Rest day…

May 10, 2018

Typically Sundays and Thursdays are my rest days…sometimes my routine/schedule gets shifted around but either way, I always make time for a rest day. Your body needs to rest; God designed us that way. As much as I love to run, I also look forward to my rest days.

I usually spend time with God daily, but on my rest days I get to spend extra time, doing extra devotions and I look forward to this too. This is always a way to help me feel refreshed and renewed, in addition to the physical rest.

As I sat on the couch this morning, reading some of the books I read (several are little devotions you read weekly, and I’m done with the 40 days of the Holy Spirit book), it is a beautiful morning and you can hear the birds chirping outside. My husband says to me, ‘I bet you’d rather be out there running, huh?’ No, actually I wouldn’t. Today is devoted to rest and getting more into God’s word, and I like it that way. I need this time! More so even than I need the running! Don’t get me wrong…I love my time running and a lot of that time is my ‘God time’ too; talking with him, offering up prayers, and listening for what he might have to say to me. But rest days are important too! Funny, because the title of my Run For God devotion today was ‘Rest.’

God knows what we need…listen to Him and allow yourself a rest day!

Conquer the hill…

May 5, 2018

I know I haven’t blogged in forever, but life is so busy…spring sports have started and I’m sure so many parents can relate to the busyness of it all and the juggling game we play…and mine are only 5 & 8. It’s just beginning! But it is fun to watch them learn, play, and enjoy their sports and use up the energy they’ve stored from a long winter.

One is participating in soccer, the other t-ball. Both have practice times of 5:30-630. When do these people eat dinner? Either super early or super late…our gig lately, three days a week, is to rush home, make a quick meal, ‘coach’ them that they need to ‘eat faster’ because we need to leave for practice! I know it could be worse, with multiple sports practices or engagements in one evening…well one evening this late week we had a doctor’s appointment, practice, and then church. 😬 I just hate the rush rush rush; by the end of the week I’m exhausted (and my house is a total mess)! But I’m thankful as well!

I’m still sticking to my normal running routine, up before the crack of dawn…I’m sure contributing to the exhaustion, but running helps me to feel my best. I mentioned before, that I have a goal to do a half marathon in about 4 weeks, at which point I’ll be about 20 weeks along. So far it’s going pretty well and I haven’t really strayed at all from my usual runs.

Of all the things that I thought might stop me from running during pregnancy, injury, potential bleeding, exhaustion, not feeling well– I didn’t think bladder issues would be one of them. Not incontinence thankfully! But it’s super annoying to constantly feel like you have to pee while running. I have had to plan out my runs based on where I can go to the bathroom! The early morning Sheetz crew and hospital admissions receptionist should know me well by now- lol. So far I’m making it work but I’m going to have to be mindful of where the port-a-potties are on race day I guess!

I’m also thankful for a patient running partner who doesn’t seem to mind my frequent potty breaks! 😜 I did mention to her the other day though, that I’ve read at this point the baby is the size of an orange and that orange is sitting on my bladder…so it’s no wonder I have to pee all the time while I’m running. I told her it would only be fair that she start carrying some fruit along with her for our runs! Even the playing field a little. 😁

I was thankful for her today, as we ‘conquered the hill’ together this morning…a hill that she said she’d never run again! The struggle up the 3 miles hill with a 1,000 foot elevation gain (something like that) is definitely less painful and almost enjoyable, when you have someone to struggle through it with you! So thanks, Whitney! 😉 (Ps the fact that you said you’d never do this hill again but did gives me hope that you will also do another marathon some day!?)

Anyway, it was a good morning for a run. I was happy with my time for 1. Being prego, 2. Running 11 miles, and 3. Doing ‘the hill’ for the first time this year! But I must admit I’m feeling quite whooped as the day goes on. We’ll see what the next couple weeks bring…

Consistency…

April 8, 2018

One thing that’s not consistent (besides my ability to do blog posts 😜) is the weather! Look at the pictures below, taken 4 days apart…what month is it!?

