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Four Month Hiatus

My last post, written four months ago, was a little intense, Catastrophe Before and After Ragnar Relay, and I took a break from blogging for a while. The good news, well at least for me, is that I’m back, and making a commitment to update regularly. It’s been a busy four months, and all of these updates, probably deserve their own post, but for now, let’s do a quick re-cap:

Racing continues. As soon as I got the clearance to run, once my ectopic pregnancy had finally terminated, I hit the ground running…

Coaster Run 5K at Knott’s Berry Farm on March 8th

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Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation 10K on March 29 (Go Team Brody – Reaching For A Cure 2014)

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Ragnar So Cal – April 10-11 – Team Name: Great Bowels of Fire (1st Place in our Division)

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland on May 10. (Finish in 1:58:42)

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On May 3, my friend, Stacy, and I were baptized at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, and our amazing group of friends were there to support us. We were also photo bombed by Pastor Rick Warren himself!

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I celebrated a wonderful Mother’s Day with my beautiful family.

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We went on a 4-day Carnival Cruise with our good friends and our girls’ bff’s! Together, our two families had 5 girls within 14 months of each other! We had a blast!

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At the end of May, my brother and I were able to pull off the surprise of the century, and surprise my dad for his 60th birthday! He had no idea we were coming (I live in California, brother in North Carolina and dad (and sister) are in Maine).

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I also got to visit my mom and some of her family in Maine. It was an amazing trip!

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I surprised Trent with a “day date” on June 12, our 6 year wedding anniversary, and we played Foot Golf! Possibly, a new favorite sport!  

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Katelyn and Chelsea turned 4 in June and we celebrated their birthday, with good friends, at Pump It Up!

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The family celebrated Father’s Day one week early, and headed to Angels Stadium for our first family game of the season! Katelyn says “Mike Trout is the best baseball player ever.” I have to agree!

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The girls completed their last day of preschool and officially start pre-k this fall! They are growing up way too fast!

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At the end of June, we traveled to Pismo Beach to visit Trent’s family. It was great to see everyone in one place!

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This summer, we’ve spent a lot of time in the pool and the girls have come so far with their swim lessons! I am so proud of them!

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It’s been a busy 4 months, so this update seems action packed! I still can’t believe the girls are four. They make us laugh every day and our family is truly blessed. I promise our next update will not be 4 months away, so stay tuned!

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One-Year RUNiversary

983580_1435109673398181_300747634_n (1)Today is a special day for me. It is my one-year RUNiversary!

Twelve months ago, I was not a runner, not even close! In fact, I hated thinking about running. I loved to sprint, fast, but for 100, 200 yards, maybe. I loved to run around the bases in a softball game or do sprints for a warm-up. Anything beyond that, was just not for me.

One year ago, today, I completed my first “official” run, by joining an 8-week run club. That night, I ran 1 mile around the track. Little did I know, that mile, would be the start to an amazing, positive, change in my life.

I never thought I would ever complete a half marathon. I had no endurance and honestly, no desire to even try. I had myself convinced, that I was a sprinter, therefore, I could not run long distance, but last October, my mentality changed.

I set a New Year’s resolution, for 2013, that I was going to be Fit for 30. It was the year, I turned the big 3-0, and I worked hard, to get in the best shape of my life. I felt that I completed my goal when my 30th birthday arrived last October, but something was still missing. I got in shape, but I still couldn’t run. I was finally ready to stop saying, “I can’t,” and start believing in myself.

It was never easy. I made mistakes. I learned from them. I sustained injuries. I set my alarm for 5 a.m. runs. I had runs that were good and runs that brought me to tears. Most importantly, no matter what, I never quit.

I’ve learned a lot of things about myself since I started running (13.1 Milestone: Lessons Learned), but I think one of the most important ones is to have a positive attitude, not just in running, but in life. I had convinced myself that I was not good enough to run long distance and that I would never have the endurance to run a half marathon. The reality was, I just never had the desire or the patience to prove myself wrong.

I learned how powerful your mind really is and how much control your mind and your attitude have over your body. If I hit the road with a negative attitude, my run is horrible, every time.

I learned that 90% of your race, is your mental state that day. Of course, training is important, and your body needs to be properly trained, fueled, and hydrated to go the distance, but it’s just as important to train your mind, along with your body. When your body runs out of steam, your mind needs to tell your legs to keep moving.

If you told me one year ago, I would run a half marathon, I would have laughed out loud and told you, you were crazy, because I can’t run.

In the past 12 months, I have completed 2 5K’s, 4 10K’s, 1 sprint triathlon, and 2 half marathons, and I will be running my 3rd half marathon on October 26th.

5K
11/9/13 – Big A 5K 24:56 / 8:02
2/9/14 – iTRTathlon 5K 24:57 / 8:03

10K
11/28/13 – Plymouth Rock N Run 10K – 54:49 / 8:50
12/14/13 – Troutman Sanders Santa Run 10K – 53:54 / 8:42
3/2/14 – Coaster Run 10K – 49:23 / 7:58
3/30/14 – PCRF Reaching For the Cure 10K 49:20 / 7:58

Sprint Triathlon
2/22/14 – Race on the Base – 5K 24:40 / 7:57, Bike 13.1 mi 48:17, Swim 5:41

Half Marathon
5/26/14 – Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon – 2:03:23 / 9:25
8/31/14 – Disneyland Half Marathon – 1:56:37 / 8:54

It is almost overwhelming to look back at the last year and see, not just the accomplishments, but to see how much running has changed me as a person. I really believe it has given me a new outlook on life.

