Friday, November 29, 2013

5Ks are Short Runs

Here I am sitting up in bed because Frankentummy is rebelling against me. I've decided to blog because I'm bored and I was thinking about past entries and I finally came up with an idea.

I know at the beginning of surgery, I wrote a bucket list I would've like to achieve after surgery. You can read it here...Bucket List.

So it gave me the idea of another bucket list...

My Runners Bucket List!

Races I would love to do one day or racing related stuff.

My first thing I would like to do is actually run a race every month for 2014. I already have 2 set up for February, March and April. More than likely I'll do the Turkey trot and Reindeer run next November and December. So I already have 5 races going can't be that hard to find 7 more! I have one for May in mind. To make things easier I'll make of list of my 2014 Challenge.

Lydia's 2014 Run a Race Once a Month Challenge:

January -
February - Cupid Undie's One Miler
March - Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon
April - Cooper River Bridge Run
May - Foam Fest 5K (Hopefully)
June -
July -
August -
September -
October -
November - Turkey Trot (Hopefully)
December - Reindeer Run (Hopefully)

Wow that challenge title is a mouth full! Maybe y'all can come up with a more creative one or shorter one! If you do no prizes just me being eternally grateful!  :)

On to

My Running Bucket List:

1. The Barkley Marathon

*cue creepy music*

Here is a article about the Marathon in the New York Times. THE BARKLEY
You ask: "Lydia, are you insane?"
My response: "DUH!!!"

I don't consider myself an ultrarunner by any means...right now or ever. But the fact this Marathon is set up for you to fail. Sign me up...not because I want to fail...because I'm the type of person you tell me I can't do something; by george I'm going to do just to prove you wrong. And I love that type of motivation, that type of pushing, and that type of pure CA-RAZINESS!!!!

If you to lazy to read the article...I say read it anyways! It's insane. But Cliffnote version; it's 100 miles you have to complete in 60 hours. But some who have down it say it's more like 120-130 miles. It's in the mountains of Tennesse. So you have elevation to worry about. I think they said it's anywhere from 16,000 to 18,000 elevation status! It's a trail run. It's a very selective race. The guy only picks 35 people to do it. You don't know when the actual race is or when you enter. And the only way you learn when the race is going to happen is, when he selects you. He picks a "sacrificial virgin" each race...someone he's pretty sure won't finish it. It's completely and utterly INSANE and I love it!!

2. Walt Disney World Marathon

Of course I want to do a Disney Marathon. :) I want to do them ALL! But I want to do this one because they have this challenge called the "Dopey Challenge". You run 48.6 miles over the span of 4 days. You run their 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon over the course of the weekend! Disney characters are along side of the race cheering you on. You get racing "bling" aka a medal for completing the challenge. Again it sounds so much fun and incredible awesome! Plus I'm in Disney and who wouldn't love to run around Disney! :)

3. Wine & Dine Half Marathon

This one is another one in Disney! It's a night run around 3 of the parks and then a big wine and dine party afterwards!! Sign me up! YES PLEASE!! Running, Wining, and Dining!! Oh yeah!! Then the morning of the half Marathon is Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K at Animal Kingdom! How cool would it be to run around all the parks! And I love how a 5K is a short run for me! LOL!

4. Disney Princess Half Marathon

Of course keeping with the Disney theme. This one is one I've always wanted to do since I found out about ruDisney and marathons! This is a Princess themed Disney run. And they have a "Glass Slipper Challenge". You run 19.3 miles over the course of 2 days. It's a 10K on Saturday and a Half on Sunday. And of course you get a special racing "bling" with that challenge also.

I've kind of come to the conclusion that my "bling" is different from other ladies bling. I don't want fancy diamonds...just give me a race with medals and a challenge. I'm one happy camper. Ha! Kind of funny.

5. The Twilight Zone Tower of  Terror 10 Miler

My last DisneyWORLD run I'm adding to my bucket list!

