Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Who Me Bitter?? What happens when I come out of my shell....

So let's see where I left off... The anxiety of volleyball and cheer try-outs for my girls had put me over the edge as I waited to find out the decision. And my heart is sadden to say neither one made either team. This came as a complete shock for not only me but for my very athletic girls. The disappointment  for sure is the worst way to start off the new school year. I am not going to lie, I am angry, upset, sad and every emotion in between. I feel like I am in the mourning process of my girls not making these teams. So the last few weeks have been filled with sadness and struggle. The phrase "when it rains it pours" really seemed to hit home for me these past few weeks, add to my already fragile state from the disappointment I felt for my girls, finding out you don't really have the friends you thought you did, a dead car battery, a few bad days at work, your windshield wiper flying off during a rain storm and saying goodbye to your best friend who is moving away... yup this was my week. I have closed my eyes every night praying with all might to give me back the strength I need to make it through what I consider difficult times, and the only thing I can envision is a turtle. Here I am a turtle, living in my own world with this super protective shell around me. Living my day to day with the protection of this shell, but the minute I stick my head out, someone is poking it with a stick. That is what I feel like. 

Saying goodbye is so sad, Tam and I have been crafting and running friends for a few years. She is moving away:
Our fake smiles before our tears! 

I know I will make it through, I know there is a lesson to be learned somewhere in all of this, I know life is full of disappointment, I know my girls are handling it better than me,  believe me I have gone through ALL the things that "I know" yet, I still feel the need to be sad, angry, frustrated. It just broke my heart after watching my little one work every single day to get every cheer move perfect, every smile, motion, and tumble to perfection and the disappointment on her face when they posted the list without her number will be forever burned in my memory. We teach you have to earn everything, nothing is handed to you, you work hard you get rewarded.. Oh except if you are trying to make it on a middle school cut throat team, then everything I taught you doesn't mean anything. 

I am just not ready to "let it go" yet, I still want to be mad. I know this helps me zero, and wastes my energy... I am just not over it yet.

adjective: bitter; comparative adjective: bitterer; superlative adjective: bitterest
  1. 1.
    having a sharp, pungent taste or smell; not sweet.
    "the raw berries have an intensely bitter flavor"
    synonyms:sharp, acid, acidic, acrid, tart, sour, biting, unsweetened, vinegary; More
    "a bitter aftertaste"
    • (of chocolate) dark and unsweetened.
  2. 2.
    (of people or their feelings or behavior) angry, hurt, or resentful because of one's bad experiences or a sense of unjust treatment.
As for my running, well I am running not as often or as fast or as far... just waiting for this Arizona summer to come to an end.

My running stats for July:
45.5 Miles Run

July 29, 2014
5.71 Miles

August 3, 2014
3.07 miles

August 4, 2014
2.78 Miles

August 5, 2014
2.91 Miles
Running my sadness away

August 10, 2014
 3.09 Miles
Nothing beats running in the rain. 

So that's my update. I do actually have a few goals, mostly which is routine. Get myself and girls into a better routine so that all the things we want to do can be squeezed into our day.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Time to reflect and take a deep breath! Oh and some running!

Well I did something I never thought I would do... I took a break from running. Twelve days to be exact, the longest period of time I have gone without running since I started running almost two years ago. Not because I was injured, but because I just felt I had to. I now have 2 teenage girls that are starting junior high in just a few days. I wish I could say that the transition of my girls from "little" girls to young ladies has been an easy one, but I have struggled as I watched them grow and they slowly need me less and less. This entire summer was dedicated 100% to helping them achieve their goals to make the very competitive Volley ball and Cheer teams. Every single day an activity was planned to help them prepare for the try-outs. So while I was busy at work my girls came and went to activities driven by other parents, my parents and it was hard for me to not be there for every event, however once I hit the door it was my turn to drive, drop off, pick up and continue the very strict schedule of activities that were planned for the evenings. Normally a very healthy meal and sit down to family dinners quickly became trips to the drive thru and eating in the car. I would hit the pillow and would wake up with no memory of even making it to bed. My anxiety level was pushing me to the point of tears because of how out of control I felt I was rolling through the days. What could I do to lessen the feel of constantly paddling to keep my head above water?? Ahhh yes the running. Now normally running would NEVER be taken out of the equation but lets add in an Arizona Summer... Temperatures well above 112 and hitting records of 116. SO this forces me to only run before 6:00am or after 9:00pm...  It just wasn't possible. Trying to fit in running while I was usually already in the car to drop someone off or pick someone off made it pretty much impossible. Which made me come to the decision to cut it out of the equation to give my already over scheduled brain a rest.

