Butler YMCA Sprint Triathlon

One of my brothers texted to let us know he was going to do this Tri… so my sister and I quickly signed up too!  I love doing races especially with family and friends! IMG_9681.JPG

I get super excited that this race is an open water swim (even if it is only 400 meters)!  The fact that it is open water seems exciting, even though I had a hard time getting into a good rhythm.  My swim was over in 6:21 (too short!) 🙂  IMG_9689.JPG

Then the bike was VERY hilly!  I feel that I need to use my brakes on the downhills more then most racers do 😉 but the 7 miles went by really fast!  My bike time was 29:52.IMG_9703.JPG

Before I knew it… I was running my bike back to the transition area!  IMG_9732.JPG

I took a Huma gel and a quick drink (while running) to give me some energy for the 3.2 mile run!  IMG_9734.JPG

I felt (mostly) great on the run!  My run time was 23:47.  IMG_9760.JPG

My total time was 1:02:27.  This was almost my exact same time as last year!

It actually felt like we were racing together because my sister and I were in the 2nd heat and my brother was in the 4th heat.  He caught me and passed me halfway through the run!     IMG_9776.JPG

They both got 2nd place overall and I got first in my age group!  FullSizeRender-1.jpg

I’m thankful for these goofballs too!  They were able to cheer me on, take lots of pictures, AND fight with sticks! 🙂  IMG_1335.JPG

Then we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and playing!  It was a great day!   FullSizeRender-2.jpg


March Recap!

I am pretty excited because in my 15+ years of tracking my monthly miles… This March was my highest (I think)!  🙂  march (1).jpg

Plus, I feel GREAT and ready for my marathon!  This month has been full of normal running, biking, and DVD workouts…. IMG_8380.JPG

and some not so traditional workouts!  IMG_8737-1.JPG

I’ve bought a few delicious salads and then I recreate them for weeks and weeks at home! FullSizeRender.jpg

…and same with treats!  IMG_8553-1.JPG

Here is my workout each day this month:

  1. Hammer & Chisel DVD-Total Body Hammer and Easy Run- 7.5 miles
  2. Bike- 1 hour
  3. Rest Day
  4. Long Run- 14 miles
  5. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  6. Easy Run- 3 miles
  7. Long Run- 10.5 miles
  8. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Endurance
  9. Bike- 1 hour and Easy Run with 2 minute pick-ups- 8.5 miles
  10. Rest Day
  11. Long Run- 22 miles
  12. Easy Run- 5 miles
  13. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Max Hammer Strength and Recovery Run- 4 miles
  14. Rest Day
  15. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Cardio and Easy Run- 5 miles
  16. Easy Run- 7 miles
  17. Bike- 1 hour
  18. Speed Workout- 14 miles (warm up, 8 x 1 mile at 7:20-7:00 pace, cool down)
  19. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  20. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Plyo and Easy Run- 5 miles
  21. Tempo Run- 12 miles
  22. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Chisel
  23. Bike- 1 hour
  24. Easy Run- 4 miles
  25. Long Run- 20.5 miles
  26. Rest Day
  27. Lap Swim- 25 minutes
  28. Easy Run- 7 miles
  29. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Power
  30. Bike- 1 hour and Easy Run- 7 miles
  31. Tempo Run- 8 miles

IMG_8726.JPGWe hope the warmer weather is here to stay and we can bundle up a little less!  I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited/anxious for Easter and EASTER MONDAY / PATRIOT’S DAY / BOSTON MARATHON DAY!!!  Happy April!

February Recap!

