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RnR Savannah

Discouragement. It really stinks.

You know those days where your running doesn’t make sense to the training you’ve been doing? Even running 4 miles is a struggle when you did 10 with little problem? Well.. those training runs turned into a training week. After a few of those terrible runs, you get discouraged. It starts to wear on your mentality. You start to doubt yourself. And I don’t like doubting myself. 
Then I reminded myself that Nick Saban harps on having “mental toughness” which he defines as: 
“I think mental toughness is a perseverance that you have when you can make yourself do something that you really don’t feel like doing. In other words, you don’t really feel like getting up, but you get up. You don’t feel like practicing today, but you practice. You don’t feel like focusing today, but you focus. And, even in difficult circumstances and difficult surrounds, you can stay focused on what you need to stay focused on. “
Nick always knows what to say. 
I also turn to Pinterest to help motivate me to go out and take my groove back. 

Source: None via Rachel on Pinterest

Source: google.ca via Rachel on Pinterest

I think you have to have those kind of training runs. The ones that hurt. That make you doubt what you are doing and why you are doing it. They may not make you physically stronger, but they make you mentally stronger. 
To me, mental strength is just as important as physical strength. Your mind will give out before your body will. You need the mental toughness to shut that voice down that says “you can’t do this.” 
So, I knew I had to pump myself up before my last double digit run for my Savannah training. 
For some reason, this series always pumps me up. 
Anyway, it helped. It got me out of my mental funk. Although, isn’t it always 2 weeks before a race that you start to realize other things you should have been doing? Like cross training? Ouchies for my hip. I swear I’m going to start strength training for those.. if I could just figure out what will strengthen them. 
Random. I just found out that there is a half marathon in Birmingham 15 days after Savannah.. thoughts on should I run that or not? 

It’s Friday, I’m in Love

Hello All! 
I am trying to get back into the swing of being a better blogger…
One of the things that has helped that, is I have decided to stop “blogging by the rules”.
I have got to get back to blogging for myself and writing what I want to blog about. 
As a Mac nerd.. I was so super sad to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs. In a way, he was like a long lost grandfather to me. He didn’t know me, but he impacted my life on an everyday basis. J-weezy counted every Apple product we own, and that number came up at 18. 18 Apple products that we purchase and use on a daily basis. I, myself, own 4 iPods. Which, is more than nuts. 2 iPads, a macbook air, an iMac, 2 iPhones, the wireless routers.. etc. He was a true innovator and everything he came up with, changed the lives of everyone, whether you knew who he was or not. I could go on and on about what all he has done for people, whether they realize it or not. Just have a moment of silence for our generations Thomas Edison the next time you watch a movie on your computer or iPad or listen to a rocking’ playlist on your iPod in your car. 
Onto my next form of business…I have a dilemma. I blogged about it earlier and then accidentally deleted it. Blissdom, Disney Princess Half Marathon, and one of Addy’s gymnastics meets are all on the same weekend. I am torn on what to do. I thought I could do Blissdom( it’s a blogging conference in Nashville) and Addy’s gymnastics meet (In Gatlinburg) in the same weekend, but it’s not possible. I would totally go to Disney but I refuse to go by myself down there. I know people going, but I honestly can’t justify the cost of a hotel room for me, myself and I. All of my internet friends are going to Nashville. I am planning on running RnR DC in March, so I should just be happy with that and go to Nashville. P.S. Before I start getting the comments on how could I not go to Addy’s meet- it’s one of several and people? I put in the hours every week watching her. I think I am allowed to take one or two weekends out of the year to do something for me. 
Speaking of Addison.. she has been saying some of the funniest stuff lately. So, I am going to share her cuteness. The other day we came in from gymnastics and she was complaining about her leg cramping. I asked her why it was cramping. Her response? “I don’t know. It must be from all that dominating.” 
She was asking questions about Steve Jobs’ passing and I was telling her how he created Pixar too. She looked at me and said, “You mean, he made computers, iPads, iPhones, AND TOY STORY??!?”
And last, but certainly not least, we are less than one month away from Rock N Roll Savannah.. how can it be?? Is it time already?? My training has been going swimmingly. I have missed a few runs and I won’t be getting up to 13 miles before the race like my training called for- I will most likely stay at 10 miles for the rest of my long runs. I am feeling great- very little soreness. My right hip gets tight and my last half, it gave me some problems, so anything I can do to strengthen it or stretches for it would be greatly appreciated. 
Here’s the thing about running… it’s addicting. You start for one reason or another, maybe it’s a goal or to lose weight, but it ends up grabbing you. It’s always there. Those runs are always ready for you. Every bad run or hard run would have discouraged me in the past. It would have made me think, “What are you doing? You are a crazy person.” But now? I think, “You can get through this and it’s going to make you a stronger and better runner in the end.” I would have never thought in a million years, that I would be conditioned enough to wait until the day before a race to sign up. Those kind of people used to freak me out. But guess what? I am one now. I decided Thursday night, to run a 10K on Saturday. It’s crazy to me that I can be a conditioned enough runner, to be prepared to run one. Sure, I am in training. But even once training is over, I just can’t see me going back to measly 3 mile runs on an everyday basis. I know I can run 5-6 miles at least 3-4 times a week. 

