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My Version of Super Sunday!!!

Today’s 44 was fun because I walked around while I did it (trying to get 10,000 steps on my FitBit you know!!!).  I used my medicine ball with a handle – 

8 pouncs
8 pounds

With the medicine ball, I did single arm bicep curls while walking!

right arm
right arm
left arm
left arm



I know – the mirror pictures are pretty pitiful!!!  But walking around while curling was a fun way to make the 44 on each side go quickly!!

Today is my 2nd day in a row to take a break from working out – rare for me to take more than 1 day at a time but I figured I needed to make sure I recovered from Friday’s 37 mile run – so 2 days now instead of risking injury and having to skip lots of days!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 8.22.18 AMSometimes I need to step back and remind myself of all the things in my life that make it super!

*  My top 3 super things – 

my boys
my boys
Look how little they are - Jordan is about 5 here
Look how little they are – Jordan is about 5 here

*  Even though Kansas isn’t my top choice of places to live (especially in the winter!!!), we have a beautiful home that is always warm!!!

side view when the color were pretty
side view when the color were pretty

*  The ability to run and workout!!!

running 37 miles and actually feeling good is pretty super!!
running 37 miles and actually feeling good is pretty super!!

*  Being able to have friends over for a low-key Super Bowl party always makes my day super!!!  Having a taco bar and Texas Margaritas – can’t beat it!

* Knowing that in just a few months I will be spending time in my happy place – 


*  And, being part of an incredible blogging community make me feel like – happy-dance2My version of the “super” dance!!!

What is SUPER in your life today?

Happy Super Sunday!!


I’m Not Ready to Give Up

Today’s 44 was one that I saw Tara do (Family Sport Life).  I didn’t totally master it but it was still very effective.  To start, you balance yourself on a stability ball (knees on it) and then you do the actual move – bicep curls.

trying to balance
trying to balance

If you look closely you can see that I had to tap my toes (more than keep them up actually) to keep from falling on my face.  I’m going to keep working on the balance aspect!!!

Besides working my biceps (10 pound dumbbells), this move was good for my core (balance) and my quads were burning by the end!!!!

And then I ran again – 2 days in a row!!!  Yesterday I got in 6 miles and today I ran 6 at just under 8 minute/mile pace and did another 1.75 miles to cool down.

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 9.36.51 PMSo, you might remember that back in October I attempted my first 50 mile race and it did not go well.  

I made a lot of mistakes but I also learned a lot.  And, way down deep I know that I can run a 50 (and maybe even a 100 miler!!!).  

Yesterday morning I was scrolling through FaceBook and saw a post from the Heartland 100/50 (the race I did last year) saying that they are changing the 50 and making it a day race!!!!  (Last year it was at night – pitch black on a rocky road, cold, lonely…….)

Then this happened – Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 9.42.43 PM

In May, I’m going to try again to complete a 50 mile race!!!!Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 9.36.32 PM

Actually I’m going to do more than try!!!!  I’m going to take the things I learned last fall and apply them and this 50 mile race is going to be a great experience!!!!

In October, I wasn’t mentally tough enough to push through the pain and other factors that were involved.

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 9.36.06 PMThis time, my head will be in the right place and there will be no giving up!!!

I’m excited to get another chance to fulfill my goal of competing in an ultra!!!!

Happy Sunday!!


The Elusive Quest for Sleep

For today’s 44 I used a resistance band and did a wide curl to a shoulder press.  I had to keep my feet fairly close together to complete all the reps on the overhead press portion!

Don’t mind the sweat – I had to do the demo after my workout since the boys are still in vacation mode!!!

I did my final run of  2013 this morning.  
1.5% incline – 5miles in 34:49 + 1 easy cool down mile

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 8.54.05 AMSleep  – Garfield makes it look so easy!!!

And, actually, you would think that something as natural and necessary as sleep would be easy!  However, in my world, there is nothing easy about sleep.

