just the beginning…

This is the beginning of what may be my favorite blog post to date.

But first I have to finish studying and taking tests before I can get this thing up and running electronically. Boo.


I really do wish I could type it all up now, but it’s going to be worth the wait. Now…back to anatomy. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


going crazy and dreamin’ big!

Good morning, friends! I wish I had time to post entries on the weekends, but this weekend I was doing fun things like:

  1. watching KU win on Friday night
  2. running 8.25 miles on the dreadmill at the gym at goal half marathon pace because Kansas is crazy and it likes to snow here when it is spring and almost April
  3. mourning KU’s loss on Sunday night
  4. working…boo
  5. doing crazy things (see below)
  6. going to Nexus
  7. eating my vegetables like a good girl

But now it is Monday and I am back in blogging action!

What kind of crazy things have I done this weekend…? Let me tell you!

I registered for the Hospital Hill half marathon the first weekend in June. Someone asked me if it was a hilly course. Well the word ‘hill’ is in the name… I just kindly responded that I had heard it is one of the more challenging races in the Kansas City area. Add this to my plate, and starting this weekend, I will be completing 6 races in 62 days. I didn’t really intend for this to happen, it just did.

When you thought it couldn’t get any crazier…I also registered for this. I danced in circles when I found out this race was coming to the area thanks to my friend Bridget and her sister who are also doing this event…the Warrior Dash. Because we are women warriors. My friend Drew did it in Colorado last year and gave me permission to post some of his photos…here is an idea of what we will be enduring:

This is his sister crawling under wire and through mud…obviously 😉

This is Drew emerging from the mud pit

Jumping over flaming coals? Yes, I will be doing this too. Actually, knowing me…tripping into flaming coals. The course also involves lots of obstacles including tangled nets, rope webs, wooden planks, running in rivers…I. can’t. wait!! Unfortunately this race isn’t until the end of July, but the amigas and I are registered! Now I have an excuse to play in mud and practice fire jumping skills all summer. As part of my ‘training.’


Signing up for races = diverts my attention away from wanting to bake anything yummy and chocolatey. Obviously I have been thinking about chocolate way too much if we equate that with the number of races I have signed up for.


PS I also want to say that I have a dream, a pretty big one. I haven’t told anyone about it yet because I am still trying to figure it out myself but I am SO pumped about what it could become. I shall divulge more information when I have a better idea of what exactly it will involve.


Q: What are you looking forward to this week?

Happy Monday and remember to dream big!!

to my readers

I want to say thank you to those of you who take time to read my blog; it means more to me than you know. I don’t who all of my readers are, but when I get word from friends and family regarding people talking about my blog it warms my heart in a way I can’t describe, it is a very humbling feeling. I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for so many of you, for you have made an impact in my life some way or another along my lifeline. I could write a thousand entries about people who have impacted my life, but just know that you, dear reader, are an incredibly special and important person in this world. So just keep doin’ yo thang…you may never know whose life you are changing.



little victories and…

Little victories are to be celebrated!

Little victory #1– 4 mile run in just under 37:30…PR right there!

Little victory #2– I finished the first mile of that run in under 9 minutes…the fastest I’ve ever ran a mile in my life!

Little victory #3– I am almost to the lock-in phase of Stimulock…holla!  I will have a ‘Lock-in’ post coming within the next week. Lock-in = the light at the end of this loooong tunnel!

I am also very excited about some things coming up in my life which I hope to share with you at a later (and more definite) date!

Now for a public service announcement. Note: if legs or feet gross you out do not continue to read


Do not, I repeat, do NOT use bronzing lotion unless you are a rockstar at even application, otherwise you will look like this:

You can clearly see that I am not a rockstar at even application. When I finish this post I am going to go scrub these streaks off of my legs.


And an idea for my fellow running friends- if your feet are ever sore after a workout or your arches are hurting like mine (which is NOT okay nine days before a race) do not be afraid to use household items for therapy:

This Febreeze can has been my bff today. Hopefully my foot will be better in the morning, and if not, the stationary bicycle will be my bff tomorrow.


I know this is the most rando post ever. I’m sorry, this is my life. Bronzing lotion and Febreeze cans. Send help.


Q: What little victories have you celebrated lately??

the backyard blog


Today’s entry is brought to you from…my backyard!

Yes I am wearing a tank top…I was trying to avoid a farmer’s tan.


There was NO WAY I could spend a beautiful day like this inside

While outside I have played with my dog, done some studying, completed some Girls on the Run lesson planning, and I may or may not have dozed off for a short while. Don’t tell anyone.


