On Vacation but until then lets play a game “Name my Blog”

For the next week I get to be in Nature. ( Smoky Mountains Tennessee ) =Happy Girl

Tomorrow I will be running the Crescent City Classic 10k with several thousand friends then next week I get to be in Nature. ( Smoky Mountains Tennessee ) =Happy Girl

Yes, I am a Mountains girl over the Beach. I can not wait to a visit a place with my family that has been on my ‘list’ for quite sometime. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. ROAD TRIP!

While I am gone I would like to pick your brain.
Currently my blog is on WordPress and it will stay on WordPress but I would like to secure a domain name to host.

So right now I have it simply as: http://ndeckerrunner.wordpress.com
Since my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is ALL listed as ndeckerrunner I can take off the ‘WordPress’ on the name and simply leave it as http://www.ndeckerrunner.com for ease of searching or I can be a bit more creative.

Two names I have liked for awhile are:
Don’t Think, Just Go (or) A Journey to a Healthier ME
I checked and all three domains are available.

I “think” with WordPress I can still keep all my previous blog posts with the change and the links will auto re-direct. (I am a newbie forgive me and please correct me if I am wrong. This is the main reason I have not made the change already.)

Since you follow my blog I would LOVE your suggestions on the name.
Last question: Would you like to see giveaways, sponsor posts on my blog? or keep it personal as I have it currently?

Thank you!! :)

It’s that time again Crescent City Classic 10k

Per the Experience New Orleans website there are a few changes this year:
• More security and bag checks.
• Every group will start in a fenced-in corral.
• The top 500 fastest men AND women will receive a commemorative print.
• There will be more runners this year than last year. (26k estimated)
• You will see people running for charity.
• More Food Trucks, drinks, music and larger Fun Zone for the kids.

This race started in 1979 with 902 participants, the Crescent City Classic has long been a New Orleans tradition. It was even featured recently in Runner’s World magazine.
Runner's World March 2014 CCC10k
This race course runs you right through the best of New Orleans, including the historical Jackson Square,tree-lined Esplanade Avenue and a finish at the beautiful City Park.
This will be the race’s 36th year and is only getting bigger every year.

Thanks to Eat Fit NOLA’s Fit Find Giveaway of the Week I will be joining the thousands of runners this Saturday morning.

You can read my race recap from last year’s experience here.
It’s not too late to sign up. If you missed online registration you can still sign up at the Expo and join the fun this weekend! For more on this race check out their website.

What races have you ran in New Orleans? Which are your favorite?

Faint of Heart 4 Miler with Forge Racing

An adventure in the woods doesn’t even begin to describe this trail run at Clark Creek in Woodville,MS this past Saturday morning. I promised my daughter and stepkids a fun,challenging,scenic experience for them to get up early so we could make the 90min drive out and the fellas with Forge did not disappoint.
We arrived early to give us plenty of time to prep but all you needed was a water bottle, trail shoes and a good attitude for what is in store. A quick race meeting for the 70+ runners and a unicorn bell led the runners off (along with the trail of skittles on the ground).

Pre-race meeting

Pre-race meeting

This trail has a elevation gain/loss of nearly 2000 feet so the key was definitely to go at your own pace. There would be mud,creeks and plenty of hills to climb that made you feel like a kid again. Along with that was the sound of waterfalls in the distance which kept you pushing forward to find the next one in the distance.
I hung back with my daughter Alaina since this was a very challenging course for her as my older ones took the lead. The course was well marked and led the way well.
Alaina still trucking along.

Alaina still trucking along.

Very scenic course

Very scenic course

In the distance I could hear other runners as everyone was having a good time. It took us right at 2 hours to enjoy the nature filled route. Afterwards there was several choices of homebrew beer to choose from as well as corndogs, chips and a huge Strawberry birthday cake for Bobby one of the racers. Jeffrey Beck with Forge presented the awards for top 3 and gave out some fun raffle prizes then we headed home in desperate need of showers. Fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning.