Just when I think things can’t get busier… they do!  Our February consisted of a lot of FUN though!  We started off the month celebrating Denny with a Mario Party!  IMG_7946.JPG

We also played a lot indoors… IMG_8276.JPG

and learned as much as we could!  IMG_8286.JPG

The weather has been cold a few of the days… IMG_8057.PNG

But for the most part warmer (especially for February)!  I love running in shorts even if there is snow on the ground!  I even got to have a few run dates with my sweetie this month!  IMG_8099.PNG

Here are my workouts for each day of February:

  1. Tempo Run- 10 miles
  2. Spin Bike- 1 hour
  3. Rest Day
  4. Easy Run- 7 miles
  5. Tempo Run- 12 miles @ 8:02 pace
  6. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Chisel and Easy Run- 5 miles
  7. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  8. Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Speed Hammer and Spin Bike- 1 hour
  9. Rest Day
  10. Easy Run- 5 miles
  11. Long Run- 18 miles
  12. Easy Run- 7 miles
  13. Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Strength Chisel
  14. Tempo Run- 10 miles
  15. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Conditioning and Spin Bike- 1 hour
  16. Easy Run- 6 miles
  17. Rest Day
  18. Tempo Run (with Nate!)- 13 miles
  19. Yoga Class and Easy Run- 5 miles
  20. Tempo Run- 8 miles
  21. Easy Run- 7 miles
  22. Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Cardio
  23. Tempo Run- 7 miles
  24. Rest Day
  25. Race Day- Spring Thaw 20 miles
  26. Recovery Run- 3 miles
  27. Spin Bike- 1 hour
  28. Recovery Run- 8 miles

Here are my total miles for the month:Feb.jpg

Happy running and hope we can all SLIDE right into Spring! 🙂  IMG_8145.JPG

Weekly Recap #7 & #8 Falling and Favorites

There is always a first for everything…  two days before Christmas I fell hard!  IMG_6860.JPGObviously I had to snap chat to get some sympathy 🙂  I ended up with a scrapes and bruises on my hand and knee… plus holes in my leggings and jacket!  A few days earlier I had a stomach bug and did not eat much… so I’m thinking I may have still been weak.

I took Christmas Eve and Christmas super easy running and super fun party wise!  We celebrated my Christmas Eve baby all morning… IMG_6993.JPG

and then a lot of my family and friends joined us for the rest of the day!  IMG_7026.JPG

We had an amazing Christmas day plus many more celebrations for a few days after!IMG_7114.JPG

And I am back to running with just some bruises and scrapes.  I love this time of year because it is usually easier for me to fit in more running!  We had a great sister run with some of our new Christmas gear…   IMG_7231.JPG

and I finished out the year strong with 10 tempo miles too!  Which gave me a total of 1,134 miles for the year!   FullSizeRender.jpg

Happy New Year from all of us (including the goofballs)!  I am SO excited to “officially” start my Boston marathon training!FullSizeRender-1.jpg

Here’s what my last two weeks looked like:

Monday:  Rest Day

Tuesday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer PLYO + Abs

Wednesday:  SICK DAY

Thursday:  SICK DAY

Friday:  6 miles (fell at mile 3)

Saturday:  Rest Day- Christmas Eve

Sunday: Tempo Run- 3 miles

Monday:  Easy Run- 5 miles

Tuesday: Tempo Run- 5 miles

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Strength Chisel

Thursday:  Tempo Run- 8 miles

Friday: Easy Run- 3.5 miles

Saturday: Tempo Run- 10 miles

Sunday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Balance & 7 miles


Weekly Recap #5 & #6

To sum up the last 2 weeks… I would say the goal was to stay warm!  IMG_5449.jpeg

It feels like Winter is officially here and since I don’t ever run on a treadmill… I have been adding in a lot more workouts at home!  I run outside unless it is icy/slippery (which it has been)!  Honestly, I’m ok with this and love that we have the change of seasons.  I am using this time for extra cross-training and getting stronger.

Here’s what my last two weeks looked like:

Monday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Balance

Tuesday:  Easy Run- 5 miles

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Conditioning

Thursday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Hammer

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Tempo Run- 7 miles

Sunday: Pick-up Run- 7 miles

Monday:  Stroller Run- 5 miles

Tuesday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Agility

Wednesday:  Snow/Icy Run- 5 miles

Thursday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Max Hammer Strength

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Chisel

Sunday: Snow/Icy Run- 6 miles


I am working on my new group that starts after Christmas.  We will workout, drink Shakeology, AND get paid to check in daily!  It is awesome motivation!!  If you are interested fill out the form below and I will send you the details!


