…And I’m back!

Ok, I took a break per say, a long break. I enjoyed my summer with my girls and took off teaching my second graders with a bang. Now it’s that time, a new year and new resolutions and running! I may look into buying a treadmill next summer because that’s why I always stop my running, it’s just so darn HOT in South Louisiana. Anyway ok there was christmas…
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And this happened…!!!
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Sydney and Kate are so so excited about Disney world.. They started acting like this…
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Then New Year’s Eve came along and T was snoring by 7:30 pm so I googled info on disneyworld!
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And now my first running pic of myself.. For this year.. So listen.. If anyone actually reads this great! I need your help reminding me to get my butt up and run every day.. K, thanks.. Note to self.. If no one reads.. It’s a great diary to go back to years later! ( I reread through my last years posts tonight.. Nola half marathon, Dallas half, Ragnar SoCal, Kate’s state championship..) I loved looking back at the memories we made! Blogging from my phone.. Sorry if this post is misspelled or a little funky! See ya soon!
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RnR Dallas and Cravings

2012 Dallas Bling!!

        

My first Half Marathon finish at Rock n Roll New Orleans a few weeks ago (I’m in purple)…Will it happen again in DALLAS!!!??? In the same month???!!!

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I haven’t been training like I should have for this, but I still feel very much in shape since NOLA. I ran 9 miles weekend before last and only 4 miles this past weekend. I have started CrossFit as my cross training recently. I love it. I am SORE..like it hurts to sit on a toilet seat…yes I know this was crazy to begin before running the Dallas Half Marathon this weekend, but It’s All Good! I shouldn’t be sore 3 days from now. STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH. That’s my plan for the next few days! This Girl and I leave bright and early Saturday morning. I’ll be tweeting during the weekend!

This is what I had for lunch today..(not my picture of actual salad)..this is what I wish it looked like!

Mine was just the basic iceberg lettuce, grilled shrimp, tomatoes, cheese, and boiled eggs with fat free ranch dressing. I wish it would have looked like this..it would have tasted better!

Wishing for and Craving this…

My First Half Marathon: Rock n Roll New Orleans! Part 1..the road to NOLA

Oh my goodness, I have no words to truly express how AWESOME this felt to me! I had never RUN a half/full marathon..EVER. I cheered at one in 2010 at Houston Chevron Marathon. Well, not really cheered but ran around trying to jump on shuttles to get to certain points not to miss my husband as he ran by! Anyway I really enjoyed being there and absolutely loved the EXPO..didn’t want to leave..of course I find ways to spend $$. Okay, enough about Hubs and his greatness…It’s ME TIME…

Houston in 2010 made me realize I wanted this for myself. I didn’t want to run half of a marathon chasing Todd around..although I LOVE supporting him, but I wanted this for me now. I wanted it for the feeling of accomplishment. In fact, someone asked me today, why do you do that to yourself? What do you get out of it? My response..I don’t it for ME, for a sense of accomplishment, to see if I can do it, and also because I enjoy it!

Back in October my husband and his friend signed all 3 of us up for the Rock n Roll New Orleans Half. He asked me what my predicted finish time was so that he could complete the registration process…my response: Wait, isn’t just finishing when I can enough?? Yes, lots of laughs in that coaches office that day! He decided to put my finish time at 2:45. I was like..OK ..hope that’s realistic! We’ll have to wait and see! We never spoke another word about it. Fast forward..Christmas time: My cousins mention they are running the Half in New Orleans..I’m like hey T aren’t we suppose to do that? He said WELL..I haven’t really trained..I don’t know maybe. This pushed my buttons. I was all like..wait a minute..I finally get to do this with you (husband) and now you are backing out. First thought..guess we’re not running. Ugh.

Next thought..no screw that…I AM RUNNING..and YOU (hubs) will at least be there for support! His response: Okay babe.

Okay it was set…I’m running ALONE. I can do this. Wait, can I? I hadn’t run since last summer. I was totally out of shape and it was almost January. I’ll do it I thought..I get it done!