So.. I guess I need to start planning my race schedule for 2012.. I am thinking the Mercedes Half in Birmingham and then onto DC for Rock N Roll in March. Who’s with me??

I’m Alive.. no worries. Unless you didn’t want me to be,

Hi all. It’s me. 
I’m alive. 
Much like Kenny Chesney. 
I’ve had a CrAzY busy couple of weeks and honestly, needed to drop some balls that I was juggling.
 I am all caught up. 
Much like Usher. 
So.. I give to you.. my past two weeks via my iPhone.. (which I now realize is totally copying Neely.. sorry, yo. It wasn’t intentional.) 
I ran 10 miles. It was glorious and not that painful. Which makes me quite hopeful for Savannah in 32 days. 
I had dinner with the Big Guy. 
I wore a dress you could see through.. by accident. 
I learned the hard way not to wear high heels the day after running 10 miles, no matter how NOT sore your legs were that morning. 
I ate BBQ. KIDDING. I most certainly did not. But a lot of people did. Including the Tide. Sorry Pig Sooie fans. 
One of the reasons I love The Zone… 
I ate my weight in cheesy potato wedges. 
Had a date night with the Hubs.. and had a stranger ask me if I was going to the Fair. Which I was not. 
My outfit for Savannah came in.. and the shorts are monsterously large and short. Good combo! 
And last but not least… we had a sickness invade one of our children that allowed me to stay home from Gainesville. 
I may or may not have had a little cry about it.. since on my 30 by 30 list is to go to every SEC stadium.. and we only play Florida about once every 5 years.. so… it’s not going to happen. BUT, it should totally count, right? I mean.. I’ve seen them 4 other times. RIGHT???
Anyway.. as you can tell.. or maybe not? I am not doing a giveaway at my 400th post.. I do have the things needed for said giveaway, but just no time right now. 
So.. eventually, grasshopper. 
Bare with me.. as I have lost blogging motivation. I am trying to do better. 

The World Ain’t Ready for Nothing Like Y-O-U.

 I could lie to you, but that title came just because I am slightly obsessed with Spotify and yep. I was listening to Travis Tritt. If we can’t be honest with the Internets, then who can we be honest with? 
That’s right. Mr and Mrs Smith and I are running the Rock N Roll Savannah 1/2 marathon on November 5th. I could lie and say that Philly was perfectly okay with this, but he was not. November 5th is also the day that the Crimson Tide battles the Bayou Bengals in Tuscaloosa. Yep. You guessed. I am missing an Alabama football game to torture myself for 13.1 miles. Not just ANY game. An SEC game. BIG DEAL, people who aren’t from the South or who don’t care about football! 
Anywho. 
We are super pumped and the lovely Tonia at Racing with Babes made me a training plan, so it started this week. But not without a new pair of shoes. I finally did my shoe fittings right. I went to Fleet Feet in Huntsville- they have the treadmill. (Side note. Don’t go for a running shoe fitting in a dress.) Turns out, I pronate my right foot. B-A-D. Can you guess what knee I have trouble with? Yep. The right one. Amazing! There’s the light bulb! 
So. I know I wanted a pair of the Frees-but the color was no where to be found and running store dude said no way, bad idea. So, I got some shoes that have some stability on the inside. The Brooks Ravennas. 
It’s not a glitter stiletto, but it’s close!

So.. Of course I had John take some pictures of me on my first week of training, complete with the new kicks- which I have been on a few runs in, and I LOVE them. No knee pain!!
And since J gets mad when I put weird face pictures of him on the Internets, This is just for you. 




It’s a talent to be this pale. I keep hoping for Edward Cullen to come along…
What? A redheaded kid wants in my picture? NEVER!
I’m getting my majorette pose down..
And.. I’m going to punch this Half Marathon in the FACE!!! 
 Are there any of you planning to run RnR Savannah? If so, let’s plan a blogger dinner? Anyone game? 
More importantly.. what should I wear for the race? I was thinking.. something Bama inspired since it’s game day. You know how I am about dressing up for games, right??

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