Archive | June 2013

Running Recap (June 24-29th)

This week I feel like I pushed myself pretty hard and my body is telling me too. Tuesday I think I got heat exhaustion while running, or at least the start of it.

Right from the beginning I felt off. Tired and sluggish but I figured it would go away  a mile or two down the road. Well, it didn’t. My leg hurt and I couldn’t run through the pain like I normally can. I turned around to head home after a mile. A half mile from home I started sweating really bad and got the chills like when you have a high fever. I was so happy to be home. My whole body hurt and I was so tired I thought I was going to collapse.

I got some cold water and Gatorade in me and then took a shower which helped a lot, but I was still sluggish all day. I took Wednesday off and then finished the week strong.

I finished so strong I chaffed a hole in my leg. Yep, first experience with chaffing. Soooo not fun. But let me tell you, I feel like a bad ass runner. lol I didn’t just have the rug burn looking chaffing, I actually have a hole in my thigh. So this morning I slapped on a Band-Aid and ran though the pain. I am willing to run through most pain. There are some pains you just know you shouldn’t run through, like over heating or certain leg pains, but everything else I’ll muscle through.

After my first round of unpleasant skin loss, I looked into new running shorts. Something longer that won’t ride up and won’t move…at all. Hopefully I’ll be able to order them today. I can’t wait!

Here is how my week looked:

Monday: My first 5 mile run! Took just over an hour. 62 minutes…I think

Tuesday: 2 1/2 miles…ish

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: 5 miles

Total: 15 1/2 miles

Running Recap (June 17-22)

This last week was a good training week. I also ran my first official 5K on Saturday. It was ok. Not super awesome like many runners talk about their first race/run is, but I did it. I over came a lot of personal fears but I was not able to enjoy the moment either. Still working on that one. I mostly survive outings but rarely enjoy being out and around other people. One-on-one is fine but put me in a crowd and I feel like the walls are closing in on me.

We have a running group in town that I hope to one day be a part of. It would be nice to meet other runners. Right now the extra trips to town would just be to much, (thank you gas prices,) but I’m still not going to give up on the idea that I’ll join them one day.

Here is how last weeks training went.

Monday: 40 min run = 3 miles plus 1 mile warm up and cool down

Tuesday: 50 walk/run that was just under 4 miles

Wednesday: Biked 1 1/2 miles. Normally I bike 5 to 7 miles but my bike was acting up so I had to go home to get it looked at and then didn’t go back out.

Thursday: 40 min run = just over 3 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 5K Freedom Run = 3.1 miles but found out it was just under 3 miles.

Total miles for the week: Running – 14 miles Biking – 1 1/2 miles

My First Offical 5K and Perspective

I’m running my first official 5K tomorrow! A friends’ daughter is hosting a 5K Freedom Run to help bring awareness to human trafficking in the US. If you want to donate, it’s not to late. Go here. I think it’s amazing what she is doing. Here is her story of why she decided to do it.

In the excitement of being able to go, (just found out yesterday that I can,) I was blinded by a couple thoughts.

1. I’ll have Lizzeth with me and I’ve never ran with the jogger stroller before. Thank God I found someone to watch her while I run. My mom is awesome!

2. People will see me run! OMGosh! I seriously don’t know if I’m ready for this.

3. Fear/embarrassment. Not just of people seeing my big o’l ass running, or the fact that I don’t fit into my real running clothes yet, but I don’t want to be the last one crossing the finish line. I’m a slow runner…slow. It takes me about 40 mins to run 3 miles.

I have been sick to my stomach thinking about this since I decided to do this run. Fear is ugly and I need to overcome it! I know, I’m petty for even having these thoughts. While kids are trapped in the most horrible life I could possibly imagine,  I’m afraid of being seen running. I’ve been praying God keeps my mind on why I’m running. That in the smallest why, I am helping ,maybe, save someone.

If I was looking into the face of someone who was trapped in human trafficking, and they told me they would be free if I ran right then and there, I would NOT be thinking of what people are thinking of my fat ass running, or that my shorts would be riding up my butt, or that I don’t “look” like a runner. God no, I’d be running before they could finish their sentence.

So tomorrow, when I’m standing in the crowd of runners, I will NOT be thinking of myself, I will NOT be judging how I look compared to others that “look better,” I will NOT care if my shorts ride up or that I feel ridiculous flopping down the stress. This is NOT about me in anyway.

I WILL hold my head high and be proud that I get to be a part of something that could save a life, if even in the smallest way. Every time I slip and start on the “poor me” thinking, I will stop, tell my brain to shut up, then pray.

Sex Trafficking Statistics & Source Documentation

  • Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States. (United Nations)
  • Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13-14 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day. (Polaris Project)
  • Fewer than 100 beds are available in the United States for underage victims. (Health and Human Services)
  • Department Of Justice has identified the top twenty human trafficking jurisdictions in the country:” Houston
• El Paso
• Los Angeles
• Atlanta
• Chicago
• Charlotte
• Miami
• Las Vegas
• New York
• Long Island
• New Orleans
• Washington, D.C.
• Philadelphia
• Phoenix
• Richmond
• San Diego• San Francisco
• St Louis
• Seattle
• Tampa  (Department of Justice)
  • One in three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. (National Runaway Hotline)

Finally Running

I finally get to write about running! It’s been a month since I started running and I gotta say, I feel great. At least as far as running goes. I have taken a 9 week program and completed it in 4 1/2 weeks. I build endurance quickly and I wanted to see how fast I could get back to a 5K. My next run will get to 3.2 miles. yea!

Knowing Dean and I are not planning another child for a couple more years, I’m going to be really focusing on my running. The last couple times I started running I’d get pregnant and have to stop. Before I had Lizzeth I was up to 6 miles.

My summer goal is to run a 1/2 marathon by September 14th. It’s on the calendar and I’ve told  family and friends so it has to happen. The miles stones with my training are as followed.

5K – 3.2 miles

8K – 4.97 miles

10K – 6.2 miles

12K – 7.456 miles

15K – 9.3 miles

1/2 marathon – 13.1 miles!

Some long-term goals are a 30K – 18.6 miles, a full marathon – 26.2 miles, and then a 50K – ultra-marathon – 31.1 miles. Crazy, maybe, but I’m ok with that.

I’m taking it one week at a time and not beating myself up if I can’t get in all my running days. I’m working on getting up to running 5 to 6 days a week. Right now I’m running 3 to 5 days a week.

It’s nice to have something to focus on other than our life crumbling down around us. That is still happening. In fact, things have taken another turn for the worst, but somehow we are smiling through it a little better than in the past.

I love running. I never thought I would but a few years ago I got into it and fell in love. I do my best thinking when I on the road. No kids, no one saying “mom” every 30 seconds, just me and the gravel. I get to spend time with the Lord and not have to worry about anything for an hour. It’s wonderful.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I hope everyone is having a good week.