Running Update

Well, I definitely dropped the ball on this blog, but i’m ready to get back into the swing of things. This summer, my running had some highs and low’s. One month over 80 miles, the next 35. It’s just been so hot and life has been busy with summer activities and well, excuses. I’ve tried some more hiking, barre3 classes and more weights and Tone It Up exercises, but with the fall approaching, i’m ready to get back out on the road and run.

I have decided to venture back into my half marathon training and I’m currently on week 3 of the Nike Running Program. I really like it, and so far it’s working.

For more exciting news, I’ve joined a running group here in town. It’s small, but growing. I may not always get to run with them, but their motivation is keeping me interested and motivated and I’m hoping to sign up and participate in some races with my fellow CG runners. Here is a group photo from a morning run as well as a mom’s runner night out.


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Scrapbook of 2016


My year in review of all things movies, music, books, and live shows. Here is my Scrapbook of 2016.


My absolute favorite movies of the year are in bold.  They may not all win Oscars, but I either loved the movie so much I’d want to own it, watch it over again or the company was perfection.

1. Creed (2015)
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
3. The Vanishing (1993)
4. Boyhood (2014)
5. Daddy’s Home (2015)
6. Grease Live (2016)
7. 22 Jump Street (2014)
8. The Choice (2016)
9. Race (2016)
10. Jem and the Holograms (2015)

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November and December Running Updates

Well, I’ve been a slacker when it comes to my blog and my running updates. I apologize…so here is a mini update.

November total miles: 60.76 December total miles: 19.42

Yep, you read that correctly. Can you believe the December total?? It’s utterly embarrassing and although I hate to put it out there for the world to see, I need to be accountable. I have not run since December 13th. That is just horrible and not like me. I didn’t just give up, I got lazy. I think with the holidays approaching, I just didn’t feel like going and made every excuse not to go. Then, the end of the month, allergy season set in and I just felt horrible. I know if I had just run, I would have felt fine, but like I said excuses. Then, I went home to visit my mom for a week and did nothing. Absolutely Nothing!! I definitely feel that in just a few short weeks, my body feels different and looks different. I hate it!

The good news to come out of all this and I always look on the bright side, I was able to increase my miles. I was able to hit 8plus miles. It felt amazing and it proved to myself that I can do this. I was supposed to run my first half in February, and unfortunately, because of a prior commitment, I don’t think I’ll be able to. I’m really upset. It was a hometown run and I felt that would have been a great place to start, but it’s okay. I do have my eye on a few others and I’m going to rock those!!

So, in the end, I didn’t finish the year the way I wanted to. I wanted to rock 1000 miles this year and I think in the end, I hit around 600. All I can do is take this anger and turn it around. It’s a new year, a new month, and a new day. I can do it and I will. I hope that you will join me during this upcoming year as I promise to blog more and share more!! 🙂

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October Running Update

October Running Update: This past month, I ran a total of 61.8 miles. A lot more miles than I did in September. I’m so excited. Finally, I’m adding more miles each month and starting to feel like a runner again.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 61.8 miles completed. My average pace was 11.06.
I completed 18 activities. I burned 6,420.3 calories. Elevation climbed 996.8 feet.
I spent 11:26 hours doing some sort of activity.

I’m still on track with my half marathon training program with the NRC app. Finished the month of October on week 6. I had one week where I didn’t get the green check mark and the old me would have stopped the program and started over, but I’m tired of being that girl. The only day I missed was an NTC workout and because I had been at the gym that week, I let it slide. During the month of October, I also completed my longest run, in a while. I hit 7plus miles. It wasn’t easy, but when it was over, I felt wonderful. So excited to start adding those miles in the upcoming weeks.

Sadly, during the month of October, I didn’t hit my 10,000 step goal in one day and it ruined my streak. I’ve tried to start a new one, but something happens and one day I blow it. It’s okay. I guess it’s my body’s way of saying it needs rest. I also didn’t do well updating on the #TIU challenge. I completed the month and although I didn’t follow the plan precisely, I felt that I made great strides with my exercise and my eating choices.

Below are some photos from my “runningwithtiu” Instagram account. Please follow for future training updates.

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Wednesday Writing Challenge


Wednesday Writing Challenge Week 8: #29.
5 Ways to Win My Heart

WOW! It’s been a while since I’ve written a WWC entry. This Wednesday, I’m going with #29: 5 ways to win your heart! or rather, my heart. This should be fun! <3

1. Buy me a Starbucks sweet green tea with 1/2 the sweetener. My favorite drink to order and it’s oh so yummy and delicious. It’s the easiest way to win my heart and even make me smile.

