Goals, goals, goals, baby, baby, baby.

Goals, goals, goals, baby, baby, baby.

Hey y’all! And happy new year to everyone! 
I hope everyone had an awesome time ringing in the new year. I actually forgot it was New Year’s Eve and barely made it to 10 o clock. Oopsies! 
I am 38 weeks pregnant tomorrow and feeling every single one of those 38 weeks! With the end of this pregnancy nearing I have put into perspective some of my goals for this year. Mostly running related goals. 
I’ve decided I am not going to focus solely on losing this baby weight. I have decided to focus on the miles I run and walk this year and put more energy into eating better foods.
I sat down the other night and went over goals for my marathon training. I think it has been long enough since my last that I have forgotten the feeling of my legs falling off after I was done. Ha! Now that I’ve blocked that out…it’s time to plan for my second! 
I am planning on starting my training in the spring. The program I’m doing is a very long and take your time kind of program. Something I am going to need after pushing out a tiny human. I needed one that was going to help me to get back into running after 10 weeks of no running miles. 
So I picked Hal Higdons 30 week program. I will start in the spring and it should put me to being prepared for my marathon by the fall. I’m excited to take this journey again and this time I will be documenting my running journey.
I’ll be documenting what it is like being a mom to a newborn as well as training with my newborn as well. I know adding a new born into my marathon training mix will be a little bit tricky. But I am totally prepared and ready to take on this challenge. I have a ton of people supporting me(including my amazing husband who now runs with me). 
I plan to run numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, a half marathon, and then my full. On top of all that I will be joining in on the Under Armor You vs the year challenge. It is to run 1017km in 2017. It’s going to be tricky to reach that number since I will be starting after I heal from baby. But I will try my best!
I plan to fit into my old clothes again(who knows when that will happen) and I do plan on getting the baby weight off(again, who knows when that will happen).
I’m rolling with the punches here. I have my goals laid out and I really can’t wait to reach them! 
But first, lets have a baby! 
I can’t wait to update you all on my birthing experience and I can’t wait to share the news that our baby is welcomed into the world! A few more weeks till Dday!
Now, enough of this long post where I rambled on about my running goals. Hehe.
Thanks for reading,

Lex

Happiness and football

Happiness and football

  

Day 2 of 100 days of happy!

FOOTBALL!

(Okay, so this ties in with yesterday too. Since it was college football yesterday and pro football today.)

I have made a blog post before about my love for football. It’s been in my blood for years. My dad raised my family in and around football. It’s a way of life. We plan life around football basically.

Anyways, today’s happiness is football. The Falcons are about to kick off and that in itself is pure happiness. 

I so enjoy football games. I enjoy college football games, pro football games, and High school football games. 

I just want to personally thank Walter Camp who made football into a sport. Because, it gives my life complete meaning on Saturdays and Sunday’s through football season. (Ha ha)

But really.

Football. Just football.

So, on day 2 of 100 days of happy…I’m taking my butt to the couch, parking it for hours on end, and watching a bunch of guys in uniform throw a brown ball around and tackle each other. Sounds about right. 

Happiness.

Thanks for reading another ridiculous blog post,

Lex

Day one…100 days of happy

Day one…100 days of happy

 
Day one of 100 days of happiness.

Hiking. 

This afternoon was absolutely perfect. There is nothing I love more than hiking. I get to enjoy Gods creation, the best company, and being fit and active.  
When I am hiking I feel very very happy. There is fresh air and trees surrounding me. I feel like everything bad in the world around me fades completely away. I feel somewhat disconnected from the world. 

Disconnecting and taking a break from everyday life is so very important for our mind, body, and soul. 

Getting out there and enjoying your surroundings is so perfect. How can you look around and not feel blessed to live on such a wonderful planet. To be able to have another day on this earth. To enjoy your friends, family, and children. Soak up some sunshine and let the happiness and joy in.

I believe this 100 days of happiness is going to be such a great thing for my mind. Bringing positive thoughts and energy into my body is exactly what I need. Hopefully I will bring positive energy to those surrounding me as well.

Disconnect from the world. From social media. From email. From texting. From phone calls. Get outside and enjoy the REAL world. The computer and iPhones and androids. That is NOT real life. Anyone can be anyone they want to be on devices. Get out an enjoy real people and do real things. Love the world around you and enjoy the two legs you were given. Because not everyone is that lucky. So do it for those who can’t. And be happy.

So, here is to day 1 of 100 days of happiness. Here is to hiking. Here is to spending time with those you care about. Here is to enjoying nature and the two legs you were given.

And make sure to check out my Instagram for my 100 days of happiness post on there as well. 

