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December 2015

New year, New Challenges

I have been keeping up with my workouts, though I have not posted much lately. Christmas was awesome and I got the ultimate gift I have been wanting for a few years. A brand new DSLR camera. I’ll be learning how to use it and posting some about that along the way. I got some great gifts from the hubby and family. Of course, the food was great.I was in desperate need of a run by the time Christmas was over. A house full of people for an entire week is never easy for me. I’m still having odd toe pains so I am going to try rotating some shoes and maybe taking out the inserts in my main shoes. Is it possible to have too much correction?? I’ll have to buy some new shoes to rotate with too. The week was weird. Tornados in December.  My mother in-law got her purse snatched in Wal-mart parking lot a few days ago. 

So New year brings new challenges and I have not fully figured out mine yet. I will think it through and do a post about it tomorrow. 

Happy New Year everyone!!

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Feeling A Little Off

I did run Saturday. 2 easy miles which felt like I was completely slacking. My toe was still having a little bit of issues. I decided to rest it until Thursday. I hope it will be completely resolved by then. I may try some KT tape on it too. Today has just been a completely off day. 

I went to personal training and made it through. It felt like I was barely making it, though. The stairmaster is usually tough but today it was horrible. I felt so run down. I pushed through and fought the feelings back. Dry mouth, nausea, and just overall rundown. We will see how it plays out. 

Book Review: The Cinderella Murder

I’m going to take this post in a bit of a different direction today. I know that I have been primarily writing about writing and Disney but I may stray from those topics every now and then. I have several passions. Running and Disney are obviously two of them. Another is reading. I have always been an avid reader. There were summers as a kid where I actually read a few hundred books. They logged it. I was richly rewarded with candy and cheap toys from the library as a part of their summer reading program. The joke was on them, however, I would have done it without the bribe.
I love many different kinds of stories but, as a therapist, I love delving into minds that are quite different from my own. My favorite genre is mystery. I have a couple favorite authors. Chelsea Cain (who is insanely cool to meet in person), Gillian Flynn, and Douglas Preston Lincoln Child are a few of my top ones. 

My post today is about The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. I picked the book up at first because I recognized both names. I read Mary Higgins Clark in high school and I follow Alafair Burke on Twitter. I bought the book because the cover sounded amazing. 

I just finished the book less than 30 minutes ago and the only reason I am not running out right now to get the next book in the this series is, well, the stores are probably closed since it’s late on a Sunday and I’m strictly prohibited from buying myself anything until after Christmas. The book is about a television show that chooses cold cases to take a closer look at. They tell you in the beginning that the first one they focused on ended up being solved as a result of the show’s research and discoveries. They have chosen to feature an unsolved murder of an aspiring actress and college student in California. The case features a Hollywood director and even touches on religion and Internet companies. 

I’m not even sure where to start my praise for this book. The main character, Laurie, was a very relatable and likable person. She had flaws an baggage like any real person would. She was strong and smart. She was in television but was not the typical power driven, step on the little guy kind of character you usually see in that kind of position. She had grace, class, and standards. All of that was much like the girl whose murder she was looking into. They provide you with multiple suspects that are for great twists. Each character is handled well and given a true purpose to the story. The chapters are relatively short, which made it easy for me to read with my crazy schedule. The voices of the authors blended very well and I was unable to put it down. I highly recommend this book to any mystery lover and cannot wait to go pick up the second on in the series. 

Measuring and weighing day

Today my personal training started off a bit different. We keep forgetting to do the weighing and measuring days but we caught up today. I haven’t lost any weight, which is actually okay with me. I have, however, lost inches! There was an inch here and an inch and a half there but the total was 7.5 inches lost! I am super happy with the progress so far. I can even see some muscle definition coming out in my arms and legs. 

I ran yesterday but did not get in the mileage or time I wanted because of this weird toe pain. I did a mile but it hurt pretty bad as I ran so I had to come back in. I’m still not sure what is causing it and it’s worrying me. I hope it is gone tomorrow when I’m scheduled for my long run. I’m hoping to add some mileage over the weekend to make up for what I haven’t been able to do. 

