Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Riverbank Running 15.5 miles

I have been dreading to write this post for awhile. This race I had been training for since January and I had been making huge gains on speed. If you follow me on Instagram, you know i've been killing my time on the treadmill.

Riverbank this year was supposed to get me a PR, but well, as we know with many races it always doesn't work out quite that way.

I arrived to the race and already it was raining, which is the norm for anyone who runs Riverbank, so I knew it could be a potential challenge. This is the largest 25k in the country and most people can't fathom a race that's 15.5 miles, but that what we do in the mitten.
When I say this was the worse race of my  life, I MEAN it. I was going to PR the thing until after mile 4 and that's when it took a turn for the worse! I lost my cookies at Mile 4, Mile 6 and Mile 10. 

Each mile losing my breakfast and the meals from the previous day, made me lose more time, which made me feel more frustrated that I was losing my PR.

Slowly, my hip was hurting causing great pain. 

And I just wanted to be done at mile 8, but I knew I had bling waiting and family, so I just kept on trekking along.
When running gets tough, you get tougher and give it everything you got to finish and that's what I did! Despite the pain, the throwing up and rain, I was going to run that 15.5 miles and earn my medals, no matter what time!
Honestly, running a marathon was tough, but this was the hardest race yet! My body had nothing in it and was keeping nothing it. 

I am super proud of these medals and the races that I ran to get the Gazelle girl and Riverbank! Even though this race was awful, I'm so glad I stuck it out, dug deep and finished!


Q: What has been the hardest race or hardest accomplishment you've achieved? 








Monday, May 18, 2015

She's Married!!

Saturday, my sister in-law got married. 
She was a beautiful bride! I can't believe she is old enough to get married. Of course we needed a selfie!! 
The weather was absolutely beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better weather here in the mitten!!  
Whitney was super excited to get a jersey  of her favorite Red Wings player! She liked the letter from Andy too!
A blushing bride who is so beautiful!

Sister-in Laws all together!! 

Her older brother! Love this picture! It's totally Whitney!
Walking down the aisle to see her groom!!

I was reading 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 on love!! 

We had a blast at the reception dancing the night away! 

The cool bubble wall that changes with your wedding color/ theme!


Q: What is the best wedding you've ever been to?







Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekend Book Review Titles: A heart's Danger

A Heart’s Danger (Thomas Nelson, May 2015)
On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.
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Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand’s new fiancĂ©e wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.
Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.
Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?

My Review:
As part of the ongoing series by Colleen Coble,    This is my favorite book yet. It's filled with tension, danger, love, mystery and suspends that you as the reader don't see coming. Ben will do anything to get Sarah as his wife, even if he has to meddle with Rands FiancĂ© to get in the middle of it. This book will keep you on your toes and I promise the ending is worth it. 






Colleen Coble

{MORE ABOUT COLLEEN COBLE}

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.
Find out more about Colleen athttp://www.colleencoble.com/.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Love Like Ours- Weekend Book Review

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Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
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My Review:
This book will not disappoint as it is the perfect balance between romantic, hilarious and heartache. This book can be read as a standalone, but of course all of Becky's books can be read that way. I love that Lyndie and Jake were childhood friends and the book starts off giving us a glimpse of their childhood. Becky has a way with story telling and this was a great way in the prologue to start off the story. I also loved that this book was about "Silver Leaf" and PTSD. As a social worker, I am always interested in the mental health aspect of a story, especially when it aligns with HOPE and how this book intertwines God into the story. Jake first finds his hope in a person, but his hope is mis-aligned.  Finally, I love that Lyndie had a passion for thoroughbred horses like "Silver Leaf" as I am not a horse lover, so I like books that challenge me and the how she had to sacrifice her own personal dream.  Finally, I am interested in hearing more of Dru's story. Such a great book! I highly recommend it!

Thank you to Bethany House for providing me a complimentary copy that I recieved for review purposes only!



















Becky Wade

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Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Monday Favorite Things

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great Mother's Day and and beautiful weekend! My weekend was crazy, crazy!!!! Between running 15.5 mile and going to three houses on Mother's Day, I haven't been able to catch a break! I am exhausted. I have so much to tell you about my race, the expo and my results, but for now I wanted to post about some of my new favorite things!

