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Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's a hard knock life

We only have two and a half weeks of summer left before my girls head back to school. That means we're running out of time to check things off on our summer fun list and on my summer not-so-fun list.

Yesterday I forced my girls into child labor and made them help me clean the baseboards. There was plenty of complaining, but there was also Grace singing "It's a Hard Knock Life" to counter the complaints.

My girls will start school just a few days before I (hopefully) can start doing cycling or pool running again. I have never been so excited to do either of those things. Ironically, I ordered a bike trainer just a few days before my running (and pretty much everything physical) came to a screeching halt. And it has been sitting in the box, unused, since it was delivered last week. I'm looking forward to breaking it out and putting it to use.

In the meantime, I'm still plugging away at the strength training. Yesterday I did 35 minutes of upper body and 25 minutes of core. If you have any great strength workouts you love, be sure to let me know. I am always on the lookout for something new to keep things interesting!

And to keep things interesting around here, here's a little entertainment for you:

Can you guess which one literally made me laugh out loud?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Being injured is hard.

Being injured has been hard. I won't lie. And it is a completely different experience than when I had a tibial stress fracture just over a year ago.

This time I can't go pool running, which saved my sanity last time. Not being able to get any real cardio of any kind is taking its toll, mentally and physically.

I miss the endorphins. And finishing a workout feeling like I really pushed my body. Even the hardest strength workout barely causes me to break a sweat. I can't add any cardio bursts to kick things up a little because everything involves movement that uses my ankle, so it's hard to feel like I'm doing much when I basically have to stand in one spot the entire workout.

I have been trying to focus on what I can do though. I have been working out, doing lower body strength that doesn't affect or hurt my ankle and really working on my core and upper body. I'm seeing small changes in my arms, and my core seems to be getting stronger.

I'm also trying to eat better. I'll admit this is much easier during the week than on the weekend. It's much easier to plan what I'm eating for each meal during the week because we have a more structured schedule, even in spite of it being summer. The weekends just end up being a free-for-all around here when it comes to eating real meals.

When I can get through a weekend without eating way too much and way too much junk, I'll know I have really succeeded in actually changing my eating habits. And you better believe you'll hear about it.

Speaking of changing my eating habits...

I was sent this book last week and the timing couldn't be better. It has some great tips for cleaning up your eating and making small but effective changes.

Other things that have helped get me through the last week were getting up early on a Saturday to spend some time here (since getting up early to run isn't happening these days):

And getting to spend time with my family during a long weekend, which included seeing this girl so completely in her element at the rodeo Saturday night:

For the record, she has moved on from wanting a Clydesdale. After petting and feeding five different ones before the rodeo began, she now wants an English Shire. Because they are bigger than Clydesdales. We're in trouble.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Little Miss Sunshine on the Case

Since I've been injured and not running (or doing any real cardio of any kind), my mental state has not been the best. I decided that has to change. So Monday morning before I got out of bed, I read a great article about motherhood to motivate me to put my awesome mom hat on and to focus on something good and hit the day with a new attitude.

I won't lie. I struggled off and on. I wasn't Mom-of-the-Year all day long. I also wasn't Little Miss Sunshine all day long. But I did my best. And I reminded myself over and over to take things one day at a time. To stop wishing away the days. To make the most of the summer and the extra time I have with my girls and to focus on the things I can do right now.

So in a effort to continue Operation Be Positive, here are some things I'm loving right now...and why:

This Book

The hubs surprised me and pre-ordered it so I got it in the mail the day it came out. I'll let you know more in detail what I think when I finish it!!

The Runner's Choice

Runner's Choice

Before my injury stopped me in my tracks, I was using Runner's Choice during my runs. It really seemed to make my feet happier during and especially after my runs.

If it can keep my feet (and ankles) happy once I'm back to running, I might just consider it magic.

The ones I got look a lot like these but mine were from the Buckle and are the budget version. I will admit everything about getting new jeans wasn't sunshine and roses. I ordered them in the size I normally wear, and not doing any cardio lately combined with my week-long pity-party (otherwise known as feed-my-face-continuously) means they were not the most flattering when I put them on. Yet with Operation Be Positive in effect, I am not taking the back but just focusing on getting to the point where they are comfortable when I slip them on next time. 

My Fitness Pal

Speaking of wearing my new jeans asap, I started tracking my eating more diligently in My Fitness Pal. It helps keep me on track because I think twice about everything I put in my mouth knowing I have to enter it in to my daily food dairy.

School Shopping Online

Both Old Navy and Children's Place were having sales on school uniforms so I got almost all my girls' school shopping done in an hour at the computer. Which is great because my girls don't really enjoy that part of school shopping. They just look forward to the "school shopping" for the things they'll wear when they get home from school. This was one of my favorite finds because they both love to wear dresses but they don't love wearing a shirt under their jumpers, so this is the best of both worlds.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Is today your lucky day?

If your name is Kim Rodela, today is your lucky day and you're the proud new owner of a customized training of your choice from Journal Menu!

Shoot me an email at to get your journal on its way!

If you didn't win, you should still get one and make it your lucky day too! You can order one and save 15% HERE.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons...

This became my newest accessory yesterday:

Needless to say, yesterday was a rough day. Today I'm trying to pick myself up, dust myself off, and move forward.

