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My Favorite Race Medals

My Favorite Race Medals

I have to say it’s hard to pick a favorite.

One of my favorites would  have to be the first one I received from the first run I participated in, it was from the Lottie Moon run that my church has each year. This was the beginning of my running bling.image

Another one would be my metal from the 2015 Fight for Air Climb, it’s not a run but you have to climb 1252 stairs, 51 flights to the top of 191 Peachtree Towers in Atlanta. We climb in honor/ memory of my mother and for my Husbands father who is struggling with COPD. We do this for those who struggle with every breath they take.image

The first year (2014) we were happy to reach the top but I wanted to medal for my mom and in the 2015 we all did. Ken got 2nd, Faith got 1st and I got 3rd, we were all very happy.Mary Jo's Crazy Climbers

If you want a challenge you should give it a try, you’ll be helping people and yourself at the same time.image

Fight for Air Climb Atlanta

The next would be the soldier’s half marathon this was our first half  so it will always be special.image

The next and most recent is the Sea Turtle half, the course and weather were beautiful. This was our second half, I was able to PR and also place 3rd in my age group.image

I have to say it is hard to pick favorites because I like them all for different reasons.image

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 Hebrews 12:1

“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”


Triumphant- Wednesday Word


Deb RunsTriumphant – celebrate victory, having won a battle or contest: victorious

We all want to be triumphant, but do we do what it takes to triumph?

If we want to conquer our goals, whatever they are, they could be physical, mental, or spiritual, the list could go on and on. But no matter what your difficulty is you can be the triumpher.

Say you want to run your first 5 K, what is it that will get you there?

I feel the main thing that holds us back is a lack of faith in what we can do. The battles we tend to fight are with ourselves. We tend to want to give up and say I can’t do this thing, what was I thinking when I signed up for this.

Listen we all have those feeling but we have tell ourselves to well “shut-up” and do it anyway. And guess what I bet you’ll succeed.

Once you conquer this feeling, you can and will achieve amazing things. I can do things now that I couldn’t do twenty years ago. All because I was triumphant over my negativity and traded it for a more positive attitude.

William and I after our first 5k, were we happy and surprised we finished without walking.
William and I after our first 5k, were we happy and surprised we finished without walking.
here I am finishing my first half marathon. Wow, what a feeling its awesome!
here I am finishing my first half marathon. Wow, what a feeling its awesome!

If someone told me ten years ago that I would be running half marathons and climbing 1,252 floors of the 191 Peachtree Towers. I would have told them they were crazy. See what some positive thinking and a lot of sweat can accomplish.

boy do you feel great after climbing to the top of 191 Peachtree Towers for the Fight For Air Climb.
boy do you feel great after climbing to the top of 191 Peachtree Towers for the Fight For Air Climb.

So what do you want to triumph over ?

What is your biggest triumph?

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I Corinthians 15:57

But thanks to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Weekly Wrap – January 11th to17th

Monday, I walked with the kids and dogs about 1 ½ miles, I like to get them out and as active as possible. It’s so easy for us to become sedate this time of year. Did my 100 push-ups, yippee! I also worked on climbing that rope that’s hanging from my tree.image

Tuesday, did my 100 push-ups again, so love it once the last push-up is done for the day. Ran 5.1 miles with Ken and our dogs, Faith used the elliptical, she didn’t want to brave the cold. I can so understand as many times I have felt the same, sometimes going for a run is the last thing I want to do.

I think the rope is laughing at me; it may be tougher than I am.image

Wednesday, I did P90X Core Synergistics, has been too long since the last time I did this workout. You really do workout in these training sessions, and you  often have sore muscles afterwards. I was also able to fit in Yoga and my 100 push-ups. I felt good with my accomplishments for this day.

Thursday, I was really sore from the P90X Synergistics from Wednesday, each step was painful. So I stretched carefully and had a nice long soak in an Epsom salt bath. AAHHHH, Relief! By the time my husband was home I felt good enough for a run, but it was nice and slow and only 3.8 miles.

Friday, I gave my body a much needed break.