9 weeks before race: Hubs: are you running that little half in NOLA…Me: Yes I am….Hubs: are you going to begin running?…Me: yes I guess, I’m just gonna do it alone…(sad face).

At that point I needed something to get me going..not sure what but something. I googled and googled more, and more. I came across www.katieRUNSthis.com. I started looking through her blog. Great pictures of years of races with racing buddies..I got jealous..but only for a sec. I decided I was going to run for me and make my own running buddies and earn my own race pictures and my own racing medals! I also found www.skinnyrunner.com. Her website was just as inspirational as Katie from Baton Rouge. It’s great to see different people all over the country and how they live day to day while including running in their lives.

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SR-SkinnyRunner   My home girl Katie- katieRUNSthis

Katie from @katierunsthis asked me if I was on Twitter..twitterwhat!!!!??? OK, Erica, learn all of this..learn twitter (first figure out what it is), then write a blog of your training and running journey. YOU CAN DO THIS…Long story short (or maybe longer..heehee) I have met so many wonderful people the past couple of months on my journey to my FIRST ROCK n ROLL NOLA Half Marathon!!

A special thanks to SR-SkinnyRunner from Cali…she has always answered all of my stupid questions and responded to me so efficiently..she’s awesome!

And an EXTRA fist pump super special THANKS to Katie Key of http://www.katieRUNSthis.com..I got lucky on this one..She lives only an hour away and I was able to meet her at a 10K the week before RnR Nola and we were able to meet up again for a media mash/tweet up..at the EXPO..where I was this Mac Daddy… I met two other runners from New York that were so supportive to me through Twitter (yes I have learned it a little..still can’t post pics..ha)..Samantha of  www.runningandcupcakes.com and Kristin of http://www.sassphaltrunner.com! These girls rock! We actually got to meet up at the Expo, it was great!

 Me (on right) and Kristin (aka) Sassphaltrunner

It was so crazy I didn’t get to take a pic with RunningandCupcakes…but definitely next time Samantha!

Part 2 of My first half marathon RnR Nola will discuss the race deets and my personal experience during the race..stay tuned..all 1 of you! (thanks hubs!)

Does anyone out there get as pumped as I do to meet other bloggers and tweeps?

I know I do!

Knee=pain..patella tendinitis??? RUN THROUGH IT!!!!

Ran 11 miles Friday, 5 Saturday, and 4 miles today…20 Miles in about 60 hours…That’s A LOT for ME!

I have increased my mileage alot lately. Now my knees tend to bother me every once in a while after my runs. I ran 5 miles yesterday and 4 just  a moment ago and decided to try the Mueller knee strap for support…

My hubs (the true runner) sort of laughed at me… I figured anything to help that patella tendinitis not get any worse. I just wanted to see if it worked. I thought it would bother me during the run but it didn’t. As soon as I finished my run I could feel my other knee (that didn’t wear the Mueller strap) begin to throb and a dull pain started setting in. I realized I needed to check my other knee and see if the strap helped….It amazingly did! I felt hardly no pain in my right knee that wore the strap! I decided I will buy another one for my left knee (EVEN if  T …my husband picks on me)…I’d rather run and enjoy it than be in pain!!!

Tornado Alley, Flood City…the lovely Swamp!

Workout (yesterday): 5.11 miles 50 minutes, slow and easy!!

Last night our weather was pretty terrible in South Louisiana, especially in the swamp! My internet and electricity was down. I ended up falling asleep by 8pm!! Can’t remember the last time that happened. Felt good this morning. I want to run today, but I am trying to stick to some what of a schedule…It’s my rest day, I guess. Long run tomorrow and speed work Saturday!

On my rest day, my husband practically begged that we finally go grocery shopping. Isn’t that terrible. We have been so busy, and are running out of food. Grocery shopping wears me out. Eating healthy is so expensive. He wants all the fattening “good” food (so do the kids), and I try to get healthier things. I get “the look” every time I try to put fruits and veggies in the basket instead of chips and dip. Well off I go to teach 2nd graders today…