5 miler.

My goal this weekend was to break 5 miles during a single run, or at least that’s what I told my co-worker who inquired about my training at the end of last week. Saturday morning came and I wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t feel like doing much of anything, then Shane started making a list of things we needed to get done. He needed to get a few things from Home Depot, we needed to finish his sister’s birthday present, then he made the comment “I should probably go to the gym – I know I would feel better”. Unfortunately for him, that statement meant that we were going to the gym if I had anything to do with it.

So off we went on our little mid-day gym date (after waiting an hour for his gym clothes to finish washing/drying – so high maintenance). Sixty minutes later, I had hit 5.02 miles and was profusely sweating. But I felt awesome!! After that, my knight in sweaty armor took me to look at paint at Home Depot then for a protein refuel at Chickfila. Who says romance is dead? 🙂

monster face(excuse me while I pick out my Halloween costume)


High points so far: FIVE MILES!!
Biggest challenge: Back to the mind game – it is a constant battle to keep myself running. The little lazy voice in the back of my head is all like “No, Leah, stop…you’re tired and need to rest.” Lazy ass.
Next goal to accomplish: Running a 6 miles in an hour!
Things I’m excited about: Learning some new stretches – all this forward motion takes a toll on you.


sunday night supper.

First, let me apologize for not having any photos of this amazing feat I’m about to tell you about. I was far too excited to stop to find a camera.

Last night I decided I would cook dinner for the boy and his dad, who’s in town visiting. I decided to cook salmon, brown rice, and some left over asparagus we had left over from earlier in the week. That’s not the amazing part. The amazing part is I managed to time everything to finish within 2 minutes of each other and nothing was under or over cooked. That has never happened to me before. ever.

The salmon was sweet and spicy – glazed with a mixture of sriracha, lime juice, and brown sugar. Then I popped it in the oven for 16 minutes. The asparagus was cooked on high heat on the stove in one cup of water for 5 minutes, then coated in a tablespoon of butter, garlic salt and some parmesan cheese. The brown rice was just brown rice – nothing special.

Here’s to celebrating life’s little accomplishments (and a sleepy dog)!



5K does not equal $5,000

The last time I checked in with you I told you all about how I’ve started to run and I briefly mentioned signing up for a 5K. Well the 5K came and went and it was pretty awesome! I mean, it was cold and rainy and torturous, but it was awesome! Abby and I both set goals for ourselves and squeaked out times that were respectable and met our goals. Well I squeaked by; Abby annihilated her goal. (You goal, girl!)

First medals!(Post-race with our first-ever running medals! We both finished second in our age groups.)

My favorite part of the whole thing is that it was this big group of people, of all shapes, sizes, and ages, working individually towards one goal. I was surrounded by people who wanted the same thing I did – to cross the finish line – the entire time. It was also pretty cool to run through a town I had driven through countless times, and get up close and personal with it’s charming qualities. The cute little cheer teams around each corner didn’t hurt either.

All in all, I think I like running a lot more than I anticipated. I mean I went to Tennessee last week and packed my running shoes before anything else. I’m pretty sure I said, “That was the best treadmill I have ever seen!” to about 4 different people when talking about working out in the hotel fitness center. Six months ago, I would have laughed at the idea of going to the hotel gym on a trip!

High points so far: I have just been over-the-moon impressed with myself for getting up to 4 miles.
Biggest challenge: Running is a total mind game. I get in a mental fistfight with myself every day before lacing up my shoes and heading out the door. That and I think I have a bunion. It hurts. I need to go see a doctor.
Next goal to accomplish: Running a 6 miles in an hour!
Things I’m excited about: Making a final decision about our costumes for the half-marathon!