Post 100 Mile Challenge

I was exhausted after completing the 100 mile challenge.  I took off four days to recover and regroup.  Four days of no running, no spin class, no gym time… Just core exercises, stretching and foam rolling at home.

During that time away from the gym and running, I caught up with my friends and family and celebrated 18 years with my better half.

Me and B – Happy 18th Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary

The following week I eased back into the routine and scheduled a massage  appointment to help my achy muscles.  Oh and let me tell ya this massage therapist has magic in her fingers and hands.  She worked every kink and knot out of my back and my legs.  An hour and half of pure awesomeness.

After getting the deep tissue massage, the massage therapist told me to take a hot bath with Epsom Salt before bed time.   She said soaking in a hot bath with Epsom Salt for 10 minutes is a good way to recover from a deep tissue massage.  She said soaking will help get more of the toxins out of my body (Epsom salt draws the toxins out into the water).  She also said my muscles needed some rest after one of these massages, and not to workout that evening .

The Epsom Salt bath with lavender really helped me to rest and relax.

Epsom Salt

When I woke up the next day I felt like a new woman!  I felt so great I worked out with my fit fam at the park.  Oh man those Barfee (Burpee) Suicides in the sand was tough!

Fit Fam in the Park

Burpee Suicides

This past week I got back to Spin class and running.  I had a 5K race over the weekend and I did pretty well.  It was a hot and hilly one but I managed to get a new PR with hills.  Yay me!  It feels good to know my training and hill repeats are paying off.

A quick shout out to B for taking this pic at the finish line.  Love it!

Hustle for Health 5K

Hustle for Health 5K

My next challenge is Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  I’ve blogged about the 24DC before.  You can find my posts and progress under 24 Day Challenge.  I can’t wait to get started!!!

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100 Mile Challenge – Day Thirty-One

I know you guys have wanted to know and…. YES!!  I DID IT!!!  I ran/walked 100 miles in one month!!!  Woohooo!!!

When I woke up that morning, it was raining… Ugh!  Although I appreciate the rain and cooler weather, I really wanted to run out doors vs the treadmill.  This got me thinking and contemplating if I could get this challenge done.

Instead of letting my thoughts get the best of me and getting lost in vague fears, I asked myself what is the worst that could happen? When I figured out what the worst could be, it really wasn’t.  I found clarity in knowing that I did my best and whether I get 100 miles or not, I’ve already broken my record!!

I felt like the Little Engine that could on that treadmill!  I think I can, I think I can… LOL!  The first 6 miles were great, but the last 4… Well, I walked/ran majority of it.  I even walked another mile to cool down.  11 miles on the freaking treadmill!!  WOW!!!  I was so happy when I finished I screamed and cried when I got in the car.

July was an extremely busy month that mostly consisted of working, taking care of my grand baby, and other activities with my family and friends.  It made this running experience hard, but doable with the right attitude and plan.  I’m thankful for everything I had to go through to get it done.  It has made me stronger in spirit, mind, body and running.

7/31/14 100 miles in July

100 miles

Shout outs and Thank yous

100 Mile Challenge – Day Thirty

Oh my I’m a day behind!  Here is day thirty.  I’ll post day thirty-one tomorrow!

I couldn’t get up this morning.  I worked late so I was tired and sleepy.  It was also raining, and that didn’t make it any better.

sleepy head

After hitting the snooze button a few times, I finally got my day started with this 20 minute stretch video to loosen up my tight hamstrings.

Home Yoga Practice:  Hips and Hamstrings for Men and Athletes

The video helped ease some of the tightness I felt, but not all.  I just told myself to take it easy, focus on the miles and run/walk at a comfortable pace.

7/30/14 Since it was raining this morning, I had to run/walk on Mr. Treadmill.

5 miles!

treadmill time

7/30/14 Ran/Walked another two miles after the rain stopped.