Running was something that once scared me, because I was so intimidated by it, but now running is a part of who I am.

I started my own Facebook page, Mission TwinPossible: The Twin Mama’s Journey, and I have learned that anything is possible with the right attitude, hard work, and dedication.

Train Your Mind…

Laguna Hills Half MarathonIf you asked me six months ago, “Would you ever run a half marathon?” I would probably laugh out loud while boldy asserting the word, “NO!” as my response. Oddly enough, I begin my 12-week training program for my first half marathon this week!

I signed up for the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon on May 26th, which is exactly 12 weeks from tomorrow! I will say, 13.1 miles still intimidates me, but I am determined to make it happen, and am ready to dedicate the next couple months towards achieving that goal.

For me, a half marathon seemed unreachable, because I had always told myself that I was “just a sprinter.” I used to hate running anything further then 400 meters because I told myself that I could not do it. Finally, I’ve learned, that the biggest hurdle in my way, was not that I was not good enough to run, it was my mind telling my body that I was not good enough, and my body listened.

I was great at making excuses in life; I’m too tired, I don’t have time, or I’m not good enough. All of these excuses were just my mind’s way out of doing the work. I have finally learned that to excel, you have to train your mind, like you train your body.

My new attitude is yes, I can do this and I will do this. I learned that my fear and anxiety only live in the future, and right now, all I can do is focus on the present, one run, one day at a time. When I am feeling exhausted and want to quit, I tell myself, that these tough moments won’t last forever, my body can get through this and regrets last forever. Run, simply because you can.

Run because you canThe mind is extremely powerful over the body. The negative thinking was completely killing my run. Where your mind goes, your body follows. If you tell yourself you cannot run anymore, your body stops. Your brain needs to be trained just like your body to help you overcome this negative thinking.

I learned that I need to stop doubting myself and be more confident. I need to remain positive and remember the good runs I have had and not focus on the bad ones.

I learned not to compare myself to others. Today, I ran in The Coaster Run 10K at Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a personal record for me and I finished with a time of 49:23 / 7:58 pace. I beat my first Turkey Trot 10K time by 5:26! That is huge! I finished in under 50 minutes, which was a personal goal, and I placed 4th overall in my age division. Sadly, my first reaction to finishing 4th in my division, was feeling like I did not do good enough. Thankfully, my brain slapped that thought out of my head quick, and I realized, how happy I was to accomplish my personal goals. Running is not about me being better then someone else, it’s about me being better then I used to be.

Coaster RunThe Coaster Run *Photo courtesy of Nicole L. (Pictured: Hollie, Jen, Nicole, Heather)

So, my half marathon training begins this week. Not just the physical training but the mental training as well. I am excited for the new challenges and ready to hurdle the mental obstacles that I will probably throw in my own path.

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Running – The Sport I Used to Hate

medal1My running journey, and the first year of my 30’s, continues into 2014, and I am looking forward to this new chapter that I have opened up in my life. I have been skipping this chapter for years, because I thought I would hate it, but it turns out, it’s actually starting to grow on me, and I like the new challenges I’m facing!

Today, I completed the iTRYathlon 5K in Laguna Niguel. After being sick, for well over a week, and coughing myself to sleep last night, I woke up this morning, unsure if I was going to make it out of bed when my alarm clock went off at 4:45 a.m.

Health-wise, I feel pretty good, but my throat was burning and the cough was driving me nuts. Then I remembered my new motto, and the quote that is written on my bathroom mirror…

“Fear will pass, but regret is forever.” ~Jillian Michaels

It’s my current quote to live by, and I said it over and over in my head this morning, until I finally made my way out of bed and into the shower.

Bright and early, my friend Lorrie and I, drove out to Laguna Niguel to participate in our 5K. I was already feeling better and so glad that I made the decision to run! It felt great just to be back on my feet again!

I finished the race with almost a personal record, with a time of 24:57 (PR – 24:56), but as a bigger surprise, finished 1st in my division (F 30-34), and 20th overall.

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1st Place DivisionSure, it would have been easy to NOT go to the race this morning, and make an excuse, but I definitely would have regretted that decision.

Now, it’s time to get back into training mode for my next big adventure, the Los Alamitos Race on the Base Reverse Triathlon…which also happens to be the largest reverse triathlon in the United States!

The triathlon, which is in two weeks (2/22/14), begins with a 5K run, transitions into a 13.1 mile bike, and finally transitions into a 200 meter pool swim! I think I actually signed up for this triathlon before I found my bike, so I was a little excited!

Now that I’m up to at least 85% healthy, my training can get back on track this week. I think I would focus primarily on bike/swim, if it wasn’t for the fact that I also have the Coaster Run 10K coming up in 3 weeks (3/2/14)! That detail may have been looked over when I signed up for the triathlon, but I still don’t think it would have deterred me.

A lot of exciting things happening within a short time frame, but I am enjoying every minute of it! After this 3 weeks of crazy, it will be time to focus on the BIG run. The HALF Marathon. Just saying that, gives me goosebumps because 13.1 miles is CRAZY intimidating to me, but it IS happening this year! I am signed up for the Disneyland Half Marathon on August 31st. Plenty of time to train, but I’m already nervous!

2014 and the first year of my 30’s is already off to a running start!!