When was the last time you did a race that made you feel like a kid again?

For more on Forge Racing see their website.
For more pictures and even a video from the race start of this race check them out on Facebook.

Finally got to do a Forge race. (Check) *This pic was "before" the race started because I clearly was not this clean and fresh afterwards lol!)

Finally got to do a Forge race. (Check)
This pic was “before” the race started because I clearly was not this clean and fresh afterwards lol!)

Short and Sweet


I would rather be flawed than viewed as perfection any day of the week.
It’s just not me. Like me for who I am.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers.
I am constantly seeking advice and learning from others but isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing?
I learn from my mistakes in life (and there has been many) and it has made me a stronger person because of it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or you will miss out on part of your journey.


How relay team ‘Tag Your It’ was born #im703Augusta 172 days!

This past weekend I was checking out the posts from the Galveston,TX 70.3 race and I was truly inspired. So much so I put a post on Facebook and much to my surprise it got a ton of feedback quick!!!
When I put it out there I truly felt like the kid in baseball that would be picked for the team last. Would anyone want to be my partner for a relay? SCORE! Several people piped up. I was thrilled beyond words.

Quickly it was between Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, GA on 9-28-14 or Austin, TX on 10-26-14.
I pulled the elevation chart for both races to see how it was for the run and hands down Augusta was MUCH flatter than Austin. For Augusta the bike is rolling hills with views of both Georgia and South Carolina. The swim is down river (fast) and the run is flat with spectators everywhere. Austin is 7 hours away and Augusta is 10 hours away. Which one would we choose?

Larisa Dixon a blogger in Alabama from Zero to Twenty Six Point Two quickly said she would be our swimmer. She was already training for her first solo 70.3 for New Orleans in 2015 so this would be great training for her. She has never done a Triathlon relay but has done a couple running ones and has 9 years experience on a national swim team. Laura Melder from Baton Rouge a runner that I have seen at a few local races quickly chimed in to be our biker. She has a specialized Dolce road bike. Laura has never done a bike race before but she said she would train like a mad woman during the summer so I was sold on her. I am not looking to place at this race since I believe on the IM 70.3 Relays there are no age group awards it is just Top 3 overall. I am just looking for a great experience. A relay has been on my “list” for a while now and what better one to do than at a 70.3 event! Plus I think it would be fun to be part of a team and make some new friends in the process.

After getting a bit more feedback and checking with hubby Augusta was the better fit.
Next, in order to register we had to pick a team captain which Larisa said I could take on so the next task was to pick a team name.
Suggestions I came up with: Scrambled Legs, Tag You’re It, Wind Kickers, Apple Bottomed Dreamers, You had me at Medal, Life is one big transition, Liquid Awesome, Wind at our backs, Team Awesome, Team, Hi my name is,

Everyone liked “Tag Your It” so within minutes it was done. (I like these girls)
The Active website only gave you 15 minutes to register so I had to quickly collect everyones info and on the second attempt our team was created and we were registered!
Next is to research and get tips like crazy (which hello, have you met me I LOVE that part!)
I found information on each leg of the race for Augusta as well as the FAQ for which had info on the Relay.

I have several friends that have done 70.3 events and full Ironmans but none that has done a Relay as of yet so if YOU have any tips please post under comments on this post. Until then I will look online to find race recaps. I find those helpful but of course they all vary based on their own personal experience, location, weather conditions etc.

Coincidentally my friend Jennifer Zenuch posted on her blog Monday (the same day this idea was born) “Do Something that Scares you”. Well I think this qualifies!! Training through the heat of the summer for a race that you have to travel 10 hours for, to a place you have never been, with people you barely know. um yeah!

What have you done lately that was a bit out of your element?