You may or may not recall that the last 12-mile training run I had was very bad. Crying, frozen legs, etc etc. It is no surprise that I wasn’t exactly psyched out about the 12-miler on my training schedule for this past Saturday. But I needed to buckle down, put on my big girl pants and git er done. I had a half marathon to train for. But only with the power of the Lord a little help from my friends!

A couple of weeks ago, Stephanie mentioned doing a run on the race course (she is running the half marathon too) to get our last long run in and to see how the course would be. So by Thursday, Stephanie and I had made our plans to meet up where the race begins and get our 12 miles on…together!

A briefing of the run:

  • we spent a fair amount of time having to run on the street and even had to dodge a couple of cars with drivers chatting away on their cell phones
  • the course is relatively flat with some gradual uphills and rolling terrain
  • the scenery is beautiful! Gorgeous houses, churches, landscape and fountains to keep my mind off of running look at!
  • we took a little detour aka got lost. I can still laugh looking back on it because we um ‘deducted’ about 5 minutes from our finish time because we spent those 5 minutes wandering in the street and scratching our heads trying to figure out where we were. We forgot that we ran down the opposite side of the course but thanks to Stephanie’s navigation skills (Google maps via iPhone), we were able to get back on track
  • getting lost took us about an extra half mile and three EXTRA LARGE hills off track. So this counts as unintentional overtraining which means we are more than ready to Rock the Parkway!

All in all, it was an awesome run, the kind of runs I wish I could have all the time. But without those stinky long runs, I wouldn’t appreciate the good ones quite as much.


Mini goals for this week:

  1. spend more time reading my Bible
  2. enjoy and put all that I have into these last two weeks of training before the race
  3. not be stuck in routine


Right now I am getting out of my routine and am going to go bounce over to a class at Title Boxing.

Let’s hope I will be able to walk tomorrow.

I <3 Texas

On Monday morning I set out on my first vacation/fun trip in over five years. This is what I gladly left behind:

I was clearly excited to be leaving

It was nice seeing green scenery for the first time since…before winter

I made a stop in Wichita to see some friends and relive my WSU days! Monday was Pi day and when I was in the student lounge/union with my friend Lisa (I have a lot of friends named Lisa…) we participated in a contest to see who could come up with the most decimals to the number Pi. What’s any smart girl to do in such a challenge? Google, duh! We weren’t given any rules for the contest, so why not! We ‘memorized’ Pi to the 172nd decimal and then were interviewed by the school newspaper, you can read the article here. Cool stuff like this never happened to me when I was actually a student at WSU.

It was time to hit the road again! Texas was on my mind!

Why was I going to Texas? To see my brother! He’s one of my best friends but it had been five years since we had seen one another. A running embrace was more than necessary!

I also got to meet my nephew Rhylen for the first time…he is a pretty amazing dude

who does not believe in opening his eyes for photos


when he found out my eyes were opened for the above photo, he made me retake one, with closed eyes!

That’s better!


Vacation time = no itinerary, no obligations, doing whatever. So I lived it up. Which also included visiting the largest WF I have ever been into in my life…thus far.

This place was bigger than Super Target and I was in love. Everything is bigger in Texas.


No plans/itinerary/obligations = hanging out with farm animals…? I’m not explaining this one, if you see me, ask and I will be glad to tell you the story behind it. Plus, animals are cute so it’s okay.

Rachael needed her turn too!

Then I found a Zonkey and was obsessed. Pretty sure this was the coolest thing I saw all week. Almost as cool as the super-sized WF.

Zonkey/Zebroid/ Zedonk/Donka = hybrid between a zebra and donkey. So. cool! And friendly too…

Please forgive my lack of makeup. It was vacation. Vacation = I didn’t wear makeup if I didn’t want to


Although my trip was short, it was the most fun I have packed into three days in a very long time. I’m never going that long without seeing my brother again. This trip reminded me that family must be a top priority and how much my family means to me, near or far. I missed my Kansas family but I loved seeing my Texas family. Why don’t we all just move to Oklahoma?? Oh wait…that would make us Sooners. Needless to say, my brother and I already started talking about plans for the summer! As I was sitting in the guest room (behind the door…? Yes, I’m a messy traveler and was looking for something), my brother peeked in and said he was really going to miss me…I can’t believe I fell for it.

Nothing quite like that brotherly love.

Happy Birthday Mom!!

To the woman who had to have me surgically removed from her tummy (sorry I was so…ahem…healthy)

the Mom who loves me no matter what, to the moon and back, from the day I was born until eternity

Who over the years has become my very best friend, who knows me better than I know myself

and is also my #1 fan

the woman who I thank for raising me in the manner that she did, the one who keeps me grounded, level headed, the mom I laugh, cry, toot and argue with

the woman who I hope to be half of someday…

Happy Birthday to the best mom a girl could ask for…I love you momma bear!