Chicago Marathon TRACKING is up and running!

Follow the link below for the ‘how-to’ information to track us during the 2015 Chicago Marathon…5 days away! :) OR simply text 16402 to 38909.  16402 is my bib number.  This will give you my information. For others, simply put in their names.  Race start time is 7:30 a.m. central time…8:30 a.m. eastern time.  You can also download the Chicago Marathon App which will allow you to do the same.


This tracker is accountability for me…I know every time I cross over a timing mat that my splits are sent to my prayer warriors.  It truly helps me stay connected to each of you the whole 26.2 miles.  So in advance – THANKS for a being a vital part of the journey and soon a VITAL part of the finish.  As Ephesians 1.15-16 says:

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Running blessed and thankful!



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Ready or not…here we come! Chi Town Bound!

Last week was our last official week of training.  Taper begins tomorrow…yay! It was a successful week for me.  I felt good on all my runs and feel READY! I had some fun runs…most of them this last week involved rain.  We are like the postmen/women – no matter what the weather we run. :)


Here are my rain-soaked donkeys and I was a drowned rat most runs…but that is what memories are made of. :)

Run #1 – 6 x 600 with 400m rest – comparable to past 600s.  Some better some not…but overall consistent and felt good.  It was one of the sunny runs of the week. 







Run #2 – Ladder – 4 x 200 w/ 1:30 rest; 3 x 400 w/ 1:30 rest; 2 x 1000s w/ 3:00 rest – WET!!!

200s – :44, :45, :44, :43  – consistent and GOOD

400s – 1:37; 1:37; 1:43 – consistent again…:)

1000s – 4:22 and 4:26 – HARD but done! :)


Ladders – THUMBS down!

Run #3 – 18 miler  2:47:59 – 9:20 pace – I knew I needed a change of pace and scenery to mentally get this run done.  I decided to go to Cleveland and try out their greenway.  I knew I would be able to get around 9-10 there and then would have to double back at times.  I was willing to do that because I needed to be able to run and not know how much more I had to go because I knew the landmarks.

When I woke up Saturday, after sleeping in,  it was pouring down rain. :(  Yoli called and invited me to run with them.  I hadn’t been up long and couldn’t get it all together to meet up with them.  I debated staying closer to home but then decided to stick with the original plan.  I drove to Cleveland and I am sooooo glad I did.

The run was supposed to be a time trial but considering the rain wouldn’t go away and I had to do some trail and river running…I was pleased with my time! This was a fun run believe it or not.  I listened to Pandora and sang along as I ran in the rain. I loved to play in the rain as a child and I was reliving those memories.  God sent song after song about being there in the storm or hurricane…there were numerous songs about rain…it was humorous at times but also I viewed it as a blessing for my soul.  He was showing me He will get me through what He started!  I was soaked when I was done…but it was fun!

At one point, I ran by a prayer garden.  I ran to it and stopped.  It was a blessing in the rain as well.  I prayed for the girls. I prayed for our trip. I prayed for our run.  I prayed we would run well, finish strong and glorify Him in all we do.  As I keep stating, He is the reason we run and He has brought us this far…He will help us through to the finish line.  We are excited!!!

Run #4 –  10k – Today, I still had my 10k left.  My thinking was the hay is in the barn…I don’t need the run. ;)  About that time, Yoli text me and asked if I had run yet.  Of course, I had not.  She made me do it…:)   I am glad I did because it was a great run on tired legs. I am ready.



DONE with official training….LET THE TAPER BEGIN!!!!

We have been working hard and we are all ready for Chicago. It has been a fun journey with amazing friends and an awesome coach.  Four of us will conquer Chi Town together – Iron sharpening Iron….Proverbs 27.17 – As iron sharpens iron,  so a friend sharpens a friend.  We will all start in different corrals and run our own race.  He has prepared the way and we will travel the streets of Chicago taking it all in. My prayer is for safety, strength and endurance.  

Later in the week I will post information on how to track our run, if you are interested.  I ask that as we finish this week of tapering you will join us in praying that we glorify Him with every move and every step….pray for safe travel…pray for a safe and strong run finishing the race He set out for each of us!


Hebrews 12.1 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Exodus 23.20 

 “See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.


