Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Are You An 11?

Take a few deep breaths. Now ask yourself: Am I an 11? So are you? Do you even know what an 11 is? Any wild guesses? OK, so ask yourself this: Are you in charge of your own greatness?

Let's take this opportunity to answer what the heck is an 11?

  • awesome people striving to be successful in all areas of life
  • trustworthy and dependable
  • goal oriented and make success happen
  • people who pull other's up spiritually, mentally and physically
  • pleasant to be around
  • people who do the right thing all the time
  • loving and respectful to others, especially their family
  • leaders and do the right thing, even if criticized
When you take charge of your own greatness, you have become an 11. Everyone can become an 11, it's just a matter of attitude. A sign in the Dallas Cowboy's weightroom reads:

It takes no talent to hustle.
Those who give it their all, every day, are Elevens!

Most of us are 11's some of the time, but the challenge is being an 11 all of the time. My goal is to raise my bar of excellence by continually striving to be a better person based on the list above. I am going to pick one principle and take action to improve. Then while holding true to that principle, I will pick another one and work on that. It's going to take time, patience and intention. My goal is to make the most of my turn and take charge of my own greatness.

Do you know your priorities? If not, I suggest you sit down and start plotting your journey to becoming an 11. Take charge of your own greatness. Good luck!

Today's workout: 5 mile run. RUN ON!

We must be the change we want to see in the world.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

This information was taken from the Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) program I purchased several months back. The book is "Be An 11. Guidebook for Success". There are lots of self-improvement programs out there and the reason I chose this one was because it's a program I can model and implement with my own children. It gives lots of great examples of success stories and not so successful stories.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reflecting on 2009

Looking ahead to the new year, I'm wondering how it is my year will go. Will it be filled with happiness, with wasted time, with good fortune, and free of injury so I can complete all my running and cycling goals? The future is full of unknowns, the "out of my controls" and then there are knowns and the events I can control. Right now, I'm deciding to focus only on what I can control, happiness, blessings, family, friends, and the goals I want to accomplish.

I am confident that 2009 is going to be a GREAT year! Here are my goals for 2009:
  • Be an 11. {What is an 11 you ask? Tomorrow's post.}
  • Complete all my scheduled events. {see sidebar}
  • Get a leadership job. {i.e. Assistant Principal, Technology Coordinator, Athletic Director}
  • Take the GRE. {I don't like tests, but I need it to be accepted into a PhD program}
  • Increase focus on and time with family.
  • Lower my body fat percentage. {goal is 22%}
  • Grow my photography business. {STUDIO 2J}
With meaning and intention, we can deliberately shape our own destinies. Being the author of your own life, how are you going to shape your destiny?

Todays workout: Spin 60 minutes, 3 mile run. RUN ON!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Self-Talk Sunday Quote

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain

Today's Workout: 6 mile run


Friday, December 26, 2008

T.G.I.F. Photo Friday

I am in the final stages of creating a coffee table book to brag about our summer adventures along the route of RAGBRAI. I have found a lot of laughter in sifting through the photos as I reminisce about the happenings and conversations along the way. [btw: I am using the Blurb software to create my book.]

This is a great picture! You can see the rolling hills with a stream of nonstop bikers. It was a fabulous experience! If you'd like to join us next year go check out the RAGBRAI site and mark it on your calendar.

Have a photo to share? Because today is: thank goodness it's friday photo day. If you'd like to participate/share, COMMENT {so I have your blog addy} and I will link to your T.G.I.F. photo post. Have a great Friday!

T.G.I.F. Links

Today's workout: 2 ~ 45min spin classes. RUN ON!

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
~ Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, December 25, 2008



Today's Workout: Eat lot's of yummy food. Run 3 miles, spin 120 minutes.

I'm 100% positive the former will be accomplished. The latter part, well.... RUN ON!

In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, I have finished. There is a lot of satisfaction in that.
~ Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Weather Games

Is today the day? Can I run outside? Of course I can! But will the weather allow me to???? I'm dying to run outside, to take on the challenge of the cold without killing myself.

Temps are good so far. Today at noon it will be 29 degrees, but will feel like 20 degrees. That is my time I'm thinking!! I have to run 5 miles. I read on someones blog yesterday that they ran 20 miles at 15 degree temps. GAH!

Stay warm and Run on!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Leg Warmers & Treadmill Games

Good Morning! I'm sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by my can't live without it morning java, tall glass of water and a Verve energy drink [if you'd like to try some, let me know and I'll get you hooked up]. The drink ROCKS!

