Sunday, August 19, 2018

The weekend wrap-up!

What started out as an ordinary weekend for me, quickly took a turn for the better when I decided to work late Friday night and received a surprise text from my husband that my oldest daughter was home for the weekend from college! 

It’s been a full two weeks since she has moved out and I’m feeling a little down. Who am I kidding?!? I’m ALOT down. Lost without her is more like it.

Not sad. Just something in my house has been missing. 

I’ve been filling the void with work. So when I received the photo of my daughter laid back on my couch) while I was at work at 7pm on a Friday night), I knew I was about to have a pretty good weekend. 

Dilemma: I want to spend every waking minute with my kids this weekend but I also want to get my training runs in.

Saturday morning, I head out to meet my girlfriends for a 15 mile run starting at 5am...success. I ran the miles, hung around for a bit, drank coffee and ate breakfast and was still home pretty early. 

Saturday afternoon, Lunch with my whole crew and then i spend the late afternoon cleaning out my garage and lots of my kids’ things that they just don’t need anymore. 

Saturday comes over and then late night trip to the grocery store to stock up my girl as she heads back to her dorm on Sunday! 

Sunday: GREAT DAY. 

I decide to wake up super early, grab a few miles with some friends who invited me on Saturday to come run with them on Sunday morning...

I’m back home by 8am, wake up all my kiddos, cook a big breakfast and then we head off to church! After church, I have to say goodbye again but then I’m quickly off to work. I teach my class and then quickly head off to take care of a few things that just need to be dealt with. ;) 

Bootcamp Sunday night in my driveway and then cook a big ole Sunday night dinner and ready for Monday....

So. WOW. that’s a whole lot of details about my personal life and schedule but the bottom line is that I balanced out my family time with my run/workout times. I ran early (while my kids were asleep) so that I didn’t compromise my time with them....

But basically, I’ve gotten very little sleep this weekend and I crashed for 45 min Sunday late afternoon and that just wasn’t enough. 

I’m headed to bed soon and am really looking forward to a good week at work and logging more miles this week than I did last week! 

I bump my long run up to 16 miles on Saturday....I’m LOVING this hot and very humid weather. The sweat coming out of me is crazy. And I love it.

One last thing...update on my job interview situation! I absolutely LOVED the interview process on Thursday. THANK YOU ALL for sweet messages, texts and posts! I’m not sure what (or if anything) will ever come from the job itself but it was fun to apply! 

Either way, I have a job that I will eagerly wake up tomorrow to go work! That’s a testament to the people that I surround myself with daily. Pretty awesome folks!


And GO LIVE IT!!! :)))

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What. A. Week!

To say that I’ve had a stressful and overwhelming couple of weeks would be an understatement! 

Short and sweet:

  • Moved my oldest child off to college.
  • Job interviews this week for full time job. Third interview tomorrow and am crossing my fingers for direction. Not sure that I even want the job but my eyes and ears are Open. I love my job now but I’ve had a few doors I’m peeking in!
  • Still dealing with car wreck and insurance garbage. And not having a vehicle for a month has been fun. (Insert eye roll here)
  • School started for my other two kiddos.
  • Not so exciting news but I did get a new haircut and highlight and am feeling pretty. :)
  • And oh yeah...marathon training is still in the back of my brain. Logging a few miles everyday instead of feeling the long run pressures during the week.
  • Booked my flights to California today!! Hurry up November!!🙌🏼

I’m trying to take it all in stride...but I will say that I’m looking forward to my fall racecations more than anyone will ever know! Life has me stressed. As a 45 yo Mom, I’m coping the best I can. :)))


Friday, July 27, 2018

HP Envy x360 Laptop Review and $100 Discount!

     In my last post, I mentioned how it's been a while since I have picked up my laptop and used it so I decided to do a little research on shopping for a new one. I went to Best Buy with my oldest daughter a few nights ago and shopped around! I found this HP Envy x360 Laptop. 
     A few things made me fall in love with the HP Envy x360 Laptop. The screen flips and instantly becomes a tablet! You can use a stylus on the screen. Thanks to the Windows Ink capabilities and Windows Operating System. I like having the laptop and tablet options in one!!
     Another cool thing that I found regarding this laptop?? STUDENTS CAN SAVE $100!! But you will need to HURRY! Offer ends 7/28/18!
Click here to save on the HP Envy 13" and here to save on the HP Envy 15".

