I got this!!!

Even though I have a big trip coming up next weekend (which makes me a bit nervous about getting hurt) I signed up for a 5 mile trail Run this Sunday, June 2nd @ Bogue Chitto Park. Wish me luck!!! It will be my first Q50 race and my farthest “trail” run.

Do your fears ever hold you back?

5mile trail Run June2 2013 Bogue Chitto

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Recognizing when you are in a slump and pushing yourself out of it….

Not sure if it’s the change in season going into summer…..
The stress that my pants are a tad snug and I have a trip coming up in 15 days and counting….
Challenges of life that we all encounter from time to time…..

I recently registered for two more Half Marathons (Louisiana Half 1-19-14 and New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Half 2-2-14) They are within TWO WEEKS of each other!! (EEK!) I have yet to commit to any fall races or even any trail runs for the summer as of yet. I do feel some personal disappointment within myself that I didn’t go for the FULL but Half’s are a good race distance for me and honestly I am not at a point that I can commit to the time required to train for a full plus my cranky IT band is still giving me fits.

Normally I would tell someone else that needs additional motivation to get some new running clothes or change up their playlist. Anything to “freshen it up” a bit but I have everything I need and then some. We as women put so much pressure on ourselves to keep pushing forward and motivating others when they are down that sometimes we don’t realize that sometimes we just need a “breather”. Take the time to step back and recharge. It has been about a month since my last race and there is a trail run coming up on June 2nd that I would like to sign up for but it’s a couple hours away. I am hoping I can find a group going that I can ride with. I do feel that this race would be good for me. Since it’s a trail run I would go into it not as a PR race but one to enjoy the scenery. A good change of pace race (pun intended).

Sometimes you just have to let go of your personal anxiety and tell yourself it’s going to be ok.
Release that tightness in your chest, close your eyes, take a deep breath and BREATHE!!
Do you ever have the slumps? What has gotten you through?

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It’s a bird.. It’s a plane.. It’s SuperGirl!!!

Saturday morning we woke up to thunderstorms at 5:30am for the second morning in a row. Will it clear up in time for this morning’s race at 8am? We had plans to go to Zachary (about an hour away) for the “3rd Annual SuperHero 5k/1mile Fun Run” benefiting American Cancer Society. I checked the FB page and Adonica the event director posted that there should be a break in the weather at the time of the race start so we were a GO! Sure enough on the way there blue skies broke and as my daughter put it “Cotton Candy Clouds”. The sun was shining with a light breeze of 65 degrees approx. Perfection!

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We signed up for the race onsite unsure if Alaina would be running the 1 mile fun run or go for the full 5k. This would be her 10th 5k but her 1st in her Scoliosis back brace she just started wearing. I told her since the weather cleared it was a sign she could do this and lets go for the 5k. She agreed and we were off! This was a small, community race so the kids were up front doing the Fun Run and everyone else filed in behind them. The kids were so cute giving all their effort. Alaina did great. She jogged and walked when she needed too. She practically “flew” to the Finish Line!!

i can fly

Awards were given to the top finishers of the race and afterwards was the costume contest. SURPRISE!!! Alaina got 1st place! (Proud MOM!) This was her first costumed race and she really enjoyed being SuperGirl. In fact she didn’t want to take off the costume when we got home.

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She was beaming with pride which made my heart soar!

Alaina is even featured as #4 on this weeks Women’s Running “Cheer Station: Race Celebration 5/13/13!” http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2013/05/just-for-fun/cheer-station-race-celebration-51313_12807

Just a few more days until the 3rd Annual SuperHero 5k & 1mile Fun Run/Walk!!!

I am looking forward to this since it will be my daughter’s first race since she got her Scoliosis brace. She is managing ok at school. She says the kids stare at her since you can see it poking underneath her shirt. She will be in this brace for about two years so we will have to make the best of it. At least its not a permanent condition and should prevent her from needing surgery in the future.
To keep her spirits up a friend and I are making her a “SuperGirl” outfit for this event which will benefit the American Cancer Society. A cause very dear to my heart since losing my Father last fall.

SuperHero 5k

Sign up today:
http://www.active.com/running/zachary-la/3rd-annual-superhero-5k-and-1-mile-fun-run-2013

I am already looking forward to my post & pictures to follow!!