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2 weeks of training to report and 2 weeks of training to go…oh no! :)

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The last two weeks have been fast and furious.  So fast and furious I did not blog about the previous week’s training…oops! Here is what the last two week’s looked like:

Run #1 – Ladder – 2 x 200 rest 90 seconds, 3 x 400 rest 90 seconds, 4 x 1000 rest 90 seconds

200 – :46; :48

400 – 1:32; 1:32; 1:36

1000 – 4:19; 4:18; 4:27; 4:34 – first two great…last two – not so sure. :)

Run #2 – 8 x 600s repeats with 300m recovery

2:17; 2:20; 2:28; 2:25 – going counter-clockwise around track

2:52; 2:58; 2:55; 2:56 – switched directions and had a slight incline

I learned a lot with this run. The first half was done one direction and the second the other.  I turn to the right easier than I do the left. :)  I was really surprised on the difference in my time. I did have my fastest 200 ever! Yay!

Run #3 – 30k Citytrail race – GREAT FUN!

2:51:21 – 16.64 miles through Chattanooga!  This was an amazing race through Engel Stadium, McKenzie Arena, Lookout Stadium, around the National Cemetery, Downtown Chatt and through Stringer’s Ridge as well as many other cool areas of Chattanooga.  I loved every minute of it except for two…when I hit the ground  two times! I was not going to let me the race get me.  I was going to get the race.  I felt GREAT! I loved it! It was hard but it was done and done well.  We all ran it well and we proved we are ready!!! Yes, we are!

Run #4 – 2 5ks with 10 minute rest

These were not the best. My legs were tired from day before and we had a crazy run or two.  We chose to run later on a Sunday evening.  Darkness caught up with us and we were on a new trail in Soddy.  After the first 5k we chose to go to the roads.  We had a dog chase us and we chose to move our cars out of the dark parking area after finishing 1 mile and we finished the last 2 miles elsewhere. My times reflected tired legs, trail running and craziness. :)  Both were around 28 minutes….fun!

This past WEEK!

Run #1 – another ladder:  3 x 200 rest 90 seconds, 3 x 400 rest 90 seconds, 4 x 1000 rest 90 seconds

This ladder started with 3 x 200 but my watch didn’t update the 2 to 3 so on the 3rd was an all out 400 meters…oh boy, it hurt. :) I did make up the 200 at the end.  The cool thing was that all of my 200s were the same time…even with the last one being the REAL last run.

3 x 200s – :47

3 x 400s – 1:38; 1:42; 1:44

4 x 1000s – 4:34; 4:44; 4:50

This week worth of ladders were not so good compared to last week….hmmmm….rest needed. :)

Due to my crazy schedule last week I had to wait and do my last three runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday….fun! Rest happened beforehand…

Run #2 – (really 3 runs) – 3 5ks in one day…Friday 

1st 2 5ks – identical time – 24:09 – different routes and after school – felt great! Weather was ideal!!!

3rd 5k – 23:19 – Funky Monkey 5k Glow Run – I ran this great YMCA race at 8:00 p.m. with several students and friends.  Felt awesome.  I was 3rd overall female and 4th overall.  GREAT run!

Run #3 – 10k Raccoon Mountain Road Race – Tough race! Rain, wind and hills…did I say hills???? 

50:12 – VERY pleased with this time due to the fact I had run 3 5ks the day before with one of them being a race.  It was also a very challenging race…fun, but challenging! I won my age group! Yay!  Two medals in two days!

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Run #4 – 15 miles – 2:14:06 – 8:56 pace – VERY PLEASED!!!!!

I was supposed to run this at 80% of 13.1 pace – DONE and some!  After 2 days of racing and 15.5 miles on my legs in 2 days…I am so pumped about this run. I am ready for Chicago.  This weekend proved that to me! #ready  After the 15 miler I volunteered at Ironman Chattanooga.  Wow! If that wasn’t the inspiration I needed to finish Chicago strong I don’t know what is….



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We were there in support of our awesome running coach – Matt.  He finished strong and did an amazing job.  He finished in 13 hours and 30 minutes.  13 hours and 30 minutes…can you imagine?? NO! Wow is all I can say! WOW!  He is an IRONMAN for sure…we knew it beforehand…but now he has the real title.


Then the next day I woke up to this text:


No pressure! ;) Just kidding…just so very thankful for GREAT coaching and encouragement from one who is willing to put the work in it as well and coach by example! We are so ready!

One more week of true training and then on to the taper.  We have this! God’s timing is awesome…He has led me on this journey with ups and downs for a reason.  He has placed every run on the day it was supposed to be and He has allowed me to use my training to prepare me for more than Chicago – but for life. Love it!