I am wearing a Run In shirt I received from Robin in Mr. Q's weight loss challenge. AND.....a pair of leg warmers. Yes, I grew up in the 80's and had to take the plunge and buy another pair this weekend. Why? I don't really know why. Just because. I didn't go out of my way to find them. They found me. We were shopping at Urban Outfitters where I bought a fuschia fedora hat, [and yes I'm wearing it right now] in Omaha before the game on Saturday, mosied to the store next door, American Apparel, and there they were. I laughed all the way home! My legs are warm and I am having visions of Flashdance. Movin' on....

Tis the season to be spending quality time with a treadmill. It really seems to be the only alternative when it's nearly impossible to run outside because of the nasty degrees in cold we are currently experiencing. I'm 12 miles from an indoor track [Doane College], same distance I am from a treadmill, but I don't have access to running on the indoor track. I have two master's degrees from Doane, but I don't think that would count as my pass to use the track. ARGH! So, it's off to the YMCA to use a treadmill [until I get my own purchased, thanks for all your support in the Top 10 list].

Boredom is the only drawback I find to spending time with the treadmill. I'm fine for the first 3 miles ~ easy peasy ~ and then I have to TURN MY GAME ON! I'm talking mental games, not physical. Well, the mental becomes physical because I tend to make it speed play which is the best thing about a treadmill is you can force a pace. I love this.

Every opportunity on the treadmill creates a new game. So I can adhere to my training [sprints, hills, recovery, endurance, etc.] I save the games for the long runs like yesterday's 7-miler. Here is how I feed my self-diagnosed A.D.D. on the treadmill...[some of them are dorky, but it's a matter of believing and completing a run. your brain is oh so powerful, use it and you'd be amazed at what potentials/skills you will find within you]

One game is Visualizing [keep in mind, visualizing can make a difference in any experience. make sure when you visualize you picture color, smell, feel, movement. oh so powerful!]
  • I'm running down the path and I'm passing one runner after another.
  • I'm on the Olympic team and I'm training for a marathon and we are out for a team run.
  • I'm running my goal race pace ~ 8:30/mile ~ I'm feeling great and not at max heart rate.
  • I'm running to save lives with each mile equaling one life.
  • I'm running down the beach.
  • I'm racing all the other treadmill runners and the people on the ellipticals behind us are our fans.
  • It's the end of a race, I look good, I feel good and no matter what I've got to run faster and faster to cross the finish line.
I do combine speed play with visualizing...[I do not do all of these in one run]
  • I increase speed every quarter of a mile until I hit my goal race pace ~ 8:30/mile. I run that for 1 mile and then decrease speed backwards every quarter of a mile.
  • Last half mile of a run I run at goal race pace ~ 8:30/mile. {I do this with every run}
  • I increase the speed by one step every 1/10 of a mile until I'm in an all out dead sprint.
  • I set a goal of running 1 mile of my run at an 8:00 min pace.
  • I'll run one mile at 9:00/mile, one mile at 8:30/pace, one mile at 8:00/pace.
No matter what, once I set a goal, I take the challenge and won't decrease speed or quit just because I've pushed myself to the brink. I feel pushing myself to max limits will help me mentally sustain any obstacle during a good and a bad race. Every run is different and depending on how far I'm going will depend on how intense I push it. Obviously I want to finish my run and I don't want to stop placing one foot in front of the other.

Today's workout: 60 min spin, 3 mile run. Run on!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Favorite

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!
~ Christian D. Larson

Today's workout: 120 min spin, 7 mile run, stay warm. Run on!

Friday, December 19, 2008

T.G.I.F. Photo Friday

Let's see your tree or snow day pic! We do not have school today so I'm lovin' thinking about all the trouble I could get into today. ahahahaha {I'm thinking this pic was taken before I was totally done decorating, but I'm too excited about my day to take the time to take another. lol}

We ventured through an ice storm to the Qwest Center in Omaha last night to watch the NCAA Division I Womens Semi-Final Volleyball Championship, Nebraska vs. Penn State. Penn State had not lost a match ALL season. The Huskers handed them their first two losses last night. the girls played with all heart and never said die. It was quite awesome to witness The fifth match, the Huskers just couldn't pull it out and Penn State moves on to the final round on Saturday at 7pm. So, we're headed back for more action on Saturday.

Have a photo to share? Because today is: thank goodness it's friday photo day. If you'd like to participate/share, COMMENT {so I have your blog addy} and I will link to your T.G.I.F. photo post. Have a great Friday!

