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On October 30th 2o1o . . Β Chris, Mom, Jill, Marie and myself ran in the Monster Dash 5k to support Point Pleasant EMS in NJ.

In one word, I can sum up my first 5k Β . . . . FUN

The adrenaline of it all pushed me to run further without stopping for as long as I can remember.

Before I start I just want to give credit to our photographer . . . Dad. Β He got some great shots through the course of the race and we will forever have these to remember this awesome time πŸ™‚

When we got there, we went right in to receive our numbers. Β I was proud to be 1-2-3!

It was kind of cold so we all hung out in the sun.

We had an hour until race time, so Jill and I decided to to a warm-up jog back and fourth to the bathroom.

And Chris . . . he warmed up in his own weird way . . .

As time ticked by, we started reviewing the map and getting excited.

We all waited patiently at the starting line.

And before we knew it, we were off! Β Down the boardwalk, through the inlet and onto the streets. Β We were cheered on along the way by all of the EMS workers stopping traffic for us. Β We kept a really great pace only stopping to walk a couple times so Marie could rest her calfs. Β But we ran most of the way!

When we made it back to the final stretch on the boardwalk, we ditched Marie and picked up the pace. Β I ended up finishing in 35:38 which was WAY under my goal of 50 minutes!

Chris followed right behind me as Marie was not too far behind. Β Mom came in just over 40min and Jill kicked it into high gear to make it in 42min which is impressive for someone who walked most of the way!

We stuck around for the awards ceremony which began to drag on after a while. Β But, Marie did end up winning a pumpkin that she dug into shortly after.

We had such a blast and the sense of accomplishment makes things so worth it. Β I have such high motivation now, and we all cant wait for the next one.

Happy Halloween!

Well, our costumes were a bust. Chris and I went as Katie and Micah from Paranormal Activity, but nobody really saw the movies so I just ended up looking like a jogger who stabbed herself.

Even so, I still had fun creeping people out . . .

Appearing in strange graveyards . . .

And stalking innocent victims . . .

Today, my legs are feeling ok except a little stiffness in my ankles. I took the day off from exercising because I could swear I feel the beginnings of a cold coming on. It may just be in my head, but I am taking tea precautions.

Unfortunately, Chris got called into work but Im spending the rest of Halloween at my parents. Handing out some candy, eating homemade chicken soup, making pumpkin bread and getting photography lessons from dad πŸ™‚

What did you do this Halloween?

I Did It!

Well, we did it actually!

All of us completed our first ever race this morning and we couldn’t be more happy πŸ™‚

I came in WAY under my goal and so did Chris, Mom, Marie and Jill!

I will have a full re-cap coming up once my photographer emails me the pictures from the race. πŸ˜‰

As for now we have a Halloween Party to get ready for so I gotta put some blood on my shirt . . Spook ya later!

How awesome of me to leave on that last note and not post again πŸ˜‰

sorry . . .

Thanks for your comments.

I’m feeling a bit better now. I sat in silence thinking about what I was actually feeling and it boiled down to FRUSTRATION. I’m having all of these lightbulb moments and learning lessons and then get knocked down back to this point of limbo where I’m stuck in the middle of it all. A place where I know dieting does not work but yet all of the things happening now don’t WORK either.

Then that brings me to wonder what WORK is? Is there a defining moment where I can call myself ok? What turns my situation into a success story? Is it dropping excess weight? Is it loving yourself without lying? Is it being able to be your raw self no matter what?

I’m done whining though. I’m taking what is happening to me now as something I’m supposed to learn something from or go through.

I am moving on

This is the first time we took a vacation where we didn’t live at home. Now instead of just laundry to tend to, we got cleaning, mail, dishes unpaid bills and work. I think a perfect vacation is 2 weeks long. One week going somewhere and the next to relax and take a vacation from your vacation πŸ™‚

I do feel better after eating more foods that have life in them and drinking more water.I had a great run yesterday and am hoping to repeat one today. My goal for the totally undertrained first ever 5k race is to have fun and finish in 50 minutes or under.

I got TONS of laundry to tend to now.


Yesterday at work, after coming in at 7:15am I waited out until 8pm to get paid even though I could have left maybe 20 or 30 minutes earlier. I could have stopped in today to grab my check, but I didn’t.

Why? . . .