Today when I got home this was in the mail:


IT IS REAL!!! Bib # 16402 – I can do this! I will do this! I am READY to do this! :)  We are ready!

Habakkuk 2:3 

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Isaiah 40:31 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 27:14 

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!


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28 days and counting…we are oh, so close!

This week was another UP week. Yay! I truly am learning the value of rest.  We get so caught up in the fact that we have to move to improve and forget our bodies need time to repair and recuperate.  It has made a huge difference in my mental state. Last night this article was posted on Facebook:

It is about the mental aspect of training.  I know the last two weeks have helped me get back in the grove mentally.  Mike asked me the other night if I was confident again and I said yes.  Our minds are powerful.  For the next 28 days my goal is to mentally prepare and be ready come October 11.  I will be!

Run #1 – 4 5ks – 2 in the morning with 10 minute rest/2 in the evening @ 90% of morning pace with 10 minute rest in between – The first run of the week should have been my last but I was already scheduled to run the FCA 5k so I adjusted my runs.  This run was 4 5ks in one day.  The first two 5ks were to be run all out and the last two at 90% the morning pace.  I knew all out wouldn’t be a problem on 5k number one because it was a race. :)  The FCA 5k holds a special place in my heart. It is the first local run I actually placed in years ago.  This is when I got the competitive bug. :)  Here are my stats for all 4 5ks – I ran the first two in the morning with a 10 minute rest between them.  I ran the 2nd 2 in the evening with a 10 minute rest.  I had a watch malfunction on the second one so thankfully I had mapmyrun on. :)  This run was a HUGE mental YAHOOOOOO for me! I was dreading it but felt GREAT once they were over.  This Labor Day was  a great day full of running, full of family and full of fun.  RUN #1 = DONE!!

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FCA 5k                                        5k #2                                     5k   #3                                     5k  #4

Here are the photos from the last 2 5ks – can you tell they were fun?  I felt really good and confident once I finished these.  I didn’t PR in my race but was one second shy of it. :)  I also took first place in my age group…so happy! Then I was able to follow it up with the next 3 runs at a decent paces – I was thrilled.  AWESOME mental run for me!

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Run #2 – 8 x 400m with 300m recovery – I was going to do this one Tuesday after the 4 5ks on Monday but my legs said NO! :)  Imagine that! So, I waited until Wednesday morning. Yoli had the same run and met me out there. It was nice to have company.

1 – 1:35

2 – 1:31

3 – 1:34

4 – 1:36

5 – 1:33

6 – 1:34

7 – 1:37

8 – 1:33

On Tuesday I did do a CrossFit workout that had 400m repeats, wall balls and box jumps.  I asked Matt if I could count that as my 400s and he said only if they were under 1:30…I said “‘yeah, right’…after wall balls and box jumps-not happening.” ;)


Run #3 – 10 x 50m repeats with 45 second rest – Fast, hard and done!

1 – .11 seconds

2 – .10 seconds

3 – .10 seconds

4 – .10 seconds

5 – .11 seconds

6 – .10 seconds

7 – .11 seconds

8 – .11 seconds

9 – .10 seconds

10 – .9 seconds

Pretty pleased. :) Last one was fastest and stayed consistent.  Overall good short run! :)

Run #4 – 10k at 80% 10k pace –  I approached this 80% run by just running at a pace I feel is less than my all out because my watch beeping at me all the time while I am in or out of pace drives me CRAZY.  Matt met me to watch my form and make sure I wasn’t letting any bad habits sneak in. :)  It was a great run. He said my form is good. He didn’t see any heel striking….YAY! This was such a problem before. It is amazing what skill training and good form will do for you! Efficiency is good. Here were my splits – another watch malfunction so it is with mapmyrun again.


I ran this one faster than my last 10k race.  That race was hilly though and today was flat.  It is hard to not go all out when you know someone is watching.  My first mile was fast and the 5th one.  Why the 5th? Because Matt ran that one with me…:)  I ran the last 1.2 on my own.  I did better that 80% of my 10k pace but that is okay…again, I needed it.

My legs are not what hurt today – it was my shoulders.  I subbed for our CrossFit League last night and my shoulders took a beating. :)  My arms hurt the entire 6.2 miles.  I also did a number on my back with kettlebell swings last night…my form was bad and I can feel it today. :(


The League was fun but now for the next four weeks – nothing extra. It is GO time! Running is the priority!  I will CF 2x a week and run 4.  I will approach the marathon start line with confidence – Godconfidence….knowing He will finish what he started.

