Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Trail running

For as long as I have been running, I've always enjoyed running trails. They are definitely a lot harder than running on the road, but the sights you see are just so amazing. Trails are very tranquil, allowing me to really relax while I'm running. I'm sure I've mentioned that running is my sanity, it's my way to figure things out in my head and then just lose myself for a little while. Well trails add to that, there are very few distractions so it really allows myself to get lost in my head and just run. Here are just a few images from a trail that I run quite often.... how could you not want to run through that?

Well that love of trail running has opened my eyes to a new category of races that I really didn't know a lot about and honestly didn't think that I would ever be able be capable of running.... ultra running. I have quite a few friends that have been delving into this sport, and are starting to talk me into doing them., so much so, that I have signed up for my first a 6 hr trail race in August and a 30K trail race in October. While I know that these distances really don't qualify me as an ultra runner, they are a stepping stone and I'm looking into 50ks for next year.

Who else loves ultra running? Any advice for a newbie like me?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Who am I?

Sometimes I really wonder who I am or who am I supposed to be... I've spent 20+ years being a wife and a mother, but I think in that process the real me got lost or forgotten and whenever she tries to come out something happens to try and push her back in. Don't get me wrong I love my family, but I often feel overwhelmed and taken advantage of. Every time I think life is going my way the other shoe falls and again there goes my happy go lucky lifestyle. Those who know me know I really try to stay upbeat and keep my personal life out of everything I do, but what do you do when that just becomes to much to bear. I'm sure that many out there feel exactly like I do, but I'm sure they also feel as alone as I do at this very moment. Thankfully I had some very awesome online and in real life friends tonight that talked me down off the ledge I had put myself on, and I know that God put them there when I needed them. So tonight, this post is for all that are feeling like I did. Know that you are not alone, I'm here for you!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Amazing Race for Charity 2018 Recap

One race that I try to do every year, and have succeeded so far is the Amazing Race for Charity. It's a local race put on by a very dedicated group of volunteers to benefit some of our local area charities and schools. It ranges from about 5 - 6 miles within the city of Eustis and encompasses around 20 really fun challenges. The challenge levels are achievable by any fitness or skill level and there is no time limit on the race so it can be walked or ran. It is always one of the most well organized events I have ever run. This year proved no different. It you don't believe me check out the other testimonials on their page.
Race Map
Starting Line


This year's race distance totaled approximately 7.5 miles with about a mile of it on a school bus ride. There were 21 challenges that included brain, fitness and sport skills, but some were just for fun. I honestly couldn't tell you which was my favorite or which challenge I liked the least, they were all great. Every year they just keep on getting better.

Station 1

This wasn't my best run because I wasn't feeling that great having battled an ear infection all week, but I still had a ton of fun. The past four years I have run this race with a friend, but this year I was lucky enough to run it with my youngest son. He didn't break a sweat running at my pace, LOL. During the 21 challenges we were able to get some photos, either taken by friends or by the race crew.  The great thing about these race photos is that they are free. After the race, you are emailed a link to all the photos and you can download as many as you'd like. Check out all the pictures that were taken that day. 

Prom Challenge

During the challenge at the fire department, one of us had to get wet while the other one performed math balancing our check book. Luckily, I was the one doing the math because that water was freezing!!! 

This was the last challenge where we had to carry a ball around cones and across a beam together without using our hands. Definitely have to work together during this race :) 

Finish Line

And of course the end of the race lived up to all the other challenges, spraying us with foam as we crossed. 
Finish Line

Finish Line
This year, along with the awesome shirt and amazing time, the great organizers made a pretty cool finisher's medal. It's probably one of the most unique medals I have ever received at a race. 

I really recommend that my local running and non-running friends consider doing this event next year. I promise you won't be disappointed and if you register before April 30th you can get in for a really discounted rate.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2 months in

Now that I am 2 months into my goal, I decided I should take a step back and see how I am doing. Here is a reminder of the goals I set for myself in my post -

  • Run at least 500 miles
  • Strive for eating healthy 70% of the time
  • Strength train 3x per week and run 3-4 times per week
  • Run my Mt Dora 1/2 Marathon between 2:30 - 2:40
  • PR on another half marathon
  • Lose 10-15 lbs
I have definitely been more consistent with my running and my strength training, but still not to where I want to be. My running numbers are a little lower than I would like, but I do see some progress in my speed. I am doing much better with eating healthy, really close to 70% of the time, but I have not seen a loss of lbs on the scale :(

That said I am a work of progress not perfection, and I am definitely seeing some progress so I will continue that upswing. I want to add blog more to my list of goals for this year as well, because as much as I love to blog I have not been providing myself with the opportunity to do that.

So tell me, how are you progressing on your goals? Any you want to change or add?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Just Strong Ambassador

Ambassadors - Join the Team - Just Strong

I just found out that I was picked to be a Just Strong ambassador... If you haven't checked out their clothes, you need to. They are absolutely awesome, and by being an ambassador I get to offer my readers 10% off. Just use this link to order www.juststrong.com/discount/PGORDON10

I have a tank top on the way and I can't wait to show it off to all of you :) 

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Medi-Dyne Ambassador

A few weeks ago I received the wonderful news that I was chosen to be a Medi-Dyne Ambassador. I know, you are all wondering what is Medi-Dyne? Medi-Dyne is an awesome company that provides over 100 products that offer solutions to many of your aches and pains. The top brands they offer include 2Toms, ProStretch, StretchRite, Tuli's and Chopat. Some of these products I have tried already and know how wonderful they are, some I haven't and I can't wait to try them. 

Now, that you know what Medi-Dyne is, I bet you want to know how me being an ambassador will affect you as my readers? The first way is that I will be able to review certain items and tell you the ins and outs, and how well they work. Second, I'm going to be able to do giveaways with some of their awesome products, so you will have a chance to enjoy these items as well. Lastly, if you are in need of any of their products right now, I have a 20% off code that you can use to save yourself some money. The code is APG20. 

Within the next couple of months I will have the opportunity to review one of Medi-Dyne's products and offer a giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Recap and 2018 goals

As 2017 closes, I can't help but look back over my year and see what goals I accomplished and what ones I fell short of. 

I want to end on a high note, so let's review the things I fell short of first. 

  • Didn't reach my 500 miles of running AGAIN 
  • Wasn't consistent with my nutrition and fitness
  • Was slower on my 1/2 Marathon then all 4 previous years
  • Didn't reach my goal weight

Now on the flip side, here are the things I accomplished.

  • Completed my Master's Degree in Public Safety Administration
  • Started working with the personal trainer at the gym and pushed myself with weight training
  • Ate better at least 50% of the time
  • Met an awesome friend during my half and really enjoyed the run
  • Ran more miles this year than ever
  • Lost 13 lbs

Here are my goals for next year.

  • Run at least 500 miles
  • Strive for eating healthy 70% of the time
  • Strength train 3x per week and run 3-4 times per week
  • Run my Mt Dora 1/2 Marathon between 2:30 - 2:40
  • PR on another half marathon
  • Lose 10-15 lbs

So tell me... how do you feel about your 2017 accomplishments and what are your 2018 goals?