So I find myself 12 days later, today is the day try-outs begin. Preparing for these try-outs is now a thing of yesterday. I went to sleep last night, praying and woke up this morning ready to run. 
I was ready to get back into routine knowing that I have done everything in my power to help my girls succeed and felt my anxiety quiet down just enough for me to get out there and get it done. Slow and steady, it just seems to be how I run best.

July 6, 2014
2.77 Miles
Start of the Monsoon 99 - 26%

July 8, 2014
5.70 Miles
So hot and humid  84 - 61%

July 12, 2014
5.67 Miles
84 - 45%

July 15, 2014
5.65 Miles
84 - 46%

July 16, 2014
2.59 Miles
93  (8:30 pm)
Felt like a melting snowman

July 28, 2014
2.83 Miles
81 - 61%

So today is the day try-outs begin, it will be a long week wondering if all the hard work they did over the summer will pay off. I hope to stay on track and keep my running back on my priority list.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hello July! My 17th Wedding Anniversary, and my running stats!

Hello July! 

The count down has begun! We are less than 30 days away and my girls start back at Junior High! I am hoping/expecting/praying for an amazing year!

2 crazy things happened while we were out running. First some crazy old man on a bicycle started screaming at us because he felt we were in his way, then goes off about how we shouldn't be running with plugs in. I start yelling back at him to take a chill pill and that we didn't even have plugs in, then called him an asshole. It was really bizarre since the trail has plenty of room for many people to run side by side. It made me wonder what kind of person would just randomly starts yelling at people like that?

Then just about 1 mile later we run into this snake:


July 1, 2014
Miles 5.68
Time: 59:18
Notes: Ran with Tam and Brea
Nasty old man on a bike
Snake on the trail

July 2, 2014
I missed my morning run, and decided to venture out after dark. Unfortunately in Arizona when the sun goes down, the temps stay high! My goal was not to pass out from over heating.

Miles: 3.21
Time: 34:48
Notes: So hot at 104
But I soooo needed to get out and run

July 4, 2014

My daughter made red white and blue cupcakes:

Today is my 17th Wedding Anniversary! Yup I got married on the 4th of July! Since it stormed last night it was hot and humid out today. The good thing was the sun was hiding in the clouds for most of the run.
Miles: 5.68
Time: 1:01
Notes: 81 degrees 61% humidity
So humid but no sun
It was Killer!
Ran with Tam and Brea

During dinner my Husband said, if someone had told him 5 years ago that I would be a runner, he would not have believed them. (I took it as a compliment.) I told him if someone told me 5 years ago I would be a runner I wouldn't have believed it either!

I hope everyone is having an amazing week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Running Stats for the Month of June 2014! Darn you Dunkin Donuts Caramel Iced Coffee!!

I missed a few days of running and I was reading my posts from last summer wondering how I survived. I really enjoyed looking back and realizing how it was just as hot and just as hard a year ago as it is right now and I still got thru it.

I also regret not updating my blog more frequently these past few weeks to help remind myself of my struggles. So I plan on updating just a little bit more!

So this is what is keeping me going on my long crazy jam-packed days:

I was just getting one every once in a while and now I am hitting Dunkin Donuts 2X a day for their $.99 Caramel Iced coffee deal!! I am going to check the calories...
It's not good, 260 calories! And it's probably more because I get extra cream!

I'm totally addicted! I am running just to run off my coffee....
BooHoo! OK so I am going to have to cut this out of my diet! 

June 28, 2014 
Start time 6:00am 
Miles Run: 5.67
Times 58:51
Ran with Tam and with Brea

My stats for the month of June 2014:
Miles Hiked: 3.5
Miles Run: 47.5
(June 2013 47.8) 

Here are my new kicks for the summer:

 Aren't they the super cutest?

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Juice FAIL, My running stats for May and An update on my Summer!

May 27, 2014

Today is the start of my juice cleanse. I have no idea how I will do or if I will be able to do it but here goes! I will be writing this post daily but will only post it at the end.

RunningMiles: 3.16
Time: 31:28
Notes: 75

Breakfast 8:30 am:
3 carrots
2 apples
1" ginger

Notes: It is hard to get down. I don't think it's so much the flavor as it is the texture. Taking a sip then sipping water to help it down.