Philippians 1.6

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.”

1 Corinthians 9.24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Running Blessed – 28 days out! :)

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35 : 20 : 37 : 17 remaining….Chicago, we are coming!

We finished week 8 of our training today! Whew- I can not believe we have 8 weeks under our belts.  Crazy! That means one thing – we are almost there! OH MY!:)  We are 35 days away…35 days! That is it!

Well, how is it going now? As you know this training has been UP and DOWN.  This week was an UP week…YAY! I need some consistent runs and I feel like I am getting them.  My food intake is getting better…I am listening to my body and resting when I feel like I can’t go any more. This week I ran 4x and only did CrossFit 2xs.  I know CrossFit is making me a better runner so I won’t remove it…but some days I am just plain tired and need to sleep.  This week I listened to my body and did just that – rested.  It paid off! Here are my runs for the week:

1st Run – 5 miles @ 85% 10k pace

This run was done without my watch beeping at me.  My watch died overnight while trying to update.  I noticed it as soon as I woke up and was able to charge it for 15 minutes.  I was hoping and praying it would record the whole run once I started.  I decided not to use the interval feature and just run.  I did and I am so glad because I had a great run!

Mile 1 – 820

Mile 2 – 821

Mile 3 – 813

Mile 4 – 827

Mile 5 – 822

It was so nice to feel good again. :) It was a dark run with the moon lighting the way.  It was a glorious morning!


2nd Run – 5 x 1000 meter repeats with 500 meter recovery – the one on the left is this week…right, last week! Consistency is what we are looking for and this week was much better. Yay! Great feeling once again!!!

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Done in the dark once again…lit up like a Christmas tree just in case. Can you see me?


Run 3 – Tabata runs…Yay! There is a love/hate relationship with Tabata runs…20 seconds on and 10 seconds off for 4 minutes. NO big deal! No, really no big deal.  Yeah right…they are hard.  This time I had a convertible stop while I was finishing up the 4th of 8 and ask me to race.  Really? I am dying here and you waste my 10 second rest making me talk.  Go Figure! People. :)  Just kidding…but really, I don’t want to talk when I only have 10 seconds to catch my breath!

I covered .05 miles in all but one of the 8 tabatas….on the odd one I covered .06. :)  Fun quick run and done! I did it in the heat of the day…so I should say fun in the sun! ;)


Run 4 – 13.1 time trial – I was really anxious about this one.  Mentally I have a hard time replicating race day on my own.  Time trials are hard.  So I made a plan to run with Yoli and Deirde and try to keep up or keep them in my view.  They had to run around the pace of my best half marathon.  I was successful for the first 4-5 miles.  I was far enough back I was alone yet together…but I needed music.  I stopped to turn on my music(I am not coordinated enough to do it while I was running.)  And off they went…:) I caught up with them as they were refueling.  They had 20 miles to my 13.  It was good to chase them on the first half.  Then, I turned around and headed back.  I felt pretty good.  I decided to take the last half one mile at a time.  I am thrilled with my run.  My half PR is 1:48:34 and today’s time was 1:52:22.  This was only 3 minutes 46 slower than my PR – so for not being a race day – I am thrilled. :)


Refueling and Re-energizing – I came home and was ready to eat…pet my precious donkey and watch some college football.  Go Hogs Go!


God has blessed this week immensely.  I chose to back off on the CrossFit and rest more. It worked.  I made sure I had enough fuel the day before and the day of…all of this is helping.  We only have 35 days left! We can and will finish what He has put before us!! Thank you for joining me on this journey! Running Blessed!!!

Deuteronomy 31. 8 

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

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Strong ENOUGH!

I guess last Sunday’s run really did me in because I didn’t post my weekly blog. So here are last week’s runs and this week’s in one blog. :)  Week before last was okay until the long run and once again the wheels fell off.  Now granted, I did A LOT on Saturday the day before my 15 miler.  I should have known it would be a tough run based on that alone. But, I got it done.

Here is how the run’s panned out:

Week of August 18:

Run 1 – 8 X 400s









Run 2 – Tabata run – 20 second hard effort with 10 second rest – 8 times! This is only 4 minutes of work – but OH, SO HARD!