Wednesday it was a beautiful 55*, raining but so warm. It felt so good to not have to wear the winter hat/ear warmer or gloves! And I’m so thankful for the new running hat I bought for rainy days. It was rainy that morning but just shielding the rain from my face gave me the illusion I was dry! Totally worth the $9.99! 😜 Anyway, we quickly went from normal spring weather for this time of year to 16* this morning…back to bundling up. Brrr. I’m over it. I actually skipped my run yesterday, well postponed till today, because when I woke up st 5:15am as planned, we had 2+ inches of fresh snow on the ground. I grumbled and went on strike, refusing to wear yaktrax in April…I went back to bed! Then unfortunately today I only had time to fit 6 in before church. Better than nothing I guess.

Anyway how ’bout that weather! Hope spring actually shows up to say, soon!

Something that’s a little more consistent than the weather, are my times lately. Consistently getting slower! The time I’m actually moving is faster than my final averager pace, but I’ve been allowing myself some walk breaks as needed.

Why you ask? For those of you who don’t follow me or didn’t read my last blog with a little suble announcement about a cinnamon BUN in the oven…hello…I’m not slow, I’m pregnant! (And I plan to get a shirt that says so 😋.) So yes, I’ve slowed down a bit and been a bit more hungry! Lol But I plan to keep running as long as I can and yes the doctor says that’s absolutely fine! My body was used to it to begin with and I know my limits. I am trying to get extra hydration in as well. I have a goal, that even my doctor did not feel was unrealistic and perfectly acceptable, to do a half marathon the first weekend in June; I’ll be about 20-21 weeks at that point. (My mother is probably having a bird at this point… haha!) If I am not feeling up to it, I won’t do it, and that’s absolutely fine with me. For now I feel good and I’m going to continue my normal running routine as long as I can! I wouldn’t mind if the weather would warm up a little though!!!

Thanks for following along my newest journey!

Best. Cinnamon. Buns. Ever.

March 27, 2018

I wish I could take credit for this recipe because it created the yummiest cinnamon buns ever! And the blog was great; step by step photo instructions if you need them and I honestly did not alter a thing from their recipe. I honestly think these are one of the best things I’ve ever made; I was thrilled with how they turned out. I actually made a double batch; kind of brave for being a new recipe I guess… Double batch because I had several people I wanted to share them with, have some for us, and take a pan of them to work.

I made the double batch this Sunday; rolled them out in two separate batches, baking one of them at that time and then saving the other in the refrigerator until time to bake (the following night for work on Tuesday). The recipe said this was an option but I wasn’t sure if the second batch would rise as well (the second time) or turn out as good as the first pan did. Well, rest assured, if you want to make these the day before and then bake them the next morning, it works perfectly. I would allow them more time to warm up. I had mine next to the vent of the oven while dinner was cooking, probably an hour before they actually went in the oven. The dough was still cold and I was skeptical how they’d turn out, but the second batch was just as yummy as the first!

So the batch I took to work had a purpose…(and I’m about to find out how many people actually read my blog because sometimes it’s discouraging when you think some of your closest friends and family don’t read your stuff 😜 but no worries.) Anyway I took a pan of fresh baked cinnamon BUNs to work to share, with a note on the lid that had a picture of an OVEN.

Maybe I should have been less subtle? I had to spoon feed them the message and perhaps even some of you currently reading are trying to figure out ‘What message?’ They all thought the picture of the oven was to remind them to warm their cinnamon bun up before eating it… 🤔 Good point. Too subtle. Anyway, did u get it? If not, you’re on your own! But hey, thanks for following me! ☺

Don’t forget the icing!!

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with a touch of luck…

March 13, 2018

This is one of those good ol’ local church/grange cookbook recipes; some of my favorite recipes are from those types of cookbooks! I bake every week for life group (normally) and this week I wanted to make something with the special shamrock sprinkles my mom got me. She knows I love clovers and St. Patrick’s Day! I was also whooped by the end of last night and honestly hate making cut out sugar cookies anyway… these are much easier and just as delicious. The secret ingredient: It’s the nutmeg that makes these so yummy.

