My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


Weekly Running Update: Oct. 29- Nov. 25

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
~Winston Churchill

A droopy caterpillar becomes a happy, soaring butterfly: "Don't lose hope. (You never know what tomorrow will bring.)

(Texted to my by a friend, so I have no source info.)


Sorry I have been remiss in my posting.  I have been in a funk for the last few weeks.  Since my mom died the holidays have always been difficult for me, so it seems to be this way every year.  I have still been running though.  Not as much, but a day or two each week at least.  I started a holiday running challenge to run every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but alas I broke my streak (of two days, lol) Saturday because I spent the night with a friend & didn’t come home until late that day.  Then Sunday I pretty much spent all day in bed & yesterday… I pissed around until it was too late to go.  Today would be my regular running day, so I am going to run today.  I have had some good times lately though, so I am at least pleased with that.  I’m getting closer to my 15:00 goal.  Haven’t made any progress on my 10K program, mostly because I can’t get motivated for the cross training & strength training days.  I have always had trouble adding anything other than running to my routine.  Adding new things ends up with me quitting everything; I’m so weird.

I have just in general been so unmotivated about everything.  I hardly want to get out of bed most days.  However, today I am posting this & have already gotten started on some things around the house.  Also I got started on a rather ambitious new crochet project.  For my dad’s birthday (which was last week…) I am making a pillow for the University of Alabama.  The front is going to be red with a white “A” in the middle done in graph crochet & the back is black & white houndstooth.  I have already finished the back & the houndstooth stitch was a new one for me.  This is also my first time doing graph crochet & since the design is really simple I think the only difficult part is going to be getting the graph right so the size works.  I think I finally have it figured out, but we shall see when I start over on it today:~/

On the plus side, I have spent more time around friends lately & even met some new people.  I dusted off an old dating profile & have been talking to a few guys online in hopes of getting some offline dates.  Got to get back in the game so I’ll be ready for all the men when I get to Portland!

I have had some eating/weight issues lately, but I think I’ll save those for their own post because there are some things I’ve been meaning to write about.

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Weekly Running Update: Oct. 22-28

“I always loved running – it was something you could do by yourself, & under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet & the courage of your lungs.”
-Jesse Owens

JUST RUN. "I always loved running - it was something you could do by yourself, & under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet & the courage of your lungs." -Jesse Owens(Found at Favorite Run’s fb page.)

I only ran a couple of days this week, & don’t plan to run again until I get my new shoes next weekend.  Since I decided to exchange the Brooks, I’m not wearing them anymore.  Tuesday turned out to be the one run too many on my old shoes. I knew they were worn (it showed on the sole) but I couldn’t feel it prior to that day.  Thursday I tried running in an old old pair of shoes, but they were way past their prime & hurt my ankles & knees.  So I figured it would be best to just hold off till I get my Saucony next weekend.  I heard back the other day & they are in just waiting to be picked up. Yay!

I mixed up my routes this week & ran one for the first time.  Pushed out a little farther than I have been.  I’ve been researching 10K training plans, & when I get my new shoes I’m going to start on one of those next week depending on how I feel.  I’m on another round of antibiotics & decongestants, but I am feeling quite a bit better.  Surgery is still an option, but we’re going to see how this goes.

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Weekly Running Update: Sept.10-16 (& A Yurbuds Giveaway!)

“Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.”
~Kevin Nelson (Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes)

A picture of me before my run on Thursday.

I had a really good run Thursday, & during the run I decided instead of posting about it when I got home I’d start doing a weekly running update for those things.  This week was a tech disaster, lol, but the times I did manage to capture were pretty good.

This week I worked on 4mi.  I have been looking for a 10K training plan, but haven’t found anything that feels right to me, so I’m just taking it a mile at a time doing intervals.  Since I’m tracking how many miles I can run towards my half marathon distance though, it’s nice to be able to move it along quicker than I could if I was training up multiple miles at a time.  So that’s a positive.  I. do think I need to find a training play for the HM.

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New Path | Achieve Believe Succeed (& a running update)

New Path from Achieve Believe Succeed

New Path

This came from Aaron Schulefand’s blog, Achieve Believe Succeed, today & I thought I would share, along with a quick update.

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