My "comeback" HALF marathon training weeks 7-11/11

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Well, after my last post training hit a few KINKS in the road :) 

The last few weeks have consisted of a few highs and lows! But hey, that's running!

I ended up with a few issues with my neck, shoulder and possibly gallbladder so have been working on all of them and missed quite a few workouts! (And yes, life got in the way a few times too :)) #keepingitreal

But...the most important thing is that I am on the mend and working my way back.

Some of the positive things that happened was that I got in a 10 miler which went GREAT!!! I've actually gotten in two now, so that makes me feel much better!!

And my speed workouts went well!!!  

And my speed workouts went well!!!

 

Although at the time of this post, I have now moved onto my last training week...week 11...and I am definitely getting nervous and trying to remind myself that although this is my COMEBACK half marathon after 2.5 years away....I want to enjoy the race itself and just be proud of myself that I have worked myself back to long distance running...no matter the pace!!! That is a HUGE accomplishment right there! I know I am not at my peak of training and I knew I wouldn't be, so that's okay but I was hoping to be a little bit faster by now but hey...I am further along than I was 11 weeks ago and there were a few KINKS in the road but it is what it is.  The race is Sunday, October 8 and we will be running the Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon and it is on the Mickelson Trail in the Hill City, SD area.  I have biked parts of the trail many times with some friends of ours and my hubs in the past few years and I always told the hubs I would love to run on it someday. I cannot wait to see the fall colored leaves come through and just soak it all up!! And to return to the racing atmosphere and running community...oh my!!!!! HEAVEN!! My goals for the race: Goal A: Finish the race. Goal B: Finish time 2:30 Goal C: Finish time 2:10 I cannot believe the race is only 4 days away!!! I am so excitedly nervous for all of it.  Thank you so much for tuning back into my journey after such a long hiatus!! Your support and encouragement mean the world to me!! I continue to be #scaredshitlessbutdoingitanyway!! Jodi

Although at the time of this post, I have now moved onto my last training week...week 11...and I am definitely getting nervous and trying to remind myself that although this is my COMEBACK half marathon after 2.5 years away....I want to enjoy the race itself and just be proud of myself that I have worked myself back to long distance running...no matter the pace!!! That is a HUGE accomplishment right there!

I know I am not at my peak of training and I knew I wouldn't be, so that's okay but I was hoping to be a little bit faster by now but hey...I am further along than I was 11 weeks ago and there were a few KINKS in the road but it is what it is. 

The race is Sunday, October 8 and we will be running the Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon and it is on the Mickelson Trail in the Hill City, SD area.  I have biked parts of the trail many times with some friends of ours and my hubs in the past few years and I always told the hubs I would love to run on it someday. I cannot wait to see the fall colored leaves come through and just soak it all up!! And to return to the racing atmosphere and running community...oh my!!!!! HEAVEN!!

My goals for the race:

Goal A: Finish the race.

Goal B: Finish time 2:30

Goal C: Finish time 2:10

I cannot believe the race is only 4 days away!!! I am so excitedly nervous for all of it.  Thank you so much for tuning back into my journey after such a long hiatus!! Your support and encouragement mean the world to me!!

I continue to be #scaredshitlessbutdoingitanyway!!

Jodi

What would YOUR cup or shirt say?

I absolutely love all of the captioned cups and shirts that we can get now.  SO FUN! And being the cute cup collector that I am, I have a hard time passing some of them up!! (I have a deal with the hubs that I can only buy a new one if I throw one away!) 

And the shirts...don't get me started!! So many cute ones!!! 

Anyway, all of these captions I see have really got me thinking about which categories I fall into.  I don't necessarily fit the "mama needs coffee" stage because I am a mom to a 28yo daughter who is on her own, married, has a 2.5 year old daughter of her own plus a baby on the way!! So, am I still a "mom"??  I'm definitely not the "mama needs coffee" category as I don't have littles running around me constantly.  

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I AM a very proud grandma aka GrmaJoJo!!! However, once again since the hubs and I had Amanda so young, we found ourselves to be empty nesters very early on and now at 47 and 50 we are grandparents to an amazing 2.5yo little girl!! {and if you didn't catch it above...another grandbaby on the way!!} So, again, I don't fit the stereotypical "grandma" either.  But trust me...that title holds very dear to my heart.  

