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May goal accomplished

Today is May 31 and I'm very happy that I accomplished my goal I set for the month. My goal was to get in miles everyday "time on feet" by at least doing 1 mile every day.  That would have been real easy if it was just 1 mile every day, but that wasn't my goal. My goal was that on my rest days I would get in 1 mile so by May 31 I would have mileage for every day. I did it! I ended the week with 32.52 running miles, 35 bike miles, and 1.75 miles swimming.  Pretty dang good for a week. And over 100 miles running for the month of May!  It makes a difference when you are off for a holiday during the week and you can work in 2 long runs in a weeks time. :>}  This coming week I will not have as many run miles. It will be an easy week. I may not get in a long run because I'm signed up to do a 5K race on Saturday. So it may be short miles for the week, unless I pull off a long run mid week. I do like to try to average around 20 running miles a week to keep a good base…

Sometimes on your journey you have to run alone.....

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Happy Friday Peeps! 
Are there days when you have to run alone? I know I've said many times that the best way to stick with exercising is to find a friend. Well, that's true.  But sometimes there may be days when you have to go out alone.  Maybe it's work interference, a sick child, or your running friend is sick.. whatever the reason.  So what do you do when that happens?  Do you suck it up and get your run in or do you take the day off?


It can be hard and frustrating when you have to run alone.  To me it's a challenge.  I know that sounds crazy right.  But bare with me.  For about two years now, I've tried to do most of my running in the mornings before work which means doing them ALONE.  I do not have running buddies that live close by or if they do they do not have the same work schedule that I have so I have to force myself to get up and do it alone.  It use to bother me especially before we had Troy our dog.  He LOVES when I walk out the door i…

Drills / Training .... Are they necessary?

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I hope everyone had a great holiday whether you were off work or not.  I surely enjoyed my group run with some of my teammates on Memorial day.  It was a muggy morning and running with friends sure made it easier.

Bubba, Kathy, Jennifer, Me & Serina
Frank also ran with us but he took the picture of the group running.  So here's a picture when we started with him in it.
Kathy, Jennifer, Bubba, Me, Frank & Serina
Runs are always more fun when done with friends!  If I could suggest one thing to you, it would be to find a friend to workout with so that you can encourage each other.  There will be times when you don't really want to go, but if you have a friend that holds you accountable, it's much easier to get up and out the door. :>)   Now to the topic of my post.... Do you feel drills or training are necessary?   I get emails and magazines that always have "tips" for running.  Sometimes I scan through them and sometimes not.  Today I received an email on …

Vivi turns 1

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The youngest Clayton grandchild turned 1 on 5-22-15 and today was her birthday party.  It was great seeing all 5 grand kids together.  We don't get to do this often enough! One set lives in Jackson and the other three in Hattiesburg.  Both families have busy lives with many kids activities so it's hard to see them as much as we'd like to.   Here's a cute picture I grabbed of all 5 of them before we did cake.



Anna Cooper, Haze, Grayson, Caroline, & Vivi! All Precious!
Vivi loved her cake!  And I know her mom loved bathing her afterwards. Hee Hee  Hard to believe the caboose is one! 
As it is when people gather, they always seem to ask you about your kids.  How are they doing?, Are they finished with college yet?, What are they doing?, Still living at home?  and the list goes on and on.  Most days I love talking about my kids but this past week I had been struggling with my son.  See he decided he doesn't want to go back to senior college.  Says college isn't…

Run for Blue / Swim Lesson

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This post may be long.  I never got around to finishing it on Saturday.  I first want to say what an honor it was to work at the Run for Blue run on Friday night!  Team Run4TheKids donated waters for the event.  When we arrived Z asked if we could pass out waters at mile 2 of the run.  We were honored to do so!  They had a good crowd come out and support our fallen police officers.  Here's a picture that Nestor grabbed of me at mile 2 by the officer in blue. :>)  I decided since I had my camera with me to take pictures while my teammates passed out waters.  I think the runners / walkers were happy to see me cause they all smiled and posed for pictures.


In the picture below is the brother of officer Dean (he is in white shirt by Z holding the flag).  We were honored to have his brother run.  This was only a small portion of the people that came out to the Blue run. 

Here is some of my teammates.  Frank of course took pictures at the finish line.  Kathy and Sunshine passed out w…

Female - Fe = Iron, Male = man ...... IRONMAN

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Boy...Where do I start! Great weekend!  First before I get to the weekend, let me first say that Friday  night I went to swim and I'm happy to report my swimming was more relaxed.  My cousin had sent me several emails telling me about some youtube videos to watch on swimming.  I think they helped. I always dread when I go to swim on Friday nights because Warren has the lanes turned the LONG way. I told myself as I was changing clothes... GO SLOW and STEADY.  Not to mention that I had my friend Jenn on my mind and I could hear her saying ... Just keeping Swimming dory! LOL   So I swam for an hour.  Finished with almost exactly one mile.  Here's proof:



I also continued my planks every day.  So far I have not missed a day in over 30 days! YIPPIE.
I also continued my May challenge of "time on feet" every day.  On my rest day, I do 1 slow mile.  So far the week I got in 21.2 miles of running, 15 miles on the bike (should have been more..but 1 bike night got messed up), &a…

Faith - Do you have Faith?