Update: This made me feel really nauseous, I ended up laying down for an hour!
Snack: 1:30

Still recovering from the nasty shit I drank earlier...
Pineapple, 1/2 banana, strawberries, blueberries

This went down with no problems and I feel a better than I did earlier. I felt full and nausea all day long, I skipped having any other juices because I felt so sick. Around 8:00 pm I was loosing my mind! LOL!

Ok so the juice cleanse was a horrible idea!! I made many mistakes, I tried doing this on days I would have to be at work.... FAIL. I should have tried the recipes first to make sure I could get them to go down. I disliked the taste of the first one so much, I will never ever eat another carrot as long as I live. I felt sick all day long and then came to realize this is just not for me! I need food. So I did what any starving over 40 year old woman would do.

I had grilled cheese and fries and instantly felt better:

I spent about $60.00 in all the ingredients that I ended up not using, I didn't let anything go to waste, my Mom now has some very healthy turtles who loved all the variety of veggies! I decided the best way for me is to just eat healthier:

and I am feeling much better and my ONE DAY juicing was just a BAD BAD memory!

AHAHA so moving on! 

5-28-14: 2.76

Fast Forward... 6/25/14

Summer is here in Arizona! Because of all the activities my girls are involved in after I get home from work, I'm too exhausted to even think about blogging! But I am still running right along! Last year I moved my running to the mornings because of the heat  and the transition was hard and painful. I cried on several occasions because I hated being up with the birds!  One year later... I am getting up early just fine! Since our temps are already at 108, if I miss my morning run, then I pretty much miss my run for the day because even at 9:00 pm it is still over 100.

Here are my stats for the last few weeks:
Running for the month of May: 65 miles

6-2-14: 3.17
6-3-14: 3.15
6-4-14: 3.18
6-7-14: 3.18
6.-7-14 3.52 - hiked
6-10-14: 3.05
6-12-14: 3.17
6-15-14: 4.06
6-16-14: 3.00
6-17-14: 3.90
6-18-14: 3.19
6-23-14: 3.16
6-24-14: 5.65

Because I have to leave for work in the mornings, I only have about 1/2 an hour that I can spend running. So my miles decrease during the summer. I have no problems with this. I know that I will make up for it when it turns back to winter in Arizona! I hope everyone else is enjoying their summer!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My running for most of May!

May is quickly coming to an end and I have survived the last few weeks of school! I now have two junior high kids and summer is officially here in Arizona! These past few weeks I have tried to plan and organize, then re-plan and re-organize our summer plans. Both my girls are joining in on summer clubs this year, one for cheer and volleyball and the other one just for volleyball.   I bumped my running to nights but the leg cramps were too painful for me and kept me up most of the night. So I have recently switched back to running in the mornings. Last year I also switched to running in the mornings and the transition was really hard. My long days seemed to be just too long waking up so early. Hopefully the adjustment this year won't be so bad.

Anyways, I have been running slow and steady:

May 9, 2014 My New Record! Longest run:

Miles 7.31
Time: 1:17
Notes: Longest run! Yippee

May 12, 2014
Miles: 5.44
Time: 57:22
Notes: 79 degrees

May 13, 2014
Miles: 4.35
Time: 44:34
Notes: So windy, 73 degrees

May 18, 2014
Miles: 5.35
Time: 58:49
Notes: Love to be running!

May 19, 2014
Miles: 4.60
Time: 49:35

May 20, 2014
Miles: 5.62
Time: 1:02
Notes: First time I had to stop while running... more than once. Super bummed. Ran with Laura

May 21, 2014
Miles 3.72
Time: 40:00

May 25, 2014
Miles: 5.64
Time: 59:40
Notes: ran with Laura

May 26, 2014
Miles: 3.91
Time: 40:50
Notes: Ran with Brea 75

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Still running... My Stats for April 2014

I am still here!! Just dealing with Life's many ups and downs! Our school year is winding down and I am ready for school to be out. Our schedules are jammed packed all school year long, and I look forward to slowing down just a little during the summer.

I have been running but not really in a running routine, just running when I can squeeze it in. Last year I moved my runs to the mornings and this year I think I will move them to the evenings. We will see how it goes. If my legs cramp all night long I may not have a choice but to switch it over to mornings. 