Sour cream sugar cookies

1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tap vanilla
3/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of salt

Cream the butter (I use margarine) and sugar; add eggs. Them continue to combine vanilla and sour cream. Slowly add the dry ingredients and best with mixer until well combined. Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar or candies/sprinkles. Bake at 400* for 10-12 minutes. Makes 4-5 dozen.

Enjoy!

Don’t miss out…

March 10, 2018

It’s the runs you don’t feel like taking, or the days you don’t feel like getting out of bed, that end of being the best! I had one of those today. I got up and looked out the window to find an unexpected dusting of snow and more coming down; it hadn’t called for that and I was totally irritated. Where I live, I know winter is not quite over yet, but I’M so over it. I feel like I’ve been running in winter conditions for about 8 months already. It’s March and I don’t want to have to wear yaktrax anymore, especially for a long Saturday run. I actually went and got back into bed; I didn’t want to get up at 5 am on a Saturday to begin with but had to get a run in before my husband went to work. It was silly thinking I would fall back to sleep though, once I’m up – I’m up! So I laid there thinking and kind of grumbling to myself, still trying to decide if I should go or not. I hemmed and hawed and thought I could just get up early (again) tomorrow and get my long run in before church. Then it dawned on me that it was day light savings time tomorrow. Forget that…I hopped back out of bed and decided I would tough it out.
After getting ready to go and looking out at the conditions again, it had stopped snowing by then and really hadn’t amounted to much, I was going to rebel and not wear the yaktrax- I refuse this morning! Thankfully, it was the right decision, I didn’t need them especially once I left town, and the main roads were just wet. It ended up being a beautiful morning (for 24*) and one of the best runs and best paces I’ve had in about 3 weeks. Like I started out saying, it’s always those mornings when you didn’t feel like going but made yourself go anyway, that are the best! So, next time you don’t feel like going- go anyway, you don’t want to miss out!!!

Last minute…

March 7, 2018

You know what March 7th is? The day before my daughter’s birthday…this year her ‘golden birthday,’ turning 8 on the 8th! Well as she gets out of the shower and gets ready for bed, nearly 8 o’clock now, she says ‘oh yeah, mom, my teacher wanted to know if I was bringing a special treat in for my birthday tomorrow?’ Oh crap, mom fail.

I had thought of the gifts and had them prepared, plans to hang some balloons from her doorway in the morning, hope to surprise her at lunch, and of course had her special birthday dinner planned out from the list of her favorites she gave me, asking me to surprise her:

But somewhere in there I totally forgot the whole ‘send a special treat to school’ thing. Normally I try to do something super cute, creative and the school nurse in me, somewhat healthy….but at 8pm it’s going to be what do I have ingredients for and the time to make.

In opted to make M&M Blondie bars. These are not my recipe but an easy, good ol’ go-to bar cookie. Thankfully I had some pretty pastel colored M&M’s to throw in. Had them in the oven before I tucked them in, out id the oven when we were done. Goodnight! Whew, dodged a bullet there. So in case you are in need of a quick and easy cookie type dessert, try these: M&M Blondie Bars

Weather won one today…

March 2, 2018

Very rarely does the weather stop me from running. It was calling for an accumulation of snow today, but not starting til 5am. I figured I had time to get started and if I had to run in a snow storm, it wouldn’t be the first. I got up at 4am and stood and looked out the window for a solid five minutes trying to decide if I should run outside or submit to the ‘dreadmill.’ Despite the wind chimes clanging and the fact that the little snow that had started to fall already was being whipped around out there, I decided it was still a better option than the dreaded treadmill.