Product Specs: 
Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›
Built for Windows Ink
Quickly jot down notes and ideas with ease.
Full HD touch screen
The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient WLED backlight.
8GB system memory for advanced multitasking
Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
360° flip-and-fold design
Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.

     I've enjoyed shopping around for laptops and thank you to HP and BestBuy for allowing me to feature their product on my blog. This is a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. :) #AD

Let's Try This Blog Thing Again. #Bamagirlruns

Friday the 13th. 
     Long story short. I have taken over a year off from blogging. I've destroyed my car. I'm going through "Mom" changes. But more importantly, I'm THANKFUL for so many recent life lessons. Good, Bad and Painful.

     They say that one thing can change your life. If I wasn't a believer before last Friday the 13th and surviving this car crash...well. I'm a total believer now. ONE. THING. CAN. CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

     Fast forward a couple of weeks now and I'm still having a hard time processing it all. To say that I went through a traumatic experience is an understatement. I haven't slept through the night in two weeks. I have flashbacks constantly. I was banged up pretty good but no major injuries. The wreck was deemed my fault and my insurance is a disaster. And as usual, when times are hard, you really realize just who you can count on in life. we go again...Back to my blog!! I like putting all of my random thoughts down and going back and reading them later.

Here a few things that I'm dealing with right now...
Typically, I keep my blog focused on running, fitness, Disney and product review related.  I've been through a whole lot of life changes over the last year. That's also why I haven't' picked up my laptop. I've just been BUSY.  My oldest daughter just graduated from High School and is leaving for college NEXT WEEK!! OMG!!!!! My other two kids are in High School also. I have been working around the clock for the past year to save up some money and pay off some bills!

     With technology the way it is now, does anyone even blog anymore?? Or do they all just post on stories??!

     Well. Again. I don't care what everyone else is doing. I'm going back to what I know. My blog.

     So about the whole one thing can change your life thing again.....Since my car wreck, I have decided to SLOW DOWN and let a few things go in my life that are completely unnecessary and are leading me down a dead end road. Ironically, I was at a standstill when the other guy hit me driving 50+ mph. Go figure.

     I am in the middle of training for Marine Corps Marathon so I will have lots of running posts SOON! As for now, I'm closing this post tonight and heading to sleep early. My brain just needs to shut down and RELAX.

.....and I'm going to try to run a few miles tomorrow. I tried to run last Saturday and I was still just too sore.

I'm excited to be coming back to the "Bamagirlruns" that I was a few years ago! :)))

Happy Healing and Happy Blogging.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chicago Marathon/Dopey Challenge Training Week #3...After the Rain.

11 Mile Long Run..
My shoes were soaked!
Week #3 of my Chicago Marathon/Dooey Challenge training..How Did I do??

My Week 3 Training Called for:
06/19--Week 3
45 minutes
45 minutes
3 miles
5 miles

This is the Training that I did:

One hour YCross Class

45 min YCross Class
45 min Spin Class
45 min Cardio equipment (10 min Stair Climber, 10 min Elliptical, 10 min Treadmill)

15 min Core Workout
One hour Bootcamp

45 min YCross Class
3 Mile Run
30 min Lateral Elliptical Machine

4 Mile Run
One hour Bootcamp
45 Min Butts and Guts Workout

45 min Circuit Workout

11 Mile Run

Yay! I made up for the missed mileage from last week. There wasn't too much out of the ordinary happening for me this week. I had a really good training week, a great week at work, took a couple of solid naps and have been VERY mindful of my diet!

All week, across the state of Alabama, we have had some pretty bad storms...
Running outside has been almost impossible. I've logged a few extra miles on the treadmill. However, we managed to get our long run in Saturday morning with very little rain! We still had 94% humidity and light misting so needless to say, we were SOAKED but even at that, we had a great 11-mile run and post-run coffee. :)

Post run Coffee!
So far so good with my training...I'm having fun documenting my progress and my set backs. Next week, my training calls for a 9 mile long run. Hopefully, the weather will be much better this week and we will be able to get those miles in!

As for tonight, I'm off to snooze! I have a 4am wakeup call to start my workouts....Good night!