At any rate here are my stats:
April 27, 2014
Miles: 5.63
Time: 59:41
Notes: Ran with Laura

April 28, 2014
Time: 39:51

April 29, 2014
Time: 39:18
Notes: So windy! 81

My running stats for April 2014:
69.5 miles running

May 3, 2014
Miles: 3.75
Time: 39:46
Notes: 82

May 6, 2014
Miles 5.60
Time: 58:10
Notes: Ran with Laura

May 8, 2014
Miles 4.42
Time: 45:28

I have been busy with life, and some days are harder than others. There is always so much I want to do but with only 24 hours in the day, I have to carefully pick and choose what I will be doing. With summer here I am trying to stay focused on not over stressing about missing a run, and slowing down because of the hot temperatures.

Friday, April 25, 2014

And so I Run....

I've been running at night because I am a wimp when it comes to the Arizona Sun. I have adjusted pretty well to running in the dark. It is sometimes scary running along endless cornfields, I blast my music so I don't hear any noises and only look straight ahead! My fears? Coyotes, wild birds, mad dogs....

This is what I run along... now picture it in the dark... Yikes!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. This was a real eye opener for me. Since my Husband and Son worked all day and my two teen girls wanted to hang out with their friends instead of me, it was pretty lonely. No egg coloring, no bunny chasing, no deciding which candy tastes the best this year. I did cook dinner which was eaten by people popping in and out of the house and grabbing stuff. Next year I should plan a big run or something.

Anyways, I think I am pulling pretty good mileage so far. 

April 14, 2014
Miles Run: 3.35
Time: 35:19
Notes: Ran under the full moon

April 15, 2014
Miles Run: 5.68
Time: 1:00
Notes: Ran with Tammy

April 16, 2014
Miles Run:4.42
Time: 46:41
Notes: Night run at 84 degrees

April 20, 2014 Happy Easter!

Miles Run: 5.09
Notes: Ran with Laura
My dinner:

April 21, 2014
Miles Run: 6.71
Time: 1:13
Notes: New stretch of sidewalk just opened! 93 degrees when I left to run

April 22, 2014
Pilates workout
Time: 25:00
Notes: I'm so uncoordinated

April 23, 2014
Miles Run: 4:24
Time: 45:13

April 24, 2014
Miles Run: 3.50
Time: 37:22
Notes: Darn you Marshmallow bunny! Totally addicted!

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April is Here! And my running!

Where have I been or should I say where has April gone? I was taken down by a nasty head cold for over a week and  I have been running very sporadically. Not sure if I will be able to get into a good running routine for the summer or if I will just be winging it.
And it is officially summer is here in Arizona! We are already in the high 90's and it feels like 100+. I have been scouting new roads to run that offer some tree shade. 

I definitely have not been feeling like myself. My body is sore and achy and I seem to be running slower and slower. I've been trying not to pick it apart too much, just being grateful that I am still running. 

So here are my stats for he first couple weeks of April:

April 1, 2014
Miles: 2.75
Time: 28:25
Note: Super sore calf muscles

April 4, 2014
Miles: 4.04
Time: 41.45
Note: Ran with Friends

April 7, 2014
Miles: 3.19
Time: 32:36
Note: Wore my new Saucony 7

April 8, 2014
Miles: 5.61
Note: So hot! 79 felt like 99! Ran with Tam

April 9, 2014
Miles: 3.24
Note: Full Blown head cold! SO Sick! :(

April 13, 2014
Miles: 4.48
Note: Start looking for a shady path!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello April~ Running Stats for March 2014!

Hello April! What happened to March? 

The only photo I took this week was of the trail I ran on:


Pretty boring, just my usual runs

March 30, 2014
Miles run: 4.45
Time: 45:21
Mile 1 9:45
Mile 2 9:57
Mile 3 10:35
Mile 4 10:24
Mile 5 10:24

March 31, 2014
Ran with friends
Miles run: 4.09
Time: 41:50
Mile 1 10:19
Mile 2 10:15
Mile 3 10:15
Mile 4 10:07
Mile 5 9:51

And my Stats for the Month of March 2014
74.6 Miles of running

Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Memories of my Past... Keeping me strong for my Future... and my Running of course!

I was cleaning out my closet and found a journal I had long forgotten about. It was dated from 2005 - 2008. Three years of my daily struggles written on the pages in between.  I am not going to lie, it was a hard read. I could see myself, my sadness, my "lost". At the time I started writing in the journal, my daughters were 3 and 4. I was in the process of selling my house and buying my dream home. The stress of a move with two small children was almost too much to bare. The move itself, into a new neighborhood with no friends was also too much to bare. My weight fluctuated from 141 to 173 pounds during this 3 year span. Everyday I wrote that I would not give up, and I never did. I was just doing it all wrong.  I tried not eating, adkins, carb free, fat free, liquid only... of course none of that worked. It just made my weight roller coaster and my sadness deepen.  I yo-yo-ed up and down from 2008 till 2011. It wasn't until January 2012 that I was able to grasp fitness + eating and loose the weight once and for all.