Saturday, we went to Callaway Gardens for a nice run with two of the kids and their bikes, and the dogs of course, they would so hate to be left out. The kids road their bikes, as we ran, we were a little worried how well this would work. We thought it maybe difficult for the bikers as they would have to go slow for us old runners. We were happy to see it worked out perfectly; the kids were able to go pretty easily along with us. While we ran are long run of 13.27 miles, it was an enjoyable morning we all had fun and think will do this again. I like to get our children involved as much as we can, but for long runs this maybe the only way for a while. image

Sunday, I had a nice day with my family, all our children were here, so love it when we are all together. The only thing else I did was worked on that rope in my tree, I hope I can climb it soon. Wesley gave me a few pointers will see if it helps.

Remember try to stay as active as you can without over doing it, and always try and make it fun for all. You don’t have to log lots of miles or swim tons of laps. Look for things that you like to do and do them often, and try new things often. You never know if you’ll like something if you never try it. So be active and have fun with your family and friends.

Psalm 37:5

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

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Runner’s World-Yoga for Runners-Review

I was given this Yoga for runners DVD set inorder to do this review, all opions are my own. I hope this will help you decide if it will work for you.

If you are a runner than you want to do all you can to help prevent injuries, to be stronger and run faster. I have been doing some yoga for quite a while now, it will really help you. You will be stronger and more flexible.

I have been using this RUNNER’S WORLD YOGA FOR RUNNERS for over a month now. It’s a two- DVD set which comes with a yoga block and strap. It isn’t a hard workout but it targets areas that runners need to strengthen. Runners are amazing people who display great dedication with their health and fitness.

This is so often my view from a downward dog. Some times its more than one dog, they love it when we do yoga.
This is so often my view from a downward dog. Some times its more than one dog, they love it when we do yoga.

If you are a runner than you may want to give this yoga set a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

The sessions are led by Rebecca Pacheco, who is an international yoga teacher. She has been a runner since she was 14; she has run in the Boston marathon as well.

The yoga for runners is a 50 minute workout which was designed for your rest day. This is the main workout for this set; the other ones support this one. This workout will help you with tight areas and prepare you to get back to your running as soon as possible.

There is a beginning yoga training, which is designed to teach you the basics of yoga; if you are new to yoga this will be helpful. This is a 30 minute workout that should give you a new respect and love for yoga.

It also includes a 30 minute session for recovery which will help you with sore muscles; this is designed to do after a good run. Thank goodness its short, sometimes I only want to crash on the couch after a run.

There is also a workout for core strength it’s only a 30 minute one, it isn’t that hard but you will feel it. Your core will be worked, but in an easy 30 minutes.

Here is a link to get yours –

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your body and help you reach your goals without worry of injuries. So you can worry about when to fit in that run in around that hectic schedule of yours.

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God:


My Week in Review

My week in review for January 4th through the 10th, I did try to stay active despite the rain and cold.

Monday, we had our running club meeting so we wouldn’t be running as we usually do. I did do yoga for runners and 100 push-ups for the day. I went for a walk with my children and the dogs it was fun as it usually is, I ‘m not sure who likes it more the dogs or us.

Tuesday, I did my 100 push-ups and ran 4.45 miles and walked one mile, in the evening with my husband and it was very cold I thought my nose would freeze. I was so happy to get into the car and drive home after our run, to a nice hot cup of coffee.

Wednesday, I did my 100 push-ups and walked 2.5 miles with the kids and dogs.

Thursday, I did my 100 push-ups and rested.

Friday, did my 100 push-ups and walked 2 miles.image

Saturday, I did my 100 push-ups and went for our first trail run with my husband and two of our dogs. What was going to be a 7 mile trail run turned out to be a 9+ mile run / walk. We have wanted to do a trail run for a while now. It turned out to be a lot of fun, except for the part in the middle when we lost one of our dogs, who just couldn’t resist chasing a deer. This added about 2 more miles and a lot of stress to our run. I think we will do this again except for the lost dog part. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, and I’m still sore two days later so I was able to work my muscles harder and differently than I usually do. I may try and add a trail run at least once a month as it will help me to be stronger.20160109_093429image

Sunday, is a rest day that we spend with family, but I did do my 100 push-ups. Ken also put up the rope that I really don’t like, as it represents something that I can’t seem to do, but have to learn quickly or do a bunch of burpees which I hate. We are doing the Spartan Sprint in March, and I hope to be able to defeat this rope before then. The kids have been climbing it as well and my husband just climbs it like it’s no big deal talk about not fair.

imageThy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.           Psalms 119:105

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