Dec 31, 2010

Ragnar Del Sol 2011

This February I will be doing my first ever 202 miler... with 11 other teammates of course!! :)

For those of you who don't know what Ragnar is; it is a 12 person relay from Wickenburg to Phoenix, Arizona. Over the day and a half it takes to complete it we will have run 202 miles between the entire team!

This is just another challenge that I never thought I would ever do, or want to do. Life takes you in many different directions and as for right now I know my direction is great! Not only I am more fit than I have ever been I am eating great and feeling amazing! I am so excited to be a part of the Tribe Team and make memories that last a life time!!

2011 is going to be a great year

Another year has passed and my journey has only begun!

I have completed 3 major races this year. Check out that bling!!
Rock n Roll San Diego 1/2 Marathon
Women's Tempe 1/2 Marathon
Iron Girl 10 mile run
I am so thankful to be healthy and able to run! I just got into running this past January of 2010, I owe it all to one of my best friends Lauren. She was the one who inspired and pushed me to sign up for my first half marathon in June 2010. Since that push I have been pushing myself in ways I never thought I would... for instance, I  ran 20 miles last weekend and in two more weekends I will be running my first ever FULL MARATHON!!! Yay!!!

New Year Resolutions 2011
Finish my first marathon
Cross train like nobodies business
Complete my first triathlon
No injuries

Dec 28, 2010

20 Miles - 20 Dollars

This Sunday I had the best 20 mile run of my life! Yes, I know it is the only 20 mile run of my life, but it went wonderfully... and I found $20!!

Training has reached its peak and I am very happy with it all! I am ready to run PF Changs, my first ever full marathon!!! I can't believe the run went so well, but I am very relieved it did.

Can't wait until January 16, 2011!

I love my pink compression socks, I'm not even sore!

Dec 7, 2010

Breaking up, it's easy to do

This past weekend I ran an easy 12 miles.
That's right, I said easy. It is, if you break it up in your head.
And I am super good at breaking up!

I go out 6 miles... and if that is not easy enough I take a short little walking break every 2 miles!

How could you not enjoy running with this view!?
Squaw Peak in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona
I love running this way, it makes me focus only on a short amount of distance and I do not get over whelmed by the mileage I am doing.

I do think that I need to start running in a new place because I know where all the mile markers are now. It is starting to get old fast knowing exactly where I am and how much further I have to go!

On another note, I put my Christmas Tree up! I love the smell of a real tree and so do my cats!
 Merry Christmas everyone!

Nov 29, 2010

Holidays and Running

How do you run in the snow? No idea, that's why I missed my long run this weekend.

I guess it's not that hard, this guy is doing it.

Excited to be back in the desert so I can get back to training, I feel like such a slacker because I have missed two long runs back to back. I was sick the previous weekend and this past weekend for Thanksgiving I was in snow and not going to attempt to get sick again. 

This looks much more enjoyable! 

Christmas is right around the corner and I have to be good cause my longest run of training falls on Christmas week! Yay for 20 milers!!

Nov 18, 2010

Staying healthy

I am trying very hard not to get sick, the husband is very sick so I have been taking lots of these:

Not only am I trying not to get sick, I am battling shin splints!

I have only ran once this week, not good for training but good for health, and TV watching!

Nov 16, 2010

I am Iron Girl.

I did Iron Girl Tempe 10 Mile Run this past Sunday!

Happy face for the camera!

It was not easy, I was getting sick. I do believe I am now sick. It is not fun running when you don't feel well. Despite not feeling well my time rocked and I kept going! My body felt good but something was off and I was putting a lot of effort into every step from the start. I kept telling myself that this was just a training run so it was okay if I slowed down or walked but my legs wouldn't let me slow!

10 miles 1:37:37 that's a 9:46/minute pace!

Here is my cute little duck!

Not the best photo, my form is horrible, but I was pushing so hard to finish! As I said, this race was hard on me.

Nov 8, 2010

Marathon Training Rules

Because you can do this...

So on Friday afternoon the husband and I were talking about my long run this weekend, 13 miles. I showed him my route and he was shocked to see how far I was actually going to run. 
Then he asked, "Is there a half marathon going on this weekend?" 
I replied, "Yes, I know someone who is running in it too!"

So Saturday morning instead of my 13 miles I went to the Women's Half Marathon Expo and signed up for Sundays race. :)

The race went great! Not one thing hurt, not even my foot that sometimes likes to bug me! There were even a couple of hills everyone was crying about, but not me, thanks to Sue! She makes us run hills, I have only done them twice with her, but I know that it helped so much. I am so excited for the Iron Girl 10 Mile race this weekend, if only I raced every weekend I would actually look forward to those long runs!