I had a schedule to stick to. Even though Caroline and my boss found this amusing . . . YOU HAVE NO IDEA!

I’m a little bummed that it was raining a good part of the morning where I scheduled in my run. It’s beautiful out now! Luckily there is time later to run if I’m not totally beat. I was able to sleep until about 8am which is LATE for this balancing broad.

Ok here we go . . . First things first coffee! It was the only thing I was craving this morning. Not hungry.

Dish Mountain CLEARED!

Then I tackled the errand I’m least looking forward to . . . Cleaning the bathroom! Ash, if your reading this . . . Get excited for home life πŸ˜‰
It may or may not have taken longer to take this picture then clean the actual bathroom.

At least my arm looks kinda jacked πŸ™‚

Ok showered and out into the real world . . .

It’s about time my eyebrows stopped looking like I could have been in a geico caveman commercial! WAXED!

Then focused on getting my CA$H MONEY situated at the bank. OH YEAH that’s the mother load! 5 twenties!

And of course, the most random groceries ever.
NOTHIING goes better with baby spinach and almond milk than 36 rolls of TP.

Dont knock it till you try it πŸ˜‰

After I went in a secret Xmas mission. I usually don’t do this so early, but there is a gift that I HAD to get while its on sale. Shhhhhh. . . .

Aaaandd . . . Of course the ad was a misprint and I left the store with nothing but grump face. FAIL!

I had to remedy the situation and I deserved to buy myself something.
Is it sick that this excites me? So many flavors!

Before stopping home, I NEEDED to eat. I was well aware that the only calories that passed my lips from 8am to 130pm were from the half and half in my coffee and a majorly under ripe banana that tasted like leaves.

I honestly didn’t find anything appealing in my house or had the time to make something, so I waited until i got exactly what I wanted. A steak salad in a crispy tortilla.

No pico left behind baby. Even though I was incredibly hungry, I couldn’t finish it all. I stowed away the rest for another time.

I contemplating cracking open a shiny new fall collection beer and doing the rest of the things that needed to be done at home in a fuzzy stupor, but instead I moved my haircut appointment from Thursday to today. I need Thursday open as much as possible to pack for vacation! CHOP!


Back at home now and about to crack open a beer finally. I still have to bag my smoothies (ill explain in another post)

Head to Chris’ moms house for dinner, reasearch some things online, write tomorrows post, and maybe squeeze in a run.

Feeling accomplished πŸ™‚

After Thursday’s gratitude breakthrough, I have been on a high of some sort. I just feel happy. Yes I have a massive to do list and things I could be stressing about, but in the big picture . . . Life is good πŸ™‚

So I did something crazy . . .

I signed up for a 5k!

Yes, it’s in two weeks and I know I am not trained whatsoever for it, but it sounds like a good time and Why the heck not?

It’s held at the boardwalk where my usual runs are, and it is also a costume race. I’m debating if I am going to wear a costume only because I may not have time to put it all together. I had a great idea of chris being Mario and me being an ‘invincible star’ with something attached to me that sings the tune. I know you all know it πŸ˜‰

Oh and another awesome thing besides Chris doing it too is that so is my mom and my two sisters! They don’t plan to run either which is why it’s good that its a walk too.

Luckily, I was able to get to road runner to get fitted for some serious sneaks. They do this awesome free testing to see check balance, where you pronate and I even got custom orthotics! I ended up taking home these babies. I’m a fan of Saucony, very comfortable.

I was lucky enough to score some free stuff like socks, gu chomps, a hat and some pens since it was Ladies Night

I’m excited! Exercise is so much more enjoyable when you aren’t doing it for weight loss πŸ™‚

What do you think of me signing up for a 5k with zero training? Yay or Nay?


Posted on: October 8, 2010

If you haven’t already, check out the Self Discovery Word By Word Blogger Series on Ashley’s blog Nourishing The Soul.

The word first word of this series is GRATITUDE and what comes to mind when you see this word. I have to say I didn’t know what to write for this. Especially seeing amazing entries like the one from Katie but sometimes I get inspiration when I don’t expect it.

I haven’t exercised in almost 2 weeks. I don’t feel guilty about this, I swear. My body needed rest, it was raining, and the stars just didn’t align. However, this made me nervous to finally go out for a workout today as I was starting to make slow but steady progress in my running.