Distance covered:

1 – .06

2 – .06

Intervals 3 – 8  .05

Run 3 – 10k Race – 51:15 – Hard race! This was the Superhero Make-A-Wish 5k/10k at Volkswagen Enterprise South.  The race had special meaning due to the fact it was for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  My nephew Connor was a recipient of Make-A-Wish’s generosity during his treatment for Aplastic Anemia.  He was able to enjoy an amazing trip to Disney World with his family.  Two of my running angels in the photo below also received Make-A-Wish’s generosity when their son battled cancer. This foundation does great things for families in great need.  We were honored to be a part of this run. This is a tough place to run due to the hills!  It was not a PR run at all but I felt really good due to the hills!  It was a tough course but I ran well and won my age group! Yay!  (Elevation gain: 406 ft; Elevation loss: 428 ft.)

1 – 8:07

2 – 8:07

3 – 8:10

4 – 8:34

5 – 9:01

6 – 7:39

.24 – 1:35

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After this run I went to an amazing CrossFit community-wide WOD. #noogastrong was put together to benefit the families of the five military members who lost their lives on July 16, 2015 here in Chattanooga.  This was an amazing experience. Any pain I felt melted away as I thought about what these families are going through.

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The best thing about this day was not my win or my WOD – it was that our precious mini-donkeys had a BABY! I came home to play with Cabela.  He was most likely born after I left the house for the SuperHero Run.

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Run 4 – 15 miles – YUCK!  This run was miserable.  I will say it again…miserable.  I ran in my next of the woods and thought that would be good. Not so much.  It had been raining all morning, so I waited until after church.  I was hoping for a sprinkle.  Instead I got full sun….and heat. :)  I pushed through the first half and then fell apart on the back half.  I turned my watch to the run/walk mode in an attempt to make it back to my car in one piece. :)  I did!  But, it was ugly once again….but, again I finished. I wasn’t as upset with this one as I was the last one.  I just chalked it up to knowing I had pushed past my limits.  It was okay. I had a peace about it.  When I got home I text my coach and told him how I felt. He has programmed us very aggressively.  Knowing that, I asked him to dial it down a bit for me the next week.  I was losing the joy/fun and I don’t want to do that.  He told me he figured my 15 would be tougher because of my race and WOD.  He was right. I am learning from every run. I need to listen to my body and be wise.  I know I am physically giving all I can and because of this was not too upset with the wheels flattening on this run.  I knew I had another week ahead of me…and I did….a good one.

1- 9:24

2 – 9:02

3- 9:05

4- 9:11

5- 8:48

6- 9:04

7- 9:28

8 – 9:06

9 – 10:48

10- 9:54

11- 10:23

12- 12:34 – started run/walk

13- 12::15

14- 11:46

15- 10:22

Week of August 23 – a good week. I needed this. Matt dialed it down for me as requested this week. He programmed 2 rest days, 3 CrossFit days and 3 run days as opposed to 4 CF days and 4 run days.

Run 1 – 6 x 600s -HAPPY about this one!  We are always trying to keep the times as close as possible on each interval.  This is the first time I have had over 2 the same time…let alone 4 of them. :)





2:43 – went off trail – car coming – took some time off!


Run 2 – 5 x 1000s – did after school.  Morning runs are cooler and easier for me.  I had to make myself get out there…but I did and overall felt pretty good.

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Run 3 – 12 miles – Went into this run needing a good one.  I have had 2 of my worst long runs ever the last 2 weeks and SOO needed a decent one.  I got it.  I prayed that I would be able to finish strong and He provided.  I had an easier week this week – more rest and less running.  It helped.  My goal going in was to try to keep my pace under a 9:00 minute mile AND not stomp, walk or cry the second half. ;)  I did it! I felt good. I was able to push when I was tired and my body responded.  Most importantly my mind responded. God gave me peace through song.  Strong Enough by Matthew West played and I realized I am not strong enough but HE is and with Him I am!

Mile 1 – Warm-up – 9:46

next .45 mile – 9:29 – reset watch here

11 Miles:

1 – 8:55

2 – 8:59

3 – 8:51

4 – 8:56

5 – 9:09

6 – 8:47

7 – 8:55

8 – 8:54

9 – 8:40

10 – 8:53

11 – 8:41

I did it without the wheels falling off and my goal was to stay under 9.  I did that! Yay! I needed this run!  As I was on my way back I passed the memorial for the 5 military members who lost their lives.  I chose to run on the road and not the trail next to the National Guard facility.  This was a great choice because as I came around the corner I noticed 5 American Flags they have placed on the railing of the riverwalk path.  They look awesome! What a great tribute.  This morning was one I needed and one where God provided.  He provided a beautiful moon and then a glorious sunrise.  He provided running angels in front of me and behind me.  Though we didn’t run together I knew they were there.  Philippians 4.13 kept coming to my mind:  13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  HE DID! He made me strong enough!


