I was talking to my brother-in-law yesterday about how I have my goals for work this year pinned to the bulletin board above my desk so I could see them every day. Conversation ensued, and I wondered why I didn’t do the same thing for my personal goals. To remedy that, I made this lovely little image to frame and hang on the mini inspirational wall I’m creating in my bedroom.

2015 goals


A lot of my goals are intangible, or ideas, to help me become the person I want to be, but others are goals that I can meet and exceed if I tried really hard (hello, 1,000 miles) and things that I really need to make more time for (reading every day).  I submitted my little goal picture to PostalPix to be printed this morning, so I can start reminding myself to live on purpose and not out of habit this year. No one wants to live the same year 85 times and call it a life.


Week 8 – Who do we appreciate?!

I know I should have posted a running update yesterday, but I’m going to be honest with you. I didn’t succeed in Week 8 of my program. Last week was a bit of an uphill battle, and I just couldn’t force my body to run more than my mind was. I finished a couple of the runs, but the long run just didn’t happen. Long story short, there was a break up and a lot of work going on last week. I was being pulled in so many directions and I needed to focus on landing on my feet ready to start this week with bright eyes and a strong heart.

With that being said, I am back on track with 5 miles under my belt already this week (at a sub 11 minute mile pace, no less).

Here’s to new beginnings and kicking Mickey’s butt in 27 days!

Week 7 – Frustrations and Finds

I’m starting to get a little frustrated with this whole running situation.

Monday – 4 miles – 43:43

Tuesday – 4 miles – 46:58

Wednesday – 4 miles – 45:21

Thursday – Cross train

Friday – 4 miles – 48:14

Saturday – 10 miles – 2:07:37

Sunday – Rest day

So…you’ll notice that I ran the same mileage four times this week with finishing times all over the map. This is really starting to take a toll on me. I mean I thought running was supposed to get easier, but here I am at the end of Week 7 still having to trick my brain into thinking it likes to run.

I’m starting to have a serious problem with the treadmill. When I run at the gym, I keep my phone in a flipbelt to track my distance instead of an armband. Armbands aren’t my style because they tend to flop and fly around while I’m active. The only trouble with the flipbelt is my phone is sitting at the core of my body where there isn’t much movement. Therefore, on a treadmill I’m losing up to .10-.15 of a mile every single mile. For instance, this morning I had to run 3.8. The treadmill said I had run 4.25 before my phone said I reached 3.8.

It’s becoming extremely frustrating because I’m doing the best I can, but I’m getting slower according to my Nike running app. I have to find a solution quickly because right now my current plan of action is to get irritated and not finish.

On the bright side, I ran 10 miles outside on Saturday. I made my friend Carly tag along with me to a lake in Raleigh so I wouldn’t be out there by myself. She did a lap around the lake, then strung up a hammock to enjoy the weather while I finished my run. Super thankful for her. I also found the Marathon Training Academy podcast. It really helped during the long run in that it kept me entertained, educated me on running techniques, and provided some interesting interviews.

Weekly mileage: 26

Yearly mileage: 59.8

Week 6 – Woohoo! Back on Track

I was determined to get back on track this week after the worst week of training ever last week. I’d say it was a success!

Monday – 4 miles – 44:21

Tuesday – 7 miles – 1:22:50

Wednesday – 3 miles – 32:58

Thursday – Cross train

Friday – 4 miles – 44:14

Saturday – 9 miles – 1:42:00

Sunday – Rest day

This week I was determined to succeed out of sheer embarrassment from last week. I’ll admit I had a couple of grouchy miles, but it was pretty good for the most part. Now that my Tuesday runs are getting longer, it’s becoming more of a challenge. There’s no way I can log 6+ miles before work without getting up earlier than 4:30 a.m., but working all day then going to the gym is draining. Especially when you have to wait for a treadmill because it’s New Year’s Resolution time.