I even set a half marathon PR, 2:09:59!
I finished 54 out of my age group of 130 and 1042 out of 3384! Soooo happy especially since I even had to stop to pee! Next race I am going to remember to use the restroom right before the start!

 Check out the super cute metal, it has a removable charm that you can wear!

If you are interested here is where I ran and all the splits :) My Garmin was right on point with the time. :)

Ohh and look who handed us our metals! Who doesn't love a man in uniform. Especially those Air Force boys!

Nov 1, 2010

Goals for November

1. Finish all training each week; including cross & strength training. I have been skipping that way too much!
2. Enjoy every minute of Iron Girl!
3. Finish Iron Girl in 1:48 or less.
4. Only eat out once a week.
5. Do hills or speed workouts once a week.
6. Keep up on my blogging.
I am so excited for Iron Girl on November 14th!
I can't wait to feel the excitement of another race, even if it is only a 10 mile run. :)

Here is my October training month! As you can see, my cross training did not exist. :(

Training week 7 Long Run 10/31/2010

My Halloween was not spent like most!
I have to admit, this 12 miles went down pretty easy!! Much better than Wednesday 6 mile run (I will recap that a little later on).I am so excited that 12 miles is not too difficult anymore, I have come such a long ways since the beginning of this year! 

For this run I stopped every two miles to take a minute walking break and at mile 4 and 8 to eat my Gu's. I am planning on walking through every water station for the marathon, there are 18, and training to walk every two miles for hydration makes since for me and my heart rate appreciates the breaks too. :) I was holding my pace back the whole way, which encourages me because I am getting faster!      

Here are my splits!


Now on to Wednesdays horrible 6! Seriously, I had the worst run of my life on Wednesday. It must have been a combination of a few things:
1. Spent Tuesday at the hospital with my Husbands Father.
2. Ate a Chimichanga Tuesday at Arribas Mexican Food
3. Didn't wake up early to run, instead I ran in the late afternoon during rush hour!

I will not be running in rush hour any more! Thank goodness this weekends 12 mile run went well. I don't know how I would have felt if it didn't go down like it did!

Oct 21, 2010

Rain rain go away!

6am- Wake up
6:10am- Contacts & clothes on
6:20am- Start to stretch... then realize that it is POURING RAIN outside :( (Yes, it took me 20 min to realize that it was raining... we have a fish tank and it makes the same water pouring noise)
6:21am- Take contacts out
6:25am- Lay back in bed and wake Ked up to tell him that I can't run this morning and close my eyes :(
8:15am- Wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, go to work...

I want to go running right now, it is 64 out. Why must I work?

I should have braved it in the rain this morning... but hey I'm from Arizona and rain is not usual!

Oct 18, 2010

My Timed Races... so far!

I have done 3 "official" races that have been time chipped and I thought I would share them with you all. :)

Heat Check Series #4 August 31, 2010
5K: #45 of 60: Time 29.46.5 - 9:36/M

Heat Check Series #1 August 10, 2010
5K: #26 of 33: Time 31:32.3 - 10:10/M

Rock n Roll Half Marathon - San Diego June 6, 2010
13.1 Miles: #9757 of 13574: Time 2:50.37 - 13.01/M

I was not proud of my first 1/2 Marathon time but it was my FIRST, so I have to be easy on myself. I have finally come to terms with it and can't wait to show the world my time for my FIRST FULL Marathon! I am aiming to be under 5 hours but I would love to make it in 4:45.00. Also, in two weeks I will be doing the Tempe Iron Girl 10 mile run. I really don't have a solid goal for it but I would love to run it in 1:45.00 or less!

Another great training week!

That's right, my training for last week is at 103% complete! Because I am an overachiever... only by .57 miles though :)

My long run this week was so fun! I ran along the Green Belt from my house in Scottsdale to Tempe Town Lake! I always try to do my long runs somewhere I haven't ran to or at least somewhere I haven't been to in a while. I find this helps the time go by and I enjoy the run a lot more when I have no idea where I am going to stop. I love having my Garmin for this reason alone. I remember having to go online and plan each and every run when I was training for my first 1/2 Marathon... I am very indecisive so it would take an hour or so, but now I just decide what direction I want to run in and go.  :)

The weather was sooo nice, even once the sun was fully up,  it totally made that 10 miles easy to take down! 