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 First, I have been loving this new devotional by Shauna Niquest called Savor.  I have a difficult time finding devotional that I can stick it out through the entire year.. Are you with me? I get tired of them and switch to another one. However, this one pulls me and I can't wait to read this one again and again. Shauna is real, honest, authentic and she allows the creativity in each of us through this new devotional, which I love. She allows the reader to write down their thoughts, beauty and grace in the space on under the devotional. The topics are filled with grace and I find her devotional to be just beautiful. I will definitely be sticking to this devotional this year. 











Second, I love my new Garmin Forerunner! I used this watch for Riverbank and it was great to watch my pace and the calories I burned. It was also amazing to see the distance I went despite the actual race itself. With the walking and the race, I went 19.99 miles. Crazy!!!! For a simple watch, this has a lot of features, especially for a great price. It tracks miles, calories, pace, identifies personal records and allows you to review previous races.


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Third, I just love this Run Disney wicking shirt. It is so cozy and it has helped me through many of my races. I love that I have ran some RunDisney events, but this shirt is super cozy. I also love my friend, LeAnn who supports my races! She is the best!    





These are just a few things I am loving this week!

What are you loving this week???? 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tulip Time 10k

Happy Wednesday!

This past Saturday, I've done something that I've never done before- register for a race at the registration tent 10 minutes before the race starts! Ahh!!!!
Talk about insanity!!!!!

Holland is known for their beautiful tulips and every May, they have their annual Tulip time festival. It has a 5k run and 10k run. My friend, Eileen has been training for her first 10k. She's an amazing human with so much strength!
Originally, I was just going to cheer her on, but then I decided to join her for a nice run! It didn't turn out to be such a faboulous run, but we had a great time. 
Her daughter, Emma is a beautiful soul and we met them when we served at Starlite Shores. Emma has cancer. Eileen , Emma their entire family are completely amazing.
I'm super proud of this lady! She has set a new PR for finishing her first 10k. We got to look at some beautiful tulips and enjoy the scenes of Holland, Michigan.
Would I run the tulip time race again? Sure! However, I've got a bunch more races on my bucket list and this one isn't on it anymore! Check it off the list!

Q: Do you register for races at the registration tent?



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Big Tractors with Casey and Friends Children's Book

Have you ever wanted to grow up on a farm? Or ever imagined what a farm life would be like? I know that something about that lifestyle makes me excited or the thought of it does. I had the opportunity to get a bit size about the tractor world, which I know nothing about and it's all from a kids perspective.

"Big Tractors with Casey and Friends" is a book perfect for kids ages of all ages. This has four books that will be released in 2015. 

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Here are the four "Casey and Friends" books your family will just love, especially your little tractor fan! 
-A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends
-Big Tractors with Casey & Friends
-Combines with Casey & Friends
-Planters & Cultivators with Casey & Friends


This book, "Big Tractors" introduces kids to the world of farm equipment, which lets be honest, is AWESOME! It shows how the most powerful tractors Big Red and Sammy use their power to pull heavy equipment, move things and work on the field as a team to get the job done. This book is told with a cartoon theme and has caption bubbles, which makes it fun and can be used to give your children different parts of reading in the story. It also has amazing facts about farming, which helps your child discover that farming is more than just "cool" equipment. Not only does this book have factual information, but is it loaded with colorful pictures and is so educational, they won't know how much they've learned by the end of the book. I highly recommend this to any parent who is interested in teaching their child about another life style or if they have a child who is simply interested in big cool tractors! This is a MUST series for your family! 

I have received this product for review purposes only. My review is my own and this is my honest opinion. 



Monday, May 4, 2015

29 Years, It's My Birthday!!

Yikes!!!!
I can't believe I am 29 years old!! It seems like yesterday, I was turning 20. Where did the time go? This past weekend we did a ton of celebrating and I found this really cool app, where you can put a photo of yourself and it will throw out a number for your age.
Now, this app isn't that reliable, but it is super fun and it made me feel a lot younger. My husband and I got some great laughs, we talked about retirement and even the possibility of maybe retiring to Disney early. LOL
Seriously? My husband being 53!!!!! What in the world is that about????? Of course, my friends and I were sending pictures back-and-forth to another to see how old we were and here's another funny one.
No matter what, this app puts me below the age of 20, Which isn't such a bad thing. We had a lot of laughs with this. I highly recommend that you drop a photo of you and your friends or your family in here you'll get a lot of laughs too!!!

Hope you all have a great Monday and I will let you know more about my birthday celebration festivities over the rest of the week along with some great races that I have been running and races that I have in the works.
Happy Monday!!