2.  Take me to a Texas Longhorn football game. Growing up in Austin, Texas, I loved Saturdays in the fall, college football time. I remember being a child listening to the game on the radio, feeling that excitement when they would score and when I was older, I would go to many games as I could with friends and after Danny and I started dating, we enjoyed games as a family! I miss my home so much, especially during the fall. It’s my favorite time of year and the Longhorn experience is one I wish I could share with the rest of my family. #hookem

3. Give me an Etsy gift certificate. Right now, I’m obsessed with wanting to decorate our home, but unfortunately, since the funds are low, I spend the majority of my time searching Etsy for wall decorations and dreaming of art that would fit my color scheme and make our house a home. I totally dream about having enough money to just pick and choose what I want and right now I’m loving the farmhouse style, quotes, and anything navy and cream inspired. Do you have any favorite Etsy shops? Definitely, share with me.

4. Encourage me while I’m in this never-ending fitness journey. Going through any fitness journey is difficult and the support would definitely be amazing and wonderful. Sometimes we want our partner or family to just know and read our minds when it comes to situations like this. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. Until then I’ll just keep working hard to fulfill my goals with a smile on my face.

5. The final way to win my heart would be surprising me with a trip to New York City. I’ve dreamed about visiting the city ever since I was in high school. I remember hanging out with my friend Blair,writing down all the places Duran Duran went in hopes of meeting them. Well, high school was a long time ago and although the reasons why I want to visit have changed, It’s still the #1 city on my list to visit. I would love to see many Broadway shows, eat at Serendipity, stand in Times Square, visit as many boroughs as I can, finally meet my friend Adria and her family and run through Central Park. Maybe someday this dream will come true.

Most of the ways listed are a bit superficial, but that’s okay. I’m very fortunate that my life is pretty great. I have 5 amazing children and a wonderful husband who are healthy, smart and loving. I love my job and I love my friends. Life isn’t perfect. We have bills to pay and our schedules are hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my big family, I love that when my children get older they will have instant best friends and someone who will be there for them when life gets hard. It’s comforting as a parent and I’m so happy.

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September Running Update

September Running Update: This past month, I ran a total of 39.5 miles. A little less than August, but not by much. I know that from now on, each month will get higher and soon I’ll be back to my normal running schedule. Sadly, during the month of September, I started and stopped my half training again. I am determined to finish and I just completed week 2 and feel great.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 39.5miles completed. My average pace was 14.03.
I completed 18 activities. I burned 3,510.7 calories. Elevation climbed 580.4 feet.
I spent 9:15 hours doing some sort of activity.

Below are some photos from my “runningwithtiu” Instagram account. Please follow for future training updates. As you can see, I finally hit 100plus steps on my Fitbit. I’ve been working hard to hit the 10,000plus each day and it paid off one week in September. I’m on a roll right now pushing each day to get the steps and I’m at 21 days makig that goal. Also, I’m sharing a photo of my favorite meal to eat, salads! I love them! I love them with mixed greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, carrots, cucumbers, etc. I can eat them every day and I just about do. Do you love salads? Do you have any recommendations on some to try?? If not salads, what’s your go-to favorite healthy dish?? Share!! I’d love to try out some new recipes.

Also, I added some running Nike photos. I’m loving their new backgrounds. They are so much fun and how cute are the stickers. I also completed my Week 1 of Half Marathon Training! I’m so excited to be starting and hopefully completing this challenge with a half marathon event. My longest run of the week was the 6plus miles. Slowly but surely, I’ll be adding more miles. I’ll for sure keep you posted.

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August Running Update

August Running Update: This past month, I ran a total of 44.23 miles. More than July, but not what I had hoped for. September will definitely be a game changer. I’m back to my half marathon training and I’m determined to stick with the plan this go round.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 44.23 miles completed. My average pace was 14.03.
I completed 20 activities. I burned 3,068 calories. Elevation climbed 896 feet.
I spent 10:22 hours doing some sort of activity.

This past month, I didn’t reach the number of miles I wanted, but I did increase the activity by 10. I’ve started to incorporate a lot of running/walking. I’ve been trying to encourage my daughter to start exercising more and when I run with her, we spend  more time walking. I’ve also started walking with some other ladies from the gym. I have a lot of fun walking and chatting with them and we are planning on participating in some upcoming races in Phoenix. I really hope it happens. It would be great to have some running buddies. Below are some photos from my “runningwithtiu” Instagram account. Please follow for future training updates.