 I never really saw myself as over~weight, so I never actually realized how much my of my sadness was due to my weight issues. But once I was able to gain control it seemed everything else fell into place. I had several goals back in 2005:

Look decent in a bathing suit
Have my body be proportional 
Have nicer legs
Have smaller boobs
Fit into a nice pair of jeans

I can now happily say that I reached ALL the goals I had set for myself back in 2005.
8 Years is a long time to reach a goal or should I say 8 years is a long time to find your way.

Older, wiser, more mature? Sure I'll take it!

March 18, 2014
My LONGEST run ever!
6.79 Miles

March 19, 2014
4.41 Miles

March 21, 2014
3.88 Miles

March 24, 2014
3.73 Miles

March 25, 2014
3.91 Miles

March 27, 2014
3.92 Miles

March 28, 2014
4.09 Miles

I have been doing pretty good with my miles! Especially since I have been squeezing them into my busy schedule!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Off and On Running and my New Summer Hair!

I had no idea I missed 3 days of running! My Daughter turned 13. I took Friday off from work to "prepare and shop" for the party, then spent all day Saturday hosting the party (40+ kids) then spent all day Sunday cleaning up after the party! Before I knew it I was rolling out of bed to go back to work Monday morning! 3 days gone!

March 10, 2014

Miles run: 4.43
Time:  45:25
Mile 1 9:39
Mile 2 10:07
Mile 3 11:01
Mile 4 10:32
Mile 5 9:28

March 11, 2014
I "jogged" with a friend while she walked along with her dog. I did sprints between the walk but I didn't want to leave her in the dust so I mainly ran in place

Miles run: 4.33
Time: 1:00
Mile 1 10:56
Mile 2 15:28
Mile 3 17:42
Mile 4 13:24
Mile 5 10:25

March 12, 2013

Miles run: 3.89
Time: 39:22
Mile 1 9:46
Mile 2 9:52
Mile 3 10:25
Mile 4 10:32

Once again a ridiculous schedule, 2 broken down cars, the start of spring cleaning... I didn't have the strength to even put on my running sneakers!

I could not believe I missed so many days in between my running... It was not for lack of trying... just life I guess!

And I had to make time for a hair cut! I was convinced by my friend that is was time to chop off my long locks. I think when she verbally said it looks really straggly and crazy from the back I knew it was time...

 I just needed to make sure it would all fit into a pony tail for when I run....
It will be so much easier to run in the summer with this hair! 

So anyways I knew no matter what that I had to get back to my running routine, but of course my son's car broke down so I had to go pick him up then my car started acting up on my way home. So I thought I would be waiting about 20 minutes for it to be looked at.... fast forward to 1 hour 45 minutes later! I just kept thinking, oh my gosh it's so late, it's so dark. How can I run now?? And at the time I thought I only missed 3 days of running. So once I made it home, I thought I just have to run something, anything even if its only 1 mile. So I strapped on my headlight and got out there at almost 10:00 pm. But I did it. When I got home I realized it had been 5 days since I last ran, how could that be?? I honestly couldn't even remember what happened all those missed days.

March 17, 2013

Miles run: 2.67
Time: 27:36
Mile 1 10:07
Mile 2  10:26
Mile 3  10:31

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Running + Eating the Pavement.... Not so fun

I am trying to take advantage of one of the last cool months before summer hunts me down! This is a pretty boring post, and this was the only photo of myself that I had for the week:

March 1, 2014
It was SOOOO windy! 

Miles run 3.91
Time: 39:21
Mile 1 9:22 Wind behind me
Mile 2 9:48 Wind around me
Mile 3 10:56 Wind against me
Mile 4  10:11 Wind around me

March 2, 2014
A first time for everything I guess... today while I was running I bit the dust and ended up eating some pavement. It went a little something like this, I saw something out of the corner of my right eye, while noticing a large puddle out of my left eye and before I knew what was happening I was coming off of a curb and loosing my balance. So I think I went down face first, but I was still running which made me think "save my teeth" so out came the hands and as I started to slide I decided to throw a tuck and roll into the mix. I hit so hard it literally blew my hat right off my head! So I took the walk of shame home to make sure I didn't break anything.