The average temperature was 75 degrees and my average pace was 10:23, not bad!

Oct 6, 2010

Fall/Winter Events 2010/2011

Here is the list of races that I plan on doing! 

I am so excited for my first marathon!! Training is going great so far :)

Oct 4, 2010

Happy Training Week

I love it when I finish all my training that was on the calendar for the week! 

I love this calendar, I can stare at it all day!

I love my busy little life that is full of fun training!

Sep 27, 2010

Tennis Ball Messages?

My feet are not feet who like to be touched. I have never gotten a foot massage that I have loved, or maybe even enjoyed... because my feet are super super ticklish, and my poor husband tries but it just tickles! 

Running induces a lot of stress on our poor feet and I just wanted some relief. Luckily I have been scouring running/swimming/biking blogs and came up with a solution that costs next to nothing!!  

Try this seriously!!

Standing up roll the ball back and forth 50 times on each foot. This will hurt the first few times you do it because the tennis ball is breaking up all the scar tissue... soon it will feel oh so good, I promise!

You can thank me later.

P.S. the blog I found the idea at is No Meat Athlete although I am a meat eater athlete I love this blog!

Sep 8, 2010


Monday holidays are a sweet sweet thing... unless you are a Boot Camp goer M-W-F; this means that your M-W-F schedules changes to T-W-F. If you know me, you know Tuesdays are Tribe Run nights and if I don't go I don't have a great week because I miss my running ladies! Anyways, my calves hurt! I not only had Boot Camp two days in a row but I ran a 5k in between the two mornings! Crazy you may say... I agree.

These are the exercises that killed my calves today. Seriously, I came into Boot Camp praying to not use my calves and guess what the exercises were.... 

Funny thing is, I was chatting with my Boot Camp partner about how Tuesday she was not wanting to run very much and we wound up running 2.5 miles along with exercises in between! I think Amber, our instructor, has telepathic abilities and uses them to make Boot Camp hard on us.

It was nice knowing you calves but now you must got into hiding and shrivel up! Listen to me I say... leave me now!

Lunges with Dumbbells

Mountain Climbers



Split Jump Lunges 

P.S. I think there was another one but I must have blocked that from my memory... you know it did happen almost 8 hours ago... :) 

Sep 7, 2010

Strawberry Short Cake

Strawberry Short Cake for Running, of course!!!

Okay maybe not, but non the less it was SO good so it needs to be talked about and seen.

About two or three months ago I finally stumbled upon The Pioneer Woman, and ever since I have been eating like a well feed cowboy. I have loved every minute/recipe of it... you will too, I promise!

1-½ cup Flour
3 Tablespoons Corn Starch
½ teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
9 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
1-½ cup Sugar
3 whole Large Eggs
½ cups Sour Cream, Room Temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ pounds Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
2 sticks Unsalted Butter
1-½ pound Powdered Sugar, Sifted
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 pound Strawberries

Preparation Instructions
IMPORTANT: Be sure to use a cake pan that’s at least 2 inches deep! Before baking, the batter should not fill the pan more than halfway.

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and corn starch.
Cream 9 tablespoons butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well each time. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just barely combined.

Pour into greased and floured 8-inch cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, or until no longer jiggly like my bottom. Remove from cake pan as soon as you pull it out of the oven, and place on a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.

Stem strawberries and slice them in half from bottom to top. Place into a bowl and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir together and let sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, mash the strawberries in two batches. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoons sugar and allow to sit for another 30 minutes.
Make icing: combine cream cheese, 2 sticks butter, sifted powdered sugar, vanilla, and dash of salt in a mixing bowl. Mix until very light and fluffy.

Slice cake in half through the middle. Spread strawberries evenly over each half (cut side up), pouring on all the juices. Place cake halves into the freezer for five minutes, just to make icing easier.
Remove from freezer. Use a little less than 1/3 of the icing to spread over the top of the strawberries on the bottom layer. Place the second layer on top. Add half of the remaining icing to the top spreading evenly, then spread the remaining 1/3 cup around the sides.

Leave plain OR garnish with strawberry halves.

IMPORTANT: Cake is best when served slightly cool. The butter content in the icing will cause it to soften at room temperature. For best results, store in the fridge!

Aug 25, 2010

Summer Runnin'?