T.G.I.F. Links
The Happy Runner
Mrs. V

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top 10 List

Ok, running peeps, you did it! McRib loved your comments and guess what? We looked at treadmills tonight. You guys rock! Thanks for your comments! Here is what you all said...

Top Ten Reasons for Purchasing a Treadmill
  1. Gotta go to Kansas honey. {KimPossible}
  2. It's simply a safety issue. {Sarah}
  3. I promise hot treadmill action. {Cindy}
  4. Honey, you can buy something of equal value. {Oz}
  5. I'll run neked. {Denise}
  6. I won't get caught in a blizzard and freeze in a snowbank. {J}
  7. It would be cheaper than a visit to the ER. {joyRuN}
  8. I'm simply fabulous honey. {Powered by Vegetables}
  9. Wouldn't you prefer a hot body over a frigid one? {Alexandra}
  10. Really, need I go on? {Vickie}
Other news...
  • I have been slacking with the daily water intake. {73 ounces a day} gah!
  • I'm struggling with getting my bike training in per my coaches requirements. waaah!
  • I did do a time trial test on Saturday (58 degrees) to determine my heart rate zones. yeah!
  • I do not like all the detailed data I need to record after each bike ride. Too time consuming. double gah!
  • Running is going great. double yeah!
  • I'm done Christmas shopping. triple yeah!
  • I'm going to the NCAA Semi-Finals National Volleyball Tournament tonight. GO HUSKERS! quadruple yeah!
  • Christmas break begins Friday, December 19 at 3:16 pm. [CST] quintet(?) yeah!
Drinks anyone??? :D

Run on!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Word{less} Wednesday

Discipline is not what you do to yourself; it is what you do for yourself. Without self-discipline, you can't make appropriate choices.
~ Lou Holtz

Today's workout: 4 mile run, 90 min bike ride. Run on!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Time to Buy a Treadmill???

Weather prediction for today:
3-5" of snow (wet snow)
3 degrees
Wind chill -14

Enough reasons to contemplate the purchase of a treadmill. Now I just need a convincing, persuading, can't live without out it sales pitch to give McRib (dh).

I'm thinking a Top 10 list might work and I know all you running peeps out there can help me out. Please comment with your suggestions for a Top 10 compilation. I'm begging you please, please, please..... help a chic that's dying to run!!!! :D

I will accept funny, serious, and riskque(sp??) help! Until then, I'm going to drink my morning java.

Run on!

Monday, December 15, 2008

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What is the biggest single thing holding you back from your goal?

Today it's the -1 degree weather with a -20 wind chill. BRRR!

Run on!

Friday, December 12, 2008

T.G.I.F. Photo Friday

Last night I rode the bike 60 minutes and then ran 3 miles around the school track while my boys were at wrestling practice. It was a great run at 36 degrees ~ average pace 8:31/mile. I'm thinking maybe I need to be doing some shorter run events. Will have to look into that for next year. 8:30/mile pace is my goal for the 2009 Lincoln Half Marathon. Last year I ran it ~ Garmin Time ~ 8:48/mile.

Since the running shadow picture got a lot of WOOT!WOOS! I decided to share a bike shadow picture I took this summer on vacation in Montana. I rode through Judith Gulch to what now is an old deserted mining town called Yogo Town . A lot of big time mining took place here for diamonds and now area residents mine for the rare and beautiful yogo sapphires. Yogo Town is just outside of Sapphire Village.
Here's some more pics of my ride through the gulch.
LinkHave a photo to share? Because today is: thank goodness it's friday photo day. If you'd like to participate/share, COMMENT {so I have your blog addy} and I will link to your T.G.I.F. photo post. Have a great Friday!

T.G.I.F. Links

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Pre run.
Running partner Harley.
New Nike Running Shoes!Mile 1My FansKujo Dog Attack
Doesn't everybody have a shadow picture?
Mile 3Mile 638 degrees. 8:58 mile pace.
Today: 3 mile run, 90 min spin.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I didn't get my run in yesterday....the Christmas party was fabulous and my little man got to play on the trap set last night at drum lessons so it was worth missing my run; he was stoked! It was very cool to see as he's been drying to drum on the trap set! [pic is from phone. top quality.]

So today I'm running it ~ 6 miles. Depending on how I feel, I am going to do today's run as well 6x400. Run on!

