September 02, 2019

Hickory Flat Out 5K

This morning, I ran the second race of this renewed running season in my life: The Hickory Flat Out 5K.

This is a race I have run before - two years ago. It is a Labor Day tradition for many where I live.

When I looked back at my race time for this course in 2017, I ran it in 36 mins. This year, my time was 37:34. An increase of over a min and a half. But I'm not upset about that. At all. I'm excited it wasn't more of an increase. #glasshalffull #smallvictories  ;-)

Running buddy Jordan and I

At the end of the day, all I can really say is, I am happy to be running again, and I am excited to be making more running plans.

Keep an eye out for updates! Try to guess... where will Jamie run next?!


August 10, 2019

Moo've It

This morning, a new season in my life began.

I have not run a race since August of last year, but that changed this morning.

I ran the race that just so happened to be that last race I ran in 2018: The Chick-fil-A Moo've It 5K.

My favorite, fabulous running buddies!

I had a great time and did better than I ever expected I would. When I last ran this race, my time was 44:30. And today, my time was 38:38! My training paid off!

It was a good day with great people for an amazing cause (our local schools).

Hot, tired, but happy!

Eat More Chicken

Can you guess which one didn't run the race? LOL

And there was one pic my phone must have taken when I was otherwise occupied...

I like it. I seem to be looking forward. Toward something. Focused on more.

I want to run more races. In fact, as soon as I'm done writing this post, I'm going to sign up for my next race.

If you are not a runner, you cannot understand this compulsion. And you will never understand it. Not until you get up off the couch and just... Moo've It.

July 09, 2019

Summer Lovin'


(((Jamie waving like crazy at her readers)))

I know. I know. I've been gone for awhile. 

Where have I been? What have I been doing?

Well, long story short, and metaphorically speaking... I got lost on a rocky trail run.

Let that one sink in a minute.

How did I get lost?

Well, putting the metaphor aside, speaking plainly now... My priorities got out of wack.

I took a wrong turn somewhere on my run...

Oops. There I go with the metaphor again.

Suffice it to say, I am back, and I think I am on the way to setting myself up for a much better 2019-2020. (Remember, I am a teacher. We think in terms of school years. Go with me here.)

Summer has afforded me time to think about what TRULY matters, and I know I have to put those things first.

My Jesus and my family, they HAVE TO be first in my life. In making these my priorities, I make ME a priority. They are my heart. My everything. 

I got so caught up in things that matter but don't TRULY matter, I lost myself. 

I all but stopped running. I have not run a race since last August's Chick-fil-A Moo've It 5K

I have run some on my treadmill, but not much.

So I am here, back on my beloved blog, to make a running commitment to myself. Asking all who have chosen to read this to help keep me accountable to this pledge.

Starting with this year's Chick-fil-A Moo've It 5K in August (fitting, yes?), I will run a race every month from now until I complete a half marathon. 

Half marathon?

Yes. I said, half marathon. That is 13.1 miles. Something I have never done before.

Am I crazy? Well, as the running joke goes, yes. But only half crazy.

In all seriousness though, I need this. I have missed running. I have missed blogging about running. This is important to me. I feel called back to it.

So as the countdown to the end of my summer has begun (15 more days before teachers report back to work), I find myself feeling extremely optimistic about the upcoming school year and this next season in my life.

Thank you, summer, for giving me time to reflect on where I have gone wrong and how to get back on track.

Here's to keeping my priorities straight! Gotta love summer!

Anyone want to join me in this new running endeavor?!