Life has a funny way of playing out with blessings that we don't even realize until later in life and we are able to look back on them.  And it's funny how out of the blue suddenly something so simple as a captioned coffee cup or tshirt can make you stop and wonder where you fit in...if you do at all!

 

Now don't get me wrong, I KNOW I fit in...I just can't figure out where I am for sure!! :) And I would not trade being a wife, mom, grandma for anything. 

There is nothing like hearing the words "Ma"...

which my hubs calls me...29 years married and going strong! Not bad for marrying at 17 and 21 AND running a business together for the last 5 years.  "Ma" fits me great!!!

..."Mom" from my amazing 28yo daughter...this is so endearing to me but yet the hardest to comprehend where I am.  Obviously she does not need me to be the helicopter mom anymore.  I like to think she still needs me and trust me, I treasure our relationship and am blessed that she puts up with me still!! It's just hard to find that "Mom" place right now.

...and "GrmaJoJo" from my granddaughter Audra.  Priceless!! I have a "Grandma JoJo" coffee cup that Amanda and Robin made me for Christmas and I absolutely love it.  That one makes my heart smile!! I fit in there!!! :) 

Those are words that are dear to my heart and my best accomplishments in life.  

So, in the meantime I'll just be over here trying to find the perfect cup that describes where I am in this wife/MOM/Grma life...and yes, I know a cup or shirt with a saying doesn't define me even if I feel I don't have my own "category"...

but it IS great food for thought and makes me count my blessings even more! I wouldn't trade any stage of where I am for anything!!!!

And for now, I'll just stick to the running shirts and generic shirts that best describe me :) 

 

How about you? What's your favorite captioned cup or tshirt that represents you RIGHT NOW in your life

Brianna's Recap of her first ever Half Marathon Relay

When I wrote my recap for the Dale F Kilwein Memorial Run Half Relay, I was hoping I could convince Brianna to share her story...and she did :) Thanks, Brianna!!!

Brianna's recap:

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I started running a few years ago as a way to escape it all, even if just for a little bit. I had done a few 5ks and decided I wanted to do a half marathon. So I started training for it, but soon life happened. Between my crazy work schedule and being a mom, I wasn't able to run as much as I wanted to /needed to for my training schedule.

I decided I could do the Dale F. Kilwein Memorial Run half marathon relay. I just needed a teammate... When I met Jodi and Amanda a few years ago at a YLEO event, I felt so blessed to have them enter my life. They have been so encouraging and motivating for me!! They have done accountability groups for working out, which I desperately need to keep me moving! When I feel like I can't go on they are there encouraging me, whether it's a post on Facebook, or an encouraging message. God truly blessed me when He brought them into my life!! When it came to finding a teammate for the relay I knew it would be amazing to have Jodi run it with me, so I reached out and asked her. She told me she would be honored to run it with me! I had tears of joy knowing I was going to have this amazing lady as my teammate.

The day before the race it finally set in- I was going to run a half marathon relay!! I was able to meet up with Jodi n Amanda at packet pickup, it was so good to see them again!! We decided to go check out the trail a bit, the nerves started to set in while we were checking it out, but also I was excited! Race day finally came!! We had to be there super early, and man was it foggy! The fog finally lifted while I was on the trail, but I hardly noticed to be honest. I was on cloud nine on the trail! The race was amazing! Out of 9 relay teams we finished 9th, but we finished-that was the main goal, was to finish. We finish and we had fun, that was all I cared about, was crossing that finish line.

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I am so grateful God brought Jodi and Amanda into my life, and I am grateful that God brought Crystal into my life as well! Last year I did the 5k, this year the half marathon relay, next year I will run the half marathon for the DFK memorial run! It is a fun race for a great cause!!

My "comeback" HALF marathon training weeks 1-6/11

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Yep, you read that right!!! I am coming back to the HALF marathon racing :) Well, my type of racing anyway!!!

After a long 2.5 year hiatus due to health/life issues...I am so super thrilled to say I am coming back and I am now on week  7 of training for the Crazy Horse HALF Marathon in October.  I had meant to post and document each week's training but life happens and obviously I did not get it done!!!