This is my first summer of being a runner, let me clarify, a runner in Phoenix, AZ… do you need more clarification? 110+ is the usual temperature for a Phoenix summer day! Yes, I should have gotten a gym membership but I hate gyms. I seriously hate gyms; my body would probably love them though. Anyways, Phoenix summers bring the question to mind, why the heck to I live in an oven? Why do I put myself in an oven and then run around!? Well the answer is simple, I love running. Which is something I never thought would come out of my mouth. I remember not wanting to play basketball because you had to run from one end of the court to the other over and over… okay, I get it, I just hate running indoors.

Outdoor running keeps your mind alert and you see all sorts of interesting people, places, creatures and things. It is amazing how little I knew about what was in my neighborhood until I started running. We miss oh so much in our fast cars! Outdoor running in the summer time is not necessarily pleasant unless you brave the early morning twilight. Boy do I miss those cold winter days when I would get home from work, put on my running shoes (not even take my water belt!) and take off! I didn’t even start running with water until after 5 miles… now that the summer heat is here I can’t go 1 mile without water!

Here are a couple of pictures I have taken while running, enjoy!

Papago park

Camelback Mt.

The "lakes" at Papago

Papago Park Mt. Biker

Aug 23, 2010

Going for the full!

I am going into my second week of Fitness Boot Camp, which I thought would be a great way to start off my official FULL MARATHON training! Since cross training and strengthening is so important to keeping your body strong and able during training I wanted to make sure I got off to a great start. This past week of Boot Camp I was super sore and couldn’t move but I am feeling able again so here goes nothing, 26.2 miles here I come!

I am so excited to start training again; I have found a great group of friends to start running with at Tribe. They host a 5k & 10k every Tuesday night! The girls I have been running with have inspired me to keep going and going! I love it!!

Wish me luck and health!

I believe I can do it!
I believe I can be injury free!
I believe I can be the healthiest I have ever been!

What do you believe you can do?

Jul 7, 2010

Trčanje - Running

After running my Half Marathon I wasn't sure if I would have the energy to ever run again! I was wrong, thankfully because I have really started to love running. 

My running journey started in the beginning of this year. A friend of Ked's mentioned the Pat Tillman run, which is a 4.2 mile run that ends in the ASU stadium on the 42 yard line. I thought to myself... "Wow 4.2 miles, that is far but manageable... I can do that!" So I went online and printed out a how to start running guide. Run for one minute, walk for two for 30 minutes... okay I can definitely start there. So I put on an old pair of Nikes that I had bought in Tucson when I started going to the gym back in 2005 (I went just a handful of times so they were basically new). I started off walking for 2 minutes, then I started running... those next 30 minutes may have been the longest minutes of my life. I seriously thought that I would not be able to do 4.2 miles in a couple of months. So a week or two go by of my sporadic 30 minute off and on runs, I tell no one of my experience but I am able to stop timing myself and just go out and run around the block, stopping quite a bit to catch my breath of course. 

One weekend I go over to my BFF Lo's house to spend some QT together. She gets to talking about how her husband J and her are going to run the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon... my jaw hits the grown and I say, YOU CRAZY! She says no way, do it with me! Me being the type that can't say no, I say why not... anyways I could basically run an entire mile now without stopping... what is 12.1 more! hahah

So Lo prints out a 1/2 Marathon training program and I start. It was a 12 week training program and I had about 16 weeks before the event so I decided to just repeat the first week for a month. That I did, I was a training bee, working 6 days a week. I loved having the busy schedule, the pain from the longer runs and before I knew it my foot started hurting during week 6 & 7 of 12. I stopped running completely and went to the doctor. If you know anything about injuries you know if something hurts there is a reason and you need to get it looked at asap, just in case! Thankfully it was nothing big, just tendonitis (the pain with no swelling) from not strengthening and stretching it enough. So with a week off I started right back where I left off roaring to go but a little nervous about taking a week off so close to the race. 

I did it. I put 200 miles on my New Balances and now I am a runner, officially. I even have a metal to prove it! :-)

I believe I can do anything I put my mind to.
I believe in health.
I believe in running.
I believe in me.

PS. I did not end up doing the Pat Tillman Run, I will next year though!

Jun 28, 2010

Ja Vjerujem - I Believe

I believe in love. 
I believe in family.
I believe in life.
I believe in freedom.
I believe in myself.
I believe in the good of people.
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe...

Main Entry: be·lieve
Pronunciation: \bə-ˈlēv\

intransitive verb 
1 a : to have a firm religious faith
b : to accept as true, genuine, or real 
2 : to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something 
3 : to hold an opinion : think
transitive verb
1 a : to consider to be true or honest 
b : to accept the word or evidence of 
2 : to hold as an opinion : suppose