Running obsessed?

I am debating whether I should sign up for the Frosty Fun Run that takes place on December 11th. Its for a good cause – supporting 2 child advocacy groups. I’m still not where I need to be for running, but I’m continuing on my training and improving. My family will probably say I’m too obsessed about these events. But in my defense, I like pushing myself to see how far I can go. My next goal is to be able to increase my running so that I’m running more than walking and eventually running a 5k. I believe I have participated in 6 walk/run events this year so far.  This sounds like a fun event, as long as the weather cooperates. No chip timing – it’s just for fun. A 4-mile run on the cart path of a local golf course. Today is the last day to sign up online, so I will think about this today and make a decision soon.


Thanksgiving with family

We had an enjoyable Thanksgiving meal at my sister’s house the day after Thanksgiving. So, while many were out shopping for black friday, we were having our family get together. It was wonderful! So much good food and I even managed to take some sides that were more healthy than the traditional sides. Of course I overindulged on the desserts, but since I did a 4-miler the day before I didn’t feel too guilty. Also, my 14 year old nephew took me out to their home gym in their garage and worked me out harder than Jillian Michaels would have! lol! It was rough, but I can see how that works for the contestants on the Biggest Loser. It was almost…motivating in a sick kind of way. 🙂 Sorry I don’t have any pics of that. But let me tell you…it wasn’t pretty.



Me and my hubby

me and Whitney

After dinner and after the older folks left, we played RockBand and Guitar Hero with my sis and her family. I was saddened though to hear my brother-in-law’s grandfather passed away that day. He was 91 years old. But it gave us a chance to get back home before it got too late since we live almost an hour away.
How was your Thanksgiving?

Race pics

Here are some pics of me from the BoroDash race on Thanksgiving Day. It felt good to cross the finish line.

I made it to the finish line!

Race start

Race results

The day is here! Its time for BoroDash! It was a great morning for a run. I woke up around 6 a.m. and got ready to go. I had a protein shake for breakfast and headed over to MTSU for the race.

Here are the BoroDash Race results. I didn’t come in last place! But my motto for the day was to finish and not worry about my time. I felt good about my results since my time for the 4 mile race today was better than the last 5k race I did in October. Its all about progress. I managed do run some for this race instead of walk the entire thing. I ran into some high school buddies of mine and we did it together. It was good catching up with them. Here are some pictures from the race.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. We are actually eating our dinner tomorrow at my sister’s house. I am making a promise to my family to not nag anyone about healthy eating at our dinner. It’s one day…right? I must remember that I shouldn’t try to push my healthy eating ideas on everyone else, especially on a holiday where spending time with family is more important.
Have a good one!

My race bib

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Here it is! I’ll be wearing this in the morning at BoroDash! I am so excited. I’m going home after work to load up on some carbs and get a good nights rest. I’ll be posting pics after the race. Wish me luck! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Race packet pickup

We are almost to the front of the line!

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I spent a few hours this morning waiting in line to pick up my race packet for BoroDash. I didn’t expect the wait to be so long, but it gave me a chance to get out of the office for a while. I’m looking forward to the run in the morning but a little nervous too. I am determined to have fun no matter what happens. I just hope I’ll be able to run more than I have to walk. Since this is my first race that I’m attempting to run, I will be happy at whatever I’m able to do. The most important part is finishing it, not my time.

It’s lunchtime

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It’s time for lunch. I have much more success with bringing my own lunch to work. I brought brocoli with low fat cheese sauce and brown rice with black eyed peas for lunch today. I am also having a cup of Motts cranberry rasberry applesauce with added fiber. I also added flaxseeds to my applesauce for some extra omega 3’s. And to drink…water. I am going to try hard to eat healthy at least until Thanksgiving day so I won’t feel too guilty about indulging. And even then I know I can make better choices by eating smaller portions and filling up on the veggies that i will be making. I’m on track!

Weekend fun

Today was a good day. I actually got to sleep in – which was very weird by the way since my kitty usually wakes me up around 6 a.m. no matter what day of the week it is.

It was nice for a change, but I felt like the day flew by since I got a late start. But plenty of sleep is good for me! And I probably needed it since I drank several glasses of merlot last night.

I made breakfast for the family consisting of scrambled eggs, southwest style hash browns and toast. And coffee of course!

After breakfast, I made it into the exercise room to work out. Today I began the Couch to 5k running plan. The first week workout is fairly easy since I have been running a little already. But I felt it was time to start a training program since I have struggled so much. It was a good workout to start the day.

After working out, we just chilled out at home. I talked to my sister and made plans for our Thanksgiving dinner. Looking forward to that. Small portions is my plan. I will have to taste everything since she is such a great cook. And I know there will be way too many desserts and carbs! I am glad that I am running/walking 4 miles on Thanksgiving day in Borodash. At least calories will be burned before eating dinner.

My husband and I went out for dinner. We decided to go to Five Guys Burgers and Fries. That was my first time going there. It was probably the best burger I have ever had. I did get the “little” burger and shared fries with John so I don’t feel too guilty about the splurge. I am glad I worked out this morning.

Have a great weekend!

Savory lunch

I decided to treat myself to lunch at McAlister’s Deli today. I was really in the mood for soup and a sandwich. I guess that’s because I have been sick. I had a cup of chicken tortilla soup and half turkey sandwich on wheat, with iced tea. (a southern girl’s must-have.)  I wish I had taken a picture before I gobbled it up. My lunch was delicious!!! I think chicken tortilla soup is my favorite soup ever. And I don’t feel guilty about eating too many calories. My combo meal cost me around 700 calories.

My day is about halfway over! I’m looking forward to happy hour and beginning my weekend!