June 17, 2019

What I've been up to....

Wow.... It's been almost a year since I logged in to do any sort of blogging/journaling/blabbing on about my adventures.

So, what have I been up to? Let's recap....

February 2018: Allison (aka Frog) and I ran the Winter Off Road Series 10k race. This was her first introduction to trail racing. It was chilly and muddy. What a fun time.

March 2018: I spent some time with the families of the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis painting #901rocks. These rocks were hidden along the start and finish line of the Bad Dog 5k  race that is held in April. 

April 2018: My youngest daughter, Audrinna, ran the Bad Dog 5k race. We had an amazing turnout, thanks to wonderful weather. Audrinna ended up placing 2nd place in the Age 10-14 division! 

May 2018: Was a busy month.... I ran a 10K race in the rain, stayed in quarantine for 5+ days due to contracting the flu and strep at the same time. Audrinna moved on from elementary school onward to middle school, my husband, Tim and I celebrated 7 years of marriage in a tent next to a river. 


June 2018: Humidity in the 901 is NO JOKE, so I took a lot of my training runs to #stupidoclock in the morning. I had just signed up to run St Jude Marathon in December. Must suffer through summer running to breeze through the fall and winter races. 

July 2018: I started coaching a beginner runner program here in Memphis. We would meet every Monday from July until September to run intervals. In September, we would all run a 5k together to celebrate all the training these ladies have done all summer. 

August 2018: Remember that 5k race that I helped coordinate back in April? We finally got all the numbers crunches and race invoices paid....the grand total donated to Ronald McDonald House of Memphis..... $10,103.00!! 

September 2018: Husband and I spent some time in our happy place..... the beaches of Gulf Shores. I attempted another 50k race on the local trails known by cyclists and runners of the 901, Stanky Creek Trails. I took two hard falls and injured my hip and knee, which resulted in my dropping from the race at 34k. 

October 2018: After taking some time to heal my hip and do some physical therapy to help my knee get stronger, I continued training for St Jude 26.2.

November 2018: Continued training for my December marathon, spent time with the family over Thanksgiving, and tried not to eat everything in sight.
December 2018: Marathon Month! After a 2 hour delay due to thunderstorms and lightening, I didn't have the race I wanted, but I completed with a personal worst time. 6:08:22. Delaying a big race, a temperature swing of 30 degrees within the first 2 hours of starting the race really put a damper on a lot of people's expectations. But we persevered and pushed to that finish line. St Jude kids don't get to quit treatment.....we don't get to quit a race. 

I also completed a project that I had in my head for a few years. I used scraps of material that I had left over from making my family's stockings, to make a tree skirt to match. Each child arranged 9 squares to make a pattern, I then stitched the squares together. This way everyone in the family had a part in making this project come to life. 

January 2019: Allison & I got together to start training for Little Rock Marathon. This would be marathon #3 for her and #5 for me. We did a lot of long training runs in the woods, and even used the Hill & Dale 8 Miler as a supported training run with LOTS of uphill.
We needed to train for the Little Rock Hills. Even when we had bad weather, we just went to the local parking garages and ran from the top floor to the bottom floor for a few hours. Yes....we are insane.

February 2019: Weather was cold and rainy. We kept training. It was just a warning on what Mother Nature would give us on race day. Taper Time was a welcoming time for both of us. We needed the rest. Can you tell we were excited to have the long long long runs completed??

March 2019: The Alien Invasion! Lisa, Allison and I spend the first weekend in March with a girls trip to Little Rock to run some races and then when it was all over, we went to Hot Springs to pamper our tired muscles with a hot soak.

April 2019: It's time for the Bad Dog 5k! This year we added a 10k race! Huge hit! We surpassed our registration goal and our fundraising goal! What a great day! 

May 2019: Back to the busy month of the year. Andrew graduated high school, Tim and I went back to the river to celebrate our wedding anniversary again, and I started a #fitnessstreak. 15-20 minutes of daily activity that gets my heart rate up, every single day.

June 2019: I ran another race, The Navy 10NM race. This year was the 10th anniversary. I ran this one 5 years ago for the first time. It's one of my favorite HOT Memphis races. I wasn't expecting much, other than to run consistently (stick to my intervals) and finish. Just before the last nautical mile, I glanced at my watch and saw I could run a personal best but only if I haul ass to the finish line. Those 9 minutes were the longest of the morning. I pulled it off with a 2 minute personal best. 

June isn't over yet, but I think this catches you up with what I've been up to these last 11 months.

Catch me over on Instagram @yellaruns where I post my daily fitness streak posts or you can follow Allison and my facebook adventure page to see what shenanigans we are getting ourselves into.

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