Fast forward 20 minutes, after I had gotten ready and was again looking out the same window, now there’s a good two inches on the ground that wasn’t there earlier!? And the snow coming down was thicker and harder to see through as it was even more blustery. Still… better than the treadmill; still going to brave it, at least it’s 32* out! 😁

Well yaktrax required obviously, but for the first time ever, they hardly helped! I should have known when two blocks into my run I had to stop and scuff my feet to get down to the pavement, to then scuff some more to get the collection of heavy wet snow off the bottom of my shoe. I continued to play this game for about 3/4 of a mile before I turned and headed back home. I could handle the wind and the snow falling or shooting directly into my eyes; I was literally running with my eyes closed at one point. But, I can’t run with what feels like snow balls the size of my fist collecting under my feet with every step. Nope, the weather won one today… I went back home to continue my run on my treadmill with my lovely view:

(I try not to look at the time…)

Although I complain about her, I am thankful I have her on the seldom days like today. 😜

Did I mention it was like 50s and beautiful out the rest of the week prior? Hopefully this counts as March coming in like a lion….out like a lamb? Ready for spring!

At least running on the treadmill means listening to a good playlist. 🎶 What do you listen to?

God knows just what we need…

February 22, 2018

Go figure, right…God thankfully knows exactly what we need and we should trust in Him and trust that His plans are greater than ours.

This past weekend we had a fun weekend trip planned with our friends, one that we had looked forward to for months! In the stressful weeks leading up to it we (my friend and I) both vented how we couldn’t wait to have a fun and relaxing weekend with our families all together. The kids were all packing and talking about the adventures we were going to have.

I had been praying for over a month that we would all be healthy and nothing would stand in our way of going as planned (and because it was already paid for as well!). I still couldn’t help this feeling in the two weeks leading up to our weekend that someone was going to be sick or something, getting in the way of this perfect weekend from happening. Well I guess, unfortunately, my gut feeling was accurate; my daughter woke up Thursday morning with a fever. Sure enough, it was the dreaded influenza.

Side note: I was obviously very concerned about her first and foremost and was sooooo thankful for all the praying and concerned family and friends we have. Her case of the flu was much shorter than it could have been! So very thankful for that and for the power of prayer!!

Unfortunately, there was still quite a sting of disappointment in our house as we realized our weekend away was not going to happen. I have to admit I didn’t deal very well with this disappointment- I felt so badly I needed this break and looked forward to just relaxing and laughing with our friends for the weekend! I was not only looking forward to time with our friends but a fun time together as a family and time with my hubby; he’s been so busy with work and extra obligations lately. We were also supposed to take a weekend away together as our Christmas gift to each other, but after other expenses arose we decided this trip with friends was our only trip for now. So now, no trip. In turn I was a total grump for the weekend; not a very good example, I know. It’s no fun unpacking from a trip, let alone a trip you didn’t get to go on.

However, I know it could be so much worse, it could always be worse. Thankfully my daughter wasn’t worse and so far thankfully, no one else has caught it.

It took a couple days to snap out of this pity party, grump funk I was in. I started by turning to God and admitting I was being a jerk and continued to praise Him for the restored health of our daughter! Not something to take for granted, I know! But as I knew and was reminded of by my friend, it’s ok to tell God how you feel or what’s on your heart. He cares.

Yesterday I felt really blessed and felt like God was giving me a hug through the people around me. It was just little things, but they were all so appreciated.

Started my day with my running partner, which I may have taken for granted prior to this winter, because our runs together aren’t as often due to weather, and it makes me thankful for the days we do get to run together!

Next, my hubby surprised me with a card waiting for me in the car to start my day; it was super sweet and totally unexpected, and a great, much appreciated smile to start to my day. 😊

Then, this was definitely a God thing, my secret pal at work surprised me with a random gift…and not just any gift, but a devotional book and some of my favorite chocolate candy, with a sweet little note that read ‘what goes better with chocolate than God.’ How sweet and the timing was perfect. I don’t believe in coincidences. 😉

Then to top it off, this morning I was spending time reading my devotionals, including one we are doing with our church during this current season of Lent, ‘40 Days with the Holy Spirit’ by R.T. Kendall. Today was titled The Holy Spirit Overrules and talked about times when God might overrule in your life. You may have set plans, when God in turn says, ‘nope, sorry, I have something else in mind.’ Well thankfully God has got it going on, lol. He is good, He knows more than we do, and His plans are always better.