“Strong Enough”

You must
You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through

Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be
everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe
Maybe that’s the point
To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I’m finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that’s when I start looking up
And reaching out

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

Cause I’m broken
Down to nothing
But I’m still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and you are strong
When I am weak

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

Oh, yeah

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
Strong enough

Now to be able to run effortlessly as my new baby, Cablea…

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When the wheels fall off….

This week was a rough one. I had to run alone and early, so my days got moved all around.  I got sick on Thursday. I pushed through Friday and Saturday but didn’t get my 4th run – a 10k in on Sunday. I opted to rest. I did get the long run – the 10 miler in…but it wasn’t pretty.  Here is how this week looked:
Tuesday:  5 x 1000m: I felt pretty good on this one…I had to run alone this week.  I don’t mind running alone at all but running early when it is eery dark outside…is hard at times.  Today, I was welcomed by a Hamilton County Sheriff sitting in the parking lot where I ran.  He/she was there for more than half of the time I was out running.  I felt safe. :) God provided.  This was also one of the mornings of the meteor shower.  I was able to see a couple of beautiful falling stars.  I would have missed God’s splendor if I had stayed in bed.  For those of you that know me, know, the only way I would see a meteor shower would be in the morning…I turn into a pumpkin between 9:00 -9:30 p.m. ;)
1 – 4:30
2 – 4:35
3 – 4:39
4 – 4:27
5 – 4:33

Friday: 4 – 1 mile repeats: not feeling well…but pushed through – not very consistent here.  I started feeling sick on Thursday. Welcome back to school! Being around our precious children come with many germs…and I got them. I started feeling poorly after telling my students all week that one of the benefits of being physically active and healthy is a healthier immune system…that helps you fight off sickness.  So much for that working this going around! ;) LOL!

I was able to get the first one out okay…but after that I progressively got slower. I know it was my lack of energy.  I still kept them under 8 but I definitely want to be more consist with each repeat.
1 – 7:06
2 – 7:19
3 – 7:33
4 – 7:46

Saturday: 10 miler at 85% – The 1st 5 miles I was able to keep pace and then the wheels fell off. I haven’t had a run feel this bad in a very long time. I finished but I walked a lot the second half.  I hurt all over.  I got mad…I cried…I just felt miserable.  I really hoped my friends would get in their car and come get me.  We ran 5 miles out so I had to make it back. There were times I felt like I truly wasn’t going to make it.  God provided several songs that gave me hope and momentum to finish. Strong Enough  by Matthew West – through HIM I was strong enough to keep putting one foot in front of the other and finish.  You Deliver Me  by Selah – He truly delivered me on this run.  His perfect timing with these songs and others kept me going.  The last mile I was cooling down.  With a quarter-mile to go my sweet friend Gina met me and ran me in.  When I saw her my emotions let go.  I was feeling cruddy…my body hurt and I had been unable to accomplish my goal pace.  She wrapped me up in a hug and said you have been working your tail off and it is okay to have a bad run.  She reminded me I had finished and got it done.   God nudged her to meet me because I so needed it.  Thanks sweet friend!
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

First 1.5 (I reset watch to do mile repeats after the first 1.5 miles) – 8:27
2 – 8:30
3 – 8:31
4 – 8:34
5 – 8:44
6 – 9:31
7 – 10:25
8 – 9:43
9 – 10:35
10 -10:29 – saved by an angel.

When I got done, all of my running buddies were waiting(because they had already finished…;)).  We are so blessed to have an awesome group of friends who love the Lord and one another.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one friend sharpens another.

After our 10 miler we had one more run.  No, I shouldn’t have done it let alone run the 10 miles.  But, we are a team and we were running the Mud Run as the Nutty Muddy Buddies.  We are a bunch of nuts for sure.  So, off we went to conquer mud, ice and obstacles.  We had a great time and my day of running was redeemed.  We ran as a non-competitive team and did really well for just having fun. We were 6th out of 198 teams.  We would have been 26th out of 87 competitive teams if we had competed.  We were thrilled considering all of us had run 7+ miles before the 3.1 Mud Run.

