

Training update: 6 weeks out from Winnipeg MarathonMonday: 70 minutes with M&DTuesday: 60 minutesWednesday: 2 mile w/u, 8X800m @ 2:36 avg (on road loop) 2 rest, 3 mile cool down, w/M,D,HoustonThursday: 70 minutes (felt great)Friday: 60 minutesSaturday: 21 miles in 2:24:50 (6:53 average for the run as a whole)splits: 7:43, 7:10, 6:55, 7:02, 6:59, 7:01, 7:12, 7:01, 6:48, 7:01, 7:03, 6:31, 6:43, 6:28, 6:43, 6:43, 6:35, 6:39, 6:43, 6:41, 6:59*Record setting day! Longest run in my life= 21 milesIn the next few weeks I will attempt a 16 miler at 6:45 pace- this will mean no stopping to take gels/water- I will need to learn to take in fluids and carbohydrate via Houston throwing these at me out the window of the car. ….Wish me luck.Wednesday’s workout was suppose to be 10X800m w/ 2min rest. This workout was done at 4:45 in the morning on the roads, so I gave myself a few seconds for that. My pace was slow- 2:44-2:48 because I just raced a half- but after running the first 3-4 at a conser…

Before I was a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,

I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,

I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could fe…

Pictures from Renaissance at Colony Park Half Marathon: MarathonMakeover.com

There is no watermark on these photos- so note that I just ordered them.

Love the raccoon look- when did I put mascara on? lol.
Photos from Sports in Motion Photography.