Weekly Recap #4+

This past week we had a later Thanksgiving with my family that started with an 8.5 mile run with my sister…IMG_2178.jpeg

and then a lot of deliciousness that I have to share!IMG_3243.jpeg



Now that Thanksgiving and November is over… IMG_4059.jpeg

Christmas is in full effect! This includes lots of decorating… IMG_6852.jpeg

Our Elf, PETER PANTS, even brought 25 books for Christmas! IMG_0026.jpeg

We have been eating healthy… love these apple and banana chips! IMG_9777.jpg

And some not so healthy foods for the little man 😉 I mean, we did have to collect all 8 Ninja Turtle toys!IMG_3774.jpeg


Here’s what my week looked like:

Saturday: Long Run- 8.5 miles

Sunday:  Tempo Run- 7 miles at 7:58 average pace

Monday:  Rest Day

Tuesday:  Stroller Run- 4 miles

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Agility & Easy Run- 3.5 miles

Thursday:  Easy Run- 5 miles

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Power

Sunday: Tempo Run- 8 miles at 8:04 average pace

I have a new group starting soon…. where we workout, drink Shakeology, AND get paid to check in daily!  It is awesome motivation to be the best possible versions of ourselves.  If you are interested fill out the form below and I will send you the details!  


Weekly Recap #3 & 3 Things You Can’t Forget This Thanksgiving!

This week had some busy, crazy, and stressful times… but when isn’t life stressful with a 2, 4, and 6 year old?!IMG_4510.jpeg

I have been working towards increasing my speed as well as getting stronger. DVD workouts are great when I have kids at home and want a great total body workout. I am currently following the Hammer and Chisel Workout Program and love it! Remember when I did THIS PROGRAM last Fall while running?! Right now I am taking more days “off” than the calendar says but I add in running (even in the cold and SNOW)!IMG_6335.JPG
Winter is pretty much HERE and while I will run outside most days… sometimes it is better to NOT go out in below freezing temperatures or ice! The kiddos sure are excited though and talk/think about snow all the time! Denny’s snowy home picture was just chosen to be featured at our school districts administration building! IMG_6208.JPG

I am getting pretty excited to run a 5k fast!  A race this Thanksgiving is just what I need to get motivated to increase my speed. IMG_6316.JPG

I think that one of the most common misconceptions about getting in shape or improving yourself is that you have to eat less. I eat A LOT and pretty much all day! The key is filling my body with healthy foods. I definitely have to work to eat more veggies and protein (the carbs and fruit are easy for me). Shakeology makes it super easy (because it is delicious and packed with the good stuff) to get my protein and vegetable requirement. Plus, I’m not great at taking time to drink enough water each day (I’m working on it!) so I always make my Shakeology with water to get a little extra in!IMG_6255.JPGAnd my TOP 3 things that you CANNOT forget this Thanksgiving Day….  FAMILY, A WORKOUT, & CHESTNUTS!  My advice is to get your workout in early, visit with family and then enjoy good food like chestnuts! 🙂  If you aren’t sure about chestnuts… TRY THEM!  They are delicious in stuffing but I also love them plain!  ches.jpg

Here’s what my week looked like:

Monday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Endurance & Easy Run- 2.5 miles.

Tuesday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Hammer & Easy Run- 5 miles.

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Cardio.

Friday: Stroller Run- 5 miles.

Saturday: Tempo Run- 7 miles at 7:54 average pace.

Sunday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Max Hammer Strength and Easy Run- 3 miles.

Have a happy Thanksgiving week!

If you are interested in finding out a little more about Shakeology or joining my upcoming accountability group fill out a few questions below!