Jun 28, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG!

Yes, it is true! I have officially been blogging for a year now!!! Time flies by super duper fast; thank you for supporting me along my journey through running. I enjoy this blog soooo much. :)

Wish "Mandi with an "i" HAPPY BIRTHDAY


This morning my running ladies and I went out for a five mile run and kept our pace under 9 minute miles! I was so excited that I can finally push myself to run "fast."

Once we finished the run we were all having coffee and talking about how each of us thought we were a step or two behind and always trying to catch up. Funny how we perceive our runs differently; I am certain we were all running next to each other in a straight line for most of the run. Silly girls!


PS. I have some pretty exciting news, my first give-away is coming up! Be sure to look for that post next week!

Jun 27, 2011

Remember, girls just wanna have fun!

Sometimes when a long run goes bad we need remind ourselves why we run.



I run for FUN.
I run to push myself.
I run to sweat.
I run to keep in shape.
I run to better my mood.




None of the reasons above say I run to get paid! Even though it would be nice, who is going to pay a 5:03 marathoner!? You? Okay, contact me NOW. =D

So this weekend I had 14 miles on the schedule. This was the first really long run that our little running group had planed. I ended up walking the last couple miles, it was 96*, my feet were not having it. Earlier this week I went to the Britney Spears (don't judge) concert and decided to wear heals... me standing in heals for 4+ hours = dead feet. So I paid for it on this run, only made it 13 miles but like I said, I do this for fun!

Why do you run? Are you too hard on yourself sometimes? I am sure you are doing great so lighten up a bit and remember why you run. :)

Have a great week friends!

I am the 2nd one from the left... those wedges did the damage that night!

Jun 21, 2011

Friends make the world go around faster... in a good way :)

I love training with friends. How did I get so lucky? These girls blow me away, in a good way.

They text you at 5am to make sure you get your butt up. They push you to limits beyond what you thought you could do. They motivate you when you are not feeling it. They make the miles fly by faster than JLo or MC Hammer can do any day! Who doesn't want that?! They also know more about me than most should or want to!  Running just makes you spill your heart out, it is so therapeutic, and coffee afterwards is just icing on the cake.

Yes, 4:31am on a Saturday.
5:26am on Tuesday :)
Just wanted to send a shout out to my girls, I have been meaning to get a picture of all of us but I never seem to remember! 

Love you Sue, Lesley, Christine, Amy & Ginger!

Jun 8, 2011

Coming up with excuses

Running with friends is amazing. Coming up with excuses not to run with them, well it makes your dreams pretty exciting!

For the past two nights I have been dreaming about excuses not to run... just because my lazy butt didn't want to wake up.
Source
Tuesday morning the ladies and I had planed to leave about 15 minutes earlier than usual. 15 minutes... woooh call the sleep police, I really don't know why I thought that was SO much earlier? I guess seeing 5:15am rather than 5:30am was not to my liking. So of course I dreamt about excuses.

In my dream I was texting the girls and telling them I was ovulating so I couldn't come, which was true and by the way those cramps are not fun at all! But seriously... how weird am I!? What makes me think that is an excuse?! (and btw, I am NOT trying to get preggers)

And last night, it happened again! I dreamt about over sleeping. The girls were calling and texting me but I would not wake up... I could not wake up! But being the great partner I am in real life; I actually woke up. I even woke up and it was 5am! We leave at 6am, heck yes, I didn't miss the run! ")

Who dreams about coming up with excuses not to do something, do you?

Jun 7, 2011

I'm a winner!

Yes, it's true!

I just won a free pair of Saucony Running Shoes from 5 Miles Past Empty!

Thank you Amanda & OnlineShoes.com for hosting this give-away!

These puppies are on there way to ME! I can't believe it, I am usually not so lucky. Time to thank the stars. I guess my trail running will officially start taking place once they are on my feet, OH SO EXCITED!

Jun 6, 2011

I'm going to Jackson...

Watch out Jackson Town! Mandi with an "i" is thinking she needs to do your inaugural marathon September 24th!

As many of you do not know, I used to live near Jackson Hole, WY. Ohhh how I love Jackson Hole!

It. Is. BEAUTIFUL!

This weekend I was looking around for a race to do, since we are MOVED in our new condo FINALLY I have spare time, and I like it! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to go to the old stomping grounds, see some friends and family and run another marathon and this one popped up: Jackson Hole Marathon

I have not officially signed up but I am going to. That is why I am blogging about it :) I am super excited to get my mileage up and train hard! This marathon is going to be much better because now I know I can do it and I know I need to prepare more.

This marathon is going to rock! Anyone have suggestions on how to prepare for a marathon in higher altitude? Jackson Hole is 6237 ft. and Phoenix, AZ is 1248ft.

I think I will be making weekend trips to Prescott and Flagstaff for my long runs!

Here are a few beautiful pictures of Jackson Hole, WY.




Jun 2, 2011

Oh my gosh... it's June

Hello blog world! Just checking in since it is the beginning of yet another month... seriously it's June already!?

The weather here in Arizona has been wonderful! It is June 2nd and only 88 degrees!
HELLO good weather!!

Good weather always brings good runs and this year I am doing them with good friends! Life doesn't get much better. We have been faithfully running at least three times a week, and some weeks more! How sweet is that!? Finally a group of girls willing to sweat early enough to still take a shower and get to work by 9am! :)

Check out our hill run we have been doing 2+ times each week: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/88139693

Hope you all are doing great and I am going to take pictures of these runs... so get excited!