Ironman 70.3 Augusta 172 days! Let the countdown begin! 9-28-14

Let the countdown begin! My 1st Relay Event in 172 days !! Ironman 70.3 Augusta, GA 9-28-14

Next up: FORGE Racing’s Faint of Heart Unicorn 4-miler trail run this Saturday morning in Woodville, MS. It will have an elevation gain and loss of 1700 feet!!! Can you say YIKES!! I am bringing a couple of the kids to this one. They will like the change in scenery (4 waterfalls, creeks, hills) It is going to be scenic and challenging. You can guarantee a recap next week on the blog :)

#RNRLV Viva Las Vegas this November!

Awhile back I won a race entry for Rock ‘n’ Roll USA from Run with Erin unfortunately it was right after I ran my first Full and I was a nursing a cranky IT band. There was no way I was going to be able to run this race. Fortunately I contacted the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series via email and requested a transfer to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas race this November. I was already planning to register when registration opened on April 2nd. I got a quick response and they granted my wish with a promo code for #RNRLV. Happy Day!! I got married in Vegas and always had this race on my bucket list and it looked like 2014 would be my year!!

The morning of April 2nd finally arrived. Would my Promo Code work?
I anxiously entered my info to register for the Half, shirt size, predicted race time of 2:00, promo code, SUCCESS!!!!!!

I am in !!

I am in !!

Let the Countdown begin!!!
Countdown is on until my weekend in Vegas with my buddy Francine

Countdown is on until my weekend in Vegas with my buddy Francine

I know this year it will be an EPIC race. Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon have even been promoting a Kick Off Night 5K Virtual and/or Fun Run where you get a free participant tee! Yes, I have mine coming!!!#LVKickoffNight participanttee

Have you run Vegas? Any tips??

As a bonus since I ran Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans in February I will be getting their Encore medal due to their Heavy Medal program when you run multiple races.

My bonus bling that will come 6-8 weeks  after I run Vegas!

My bonus bling that will come 6-8 weeks after I run Vegas!

Can you tell I am just a little excited?

I think the only thing that could make it sweeter is if I could become a “Rock ‘n’ Blog Ambassador”. Hmmmmmm who do I have to talk too??

Last note: I have an great article up on Baton Rouge Moms today on Ladies Self Defense.
Check it out: http://batonrougemoms.com/ladies-self-defense/

“Don’t be a Victim”

Have a fantastic day I know mine is off to a GREAT start !!!

Work Hard-Train Smart-Play Hard

As I mentioned in my last post I planned to take up my friend Daurie on her offer and take one of her TREAD classes last weekend. Talk about a workout and a half! This is the description of the class: 1 hour small group interval training class with a combination of treadmill based cardio, strength training and Pilates core exercises to provide a total body workout. Trust me when I tell you it is that and then some!
I consider myself to be in shape but this class had me working hard. The instructor is practically teaching two classes at once. The class is limited to 12 students with half on the treadmills and half on the floor with 6 minute intervals and then you switch off. She can have you doing anything from incline on level 20 with a speed of 5 to doing ball planks on the floor. You will WORK! I will be back and possibly arrange something with Baton Rouge Moms to spotlight it since I am a contributor writer and hope to give a chance for a few local moms to come take a class. (Stay tuned)
Last night I went to my second session at Prep Fitness. Jordan put me on a Prep 500 session which was good because I am working on re-learning how to do proper squats, lunges and basic positioning to strengthen my hip flexors and core. It is difficult because you really have to stop and think about each move. Technique is crucial for proper form and I am heavily concentrating on strengthening right now as I am taking a break from long races. I still did a short run before and after class to get my cardio in but I felt pretty good about the session and hoping I progress quickly.

A couple of examples of what I am working on:
Keeping Your Weight in Your Heels for Squats
How to Keep Your Knees Out on Squats
Proper Deadlifts

Developing a stronger core and hip flexors will help me be a stronger runner.
I will still be doing smaller trail/road races that are 6 miles or less but I must get stronger to prevent any more injuries. Work Hard-Train Smart-Play Hard-That is the game plan.

Have you ever had to take a step back from running to get stronger? How did you stay motivated? I think I am going to be signing up for a couple smaller races in April and May to stay on track. Any advice as I am working on Strengthening?
Work Hard-Train Smart-Play Hard