Post Run Face

100 Mile Challenge – Day Twenty-Nine

Started day twenty-nine with a 3 mile run at the park.  It was an emotional run.  My thoughts were all over the place, my hamstrings were not happy as well as my calves.  I kept telling myself  that I’m in this race with grace and I know I can do this.  I have broken my own personal record with 75 miles and that is flipping awesome.  I just have to keep going…keep pushing.

After my run, my family and I took a field trip to Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  We had a wonderful time seeing all the exhibits and dinosaurs.  My munchkin really liked playing with the building blocks and the water.  It ended up being a fun and great day with my family.

 7/29/14 Ran 3 miles and walked half mile.

Sunrise Clouds

Walked 1.5 miles at Perot Museum.

My kiddos!

Little Munchkin and Big Munchkin

Play time in the water.

Play Time

100 Mile Challenge – Day Twenty-Seven

I have added up my miles and…wait for it… 75 miles!!  BOOYAH!  My highest mileage month ever!  I’m so stoked!  I need 25 more miles to reach my goal!

My challenge is doing this in four days… Yep four days!  I think the best way to do this is to split my runs. 3 to 4 miles in the morning and 2 to 3 miles in the evening.  Any other suggestions?

7/27/14  25 miles to go! Can I do it in four days?  We shall see!

25 Miles To Go

100 Mile Challenge – Day Twenty-Six

It’s way past my bedtime, but I need to catch up with you guys!

Yesterday, I was invited to go workout at the park with Coach Carla from the gym.  So my running plan changed from 5 to 6 miles to 3.  And let me tell you, that workout at the park kicked my rear after running 3 miles.  Sprints, Stair Repeats with Burpees, Calf Raises, Push-Ups, Tricep Dips, Step ups on the benches, Tree Sits (instead of wall sits) Jumping Jacks and more!  I thought I was going to pass out with the heat and the humidity. Whew!

7/26/14 – Ran 3 miles, plus another 1.5 miles at the park.

Push-Ups and Tricep Dips

push ups

Stair Repeats with Burpees

Stair Repeats

Push Up Selfie

push up selfie

Coach Carla

Coach Carla

Saturday evening I went to my sister-in-law’s wedding reception.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Lots of good food, great music and family love.

The Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

 

100 Mile Challenge – Day Twenty-Five

I enjoyed catching up with one of my closest and dearest friends Shalanda this morning over breakfast.  I’m truly proud of her and all her accomplishments, especially her recent achievement of becoming a licensed minister.  I feel so blessed to be a part of her ministry that will transform lives through prayer, worship, fellowship and nutritional guidance.

You can follow Shalanda and her ministry through her website Sevenfold Society.

Sevenfold Society is an organization created to provide a means for women to develop spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and to fellowship with other women in a comfortable and positive environment.

Best Friends

Today our leader took us to Top Golf to celebrate and recognize our team achievements.  It was really nice to get away from the phones, desk and office for a day. 

After our meeting and celebration we had lunch and hit microchipped balls into dartboard-like targets.  Super fun!

I am very grateful to be a part of an amazing company that values their employees and work side by side with such loving and caring people. 

7/25/2014 – Team Selfie~No activity.

The A Team

100 Mile Challenge – Day Twenty-Four

Today was a good day.  Hit the pavement bright and early, then had breakfast with my better half.  And well…That’s about it!  LOL!

Tomorrow I have an early morning breakfast date with a good friend and a team building event with work.  Sounds like it’s going to be super fun!

7/24/2014 – 3 miles and breakfast with the hubby.  🙂

Breakfast Date

 

100 Mile Challenge – Day Twenty-Three

I had to work late last night so I didn’t get a chance to post my update for day twenty-three.

I felt better yesterday.  No more headache!  Yay!!  Hill and stair repeats were tough with the heat and humidity, but I got ’em done!

7/23/14 Hills x 3, Stair Repeats x 6 and more hills.  2.5 miles with a half a mile cool down.

Hill and Stair Repeats