I’ve read hundreds of articles that give tips for better sleep and tried pretty much all of the tips.

  • daily exercise (YEP!!)
  • keep the room cool – I try!
  • follow a schedule – almost all the time
  • don’t eat late 
  • and on and on and on…..

The other day I even dragged Chris (and the boys – they loved it) into the Sleep Number store.Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 9.01.09 AM

Lately my back aches most of the time so I thought maybe a Sleep Number bed would help and since I get hot at night and Chris doesn’t I looked at the new dual temp pad also.

Then we saw a price list!!!  Ummm….I don’t think a Sleep Number bed is the answer!

Chris keeps telling me to take Ambien but I would rather not (not sure why?!).

Lately, besides not being able to sleep, I spend most of the night feeling crummy – maybe because I’m tired and my body needs sleep?!  I don’t know what the deal is but I’m over it!!

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 9.07.50 AMWell, on a positive note – I do get quite a bit of reading done in the middle of the night!!

Chris is pretty much the opposite of me – he falls asleep within minutes and stays asleep all night long (what a novel idea!)!!  All the little noises and things that bug me are completely unknown to him!


Do you have sleep issues?  What have you found that helps you? 

Happy Monday!!!




Veteran’s Day

For my 44 today I did a bicep curl (with 10 pound dumbbells – plenty for this many reps!) while staying in a squat position for all 44.  My quads were burning!!!

Squat and hold
Squat and hold


curl - stay in squat
curl – stay in squat

Nice sweaty pictures since they were after my workout.  I ran today because it will probably be the only day this week that I can run.  I did 10 miles with the treadmill at 1.5% incline (73:27) + 2 easy miles to cool down.  

Screen shot 2013-11-10 at 3.46.01 PMVeteran’s Day is to celebrate the service of all of the US military – past and present!

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The Commonwealth countries  celebrate Remembrance Day or Armistice Day on November 11.  

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

Screen shot 2013-11-10 at 3.50.47 PMThis day marks the anniversary of the end of World War I – the major hostilities were formally ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

I think that now more than ever it is important to show support for all of the military men and women who willingly serve their country in ways that many people would never dream of doing.

Since Chris is in the military, we have lots of friends who are Veterans but I have 3 people that are the most special Veterans in my life.

Chris who is still serving our country – 

Blues - the official unifrom
Blues – the official uniform (usually he wears his flight suit)

My Dad who spent most of his career in the US Air Force.  (pretty sad that I don’t have any pictures!)

And, my Poppa who served in the US Navy during World War II – 

on his 90th birthday (tomorrow he would be 99)
on his 90th birthday
(tomorrow he would have turned 99)

Happy Veteran’s Day to all of the many Veterans and THANK YOU for all you do!!!

Happy Monday!


Last Day in Paradise

Today I used my band again for my 43.  I did a bicep curl while in a V-sit position.

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I love moves like this because not only am I working my biceps but also my entire core so it is a double bonus!!

And since this is our last day here in Florida, I took advantage of the beach for another hot, steamy run!!  4 miles – 32:33 + 0.5 miles cool down  – I actually ran the last 2 miles much faster than the first 2 but I was really having to work hard – the humidity just sucks the energy out of me!!!

Screen shot 2013-07-29 at 8.27.03 AMToday is our last day before we start the LONG drive home and I plan to enjoy every second of it!!!  For me that means plenty of time on the beach doing my favorite thing:Beach

For the boys, it probably means more time hanging out with their buddies (the Page boys) playing games on their phones/iPads:


Notice how Chris is right there in the mix with them?!  The other day I walked in from the beach and the little video below is what I saw!  Crazy!!

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Last night we got some great sunset pictures on the beach.



I love all the variety in the colors.  All of those pictures were taken in a 20-30 minute window but they are all so different!



Fun with friends!!



So, I’m off to enjoy my version of paradise!

same type shot - different day
same type of shot – different day

Happy Monday!!!