Hot Chocolate 15K 

  
This year has just flown by. It seems like I just registered for this race and I’m already writing a recap. I don’t have many family members that run or really support/understand my running. Hubby is the only one that comes to races or really gets involved so it was nice to be invited by hubby’s cousin to run with her. Besides that, how can you possibly say no to a race that’s all about chocolate?

  
We drove up (about a 4 hour drive from where we live) and hit the expo together. Their kids loved it too since there was chocolate everywhere in the expo. They had hot chocolate and marshmellows dipped in chocolate. It was like heaven for this girl. The expo was organized pretty well and they had some really cute things to buy that were all about chocolate. 

The swag bag was amazing! We got our bibs and goodie bag. Instead of shirts they gave out zip up jackets and they were embroidered with the city we ran in. They also had a code you could use to get a free buff band (my favorite headbands!!) ! I sprung for a a cute purple tech shirt that says I run for chocolate

Race day same quick and the weather sort of cooperated. We were worried about thunderstorms. It was about 60 degrees and  raining the whole way. We got there a bit early and my jitters were going. We hit the porta pootties and then took prerace pics around the area. 

  
This one is my favorite!

This race was huge! It was tough to get into the corrals because there were so many people. It was my first ever experience with a wave start. I’ll admit that it threw me a bit when I saw the time at the mile markers. I started off with my cousin and I kept up pretty well at first. I fell behind a bit after a while, though. She’s an awesome beast of a runner and I had already told her I was fine if she needed to take off at any point. I kept her in my sights most of the way. 

I hit the 10 k point just a few minutes behind her and right about at my last PR. I kept an 11:30 ish pace for most of the race. Then came the last two miles. Whoever planned this race course was a bit mean. The last two miles were all hills. You finished one hill only to be at the  start of another one. Turn a corner and there’s another hill. 

I finished about 10 minutes behind my cousin. I finished the race with a time of 1:52 and I am happy with that! I had to walk a little and my knee had some tugging in the midst of those hills. I do know that I feel ten times stronger than I was. The only negative I have is that I have this weird toe pain. 

The aid stations were all stocked with fun goodies. They had marshmellows, chocolate chips, and m&ms. The marshmellows were fine for me but I regretted the M&Ms. The finisher’s mug was great too and the pictures were free to download! 

   
    
 I have to say, I loved this race!  The swag is awesome. The race was excellent and the finisher’s mug totally makes running 9.3 miles worth it. 

   
 
If you have the chance to do a Hot Chocolate series race, do it! 

2 Days Until Race Day

I have been working out and running this week. I ran Sunday and Tuesday. I have been working out with Mallorye 3 days a week. I took Thursday off but I am going to be running 9 miles This Sunday instead of the scheduled 7.

I am running that mileage because I’ll be racing! Lesa and I will be running the Hot Chocolate 15k on Sunday and I can’t wait. Tomorrow hubby and I will be driving to St. Louis to meet up with Lesa and hit the expo. There will be shopping and hanging out ending with a fun run with a family member.

I’ll do my best to get a post up about the race!

Personal training and Utter laziness

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My personal training is still on point! It hasn’t gotten boring and I’m totally sticking to it since there is someone waiting on me to be there. I love my trainer, she’s incredible. She mixes things up for me, which keeps it fresh. It’s challenging but doesn’t feel like horrible work because we can girl talk throughout. When I can breathe, that is.

Its almost been a month since I started and I don’t want to stop. I can already see results from what we have done so far. My arms are getting toned and even my husband and trainer both said they could see differences in my shoulders/back. I get measured and weighed on Monday (I think) So I will be sure to post what I find out!

I haven’t been on my posting game lately and I am trying to improve that. I am sad to say that not much running has been done this week. I ran 1.5 miles on Tuesday and haven’t run since. I really, really hate cold weather and right now the frost makes it look like it snowed every morning. I will be running tomorrow and Sunday. Next weekend is the St. Louis Hot Chocolate 15k that my cousin and I are doing together. (Well, my husband’s cousin’s wife but I consider her my cousin.) Guys seriously, post some rude things if I don’t get my butt in gear. I give you permission to make me cry lol. I need to find the mojo I had in the warmer weather!

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I added the last pic because I really want to be able to do those freaking things! I’m still doing assisted pull ups now!

How is everyone else doing? Any tips for getting motivated for running during the cold weather?

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