A lot has changed in the last few years since I last ran my first ever FULL freaking marathon in Honolulu December 2014 followed by my last and best ever half marathon in Fargo 2015 with a huge surprise-to-me time of 2:10!!! With my #keepingitreal philosophy, here are the changes:

  • I am now 15 pounds heavier which truly makes a difference
  • I have not been able to get good control of my eating.  I do good for a week and then fall off the wagon.  
  • I am 2.5 years older...now 47!!
  • I have worked out/run/done yoga off and on for the last 2.5 years but nothing truly consistent which means I did not have a good base built up leading into this training.
  • My health is better and we are working on some issues but great news is I have been able to train for 6 weeks now without running my system down and having to quit!!!! That's HUGE!!  I have been fighting terrible allergies and am working with a doc on that and waiting for an allergy shot serum to try!! 
  • My running confidence....well, let's just say it's gone and I fight the mental part of running with every single run I do.  WORK IN PROGRESS
  • My pace has slowed immensely.  I was running 9:30-10 minute miles FINALLY in May 2015 and now the last 6 weeks have been running 11-14 minute miles.  (I am still using the run/walk method)
  • My hubs and I have recently bought a new shop/house combo for our glass business, Bowman Glass and spent the summer building an office/reception area/storage loft and moving.  NOT EASY! House still isn't moved but we have moved enough to get us by to live out here and will be working on cleaning out the old house and selling it. We are still busy with the business and that is a huge focus and takes most of our time.  We have also added etching services with the help of Amanda and dear friend/old neighbor Robin. 
  • New blog: JodiTivey.com.  Previous: TouchingYourHeart.net  I have pretty much lost all of my content from all of those years running :( But it was a choice I had to make when switching. And slowly getting back into blogging!!! 
  • Granddaughter Audra Kathren is now 2 1/2 years old!!!!

 

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My current training looks like this:

  • Monday: yoga
  • Tuesday: Run
  • Wednesday: speed workouts with a group of us doing the Crazy Horse Half Marathon (that's another whole story in itself...speed workouts...holy crap!!)
  • Thursday: Run
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday or Sunday: Long run/rest day the other

It's definitely been an adjustment getting back into the training mode but I honestly love it.  I feel parts of ME coming back that I have missed for SO LONG!!

On Sunday I did my longest run in 2.5 years... 8 freaking miles. I admit I was freaked out about it and did it on the treadmill due to wind, heat and smoke in the air. I took it slow and was amazed at how great it felt!! However, I must admit...I am scared shitless.  I am just not sure if I will be ready for 13.1 in just 5 weeks.  Starting without a solid base with only 11 weeks to train probably isn't the best idea ever...but my body is holding up healthwise and physically and my main goal is just to finish.  Of course I have a time in mind but I also know reality!!! 

 

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To my benefit though are the once a week speed workouts I do with a group of amazing ladies that are also doing the half.  I have always done speed workouts during training with my daughter Amanda, but we both admit doing them as a group is TOTALLY different.  

This is honestly whole new territory for me.  I have NEVER done group running workouts. EVER.  Okay, so I went out for track one year in seventh or eighth grade, quickly found out it wasn't for me and became manager instead to be part of the team and chase boys...DUH!) I have only run with my daughter.  I am so thankful and blessed that the group of ladies I run with are so supportive and encouraging.  And I know these workouts push me beyond what I think I can do and will help me tremendously!!! 

In #keepingitreal again, Jodi's speed workout reality: 

  • I am usually the last one = humbling
  • Bladder issues = embarrassing ... BUT...have figured out a temporary solution thanks to a friend! Email me if you need help in this area as I know how embarrassing it is!!! bowglass@gmail.com 
  • mental blocks...I give up on myself pretty easily 
  • self doubt
  • Have only ever run just for the fun of it and to see what I can do.  I have never really learned how to push myself or learned what my limits are.  
  • fear of the workouts and can I actually do them
  • PRIDE...always PRIDE after each workout knowing that I did what I could and truly feel I did my best even if self doubt and mental blocks get in the way. 