Race entry 45.00
Running shoes 130.00 x 2

Finishing one more half marathon than my husband

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lost My Worm

My early morning's are lost. I used to get up at 4am and feel like I could conquer the world. Now I can't even peel myself off the sheets. UGH! What is wrong with me???? Maybe my internal clock is shifting and I'm transferring over to the "sleep in" side. hmmmm Not good. :D

A lot going on today so not too much to blog about....EXCEPT.....per Kim's Looking for a Kansas City Marathon post yesterday....I'm adding a couple more half-marathons to my schedule. WOOT! WOOT!

I tossed the idea out to Mr. McRib and here's how our conversation went...

me: Want to go to Kansas City in April?
McRib: Sure!
me: OK. I'm going to run a half marathon while we're there. Is that OK?
me: {laughing} Why not?
McRib: Cause we'll be spending agazillion hours running all over the place and we won't get to do anything else.
me: But honey, it only takes 2 hours to run a half.
McRib: ARGH!!!
me: ROTFLMAO! I'm signing up!

I haven't chosen which ones to run yet, but it will be one in the spring and one in the fall. Run on!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Does Your Hubby Snore?

My husband snores. It's more of a snort, an annoying snort. I wake him, I roll him over, I've even kicked him. It doesn't work. I don't sleep well at night, so I resort to the couch. I love sleeping on the couch. GAH! I toss and turn just as much probably because now I'm thinking about blogging about snoring. All these great one-liners come to me; if I'd only write them down as I'm trying to sleep. I'm so tired right now, and that damn alarm keeps screaming at me. AGH! I wish I had a sleep bank that I cold withdraw from. Anyone want to take a nap for me today? Maybe I'll be to tired today to crave sweets. LOL Unlikely.

Today is a 3 mile sleep-walkin run. Have a good one and RUN ON!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Serious Self-Talk Sunday

Ok, I've got all day to write. After I finish the laundry, do the dishes, make the bed, create a spin workout, teach a spin workout, run 8 miles, do my lesson plans, update my calendar, pick up the kiddos, practice drum, read and put a relaxed smile on my face just in time for Mr. McRib to come home from hunting. Hmm, Yum. Love the smell of pheasant. GAG!

Winter is settling in, I'm cold all the time, even in a hot, hot shower, I crave sweets 24/7 and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed managing all that is on my plate. I'm also tired of shopping. GAH! I can't believe I'm saying that! I love to shop. Lesiure shop ~ which means shopping for workout clothes. We've had sooo many birthdays, then there was Thanksgiving, we hosted a wine party, now Christmas and more birthdays, not to mention clothes for Holiday party's. phew! I think when January 1 rolls around, I'm going to vow not to spend another minute at the mall. I better put it on my list to get that last pair of running shoes before then. Back to the mall. :D I'll have three to rotate and that should get me through Ironman KS. OK....

Because I''m feeling frazzled, like I have no plan even tho I do, I'm dedicating every Sunday as a Serious Self-Talk Sunday to balance my happenings. Every Sunday I'll sit down for one hour(s) to review my goals, process what happened in the past week and plan for the future week(s).

Here's Where I'm Headed and what I have to discipline to every day.... {with more to be added as the year progresses}
  • State Farm Run
  • Lincoln Half Marathon
  • Ironman 70.3 Kansas
  • Triple Bypass
  • Other competition events not yet on calendar
  • Cycling Training with Coach
  • Lose 10-15 pounds/Lower Body Fat %
  • Job Search vs. Self-Employment [Photography]
  • Bigger, Faster, Stronger Program [map out] {kiddos}
  • Virtual Run Across America
  • The Shirt That Races
  • Wrestling Practice/Meets [kiddos]
  • Basketball [oldest kiddo]
  • Teaching cycling classes at the YMCA
  • Daily H20 Intake
  • Daily Nutrition
  • Positive Daily Eating Choices
  • Business Plan for Photog Business [need a new camera]
  • Daily workouts, cycling/running/swimming
  • Friday Family Nights
I need to KICK IT UP A NOTCH, so I feel with an intentional review of my goals every Sunday, the process will help refine/define my focus leading to a more intentional disciplined week and excitement of getting one step closer to where I'm going. So I'm off to review, refine, change what doesn' work and make better what does work.

Today is a 60 min spin and an 8 mile run. Sun's out, high of 42 degrees. It's going to be road run. Run on peeps!

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
~ Author Unknown

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday Stuff

If you signed up for the Secret Holiday Card Awesomefest, I'll get the info to you tonight. So, if your reading this and you want in, it's not too late. Send me your name, mailing address and blog addy to nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com. Don’t worry, it’s free, super super easy, and safe!

Anybody have an idea for a unique Christmas gift for the hubby???? I'd love to hear! :D

Have a great day peeps. I'm off and running.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Peeps Are Gone!