Because there are a couple DisneyLAND runs I want to do but those are in California and require a little more of an effort. ;)

But this 10 miler is a nighttime run around Hollywood Studios and the streets are littered with Disney Villains and Disney, of course, adds things to make it creepy and fun! Then the morning of that race is a 5K Trail run and I would enjoy that! But hell I just enjoy running.

Maybe my running friend, Jodi over at 13.1 Miles to Disney would like to venture out on a couple of these Disney ones with me! :) Maybe?! Yeah I called you out! ;)

So this is my list right now. There a couple other marathons I want to do like a Rock n Roll Marathon in GA, the Boston Marathon and the NYC Marathon. And then I got this crazy idea to maybe try to get racing "bling" from marathons or halfs in all 50 states. Talk about a Challenge but hey that's the life I chose now!

I hope you guys had a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful you guys take the time out of y'all's day to read my blog! So thank you!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


Sooooo this is how I've been feeling for a couple weeks. Mainly since I injured my knee beginning of the month. I know I haven't written about it but I've posted on my Facebook page.

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Shameless self promotion in 3...2...1...
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Anyways I did injury/overworked my knee and haven't ran since then. Why? I didn't know until earlier this week.


Straight up honest to goodness fear. Fear of hurting myself, fear of my half marathon, fear of actually following through with something, fear of NOT following through with something, fear of myself, fear of the unknown, fear of everything.

You may be wondering...Lydia you get scared?
My answer is...HELL YEAH!!! I'm a big chicken sometimes...lately most of the time.

Lately I've just been a bump on a log. Just staying inside and cleaning or finding something else that "NEEDS" to be done. Or at least I try to justify it needing to be done in my head.

But then when I was cleaning the house Tuesday...instead of going on my run as dawned on me I was scared.
How did I NOT see this one? That could explain why I've been stuffing my face, eating poor unhealthy foods, eating foods I KNOW will make me feel like crap just to get out of not training for my half. See it's a twisted road I was going down. Kind of dark and scary. But Tuesday...something clicked.

The FEAR monster struck. I scared myself down that dark scary road because it was easier to handle than actually taking care of myself. Twisted...yes. Logically...far from it. But that's what the mind does.

I've been full of excuses and fear. Well NO MAS!

I've regained control of my thinking. I'm still not out of the woods yet but I can see a light...hope...awesomeness...everything positive...everything I've been working so hard for. So I just have to turn around and start walking. And that is what I'm doing this morning. Once the sun greets us this morning...I'll be putting one foot in front of the other. Slow and steady wins this race.
Okay pun intend on that one.

For the record I wasn't depressed just not on my "A" game...more like my "C" game. Good enough to pass but not my best. But I'm back and going to get back to what I know works. Eating good home cooking meals, exercising/running again, and just plain focused...eye on the prize.

Part of the reason I think I injured myself was over working and not cross training. During my mental walk on the dark side, I some how managed to print off Hal Higdon half marathon schedule. I don't know who he is but I hear his schedule is really good and easy to follow. And if you know me, I'm all about easy peasy, lemon squeezey! Then I went to Wal-Mart and got a white board calendar and wrote my days in, along with out dinners. Because if I want us to be healthy...since I'm resident chef...I need to plan our dinners.
Nice protein and veggie fueled meals.
Tonight's menu is salads: a nice shrimp for the boy and tuna for me...on a bed of spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese.

Here is my calendar! :)

As far as cross training, I'm heading back to the gym a couple times a week. Tomorrow, Friday, I'm starting Combat back up and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday will be Pump. I enjoyed the strong feeling and good sweat those classes gave me!
Along with my cross country workout buddy, CB. Well not really cross country more like Texas! LOL! We're going to text each other and cyberly kick each other's ass...if needed. Or if need be travel to said location and do it psychically.

And the Johnston's are starting to COUPON!!! We figured after talking about the future, things could get a little expensive and we best start saving now. Plus Brent got 8 new stops on his route which is going to help us save...because we're wanting a house and mama wants a new car! LOL! So a saving we shall do!

But that is the update and I promise it won't take so long for another update...well I hope it won't! ;)