Running My Mind and My Body

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
8:50 PM

We know that running is just as mental as it is physical, and sometimes maybe more so. I try to look at each run as an opportunity to run out my feelings and to gain perspective. So with everything that has been happening lately, I’ve been pounding the pavement more than usual.
I’ve had things on my mind and lovely people to deal with (that last part was totally sarcastic), and so the last race I ran wasn’t my best. I barely showed up on time, couldn’t stretch right, and ended up not setting a new PR. Buuuuut…I did have fun, for while running up a hill (that I was not told about), I looked over at a man and said “gosh, I hate hills”. He in turn replied: “don’t you think it fitting that we’re going to end up in a grave yard at the top of this hill?” “Touché”, I gasped, “touché, my friend.”
Once we covered the bridge that was covered in flags and crossed the highway, we ended up in this beautiful graveyard. All I could hear was the pounding of the path by the sneakers, the breathing of the runners, and the playing of Taps in the distance by a guy on a bugle. It was a beautiful morning, and I was filled with emotions.
I also met these two guys from Columbus (where I originally hail from) and they completely made my day! Jerry and Dallas and I swapped stories of running and even kids. They cheered me up after I didn’t meet my own expectations.

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I’ve been working on gaining strength in my knees, hips, and ankles by doing the resistance band exercises from the Runner’s World website. (Which, btw, I am dying to get my latest copy. Seriously, I need some new reading material.) They’ve been helping slowly, I think.
Now let’s talk about joint pain reliever!!! Devil’s Claw is a natural pain reliever I’ve been using and it helps so much! I would recommend it for everyone, except those who are pregnant or are taking blood thinning medications. You can order it on Now Foods Website. It’s natural, so it doesn’t have the side effects of most medicine, but like any medication, both pharmaceutical and holistic, don’t take with other medication unless you are sure they will not counteract.

Run Blue 5k, Fishing, Failed Music Festival and Herbs!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
8:01 AM

Saturday had been a blast! It started off with a mad dash out of bed, getting ready for the race I’d run in two hours. By the time I left the house with Mom, I was munching on dry cereal (not the champion’s breakfast), shaking my Iskiate and forgetting my phone. (Thus the race pictures you see we’re taken by my Mom, bless her!)

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When I got to the Kyova Mall, where the race was to run a few laps around it, I didn’t see very many people. It was a small group of runners today, but everyone was in the spirit of racing. A group of ladies had brought a German Shepherd puppy, I saw someone I had went to high school with, and met some new people.
I met up with Susan, my new friend from the last race. This time, I got to know her better. She’s a teacher and she’s been running for a little over two years now. She gave me some running tips and I enjoyed her company!
I met a few more people from the 5k Crew, such darling people!
Today was a victory in the sense my PR is now 28:24.1! I won second place in my age group and was 19th over all, and still I’m happy!
Kristen, my newest running friend, won 1st in her age group.

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(Sorry for the blur, Mrs. Susan!)
Some people from the 5k crew:

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I’ve already signed up for a 5k on Memorial Day as well as one in the summer that is supposed to be a night race with a glow in the dark theme!
Saturday I also picked up some herbs for the herb garden I’m starting at my boyfriend’s house! Lemon thyme, regular thyme, sweet mint, rosemary, aloe, and lavender. I’ve applied to the American College of Healthcare Sciences, praying they except me! So I need to get my hands dirty in the garden as a start in my journey of becoming a Master Herbalist!
The music festival my boyfriend and I were supposed to go to didn’t even happen, it seems. At first we had almost gotten lost looking for it. (It was a small gathering, and we now know why our parents would argue on road trips.) Instead we went fishing aside the river.

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A 5k Done, Another To Run – Stories Never Cease To Amaze.

Friday, April 18, 2014
9:10 AM

I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve plenty to share.
My last 5k, which was last Sunday, was the Benji McDowell run, honoring the fallen first responders that many over look…
I was never told his story, nor could I find any information on it, but for a moment that doesn’t matter. All I know is that he was a firefighter who laid down his life when time came. He will be missed by his family, friends, and community.
We runners gathered to honor him, and those like him.
At this particular race, I met some members of the 5k Crew:

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Two sisters I met, Karen and Robin, embody the spirit of running without excuse. One had breast cancer and was hit by a car, they both have asthma, and among other problems they have faced, they both continue to run on. This proves that if we can run a little, we have no excuses! Running isn’t just physical, it’s mental and spiritual as well.

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I met other runners, such as Sue and Bobbi Jo, and there is nothing quite like the bond we share in running, gathering to support the families of these fallen first responders.

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Here’s my dad looking all “smexay” in the Breast Cancer Awareness sunglasses they were handing out.

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Ok bananas and apples I get, but it’s so cruel to put cupcakes and cookies there too!
My next upcoming 5k will be at the Kyova mall on the 26th. If anyone wants to run with me, go to Tristate Racer’s website to see when, where and to sign up.
Peace, love, and find inspiration wherever you run,

Burt’s Bees – Natural Solutions

Monday, March 24, 2014
7:30 PM

My Burt’s Bees came in! I’m so happy! If there is one thing I like, it’s natural solutions to everyday things. I got a good deal on these, as well.

