Friday, July 21, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ July 21, 2017

Drum Roll Please....

The highlight of the week is TODAY!!!! Today is my little girls 18th Birthday so first and foremost on this High Five for Friday is:

1. Tess turns 18!!!! It certainly is the highlight of the week although bitter sweet. "Times they are a changin"

We had a fun dinner with family on Wednesday and I have taken the day off today to spend the day with her! She also moves off to school in less than a month!

2. This week I got back my husband's grandmothers ring from being sized down at the jewelers. My sister-in-law gave this ring to me and I am excited to wear it when I wear gold jewelry. It is so dainty and beautiful and the jeweler did a fantastic job shining it up and making it fit me. 

3. Ohhhhhhhh I am super excited to announce that coming soon Juice Plus will be offering a completely vegan Omega blend!!! They should be available this fall.

I have been reading about Omegas and running so I am super excited to add this to my daily Juice Plus routine! 

Simply put running creates stress on our bodies, stress creates inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads to a slew of issues and diseases. Omegas are so so good for joint health, heart health, lung health, etc. 

4. I had a great run, walk and talk with my runner girls last weekend on the greenway followed by a super fun night with them wine tasting at a party!! I am so thankful for this amazing group of women!

5. One of my runner girls loaned me the book Chi Running by Danny Dreyer I am super excited to start reading this book. She has mentioned it to me several times and really feels the method has improved her form. I got to meet Danny Dreyer and hear him speak this past March at the Asheville Marathon Pre-Event Dinner. Danny also leads training programs for the Asheville Events

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Tell me what was good about your week!! Share with me your favorite post of the week by linking up below. TGIF!! Have a happy weekend!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Half Marathon and Marathon Training Prep

Goodness here it is the middle of July and 2017 is already half way over. Crazy!!! Hallmark is counting down to Christmas already this very second!

I am quite a bit behind my mileage goal for the year but I have made some big race commitments in the last couple of months so all hope is not lost.

I will officially begin my half marathon training for the Free Press Detroit International Half Marathon in August and my marathon training for the Asheville Marathon at Biltmore will follow immediately in October but I am starting to get my self geared up for my training season.

 Since I have decided to do this crazy marathon thing I want to be sure that I set my self-up for success as best I can. Even though I have run half marathons I am very aware that a marathon is a totally different experience. 

I do not think I am going to pressure my self on time or set a time goal. At the present I really can not imagine getting to 13.1 (the finish of a half) and have 13.1 more to go! I am really just having not to think about it like that. I will worry less about pace and instead I will focus on staying healthy, injury free and just getting to the finish! I know I can do it!

I plan to start digging deep into my nutrition. I know from half-marathon training that my nutrition will make all the difference. This will be hard because I have my vices…

I need to strengthen my core. The stronger your core when distance running the less likely you are to get certain injuries. Almost every issue from running is directly related to core strength. 

Injury is probably at this point my biggest concern. Injury can significantly impact my training schedule so I have built in time for recovery and I have also put on my schedule self care like foam rolling, stretching, yoga and massages!

Another worry I have is training solo. I know me and I know I won't do it. I have one friend committed to run the same marathon as me thank goodness, another friend who will decide by the end of the month and my other running buddies have told me they can relay with me on the long run days!

I am super excited about what these next several months will hold! I have several races scheduled to finish out this year and have clearly already started working on my goals for next year! 

Be prepared for all things marathon for a while. 

Grace, Peace and Many Happy Miles!

Friday, July 14, 2017

High Five for Friday - July 14, 2017

Happy Friday! This week has flown by! 

This week we have been busy with College stuff for Tess, College Roommate Assignments, MacBook Purhcase for school, Dorm Room Shopping, etc. 

Some of my highlights from the week are:

1. Tess and I drove down to visit with Madie on Saturday

2. We had a family cookout on Sunday. Great Food, Great Fun and Great Family!

3. I found out that I  am the newest Madera Ambassador!!! Stay tuned!! I will have a 40% off discount code to share!!! Woot Woot!!

4. I got this super fresh pair of Crazy Compression in the mail this week!!! I can not wait to wear these fun OTC Compression Socks!! You know I love being a part of the #crazyclan

5. I had a fun girls night out with friends at a local favorite Brown Mountain Bottle Works Thursday Night celebrating a dear friend who is starting a new journey in her career path! It's always great to spend time celebrating with friends. 

Bonus: I couldn't just have five highs this week!! Ok if you know me you know about my love of rap music... This week I also watched The Defiant Ones Series and WOW what an amazing story!!! You need to watch this!!

"They built everything they are today by betting on themselves" ~ Eminem 

Tell me what was great about your week! Share a link to your favorite blog post here:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Charlotte Firecracker 5K Race Recap ~ July 3, 2017

As you know one of my goals for 2017 is to run a race each month! YOU NEED THIS GOAL IN YOUR LIFE!! It has been so much fun!!! Setting out to have some sort of fun each month is pretty great!

For July I decided to run the Charlotte Firecracker 5K again. Elizabeth and I had so much fun there last year we decided we just had to do it again. This year it was just the two of us. It is held the evening before the 4th of July. 

We of course dressed up in red, white and blue and drove down to Charlotte with about an hour to spare. I was soooooo sleepy for some reason so we stopped at a nearby Dunkin Donuts so I could grab a coffee.  We got to the event and grabbed our race tanks and bibs. 