The Mud Run helped me put it all in perspective.  We are going to have good days and bad. They come together….like the ups and downs of the obstacles in the mud run.  After the ice pit, I was frozen and didn’t want to go on…but my team was waiting on me and I had to move….even though my toes were numb.  Scaling the walls were impossible without help…we had to lift each other up!
1 Thessalonians 5.11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

In the smoke house obstacle, we could not see.  The voices of our teammates guiding and directing us to the light and the exit gave us the strength to move forward.  We affirmed each other and trusted one another through it all.  As I heard their voices, I knew they weren’t going to lead me astray.  It reminded me of when I call out to God.  He is my strength.  I so needed this on this day! I brought up the rear most of the run…but that was okay.  They were all leading me through and we were in it together.
Psalm 138.3
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

We finished as one team.  We were able to have FUN and do well – together.  We are all training for Chicago individually…but we are in it as a team.  We celebrate each other’s victories and we help each other with our defeats.  I know good days come with bad. I am so blessed to have others who stand by my side through the thick and thin…no matter how dirty it may get. ;)

Hoping for more good this week.


This week was a week for me to stop in my tracks and reevaluate where I am.  I am on the right track…I just have to learn to slow down every now and then. :)

Jeremiah 2.25a

“Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?

Scriptures that give me hope and encouragement in times of sickness and doubt!

Matthew 19:26 

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

2 Corinthians 4:16 

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

Philippians 4:13 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


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When I run…LEAD me…

This week we had a ‘recovery’ week with only 3 days of runs(though one day had 3 runs in that day!) We are only on week 4, but it was time for a little rest. Emphasis on LITTLE! :)  We are running hard, quality runs…so a little recovery and rest was in order.  As I am typing this I just realized we are almost 1/3 of the way through our training…WOW! Only 9 weeks left! Can I say it again? WOW!

Here is out it all panned out:

Run 1 – 8 x 400s – Tuesday
Felt pretty good.  I still need to work on consistency.  I was able to start faster than I have in the past couple of weeks.  I did correct that…now to keep them closer to each other time wise.  We have a great space to run early in the morning.  It is even better now that they have repaved it. It always helps knowing Yoli is meeting me and suffering with me. ;) In fact, all four of us who are training for Chicago were running together, separately…virtual partners.  It sure does help knowing they are out there! Iron Sharpens Iron! i2
Proverbs 27.17  
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.


Run 1 – done early a.m. – We like to get it over with!

Run 2 – scheduled 5 mile run – Saturday – substituted with 8k Missionary Ridge Road Race – 37:15 – average pace 7:51 (on Garmin)
1 – 7:34
2 – 7:43
3 – 7:46
4 – 8:21
.74 – 5:51 (7:55 pace)
This was my first time running this race.  I am so glad I did. It was a tough rolling hill course.  I was thankful for my training 400/800 meter repeats because that is what I felt like I was doing…struggling up hill and recovery down hill – repeat.  It paid off! I did not PR this distance but I did come in 2nd in my age group.  I didn’t look at my watch throughout the whole race and just ran on feel.  Race day is magic.  I produce so much better on race day than in training…that gives me hope. I also had the awesome privilege of running in a newer running friend I met through another running friend.  She calls us running family! I am so thankful for my running family…they get me through when I don’t want to do it myself.  Great run Jessica! It was fun spending my Saturday with you!

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Run 2– Missionary Ridge Road Race – It was a beautiful morning for a run. Cooler temperatures and gorgeous views.
Run 3 – 3 5ks –  Sunday
1st 5k: 25:29 (6:45a.m.)


Rested 10 minutes…
2nd 5k: 25:13
3rd 5k : 24:44 (1:30p.m.) HOT but best. :)
The first two 5ks were done early in the cooler weather.  Yoli was kind enough to come support me and run some with me so I would not be out there alone. She is SO good! I couldn’t ask for better.  I was a little nervous about these runs.  I tweaked my back on Thursday and rested Thursday and Friday. I was registered for the race yesterday and made myself do it…I am glad I did. :)  So today I was worried it might be too much…but it wasn’t.  It was the confidence builder run I needed for the week.  My first run was okay.  My second run was better and the 3rd was the best.  I was thrilled with my negative splits and SHOCKED I could do it in the heat. I so needed this day…the one I dreaded…to be so good.
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Run 5k x 3 in one day
God continues to remind me that He is in this and I can do it with His strength.  Rebecca St. James song Shine Your Glory Down came on as I was running the last one…she starts with “When I run, lead me!”  This is so my prayer! Here’s to another successful week…
Week 5 I am ready…When I run, lead me!
Psalm 25.5
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

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August 9, 2015 · 9:32 pm

Week 3 – Marathoner in TRAINING…


RUN 1:  8x800s w/ 2 minute rest – Felt okay – hard – need to get more consistent!!!