So, 1. He knew exactly what I needed – blessed me with some extra love and pick-me-ups when He knew I needed them, and 2. For whatever reason, we weren’t supposed to go this past weekend, it’s ok, I trust it was for a good reason and I accept that His plans for me are better. (I know this was just a little hiccup/small disappointment in life compared to so many other bigger issues, but I am glad I was able to learn something from it in the end.)

God is good and He cares; tell Him what’s on your heart and trust His plans for you.

Speaking of sneakers…

February 14, 2018

Monday I mentioned I wore my sneakers to work because they make me feel good. Well, speaking of sneakers… in order for them to literally make you feel good and have happy feet, you have to make sure you are replacing them as needed. I KNOW this, but still at least once a year tend to slack on replacing them and end up with my feet screaming at me to do so! I replace my sneakers approximately every 400 miles (about 3 pairs a year). I was due for new ones around the beginning of December, but being winter time with yucky roads and often wearing my yaktracks, I decided I would wait a little while.
Well a little while turned into end of January, when I at least put it on my to-do list so it was on my radar to get it done. January turned into beginning of February, when I did shop online for some. I more often than not shop for my sneakers at a specialty athletic shoe shop approximately 2 hours away; their service is unbeatable to say the least, along with their knowledge, experience, and guarantee to fit you to the right shoe!

I have found what shoe brand/make/model works for me for the most part. It’s always ‘iffy’ in the spring when new models come out for the season; they make changes and it’s not a guarantee that they are going to fit you as well as the previous year’s model. (Did I ever mention I hate change; especially when you have a favorite running shoe! Why do they have to go and mess with it.

Anyway, I am in my third pair of the model I’m wearing now and know that I love it so I figured instead of making the 2 hour trip or calling and having them ship a pair, I’d try to find a pair on sale online first. Well I found a pair on Amazon, shipped directly from them (no third party), free shipping about a third less than what I normally pay. Easy, done, on their way! Wore them around home and work for a few days to break them in like I always do, and within 4 days my feet started to hurt. (My feet are a bit temperamental; I have to have good support or they start to hurt.) I felt like when I first put them on, they didn’t quite fit the same; they had less support or something but I wasn’t sure if it was my imagination so I gave them a try. I also had in the back of my mind a past experience from a year or two ago when I thought I’d try to save money and ordered a pair online that was a ‘good deal’ from a site I had never heard of.. big mistake. They arrived and I knew as soon as I put my foot in that they were not the right shoe, they looked identical, but the support that I buy them for was totally missing. They felt flat as a board inside! Thankfully when I called and complained that I believed they were selling ‘knock-offs’ they didn’t deny they were and quickly offered me prepaid return shipping and my money back.

So I understand a no-name site I never heard of trying to sell ‘knock-offs,’ but I expected more from Amazon? Not impressed and now I feel like I can’t trust ordering my running shoes online anymore; or at least if they are less expensive than they should be I guess.

Anyway, live and learn, and remember to replace your running shoes regularly, based on your use. It can really have an affect on your whole body- feet, hips, back, etc.

Lastly, I had a great (extra) early morning run today! Got 6 in on a Wednesday! And it was warmer and the roads were dry! Oh! And the best part, I was joined by my running buddy; sure does make the miles pass quicker!

Ps- not to knock Amazon but I tried to post a review about the shoes I had purchased and I received an email back that stated my review would not be posted due to it’s content. I guess they didn’t like what I had to say; it was just the facts. We might want to keep that in mind next time we are reading reviews before we purchase something. It may be that some of the negative reviews didn’t make the cut. 🙄🤐