There were already tons of people there and there was a DJ keeping the crowd enthused. 
We soon lined up with all the other racers and were off! This race had 529 finishers so not too big and not too small!

The neighborhood really gets involved and you will see families out on blankets on the lawn cheering on the runners and others houses that go all out with a cheering crowd, sprinklers and chalk art on the road! It is great and a fun race that enhances the patriotic spirit. 

At the finish there is a great participation medal and another big crowd of cheerleaders!

I had hoped to finish this race stronger than I did. Several factors I feel affected my pace, it was a hot July evening, I was already feeling really sleepy before the race and the Saturday before the race I ran down Burkemont Mountain with an elevation drop of 1748 ft so my legs were a bit fatigued. I have however learned to listen to my body and so I let my body guide me on this course. I am not interested in getting injured so I prefer to stay in this for the long run and really enjoy the short runs! 

The race starts at Olde Providence Elementary and ends at Windyrush Country Club and ends with a huge pool party and beer and pizza galore!

As we finished up our post race pizza the sky turned super dark and we headed to the car. It was about a .8 mile walk back to the start line and we did not want to get caught in the looming evening T-Storm. We made it just in time!

We had so much sweaty fun and we would certainly do this one again and again.


Now on to the next!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Motivation Monday

It’s Motivation Monday and I have been feeling very motivated lately and excited about my upcoming running plans!

I have found since beginning running that motivation comes and goes. Sometimes I am feeling extremely motivated and other times not so much. 

I began thinking recently that I am most motivated when I have something on the calendar, some goal that I need to meet or some big event that I am looking forward to!

I have recently committed to two big and exciting events! 

I am registered to run the Free Press Detroit International Half Marathon in October!!! I am super excited about that! I will get to travel internationally (into Canada) by foot!!! Woot Woot!! I also decided to complete the America Home Fitness 5K the day before in Detroit! 

The Detroit race weekend will also kick off my training for the biggest event! I have decided to run my very first marathon before I turn 40 and what better event to run than the Asheville Marathon on the Beautiful Biltmore Estate! I think I can, I think I can! 

 As soon as I committed to the idea of both of these races I quickly drafted my training plan. I love the Hal Higdon plans and modify them only slightly to coordinate with my work schedule and thus the best time for me to run! 

I suddenly feel so pumped and ready to kick it into high gear! My next big hurdle will be staying on course with cross training. Honestly this is my least favorite part but I know that it is so so so important and will keep my body in the best condition to endure the miles. 

In addition to putting something on my schedule to motivate me I also need the motivation of my accountability partners, my BRF’s (Best Running Friends). I am not sure I would do any of this without having someone to do it with! 

Right now two of my “Lady Gang” friends, Kathleen and Elizabeth (this was all Kathleen’s idea) are doing Detroit!

 Another BRF Carley is planning to toe the line at the Marathon with me (you can follow along with her journey too at! 

I NEED the support system to push me, encourage me, support me and remind me that I can do it when the self-doubt and discouragement sneak in. 

Another big piece to my motivation puzzle is sleep. I am so guilty of staying up late (especially on Thursday’s in the Fall when all my favorite shows return to ABC). I am an early morning runner so if I wake up and feel still un-rested I am so tempted to bail on my morning run. Sleep will constantly fight with my running mojo so I know this is one area I will need to focus on. A well-rested Deanne is much more likely to stay on track than a sleepy Deanne. 

A few final motivators that work for me are to lay my clothes and gear out the night before a run. That way when I wake up to head out there is no real decision making required. It also allows me to sleep a little more since I don’t need to get up to find anything. All I need to do is get dressed, lace up, grab my gear depending on the distance and go! I also love a little retail therapy, who doesn’t right? I will reward myself with a new pair of Crazy Compression Socks for a special race, a new Skirt Sports Skirt after I meet a mileage or other goal or a new gadget or gear item that I just have to have for the next training cycle. Whatever works right?? LOL!

I am super excited for the next nine months as I train for and complete these big events and some other smaller but not less exciting events sprinkled in too. Stay tuned as I continue to share this journey. 

For myself and anyone else out there training I pray for wonderful miles, no injuries and a fabulous journey to the finish! 

Happy Miles to you!

Friday, July 7, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ July 7, 2017

It's High Five for Friday!!!

I love H54F! It makes me reflect on the week and remember to be grateful for all the things that were great about the week! 

Here are my highlights:

1. I got in two new running skirts from Skirt Sports!! Woot Woot!! Yes they are both black but I love black and black goes with everything!! These are the Vixen and Peek A Boo!!

2. I am sort of obsessed with Snapchat! I love how quick I can take a quick photo and you just have to love the super cute filters!! Join me in the fun!

3. It was a fun filled running weekend! I ran A Touch of Grace 5K on Friday night, ran down Burkemont Mountain Saturday Morning and ran the Firecracker 5K in Charlotte Monday night (more on this to come)!

4. The 4th of July weekend is a great time to get together with friends and family. James kept the Big Green Egg going all weekend smoking all sorts of yummy meat, We grilled out Sunday night and Tuesday night! 

5. We celebrated the 4th of July with family also on Saturday night Blowing Rock! My sister-in-law even had me a 30ish Birthday Cake :)

This week has been great with a fun filled four day weekend and now after a short week we are looking forward to the weekend again!

Share with me you High Five Highlights for the week! Write up your own High Five for Friday Post and share your link with me below!

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