Taking a break...

Hey all you readers of my blog!! I first wanted to apologize for not posting something for SO LONG!! Student teaching has taken up so much of my time and when I do have some extra time, I usually want to spend it with friends or Tim.

While I really want to keep blogging, I know that if I did the posts would be rushed, sloppy and done without as much care as they should be. I don't want this blog to turn ugly!!! So, I've made a very important decision...

I'm going to take a break from blogging.

Now that doesn't mean I'm quitting!! I'm just going to finish my Student Teaching and focus all my energy there, and then come back for the summer!!! And oh man am I going to have some amazing things to post for the summer...

Races

Eating Raw

More yoga

Cooking experiments

Smoothies galoore!!!!

And fun in the sun!!!!

So I'll let you all know when I'm going to be back (probably through Facebook). So don't completely forget about me yet!!!

I'll see you in the SUNSHINE :)

JESUS LOVES YOU!

Another completed 1/2 Marathon :)

Well, I just finished my second 1/2 marathon. Same race as last time; it's called Race for the Roses. And lucky me, both years brought good weather :) Never predicatable for Portland.

I started my morning off with a banana and almond butter and some Coconut Water. Coconut water is a new find for me--it's pretty much the natural version of gatorade without all the extra sugar. Here's a little piece of info from a website that sells Coconut Water.


ZICO [Coconut Water brand] contains the five essential electrolytes your body needs to keep nerves firing, muscles moving and to help manage stress. One ZICO has more potassium than a banana – 15 times more than most sports drinks – to prevent cramping and promote recovery. Drink ZICO before or during a workout for the natural energy you need for optimal performance. After a workout, ZICO replenishes and re-hydrates you to speed recovery.



After breakfast I went to pick up my friend, Tina, who also ran the 1/2 marathon. Keep in mind that it's 6am right now...ick.



So how did the race go?

It could have been better. But finishing any race is better than not racing at all, right? My goal was to beat my first 1/2 marathon time which was 117 minutes (average 9 minute miles), but the first mile that I started running, my left quad was shoot pain through my leg :( I noticed that it was sore yesterday, but didn't think anything of it. This is a reoccuring pain/injury...it stems from my soccer days when I didn't stretch properly or treat injuries the best.

Since you already know that I finished the race, I'll let you know it wasn't an easy one to finish. At mile 7 I even put the thought in my head that I may not be able to finish this race...but I truged on, having to slow my pace down :( I had the energy to run, but my leg was dragging. Oh frustration!

My time: 2 hours and 4 minutes

Not terrible, but I had it in me to do better. I had to stop about 4 times to stretch my leg. At least there's the summer--more 1/2 marathons!!!



I still feel happy to run though! And yes, I wore my "Smile Jesus Loves You" shirt!!!

I'm going to rest my leg up...and I say leg because my right leg feels GREAT!!! (oh frustration...again!) Maybe I'll run my own 13 miles :)

Thank you for everyone who prayed for me this morning! You kept me going until the end.

Do you have any injuries from the past that haunt you?

Defining Happiness

I broke down today. I was frustrated with myself...I was frustrated with who I am. In the moment when I started to cry, I became frustrated that I would let this bother me so much.

Do you every measure yourself...your worth...by what you can do? I do. My frustration grew into a realization that I need to get over this. Not just today. Not just in that moment when I felt pathetic in front of Tim. But I need to overcome this in my life.

What defines you?

Is it your intelligence? Your athleticism? Your witty humor or ability to communicate well with people? Your job? Your looks? Your clothes? Your body?

This past week and a half I haven't been able to run because of my ankle. I expressed in some other posts that this was frustrating for me, but I've failed to express to you how it has been affecting my days...

I can blame it on a lack of endorphines. I can blame it on my new transition into Student Teaching. Or I can blame it on my lack of sleep and busyness. But that wouldn't be honest.

This past week I did not love myself.

I could feel God tugging at my heart trying to convince me otherwise, but I'm stubborn. I always tell Tim, "I need my exercise. It allows me to be my best person." But what if I couldn't exercise anymore? Does that mean I'll never be happy?

Defining happiness...

Is it based on what you do? Or...is it based on the PERSON inside?

This past week I defined my happiness by my ability to be athletic. To run. I could feel myself slowly loosing all my training and strength. I felt like less. Running is who I am! Right?

Wrong.

Today I ran for the first time in a week and a half. Yes, I've lost some of my endurance, but I have not lost my passion for being outside and running. I feel free!

REMINDER! I run for the LOVE of running.

I can't let WHAT I DO define my happiness.

I wanted to share this with and let you know that I'm still going to work on this. Pray. Talk out loude about this with Tim. I would love to hear your comments on this...do you ever get frustrated or mad with yourself? Are there times when you don't feel worthy?

The rest of today and tomorrow, I'm going to focus on what does make me happy. One thing...you guessed it!

Adjusting

HE IS RISEN!!! (He is Risen indeed!!)

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend! I spent the day with Tim's family in Tacoma, and it's always nothing but pure relaxation at his house. It was kinda a teaser because we had to leave so soon :(

Anyway, God is goood and He loves you so very much!!!

I wanted to let you all know that I'm sorry for not posting this past week. I'm adjusting to student teaching, but I hope to post a couple times this week. I'm so honored that anyone would read this blog, that I really really want to stay consistent with this!

Couple updates...

1) My foot/ankle has not healed completely yet. Whenever I think it's better, I try running or something that involves more pressure on my foot, and it starts to hurt again. Please pray for my foot! I'm wondering if the 1/2 marathon this weekend is the best thing for me, which makes me really sad considering all the training I've done...

2) I LOVE teaching!!!

3) I'm still drinking those Green Monsters!

4) I really need to go grocery shopping tomorrow!!

Well, I hope you all have a blessed week!

Love, Becca



Julia and I at Christmas :) This is Tim's little sister (and my sister!!!) I love having a bigger family when you married!!!

I love you, Julia! I miss you already!