Sadly, I won't be putting my running journal to use for a while, but that doesn't mean you can't! So be sure you enter to win a customized training journal of your own HERE or on my Instagram HERE. Winner will be announced tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Three Things About Three Things

Three things I've learned about running injuries:

  • There are no easy fixes. As much as I want there to be, sometimes having patience is the only thing I have control over when it comes to how long it takes to heal.
  • Sometimes you can feel like you are doing everything right to prevent an injury, but you still end up with one.
  • You can't compare yourself to others when it comes to injuries. Our bodies are all different and can handle different amounts of stress. Obviously mine can't handle as much running as I would like so I have to do other things and make the most of and enjoy the amount of running I CAN do.

Three things I am loving lately:
  • These 14 core exercises. I love my 8-minute abs, but it's always nice to mix things up. 
  • These t-shirts. I am a jeans and t-shirt girl. When I find a soft, comfy shirt I love, I buy it in multiple colors. I have this one in at least five colors.

  • Getting this little package in the mail every week or so. 

I really love my Rocksbox jewelry! You can try Rocksbox for free for a month by using the code: ihaverunxoxo

Three things you should know about my journal giveaway:
  • You can choose from a variety of journals. There's something for everyone. Check out the options here and enter to win the journal of your choice here.

  • Entering to win is easy.

  • You will be super happy if you win!
  • Monday, July 6, 2015

    Pace charts, race planning, PRs and more. All in one place!

    I hope your 4th was filled with family, fun, food and fireworks. With a little dash of friends to top it off.

    That pretty much sums up my weekend. We went to Park City, where we went swimming enough to turn my girls' hair green, ate enough food that I never had a chance to get hungry, rode the gondola lift over and over again like it was our favorite ride at Disneyland, went to see Inside Out so I could get in a good cry, and snuggled as a family during our down time.

    I also found out one of my friends, Caisa, who also happens to be a (amazing and super stinkin' fast) runner, was staying at the same resort we were, so we met up for a walk Sunday morning. I didn't run all weekend. In fact, I haven't run since Tuesday. I've been giving my ankle some time off in hopes that whatever is wrong with it will heal. My ankle still hurts, but I feel like it is on the mend, so I ventured out for a run this morning. It was tough but felt good overall.

    Not running last week meant I wasn't able to put my new running journal that I absolutely love to good use. This running journal:

    Which was customized just for me.

    Here are some of the things I love about it:

    A place to keep track of what I eat. And room for notes about my run, since I always note what shoes I wear and like to keep track of any issues, aches, pains, etc.

    A list of my personal records. I have the worst memory and have to write everything down, so this is a very good thing for me!

    Race planning. The perfect place to keep track of what you have on the calendar and to make all those races fit in your training schedule.

    Suggested training plans with space to enter your own customized plan.

    Pace charts. I used to have a pace chart by my treadmill but don't use my Millie often enough to know where the little chart is these days. Having it here means I don't have to rely on Google for help anymore.

    I love my journal so much, I want you to have one too. One lucky reader will get a customized journal!! Here's how you can enter to win:
    • Visit the Journal Menu Website HERE. Tell me in a comment your favorite thing about the journals or what you would want on your cover. (Required - 1 entry)
    • Leave a comment about why you want to win on my Instagram post about the giveaway. Just find this in my feed:

    • Follow me (HERE) and Journal Menu (HERE) on Instagram. Leave a separate comment letting me know followed. (Optional - 1 additional entry)
    • Post about this giveaway on Instagram or Twitter and make sure to include @ihaverun and my web site address ( in your post. (Feel free to repost my Instagram post for this entry.) As long as you tag me in the post, you will get credit for the entry! (Optional - 1 additional entry for each place posted)
    Winner will be announced Wednesday, July 15!!

    Friday, July 3, 2015

    The ups and downs of a day.

    When your ankle hurts and you took a rest day on Wednesday, doing "speed work" on the elliptical is better than nothing.

    Froyo with friend is even better when it is happy hour and you can get all-you-can-fit in your cup for $3.99.

    You know it has been a stressful week when you find yourself taking these. Cold sore meds. I only get cold sores when I am stressed or running a fever. I am not running a fever.

    When your name is never spelled right on anything, you smile pretty big when the hubs brings this home. Even if you don't like Coke.

    An evening walk in your favorite flipflops to return the Redbox just makes sense when you've ingested 100 grams of sugar during the day. 

    Happy Independence Day (weekend!) to you all. May it be filled with the joys of freedom and some fireworks!

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    How to rock motherhood. And other parts of life.

    Welcome to July!! I can't believe June is gone. I never even got out my 4th of July decorations. Total fail.

    Something I have done is cut way back on soda lately. Instituting "Soda Saturdays" has helped because I can look forward to a big, cold Dr. Pepper on Saturday. However, I fell off the wagon yesterday. 

    It was late enough in the day that the caffeine in my system made it hard to fall asleep. So I wandered around the Internet and found a few things I knew I needed to share.

    As I struggle with yet another problem with my body (a super sore ankle with no explanation) this article really struck me as something I should try with my running:

     Are You A Stomper?

    And as a mom who feels like I'm constantly failing the two little people who depend on me, this article was a great reminder of how easy it can be to make motherhood at least a little awesome every day:


    And because I'm doing this, I think you should too :

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    Then there is this shirt I think I need for this weekend:

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