I ran in the cold on Wednesday to avoid getting stuck in 5:00 p.m. traffic (curse my warm bed coaxing me into sleeping in). That was a challenging experience. I actually took more walking breaks than normal, but my time was one of my shorter 3 mile times. I guess the cold really inspired me. My 9 miler on Saturday was b-o-r-i-n-g. Running 9 miles on a treadmill is torture. Plus I feel like my toenails are going to fall off. But I did it!! Despite the harsh looks I got in the gym for my starbursts that were lined up across the treadmill display.

Weekly mileage: 27

Yearly mileage: 33.8

beef jerky & dog treats.

Shane purchased a food dehydrator back before Christmas, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on it. However, with planned family visits, running, and general holiday chaos, I  decided I needed to wait until I had some spare brain power before I went sucking the moisture out of things.

Yesterday, I worked from home and decided to tackle my first batch of beef jerky. It’s amazing the kind of time you have when you don’t have to get ready for work, drive to work, drive home from work, or cook dinner. (Shane had to fend for himself with the leftovers in the fridge).

Our dehydrator is a Sedona Raw Food Dehydrator. It can operate fully with 9 trays, or only use half the machine for 4 trays. I thought that was kind of a nice feature since I was only using 3 trays for my jerky.

I spent a couple of minutes searching Pinterest for jerky recipes, but I couldn’t really find a winner. I decided to make my own marinade, use a flank steak that had been living in the freezer for a month or so, and go from there.



  • 2 lb. flank steak, cleaned of fat and sliced into thin strips
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • .5 tablespoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

After cleaning the meat and slicing it in thin strips, I let it rest in a bowl of the marinade for a couple of hours in the fridge. If I had planned better, I would have soaked it over night. But I really wanted jerky last night, so I rushed it.

From there, I pulled the strips out onto paper towels and patted the meat dry to prevent any dripping in the machine. Then I laid the strips on the trays evenly and inserted them into the machine. I set it at 155*F for 6 hours.

The final product is amazing. So much better than store-bought jerky. I could never get over the weird sweet taste of the prepackaged stuff from convenience stores. I would always make myself eat it for a quick burst of protein after a run, but man, oh man. This homemade stuff if amazing.

Hunter also got a treat. I found this homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog treat recipe from Damn Delicious. Every single recipe I’ve tried from her website has been wonderful. Most of my go-to recipes are Damn Delicious recipes – one-pot garlic parmesan pasta, beef and broccoli, and the crab artichoke dip are my all-time favorites. 

Hunter absolutely loved the homemade treats and they were significantly cheaper than buying a small bag of beggin’ strips or meaty bones. I got about 22 gingerbread men (the only cookie cutter I had on hand) out of one batch of dough. I guessitimated a half of peanut butter pumpkin man is a serving size for him (he’s a 70 pound Husky), so almost 50 treats from about $4 of ingredients. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Happy Friday, y’all. If I get through my 9 mile run tomorrow, I get to go see Wicked! 😛

Week 5 – I hate running.

I’m back to my love-hate relationship with running. He has scorned me.

Monday – 4 miles – 43:48

Tuesday – 6 miles – incomplete

Wednesday – 3 miles – 32:18

Thursday – Cross train

Friday – 3 miles – 33:00

Saturday – 8 miles – incomplete

Sunday – Rest day (ran 1.72 or attempted)

This week I hated running or rather running hated me. I don’t know what was up but I just couldn’t find the energy, heart, or drive to get it done. I even drove to the gym on Tuesday, got on a treadmill, and decided NOPE not gonna happen. I guess we all have those running days that just don’t want to happen. Maybe I just hit my wall or something. But I can’t let it stop me. Race day is 6 weeks away! Woohoo. I’ve decided to dress up like Chip from Beauty & the Beast – you know the adorable teacup. I’m thinking a blue and lavendar tutu with a white top lined in gold ribbon. Yes/no?

Weekly mileage: 13.72 miles

Here’s to an upcoming week of cans instead of grumpy “I don’t want to”s.