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?!  

August 12, 2018

Moo've It

I promise you. I have been running. But I evidently haven't run a race since May. Happy to report though, that all changed yesterday. My running chicas and I ran the Chick-fil-A Moo've It 5K.

Ready to run!
This is a back-to-school favorite in our county primarily because the proceeds from the race are given back to the schools via our local education foundation and a school zone participation competition. A competition the zone I work in and which my children attend won!

I am the second person from the left. Go Cherokee Zone!
The race was packed with people, and one thing is certain: the Chick-fil-A 5K has outgrown this venue - a local park. When you've got individuals parking along side the road just to get into the park to race, you know you've got a problem.

Additionally, the race itself had a bit of a hiccup. Before crossing over a bridge to continue running the 5K, there is a loop that needs to be completed. Sadly though, the front runners of the race had a hard time completing that loop because they ran into the other half of the race's runners still trying to complete the loop before they could cross the bridge. I can only imagine that traffic jam was a huge frustration to them.

Also, something went wrong with the chip timing on the bibs which may have been due to the massive amount of people that attempted to run that day. I know this for a couple reasons including the fact that they announced me as a third place winner in my age group with a race time of 25 minutes when in reality my time was just under 45 minutes that day.

OMG! I do not deserve this!
Despite the chaos, it was a good run for a good cause. The August heat is a good reason to not run this race again. However, the atmosphere is one of support for our public school system, and that uplifting spirit is a big reason for this teacher to consider running it again - as I did two years ago.

I am going to try to run at least one race each month going forward. I don't have any definite running goals as of right now other than just run. Well, run, and enjoy running.

Running is a gift too few know the pleasure of unwrapping.