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So September is my new game changer month. I really love this time of year in Arizona. Fall is approaching and so are the cooler temps in the morning. So exciting!! I recently added the update to the Nike Running Club. The app provides a training coach and tomorrow I start my half marathon plan. The plan is set up for 3-4 runs per week with being ready for the half by the end of December.  It’s a combination of 65 workouts with a total of 178 total miles. I hope to start blogging more about my runs and if you have any advice, I totally welcome the comments.

Week one has 3 rest days, 1 benchmark day, 2 recovery days and a long run day. I’m so excited. Please come along this journey with me. If you have the NRC app, let me know your information. We can be virtual running buddies. 🙂

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Wednesday Writing Challenge

wwcWOW! It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. It crosses my mind all the time, unfortunately, I never make the time to post what I’m thinking about. Since today is Wednesday, I figured I’d jump back in with a writing prompt. It’s been a while, so here it goes.

Wednesday Writing Challenge Week 7: #17.
Your favorite color and why.

My favorite color is blue. It’s a color I’ve loved and been passionate about since I was a little girl. I don’t remember how it all started, but there is something about the color that just makes me smile. I love all blue color types, but my favorite is navy. Throughout my life, I’ve wanted to incorporate navy throughout my house and finally, after many years, I’m on the right track. I have so many ideas, and I can’t wait to see them all come to life. I even have a Pinterest page devoted to decorating with navy. You can check out the living area ideas here.

Almost daily, my wardrobe and accessories are navy or have navy accents. I carry a navy purse and at the moment my nails are polished navy. See, I told you I was in love.

Below the cut, are a few photos of me and one of my family room accents. Like I said, it’s a work in progress. I hope to share more house photos soon. In the meantime, share your favorite color. I’d love to read/see if anyone share’s my love of navy or blue.

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July Running Update

July Running Update: This past month, I ran a sad total of 35 miles. This month was horrible! I was happy that I was able to run in this heat, just didn’t go often enough. During the month of July, I also went to visit my mom in Texas. I packed my workout clothes and had the best of intentions, but sadly, I didn’t exercise or run at all during the visit. We had a great time catching up and I’ll cherish all the moments we spent together forever.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 35.6 miles completed. My average pace was 11:03.
I completed 10 activities. I burned 3,796 calories. I elevation climbed 859.3 feet.
I spent 6.33 hours doing some sort of activity.

Here are a few photos from before I went to Texas.  I feel I was still on the track with my running and eating so, despite the fact that I didn’t come out with the number of miles I wanted, I’m ready to start back up in August and kick butt without any hesitation! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Wednesday Writing Challenge

wwcWednesday Writing Challenge Week 6: #6. 
What tattoos you have and if they have any meaning.

At the moment, I only have one tattoo. I always knew that when I grew up, I’d have tattoos, I was just never sure what they would be. Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved Drew Barrymore. I think it traces back to E.T., one of my all-time favorite movies.

Through the years, my obsession for Drew grew with each movie: Irreconcilable Differences, Mad Love, The Wedding Singer and eventually Never Been Kissed. Turning 40 was a big milestone and I decided to do something big to celebrate. My cousin Jacquie had several tattoos and suggested I get one. I knew it was the right choice. From the moment I saw a magazine photo of Drew showing her butterfly tattoo, I was always fascinated and knew that would be what I wanted.  I already knew that butterfly tattoos were popular, but it didn’t matter to me. According to, the butterfly is a true wonder of Nature.  As a result, butterflies are often associated with Rebirth and Resurrection. In Christianity, the butterfly represents Christ’s resurrection and his ascension to heaven.

Below the cut is a picture of Drew’s butterfly and a photo of mine. I had always saved a picture of her tattoo, but when I went to Texas for vacation, the idea to get the tattoo happened on a whim, therefore, no photo with me. So, we discussed with the artist what I wanted, and he sketched a beautiful tattoo, with navy coloring, my all time favorite color.  Jacquie chose the same design, but with purple detail and in the end, both of our tattoos turned out wonderful. It was a great bonding moment and one I’ve treasured ever since.  Since then, I have thought of other tattoos I’d like to have. Something that represents my love of family and one that represents being a Longhorn. Someday.

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