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First off, just what is Burt’s Bees? They are a sister company to Clorox – yes, you read right – describing themselves as “Earth friendly, natural personal care company”. They believe in the “Greater Good” to be their motto and decide to be held by their natural ingredients. They were started by Bert Shavitz and Roxanne Quimby. (Burt’s Bees
On the site (Burt’s Bees I purchased a “Fall Grab Bag” from the outlet. In it, $50 worth of random things. I got it for $15!

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In it I received:

1. Radiance: Toner (with Royal Jelly) – “Our toner, featuring Royal Jelly, one of nature’s most nutritious substances, removes the last traces of dirt, oil and make-up, revealing a smooth and radiant complexion.

2. Anti-Blemish Solutions: Targeted Spot Treatment with Willow Bark.

3. Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil.

4. Radiance: Lip Shimmer.

5. Loofa! (It’s extra soft.)

6. Radiance: Facial Cleanser.

7. Energizing Body Bar (Mango and Orange) – “This nourishing, French – milled bar soap combines Mango Extract and Orange Oils with Cocoa Seed Butter to create an energizing bath experience leaving skin feeling soft and invigorated.”

8. Replenishing Body Bar (Cranberry and Pomegranite) – “This replenishing, French – milled bar soap is infused with the antioxidant goodness of Cranberries and Pomegranate Seeds, and provides a rich, natural lather leaving skin smooth and rejuvenated.”

9. Muscle Mend: Sore Muscle Balm. (which is helping my Tendonitis – a runner’s dream.)

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The next I bought was the Natural Acne Solutions. In it: Purifying Gel Cleanser, Moisturizing Lotion, and Spot Treatment.
What I like about the Moisturizing Lotion especially is that I have extremely dry skin, especially this time of year and it’s hard to find good moisturizers that aren’t heavy. This one is light and moisturizes deep enough while still letting my skin breath and not clogging the pores. The only one I’ve found close to it are the ones made by Mary Kay. I payed around $30 something for this kit.

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Over all, I like what I recieved.

“These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…”

Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:45 PM

Condition: Home Sick
Working at the daycare is stressful on one’s body, especially with my immune system. (Which has gotten better since running, I might add.) When I am not emptying my stomach of it’s contents, which is putting it lightly, my head hurts. Anything my babies get goes around the room twice, so I might have this once more.
But enough about cares and woes! I haven’t been able to blog for a while and it’s time to catch you up on my adventures!
I’ve never had a boyfriend before, long story as to why that is (I was very sheltered in a way), and I’ve finally given the guy I’ve been talking with for a little over a year now a chance. Jacob and I have been together for a few weeks now. We plan to go running together some time!

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I’ve started recruiting others to my obsession with running and may have started my own little running group. However I’ve also been added to the 5k Crew on FB so to be honest I’ll run with anyone anywhere.

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This summer I plan to find a really scenic, new place to run.
My favorite things become my obsessions, such as Burt’s Bees products! If anyone hasn’t tried them yet, do! They are amazing and natural.

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Sorry for the poor picture, my new shipment of Burt’s Bees will be coming in soon.
My favorite things go on, but I feel nauseous again.
Happy running and will blog again soon.

Regaining Lost Ground

Sunday, February 23, 2014
5:00 PM

Sorry for my late posting, however I have been busy in a good way. I’ve started keeping a journal starting last week on my running. It’s really just a calendar that keeps my races and training runs in it. I’ll put my goal, what I achieved, and if the run went well or not.

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So far I’ve been registered for three 5k’s, however I am wanting to sign up for a 10k soon since I have started adding one for mile!! My best? 4.737 miles. I can’t run farther on my lunch break, lest I go over my time limit and get in trouble with the boss (I’m so dedicated, lol).
I’ve been donating my miles to Charity Run. I might’ve mentioned this app in another post, but I feel the need to mention it again. It’s a good thing to do! It supports charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project and other foundations that have to deal with hunger and cancer.
I reopened my other social media accounts, so if you want, follow me on Instagram at @addictedrunner . Twitter : runningaddict95
This week’s miles should add up to 8 miles!! Let’s get that higher!!
Earlier today, I went on a bike ride with my sister and friend – in the rain! My legs have gotten stronger since my last bike ride due to my running. I enjoyed today’s biking better than ever because of that.

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(Sticking my tongue out at my friend, Isabella.)

Happy running, stay happy, God bless! 🙂

What Is This World Coming To?

Sunday, February 2, 2014
3:06 PM

This weather just can’t seem to make up it’s mind! Friday we drove past the Ohio river and goodness it had ice chunks! Then yesterday it was nice enough that I wore short sleeves. Today? The wood stove is fired back up and we might get up to 5 in. of snow tonight!

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Weird thing is my county ran out of water (how does that even happen?) so the water was turned off. Again. This has happened more than once this year.
What is this world coming to? Lord help us!
Good news, however! My run-buddy got me into a group she’s just recently joined named “The 5k Crew”. I’m excited! We meet at the beginning of each month training for 5k’s and do races together.
As much as I love running solitary, it usually is so much more fun to run with people.
God bless everyone and I hope your weekend has been just as interesting as mine!