Editing HTML on the Blogger template is not all that's it's cracked up to be.Link It's really XML, not HTML. I found a 3 column template I really wanted for my website. Through the process of preview, I lost all my Peeps I Dig. gah! I did the whole backup of the template and I still can't find my peeps. So, if you saw your name on my list and your not there not, it won't be forever. :D

Check out the Virtual Run Across America for an update on how the run will work. We need someone on the East coast to plot our journey through whatever state you live in that touches the Atlantic Ocean. You can create the route on MapQuest, Google Maps, or MapMyRun. Let me know who the lucky winner is and let's get your pic on up the VRAA Blog.

Today is a 3 mile run and a 60 min spin. Rock on!

Man imposes his own limitations, don't set any.
~ Anthony Bailey

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Signing Up!

"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things."

"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age I always did it for an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I've believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

~ Lewis Carroll,
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Shhh. Be quiet. The spirit is growing and I can't deny it. LOL Yes! I'm signing up for Ironman 70.3 Kansas. WOOT! WOOT! Thanks for all the supportive comments.

Last night I decided I would do a trail run around our property instead of a road run because the weather was about 50 degrees awesome. The path is approximately 1.5 miles and I wanted to run approximately 5 miles.

As I was headed out, my little man Jacob just got off the school bus...
So I ran down our driveway and hit the trail I mowed around the property this summer. My intention was to practice some cross, but never got it done. OOPS! :)Here is Harley, my country road running partner. Harley is a one year old black lab, all pup and usually right under my feet. He loves it when I take him on a run. The farthest I've taken him is 6.5 miles.
Part of the trail goes around our two ponds... great fishing holes for my kiddos and if you look close enough there is a goose nest on the island. We have geese that fly in over the winter and nest. Harley is also a swimming freakazoid and is constantly in and out of the pond.
Here is a picture of the backside of our property. I love the lay of our land as it is very peaceful and offers a lot of area for exploration on a walk or a trail run. :)
That little black line (if you look close enough) is the neighborhood kiddo running down to play Wii with my little man. They are in a bowling phase now.Of course, here's Harley, under my feet, shaking off the H20 from his dip in the pond on our last lap around the trail. Total mileage 4.33 miles (3 laps).
After my run, your gonna love this...I ate three pieces of cheesecake. YIKES! Cheesecake factory chocolate cheesecake. Major Yummie!!!! ahahahaha

Have a great day Peeps. Today is sprints and a 60 min bike ride. Run on!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ironman 70.3 Kansas 2009

June 14, 2009. I think I can do it. I want to do it. I know I can do it. I'm pretty much gonna do it!!!!!

I heavily thought about it last year since it is soooooo close to home, but at that point, I didn't have time to train for the swimming leg like it required. I'm not a good swimmer. Average, steady, just do it cause it's part of the journey. I did the Topeka Tinman Sprint Triathlon the day before the big Ironman 70.3 Kansas last June in Kansas. But if I'm going to go back to Kansas this year, it's going to be for the big one ~ IRONMAN 70.3 KANSAS.

So why am I thinking about this now? Kim. She planted the seed again and the more and more I think about it and the more blogs I peruse, the more inspired I get. I'm doing the cycling - got a coach, base training starts this week. I've got my running planned out - I'm my own coach. All I have to do is add swimming - anybody want to coach? If I do this and become an official Ironman 70.3, Kim, you and I are going out on the town cause I'm couch surfing at your house, right?!? And then I'm getting that tattoo! :D I still have time to think about it. Anybody else interested?

Today is a 5 mile run and a 60 min spin. Have a good one!

Top results are reached only through pain. But eventually you like this pain. You'll find the more difficulties you have on the way, the more you will enjoy your success.
- Juha "the Curel Vaatainen"

Monday, December 1, 2008

Secret Holiday Card Awesomefest

Want to be part of the awesomest Secret Holiday Card exchange ever??

It’s easy! To participate, send me an email at nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com with your name, address and blog addy to RSVP. Don’t worry, it’s free, super super easy, and safe!

Names will be drawn on December 5 (Friday, short notice, I know, so spread the word!). You have to be registered by then if you want to participate! This should give you plenty of time to think of your awesome card, make or buy your awesome card, and mail your awesome card! The "mail date” is December 12…of course, if you’ve got your card ready to go before then, mail it! But for the rest of us procrastinators out there…please try to get it done and in the mail by then.

Cool! Now go get your run in [priorities] then come back and send me an email with your info.

Have a great day!

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.

~ Anonymous