Winter Run Securian Half Marathon 1st Half of 2016 ~ 

  Hello, wow 2 blogs in one week, pretty good for me. I wanted to write about my first Half marathon of 2016. I was super giddy and excited to start my race season off with this run. I wasn’t 100% ready for this run but I just took it easy and did what I could. I was struggling with some shin pain and I did not want to aggravate that anymore than I had too, so I just took it easy when I had to and made it through. It was nice that I got a good nights sleep before this race. The Race started at nine so I didn’t have to get up too early. I woke up on race day and it’s like a magic has gone through me, I’m giddy,  I’m nervous, I’m like a kid in a candy store but yet I have butterflies. I love it that I still am like that race after race. That’s why I keep going back for more, it is my true passion and Ifeels so right and natural. Makes my heart smile knowing I am in the right place. I headed to St. Paul to the Securian center a great place to park a great place to wait and stay warm before the race. Very organized. A lot of Giveaways, lots of goodies, you get a free shirt and then instead of a medal, you get a coffee mug  😊

  I think that’s a cool change even though I love my metals. I love drinking my coffee out of it. Reminds me of my run. I was talking with a group of girls before the race and everyone was discussing how many layers we all had on. At that point I thought oh boy I have too many layers on. It was a beautiful day but yet still felt chilly to me. 

  I always have this little voice in my head Julia saying shed a layer. Sometimes I listen to her and sometimes I don’t and 100% of the time she is right. Lol I should always listen to her. Well needless to say I was hotter than heck on the whole entire run I took my headband off at the end and my hair was absolutely dripping, soaking wet. I knew I burnt a ton more calories lol. Along my journey I was playing leapfrog with this girl. She would run ahead of me then I would go up ahead of her then she would go ahead of me bee did this pretty much the whole entire race. I finally decided to chat with her with a mile and half left. I told her she reminded me of a friend that has red hair that I wish was running with me. I just pretend my friend was there with me. She then told me that I was her inspiration. I got a tear at that moment and thought even know I was running slow I was still an inspiration to somebody ~ it doesn’t matter how fast you go as long as you’re going it’s your race it’s your pace. I am proud no matter what. I ran off and I did not stop until I got to the finish. I ran by my favorite building.  

 It makes my heart smile and thought of the great memories of it that I will have with me forever. I was greeting by Frostbite the polar bear. He loves taking selfies lol 

  I was happy I finished my race and happy I laced up again. I was meeting up with my daughter and friends for a volleyball photo shoot, so it worked out great that I was running up there. It was a great day and my next race is in 2 weeks. I am going to do 16 in 2016. Going to run 16 half marathon in 2016 official and Virtaul. Also planning on running a lot of different races this year so I am going to run 16 for official races of all different distances. 5k, 10k, 10 milers, 13.1 and 26.2. It’s going to be the best year. I can just feel it and the best part I will be turning 40 and I am going to be in my shape ever!!  Big Goals so with that I will continue one foot in front of the other, mile after mile in my journey to be Healthy and Fit for Life 
Glitter Girl in the Run ~ Lindsay 



It takes CHANGE to make CHANGE 

Well it’s been a month since I have wrote, time sure does fly that’s for sure. I Hope everyone is staying warm this winter. We had a snowstorm that kept us in the last few days. So Thankful for my treadmill on days like that. I usually look at those days as a great day to work out. I have been busy,  hard at it trying to eat healthy, cross training and training for a marathon and some half marathons. Every year I start off saying this is going to be the year and every year for the last couple years it ha not been my year. For this last year I have been trying to wrap my brain around trying to eat better and I would for a few days and then I fall off the wagon, then I try again. I worked out all the time so I felt like I was in shape I was somewhat Fit,  but I know you can’t out run a bad diet. Or out workout a bad diet. So somewhere somehow I dug deep and found the strength with in me.  I started on Thanksgiving day with working out and adding a lot more weights and crosstraining to my training. I Have been going to get fit class which I have absolutely loved. Jessica is an inspiration and is very motivating. I’m so glad she does this class local cuz we don’t have alot of options in a small town. It has help me tone up in many ways. I have found my arms again. That makes me smile.  I have always loved arms with definition. I have been working on planks since Thanksgiving I have not missed today. Can’t believe how much stronger I’ve gotten from doing them.  

I have a Marathon training program that I follow along with adding my walks every morning. That has been a huge help this time around to every free second I have I jump on my treadmill and walk, it helps me get more steps in and it also helps a burn more calories. My mindset is so different than it has been in a long time. So through the month of December I trained hard my eating was pretty good but with the holidays in there it wasn’t trying my hardest. So right after Christmas I decided it was time to join weight watchers to help me in the eating department because I have a fitness and exercise and running all down pretty good. I have been a member there in the past but not been a member there for over three years. This was the best choice I could’ve made. It has motivated me so much. I’m accountable which I need for this part of it. I Have beenTracking my food, meal prepping and searching out healthy recipes scanning food items and not buying items that are way high in points. I still laugh about the day I said To my daughter do you want to stop and get some ice cream because I know she likes her ice cream treats. She said sure and she is helping me with this weight loss as well because she then says to me well how many points is in a blizzard. I was driving so I said look it up. So she proceeded to do that and just started laughing a blizzard that I like is 31 points for a small. I laughed as well and said well I guess I’m NOT having one of those. The old me would’ve said Yep I’m having one anyway. I’m so glad I didn’t have one. I finally feel in control not all the time but most of the time. I still have some cheat meals and items but I don’t do a whole day it’s one meal or one food item. I still like my beers too once in awhile, so I just count the points. I want to get down to where I was for my very first marathon. Running was so much easier then with out the extra weight. I know it’s not all about the scale and I can’t wait till I can get to that point but as far as running it’s putting pressure on my back and legs and I need to get it off.  I am 18 pounds down since Thanksgiving and I could not be more happy.  I joined a Dietbet with Run With Jess and I have made my goal for that weigh in is next week. I am in a Phat club with my cousin, my mom and other friends and we are doing really good in that as well and that has helped me stay accountable as well. Anything to keep you accountable and motivated. Surround Yourself with like-minded people and people that lift you up and encourage you along your way. 

Losing weight is a very tough thing to do you really have to get your mindset in the right place. You have to track you have to meal prep and you have to plan ahead or else you set yourself up to fail. You Have to keep exploring for new recipes so you don’t get sick of the same stuff and fall into your old habits.  You also have to live too, so if it’s going out for supper with friends and having a piece a cake or some beers or some wings or whatever you just count them and you get back on track after that meal or the next day. My family and friends are so important to me and I love spending time with them all.  With 18 pounds gone I already feel a difference in my running I feel like my pace is starting to get back to normal my leg and back hurt less. I am on a mission this time and I’m not backing down till I get there. I feel So different this time and I really do feel the Best is yet to come. I know there’s going to be lots of ups and downs on this journey but I am going to try and stay as positive and happy as I can along my journey. If you asked me in October if I was going to be able to lose 18 pounds I would’ve said no, not possible. Well If you believe in yourself and give it all you’ve got, you can do anything you put your mind to. The New Me  

 so here’s to the next month February I got you. When I signed up for my 9th marathon in the beginning of December ~ The flying pig marathon on May goal was to lose 20 pounds by then. Yay I’m almost there and now I hope I can lost another 20. Small goal and little steps turn into big goals and big steps.  

  So with that I continue one foot in front of the other, mile after mile on my journey ~ 

Glitter Girl on the Run ~ Lindsay