Mom and I decided to go to the reservoir which is always a good option. It was cold, empty and beautiful.

I told myself that I would only run for 2min then walk for 3min the whole time and if i got tired or couldn’t keep this pace, then there was absolutely no shame in walking. During one of the jogging intervals, I decided to not stop. I ran for 10min straight! I passed a family of deer on the way and I think my proud smile kept me going. I was so proud.

THEN I decided to do the same about 10min later. I put a good song on and just went for it. Can I tell you . . . I DIDNT STOP FOR 21 MINUTES! I made it all the way smiling through the hilly terrain to the very end.

I’ve NEVER EVER ran this long. This was big. I started thinking about why I was able to do this today and not any other day.

Well, the in two weeks that I didn’t exercise I took care of myself much better then usual. Vitamins, vegetables, relaxing, having a good time with friends, laughing, eating less sugar I believe that exercise is NOT the only way to take care of yourself.

Today, the sum of all of this added up to . . .


My body was thanking me for taking care of it! I think in this run today, I finally made the connection. If you take care of your body, it will show you GRATITUDE and take care of you! I would have never had the energy or motivation to do this had I not consciously made the effort in taking better care of myself the past 2 weeks. Again, something you already know but don’t necessarily believe until all of the lessons you learn snowball in your head until they click.

I believe that my body deserves this gratitude in the form of taking better care of myself. I put it through SO much hell in the past few years by dieting, overtraining, and hating it, and it always followed me through showing me signs as I ignored them in a quest of a newer ‘better’ body.

The lesson . . .

Show your body the gratitude it deserves the way it is RIGHT NOW or it will never show it back to you.

What have YOU done to show yourself gratitude?

Without stopping?


I usually run for one song on boardwalk. Then walk a bit, then continue running. Today, I ran the whole way! Of course this was in between walking and other jogging intervals, but it felt great!

It’s showing me that I’m making progress. More importantly, I actually LIKE doing it and there is no pressure on myself.

*happy dance*


I know a lot of people do one mile in half the time or less, but this was the average pace of our 5 mile workout at the reservoir this afternoon!

Marie and I did 2min jogging and 3min walking the whole time. We usually start out good and finish walking the last mile and a half, but we were determined to keep our pace and we did!

We had a long warm up with Mom and Jill who also went but walked the whole way. We plan to do this once a week and shave a bit of time off each workout. I’m sure it will help us for our first ever 5k in November! πŸ˜‰

I feel awesome, and hungry!

We are taking Jill out to lunch for her birthday now at Surf Taco
. . . Even though her real birthday is today, we doing the whole cake and dinner thang tomorrow. But for now . . . .

Happy 24th Jill!


Teriyaki chicken wrap with pineapple chunks. Didn’t rock my socks but cured the hunger.

Not sure what’s in store for the rest of the night, yay πŸ™‚

This morning I woke up at 5am after a night of tossing and turning due to raging heartburn, and the fact that still . . . It was too hot and dry in our room.I told myself just to get up and go run anyway because I will feel better after. As my mom drove us to the beach, I contemplated sleeping in the car while she worked out.

So, I walked the first 15min like usual without music. Then when it came to the time I usually run, I turned on the music and it just seemed too noisy. So I walked and walked until I was a little more then half way thorough and tried again.

I lasted a hot 10 seconds . . .

Now, I was getting angry. I skipped a little bit of what I usually do and focused on getting back to the car. I started feeling just heavy, gross and noticed my new bloat I was sporting jiggled with every step.

My mom stopped to talk to a fisherman that she knows in the distance and I stopped far enough away from them waiting for her to come back so I could grab her keys. She stayed there for a good 5min and waved me over to come meet him. I obviously was in no mood so I threw my arms in the air and she came back and I snapped at her telling her I didn’t want to talk to anybody.

Now I’m sitting in the car waiting for her to finish and you know what?

I DONT feel better after exercising today.

I know I shouldn’t be hard on myself for walking. And I know a biting reason why I didn’t have the energy was because of all the processed food and sugar I ate all weekend, but I thought I was supposed to feel better. Isn’t that the rule?


At home I have a mountain of laundry to tackle and I have to head in for a stressful afternoon at work. I hope I cam turn this fowl mood around by then. 😦

We have all heard that we should exercise even if we don’t feel like it because no matter what we will feel better. Has that ever not been true for you too?

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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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