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Today as I read so many post on social media concerning two police officers that were killed pretty close to my hometown, I'm very sad.  What is the world coming to?  Seems everyone is pointing a finger and blaming each other.  There seems to be so much hatred in the world.  As I read some of the post, I wanted to scream... "where did you come from? why are you so angry? Did no one love you?, etc."  I could go on and on, but I'll spare you.  I'm not even going to start ranting about who's right and who's wrong.  Mainly because I'm not here to judge.  That's God's job.  Justice will eventually be served.  You can bank on that fact.

There was one thought however that kept coming to my mind today and it was so heavy on my heart.  So many people are truly lost.  People that are truly saved know that this life is temporary.  It's what happens when we die that is eternal.  I'm sure the police officers that were killed never thought they wou…

First, my mother .... Forever, my friend

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That was the words my daughter wrote on my Mother's day card. :>)  This will be a card I keep forever.  Yes, I have a box where I've kept a lot of cards over the years.  I'm kind of a pack rat when it comes to that stuff.  I've got some hand written cards that my kids did when they were little.

My kids give me a hard time cause they say I tell everything on Facebook.  Hee Hee...  Imagine that!  I probably do tell way to much but it's fun.  So I might as well enjoy it.  I know some think I'm crazy always posting status updates, etc.  But heck ... you only live once! I may tell a lot, but I promise you ... I don't tell it ALL cause I'm really a private person especially on some things.  :>)

Today as I reflect on Mother's day, my thoughts turn to so many friends that are missing their mothers today and also to a friend that laid her son to rest yesterday.  I know each and every one of them probably had a day filled with tears today.  I've pr…

Casual Friday or Fitness Friday??

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Some call Friday --- "Fitness Friday"---- I'm not sure I'd call it that today.  I'd call it TIRED Friday.  Ha!  However, most businesses call it "Casual Friday" cause they usually let their employees wear jeans on Friday.  
Whatever you call your Friday, I'm sure most people are counting down the hours until the weekend.  So many people love Fridays and hate Mondays.  They live for the weekends. :>)  How about you? Are you just happy with each day of the week or do you count down till the weekend?  
I try to be happy with each day of the week, but I'm sure happy when the weekend comes and won't make no bones about it.  That's usually when I see my running peeps.  I may catch a few during the week at spin or swim, but weekends are always more fun. 
 I've had a busy week this week.  Here's what I've done so far: Sunday - 8.4 miles running am Monday - 1 mile run am / T25 stretch pm Tuesday- 3 mile run am / 1/2 mile swim pm W…

Suicide by Spin!

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I decided to call this post "Suicide by Spin" cause that's what it was tonight.  If you don't believe me....well take a look.
Yep that would be me and my good friend Serina......and our teacher(Mel) in the background grinning like she just whipped out butts. ha  YES SHE DID.  See we give her heck every week.  She calls us "you runners".  There is a lot of texting back and forth before class some days.  Today was one of those days.  She texted us and said, "all you runners come on to spin.... internal suicide tonight....and I WILL be making sure Frank turns his knob".  OH MY is what I was thinking when I read her message.  So I sent back this picture...and said "fueling up". I told her I was getting me some carbs so I'd be ready! Yes that is a Pecan Wheel with peanut butter on top! My friend Jenn introduced me to these at our Marathon last year.  They are really good. I'll have to tell you more about Jenn later.  She's one of…

Sunday fun day

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Today was a very busy day for a Sunday. I crawled out of bed at 6am. Yes, crawled! Saturday was a long day of fundraising for St. Jude and I was exhausted.  I did not want to get up and almost didn't. But once I got up and walked out the door to run, I was praising the good Lord that I did get up. It was a beautiful morning!! I meet my running friend Frank at 6:30am and we did slightly over 8 miles together. Felt good to run. You know they say the hardest part is getting up! Well, I agree! I laid in bed giving myself every excuse to stay there. But I'm so glad I didn't. I knew later today I would be too tired to run because I was having my dad and my daughter's bday party at my house.  Frank and I talked and the time flew by as we ran.  Frank also captured me as I began my plank.  Can't miss a day! Got a challenge going. :>)



After running, I rushed home to begin prepping for the party.  I had burgers to get ready, grill to light, tea to make, etc.  I was able to…