Thanks for reading as always,

Lex

Week 7 long distance day

Week 7 long distance day

Today was my 12 mile run. I knew it was going to be a rough one because I was running it in my mother in laws neighborhood. Her neighborhood is pretty much one big hill. Actually it is a million hills. There isn’t really one flat road. I knew it was going to be a challenge…but I am pretty much always up for a challenge. So, I took it on. I never realized how big of a mental challenge this run would be. The first 5 miles weren’t too bad. It was breezy and overcast so it felt great. But, once I hit my 6 mile mark my mind was ready to shut down and be done with the run. My legs felt like they were ready to give out from right under me. I was half way done and completely ready to call it a day. Those hills were kicking my booty left and right. I thought to myself I really couldn’t give in and let the stupid hills get the best of me. I tried my hardest to not focus on how much I had left. I tried to just relax and let my legs carry me through. At mile 7.50 it started to rain. It rained and rained and rained some more. It wasn’t a heavy rain but more of a sprinkling. I didn’t mind it because it cooled me off. At mile 10.50ish it started to POUR down rain! I couldn’t see anything because the rain was so heavy. It helped me to push through those last few miles a little faster. My legs were so exhausted after my 12 miles today…and my mind is just(if not more) exhausted. I had to constantly tell myself I was almost done. I also told myself I had a lot of energy. It worked for a little while until my legs would start getting extremely tired up a dang hill. I feel so great now that I conquered all those hills. It’s a great feeling knowing you got through it even though there were challenges and struggles. Getting through the struggles makes it so worth it. I guess that’s what most call “the runners high”. So, great run and great accomplishment defeated those hills as well as my own mind!!! My mind told me to give it up…I told my mind to kiss my butt!!!! I’m so glad I finished.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

Long time no talk…week 7 day 2.

Long time no talk…week 7 day 2.

Hey bloggers.
I’m sorry it’s been so long since I posted. I have been so thrown off and slammed busy since I started my full time job and moved. It’s been crazy and very emotional. I have been running all my weekday runs with my 25 pound daughter in the jogging stroller…running after being on my feet all day is really tiring in itself…then adding an extra 30ish pounds between my daughter and the jogging stroller. It’s mentally challenging as well as physical. Almost 98% of the time I really want to give it all up and just fall back into my old ways. But, I am a dedicated athlete and runner and I am determined to give this training all I can and get it done. This is something I’ve wanted for months now. I won’t stop until I’ve achieved it. It’s been a blessing to be able to come this far in my running. I was thinking tonight though, whoever thought up running was crazy…I mean come on..I’m going to make my lungs feel like they are going to explode and I’m going to slam all my body weight onto my ankles all at one time!!! Haha! I know half the time during runs I wonder why the heck I even do it…then it’s times like tonight when I got my second wind and felt as if I were able to fly. It was a moment in time where I was just gliding by so easily. I was relaxed and calm. My mind was in it and my body was in sync with my breath. It was great. It’s times like that I remember why I fell so in love with running in the first place. 🙂 I didn’t keep the worlds best pace. And lately my pace has been not where I want it to be…but again, I am doing it. And I’m enjoying myself most of the time.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

Week 5 day 3

Week 5 day 3

There really isn’t too much to say about this run. It was run in frustration. Which are some of the best runs ever. It was a great run. Refreshing and great! And not to mention I’m almost on week 6?!?! So awesome! This training is flying by! I’m Loving it and enjoying every second of my training!

Thanks for reading,
Lex

Week 5 day 2

Week 5 day 2

Today’s run was okay. Being in a new place to run is a change. I wouldn’t call it bad but I wouldn’t call it my favorite either. I was use to my comfortable military base. I could run where I wanted and when I wanted and I felt pretty confident and safe…but out in the “real world” is a little different feeling. A feeling of not being safe running wherever my feet take me. So, because I don’t feel comfortable around here yet, I ran the neighborhood 4 times this morning to get in my 4 miles. I got bored and felt like I was running in circles…which I kind of was. Ha ha. But I am glad I got it done. The humidity got to me again. I even got out around 8am to run and it was STILL hot that early. I got a nice sweat in. That is for sure. More miles done and more experience as a runner. I love it. As miserable as I feel sometimes when I’m doing it, I really do adore running. It makes me crazy and it sometimes makes my head feel like it wants to explode…but again I’m so addicted and get pure joy from it as well. I am dedicated to the run. And I love it. Now it’s time for me to get to bed and get my rest. It’s another 3 miles at some point tomorrow then 10 miles on Saturday. I need to mentally prepare for my long distance run. It will be my longest run since my half marathon. I’m extremely excited and nervous about it.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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