Carri 0 - pavement 1

.07 miles... Walk of shame home

My hand is really swollen, my right hip is black and blue and both my knees have road rash. Once I realized that I could run, I got back out there. 

Attempt # 2

Miles run 3.89
Mile 1 9:16
Mile 2 9:42
Mile 3 10:07
Mile 4 10:00

March 3, 2014

Miles run 3.86
Mile 1 10:08
Mile 2 10:33
Mile 3 10:32
Mile 4 10:40

March 4, 2014
I ran with 2 people I just met today! It was nice to run with someone and not alone. We all ran at the same pace and agreed to stay together. 

Miles run 4.50
Mile 1 10:31
Mile 2 10:04
Mile 3 10:04
Mile 4 9:48
Mile 5 9:35

March 6, 2014

I have been running at night because I haven't been able to squeeze my run in during day light hours. I wear a headlamp but I am still more cautious so I tend to run slower.

Miles run 4:02
Mile 1 10:01
Mile 2 10:38
Mile 3 10:40
Mile 4 10:31

So boring! But I am glad I'm running!  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Impossible Running Schedule.... My running stats for February!

I survived another year at science camp. I spent 3 days up in the Prescott Pines with a group of girls. It was fun and exhausting and running wasn't an option while I was away. I'm glad to be home and ready to get back on track.

I just wasn't able to get myself into a good running routine this month. Between work and both my girls having basketball practice and games 5 days a week, at different schools and different times, I felt like I could barely sneak in any time to run. The hot weather is already fast approaching (81 today) and I know that my days of cool running are coming to a fast end. Last summer I tried to get up super early before the sun rose and it was the hardest thing I ever tried to do, but I knew if I wanted to run I would have to do it.  This time I am really debating on how I am going to handle the hot temps. Anyways, I wasn't consistent but I did get some good miles in.

Feb 18, 2014
Miles: 5.80
Time: 57:48
Mile 1 9:49
Mile 2 10:04
Mile 3 9:36
Mile 4 10:18
Mile 5 10:20
Mile 6  9:36

Feb 20, 2014
Miles: 3.93
Mile 1 9:19
Mile 2 10:14
Mile 3  10:20
Mile 4 10:30

Feb 23, 2014
Miles: 4.29
Time: 44:32
Mile 1 9:51
Mile 2 10:32
Mile 3  10:35
Mile 4 10:32
Mile 5 10:38

My Stats for February 2014
Miles run: 48.8

Sunday, February 16, 2014

It's my Birthday!! My running stats for the first half of February!

It seems like February is just flying by! I wanted to make sure I updated my blog because it's my Birthday!

I have only been running just under 2 years. Last year I celebrated my big 40 feeling fit and fabulous and 29 lbs lighter...

As I reflect back I have maintained my healthy life style change now 36 pounds lighter...

 It wasn't always easy, I just constantly reminded myself how hard it was to get where I am and how easy it is to go back to where I was.

My running stats:

Feb 1, 2014
Miles run: 3.85
Time: 38:36
Mile 1 9:30
Mile 2 10:00
Mile 3 10:17
Mile 4 10:20

Feb 3, 2014
Miles run: 3.92
Time: 38:48
Mile 1 9:18
Mile 2 9:52
Mile 3 10:07
Mile 4 10:18

Feb 4, 2014
Miles run: 5:64
Time: 57:07
Mile 1 10:11
Mile 2 10:13
Mile 3 10:29
Mile 4 10:05
Mile 5 9:40
Mile 6 10:05

Feb 6, 2014
Miles run: 3.93
Time: 39:01
Mile 1 9:30
Mile 2 9:48
Mile 3 10:24
Mile 4 10:04

Feb 10, 2014
Miles run: 3.93
Time: 39:34
Mile 1 9:25
Mile 2 10:02
Mile 3 10:29
Mile 4 10:19

Feb 11, 2014
Miles run: 5.69
Time: 57:18
Mile 1 9:23
Mile 2 10:09
Mile 3 9:34
Mile 4 10:19
Mile 5 10:28
Mile 6 10:45

So... My last run as a 40 year old:

Feb 15, 2014 ** 89 degrees.. seriously!
Miles run: 3.91
Time: 40:00
Mile 1 9:56
Mile 2 9:53
Mile 3 10:30
Mile 4 10:39

My First run as a 41 year old:

 Feb 16, 2014
Miles run: 3.91
Time: 39:34
Mile 1 9:36
Mile 210:03
Mile 3 10:23
Mile 4 10:30

Have a great week!