6-3:57 – don’t know what happened…:)    



RUN 2:  5k @ 80% 10k pace: Best feeling run yet!!
Mile 1 – 8:03
Mile 2-  8:04
Mile 3 – 7:55
.1 – 7:28
RUN 3:  5k @ 85% with 3x400m @ 100% effort in the middle: Hard! :)
Mile 1.12 – 9:10 – average pace 8:12
1st .25 mile – 1.39 minutes
2 minute recovery – .23 miles
2nd .25 mile – 1.42 minutes
2 minute recovery – .21 miles
3rd .25 mile – 1.45 minutes
2 minute recovery – .22 miles
Remainder .77  miles – 9:10
RUN 4:  10K time trial:  51:07 – 8:16 pace w/ 1.98 warm up at 10:21 pace and a time of 20:26 – Not my best at all – PR is 48:07 – but as my coach said…I probably didn’t have a 2 mile warm-up on that one. And as we get faster the times are harder to beat.  I will say I had to make a pit stop half way through and my second half was much faster after the pit stop! :)  We had a BEAUTIFUL moon to run by this day! God’s glory was all around!

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I finally feel like I am making progress.  It was a good week.  God is getting us there one step at a time! He is the reason we run and He will get us through to that finish line!  Here are two scriptures I put on photos to help encourage all of us who are training:



Running Blessed!

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Week 2 – oh how I despised YOU! ;)

My post is a little late because I wanted to forget about last week’s training.  Here is the subject line in the email I sent to my  running coach:

Week 2…YUCK! :)

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These pictures show my real feelings about the whole week.  I am not sure why it was so bad…humidity, heat, fatigue…excuses! LOL! But it was! When I emailed my runs to our coach I felt like a poor student reporting bad test results to my teacher.

I will say I love having goals for every run.  It breaks the monotony and helps with purpose and getting it done…but oh, do they hurt! :)  I sent the girls a text at one point saying, “what doesn’t kill us or make us puke, makes us stronger! Right?”

We decided to tackle the hardest run first…Wow! Here is how that played out:

Run 1 – Tuesday – 8x800m with 600m recovery
400 – dodging ankle biter dog!
Last week’s 800s were better but both workouts were challenging.  One we had rest and the other active recovery.  It does make a difference. We also had a dog nipping at our ankles on the last repeat.  Not so much fun! :)  When we were done…we were done!  We sent this picture to show how we felt about 800m repeats! Deirdre was right there with us – many miles away!
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Run 2 – 6 x 400m repeats with 90 second rest…
We thought going into this one…piece of cake! It is only 400m and only 6 of them.  Well, we were wrong once again! They were tough.  As you can see, I start out slower…I have to work on making it more consistent with the others.

The 3rd run was better…I ran it thinking of the fallen heroes in Chattanooga and the sacrifice they made.  Praying and thinking of others made it much more doable.  I am running. God has blessed me to be able to move.  I need to be thankful for life and the ability to put one foot in front of the other…daily!

Run 3 – 5 miles at 80% 5k pace – goal 807-809 – average 809 
Mile 1: 804
Mile 2: 803
Mile 3: 805
Mile 4: 808
Mile 5: 823 – This mile was hard…I tried to pick it back up and was unsuccessful.  My average was good overall but I really struggled that last mile.



Run 4 – Sunday:  5 miles @ 90% 10k pace – 8:00-8:05 goal – 810 average – yuck!
This was the worst run by far.  I had a really hard time and didn’t keep pace.  All I can say is YUCK!
Mile 1: 801
Mile 2: 805
Mile 3: 808
stopped and walked for about 30 seconds between mile 3 and 4
Mile 4: 812
Mile 5: 821
Tough and brutal!!! But done! Mentally challenging! But done! I was so glad to have others out there with me.  It made me keep going and not quit.  We chose to have a little fun once we finished.

 5 miles @  90% of 10k pace on a bike is NO problem….

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Thankful for friends to suffer with…and grow with!

Proverbs 27.17 ~ As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

This week’s runs showed me that we will have bad runs…we will have good runs….and we will have done runs! And in the middle of it all we can still have fun runs…we can still grow and we can still do more than we thought! All runs were finished and I didn’t regret one of them!!!!

1 Corinthians 1.11-12

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully  12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Galatians 6.9
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
So here’s to week 3….
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