Happy Running, Happy Training and Happy Sunshine!
After the storms...
Ready for some sunshine next week!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chicago Marathon Training Week 2

Week #2....How Did I do??

I'll be honest. I didn't do as great this week as I did last week....
At least with my running and mileage.
I came up 2 miles short.
However, my workouts were great! Overall, I feel strong so I'm not worried about a few missed miles....

My Week 2 Training plan called for:
45 minutes (running or cross training)
45 minutes (running or cross training)
4 miles
7 miles

The Training that I did this week....
One hour YCross
3 mile run.

45 min YCross
45 min YCross
45 min Spin Class

One hour Bootcamp

45 min YCross
45 min YCross


45 min Circuit Bootcamp
3.5 mile run

3.1 mile 5K (Fultondale Stampede 5k)

I had a really good week this week! I was super busy with work...picked up a new client to personal train, officially got registered for Atlanta Mania in July and enjoyed all of my workouts! I ended the week with the Fultondale Stampede 5K in Fultondale, Al. I felt like I was running on rested legs and even won 3rd place in my age group! I totally won that award even though I really didn't deserve it. There were only four people in my age group and I was super slow...a 30 minute 5k probably shouldn't be worthy of winning awards. Either way, I had a great run in the heat and humidity and I was just glad to finish without any major issues.

Next weekend, I'm planning on running a long run with my running group and just logging the miles. I'm ready to sweat!!

One hour of Bootcamp in my Backyard!

Ready to run the Fultondale Stampede 5K!

Yay! I won 3rd place in my age Group! LOL.

Horse Plaque.

Cool Chicks. :))

Some of my running group after the race!
I'm looking forward to next week! I've got a light workout schedule ahead as well as light mileage...I plan on making up some of the mileage from last week....

Happy Running and Happy Training!

In Between Workouts.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Acountability...check! #ChicagoMarathon #DopeyChallenge #WeekOne

So...Week #1? How did I do?

My first week of Chicago Marathon Training called for:

45 minutes cross training/run
45 minutes cross training/run
3 mile run
Tallulah Half Marathon 13.1 mile run

The training that I did....

30 Min Spin Class
45 min YCross Class
1 hour Bootcamp class
3 mile run
45 minute YCross class
4 mile run
45 minute YCross class
1 hour Bootcamp class
13.1 mile run

I got in all of the mileage and then some...

I started the week off doing what I do...I teach several fitness classes each week. I only listed the ones above that I actually did with my class. The others throughout the week, I played drill sergeant and just took a step back and watched and coached and yelled. LOL.

On Wednesday, I celebrated Global Running Day with one of my best gal pals...we ran a super easy 3 miles, chatting the whole way.

On Thursday, I stopped in to Vida Flo Birmingham and received a pre-Half Marathon IV Hydration Therapy Treatment. My one liter bag contained lots of B Vitamins, Glutathione and I'm really glad that I did...I had a great race on Saturday aside from one little injury the night before.

Injury update: Someone dropped a folding table onto my big toe Friday night and my toe is badly bruised to say the least. I won't even entertain the fact that is could be broken. Nope. Not happening. I ran on it and it hurrrrrrrt like a mother. But I finished my race. I'm going with the diagnosis of badly bruised and we are just going to leave it at that. I taught a class today and wanted to chop my toe off it hurt so bad but other than that, I'm good. ugh.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, I have started my Backyard Bootcamp up again. It has felt really good to get outside and sweat it out! These are two of my favorite hours of my whole week....Love my girlfriend time!

Last but not least I ran the Tallulah Half Marathon in Jasper, Al. on Saturday. It was a hot and hilly race and I ran it nice and slow...I felt great afterwards. I had a full night with friends planned so I was glad to run the race and then move on to the rest of my weekend! I quietly celebrated the fact that it was my 50th Half Marathon. I'm pretty proud of that accomplishment and I didn't want to make a big deal about it to anyone....Lately, I don't want to share too much on social media for personal reasons but I will say that I treated myself to a "good job, girlie" prize for myself. :))))

Overall, I had a really good first training week and I'm also glad that I made the decision to hold myself accountable to track my runs/workouts.

Happy Running, Happy Training and Happy #WeekTwo!

3 Miles for Global Running Day.

Vida-Flo IV Hydration Therapy Treatment

Backyard Bootcamp

My Purple Toe

Tallulah Half Marathon