My 9th Half Marathon - Where the Real Prize was Not Pooping My Pants

A couple of weekends ago I completed my 9th half marathon. It was the worst one I'd ever done but it's okay because I plan to do another one this Spring and hope to get a PR for my 10th one.

My training started off really well. I had goals and was on track. Then I had a week of health issues that forced me to sit out and then for some reason I got lazy and didn't run one week. Thankfully I did complete a ten mile distance run and it went really well so I knew I could still do a half marathon. I've also been going to crossfit and that is a big help in running.

Let's get to the race, shall we?

Three of my friends and I drove up to Lawrence, KS to run the Kansas Half marathon. We had pasta the night before, coffee, etc. Prior to races I normally have steak and potatoes but I opted for pasta, which I'll never do again. My body just does better with protein. However, my body usually does fine with whatever I eat so I'm not sure what happened.

On race day morning we found a parking spot and immediately I got diarrhea cramps! WHY? I was so annoyed. Why couldn't my body have done that 15 minutes ago at the hotel when I used the bathrooms? Anyways, I told my friends I had to immediately find the porter potties so off I went. They were no where to be found but someone finally pointed them out to me. I quickly walked over there and then saw the dreaded line of people. I had about 10 minutes until race time and the big D cramps so I knew I was in trouble. I finally finally finally made it to the porter potty and after using the toilet looked over to see that they had completely forgotten to put toilet paper in there. There wasn't even like the cardboard rolls because I would for sure have used those. What did I do? Well, I used my headband and threw that thing away. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Judge me.

I made it to the starting line 1 minute before the race started! Hooray! I took off and started to feel pretty good running. I was running with the 2:05 pace group and then around mile three diarrhea cramps hit again. I was so annoyed. I figured they would go away so I kept running and even met up with my friend. Around mile 5ish I knew I needed a porter potty and asked the attendant where the nearest one was. She said she didn't know but would call someone. I was told it was 'right around the corner' and let me tell you, it wasn't. At mile 7 there finally was one but I couldn't go. Stupid body! I ran until mile 8 where there was another restroom but felt okay then mile 9 came and I thought I was gonna poop my pants. I was crouched on the side of the road and asked the attendant where the bathroom was? He said I could run back a mile and I looked at him and said there was no way I was running BACKWARDS in a race. FINALLY at mile 10 there was a porter potty and I was honestly just so relieved I made it in there and didn't poop my pants. Living in Asia and running distance races make for some interesting prayers. =) Miles 10 - 13 went great and I sadly finished with a 2:30ish time but I'm happy to say I didn't poop my pants.

I honestly can't believe my race recap is about poop but if you are a runner you know we all have a race like that at some point in our lives. Next year I'm going to for sure watch what I eat before a race and try to have a better plan.

Other than the stomach issues I really loved the Kansas Half. Lawrence is beautiful and they did such a great job running you through the city, the neighborhoods, the country and by the river. It was a good mix of flat roads and hills and I hope to run it again next fall with a happier stomach and a faster time.

If you are a runner have you ever had a near poop experience like this? Please do tell, I'd love to laugh at with you. 


On My Mind


There's been lots of little random things on my mind lately.

I've been thinking lately that everywhere on social media people are selling on-line classes on how to grow your social media following. And each class is the real deal that will for sure work! And I just wonder, what if we took that drive and made classes like 'How to grow the Kingdom of God'. If us Christians shared the way these awesome social media marketers do I bet heaven would be a bit fuller.

Speaking of eternity, like WHY hasn't Jesus come? I'm so ready! But, I'm definitely not God and His timing is perfect. But I've been thinking lately about what I'm most looking forward to about heaven. Things like, no more politics because Jesus will be King, no more sickness, no more seeing my sweet nephew hang his head and cry every time we say bye, no more death, no more anything bad.

On a completely random note Dave and I watch the movie Patriot's Day about the Boston Marathon bombing. I cried buckets of tears through that movie and especially at the documentary at the end. I started searching for survivors on Instagram and came across this lady. She lost a leg and runs a 5 minute mile and is pretty much one of my new heroes.

Speaking of heroes, Amanda, who shares about running on Instagram is another hero. Her and her family lost their home in Harvey and never once has she complained. She says it's hard but she perseveres. She is also crazy fast and is training for the Olympics.

Once a month, at the beginning of the month, I take a social media break from Instagram and Facebook. And then I wonder why I have them in the first place but yet I enjoy them when I have them. It's a vicious cycle. Amanda, who blogs over at The Lady Okie, does this fast too and it's fun to text and share about our experiences with it.

My summer garden is coming to an end. It was so fun to grow and eat our own food. Let's be real, I threw some seeds down and God grew it. This year we had basil (8 plants total, also known as too much), thyme, oregano, rosemary, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, okra and cucumbers. I felt like I learned a lot from my little garden. I don't think I'll plant as much next year but I'm hoping to get more produce from really tending to fewer plants. We will see. =)

I can always tell when someone is new to crossfit or running because they post every. single. workout on social media. #aintnobodygottimeforthat is all I gotta say. However, I do think it is neat to see people getting into fitness and I know its super exciting. Because, I once was that girl that posted all my workouts on-line. Why didn't anyone tell me how annoying that was?

Speaking of annoying MLM people are really getting extreme. I try to be polite but COME ON! I don't come at people like 'Hey! You should be a photographer. I make X amount of money each shoot and you could too! Would you like to quit your day job and take pictures?" I do love some products from MLM companies but if their sales people harass I'll never buy from them.

Speedy starts obedience school next week. I went to one school in town to see if she could pass level 1 and let's just say it did not got well and we will never go to school there. However, I did find another place and I'm looking forward to it. So far here is what we have taught Speedy: sit, stay, bang, roll over, wait, down, shake,  other hand shake, high five & dropping a ball. We also make her wait for her food and she has to wait to go through a main door until she is told to do so. She will get in her kennel without a fuss, which is super nice. She runs with us but is not good at heeling yet, which is really why I want to go to obedience school with her. I can't stand a dog that pulls when I'm walking or running them and Speedy is terrible at pulling! I will say after 2 miles on a run she quits pulling, so that is nice. The other day she ran 6.2 miles with me, which is pretty darn good for being a puppy.

Last thing on my mind - Did you know running your own business is incredibly exciting and terrifying at the same time?! I've realized I'm my own CEO, marketing manger, accountant, photographer, editor, admin and more. It's an incredible privilege and gift but also a big responsibility and I'm thankful for all of it.

Photo Credit to Sky & Space

What's been on your mind lately?


Closing a Chapter & Starting Another

Today is my very last day at the Y working as a swim instructor.

It's interesting to see God open and close doors in your life. If we allow Him to be, He really is the Author and Guide of our lives.

When we moved back from Asia I had zero idea what to do for a job. But God did. Never in my life did I think I would work at the Y and never ever did I think I'd be a swim instructor again. But God did. And I'm glad.

Through teaching swim I have had the privilege to tell kids about Christ, I've been able to befriend a Muslim family from Syria and I got to lead my co-worker to The Lord. And I praise God for all the above things mentioned. He alone could have orchestrated those events.

What do I plan to do now? That usually is the question, and of course I understand becuase I'd ask it too. My plan for now is to babysit two days a week. I watch my friends kid at my house. It is a paid job but it's also a big blessing to spend the days with him and to be home.

I also plan to focus on my photography business and to see what God will do with that. I have ideas, plans and a big to-do list of things I want to get done in my business. I plan to dive into that starting next week.

And of course I'll be taking care of this little rascal. She's a good puppy but lots of work.

Photo Credit to Stevie of Sky & Space Designs.