So, even though I am once again #scaredshitlessbutdoingitanyway, despite all doubts, fear, mental blocks....I will suck it up, I will do my best and I will keep on keeping on all the while keeping it real :) 

WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST RUNNING FEAR?

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR SURVIVING A SPEED WORKOUT?

Much love to you all!

Jodi

 

 

Dale F. Kilwein Memorial Run Recap

Oh my gosh.  What an absolutely fun race!!! and the perfect one to be my first "race" back after a 2.5 year racing hiatus due to health/life issues.   I am so thrilled to say that I am as of today on week 7/11 of training for my "comeback" half marathon in October so when my friend Brianna asked me to run the Dale F. Kilwein Half Marathon relay with her in Dickinson on August 27 I knew it would be the perfect "test" to see how I am doing pretty much halfway through training.   Not only did I choose to do this race with her for that fact, but also because she reached out and asked!  My daughter Amanda Rafferty and I met Brianna a few years ago at a YLEO get together in Medora. We sat at a table with some amazing ladies. Brianna was just this quiet, meek and mild young lady and her smile just radiated. We both felt drawn to her and I just had to hug her each time I saw her. I knew there must be more to her story and all I can say is she is a very strong amazing wonderful person and mom. I am so proud of her. Brianna and I have kept in touch off and on through Facebook and Instagram since then and I have loved watching her life's journey. When she asked me to run this relay with her, I cannot tell you the emotions I felt. I knew I wouldn't be ready for a race per say, but I knew I wanted to be her partner!! Amanda and a dear friend of ours was running the half marathon relay as well, so Amanda and I headed out Saturday and met Brianna at packet pickup.  

Oh my gosh.  What an absolutely fun race!!! and the perfect one to be my first "race" back after a 2.5 year racing hiatus due to health/life issues.  

I am so thrilled to say that I am as of today on week 7/11 of training for my "comeback" half marathon in October so when my friend Brianna asked me to run the Dale F. Kilwein Half Marathon relay with her in Dickinson on August 27 I knew it would be the perfect "test" to see how I am doing pretty much halfway through training.  

Not only did I choose to do this race with her for that fact, but also because she reached out and asked! 

My daughter Amanda Rafferty and I met Brianna a few years ago at a YLEO get together in Medora. We sat at a table with some amazing ladies. Brianna was just this quiet, meek and mild young lady and her smile just radiated. We both felt drawn to her and I just had to hug her each time I saw her. I knew there must be more to her story and all I can say is she is a very strong amazing wonderful person and mom. I am so proud of her.

Brianna and I have kept in touch off and on through Facebook and Instagram since then and I have loved watching her life's journey.

When she asked me to run this relay with her, I cannot tell you the emotions I felt. I knew I wouldn't be ready for a race per say, but I knew I wanted to be her partner!!

Amanda and a dear friend of ours was running the half marathon relay as well, so Amanda and I headed out Saturday and met Brianna at packet pickup.

 

Brianna, me, Amanda It was so great to finally get to hug Brianna again after not seeing her since we met in Medora and we also got to meet her son, Cody.  The three of us headed out to check out the course as much as we could and it was so great to be able to spend some extra time with Brianna catching up.   We went our separate ways with the plan to meet at the bus in the morning and Amanda and I proceeded to do some shopping and meet up with our dear friend and FINALLY spend some great quality time with her.  Start time was EARLY!! The race was to start at 6am, so we had to be to the bus no later than 5:40.  The bus took us to the start line of the race. The race route included a grass path, gravel and pavement and was around Patterson Lake and was to include a GREAT sunrise which you all know I love dearly.  I was so excited to see Patterson Lake as I had never been there before even though its only 1.5 hours away from where we live.  However, we woke up to a very dense thick fog!!! The bus dropped us off at the starting point and once we took off, it then took the second legs of the relay to the exchange point.  Amanda was running the first leg as well so we got to start our 6 mile legs together.    

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It was so great to finally get to hug Brianna again after not seeing her since we met in Medora and we also got to meet her son, Cody.  The three of us headed out to check out the course as much as we could and it was so great to be able to spend some extra time with Brianna catching up.  

We went our separate ways with the plan to meet at the bus in the morning and Amanda and I proceeded to do some shopping and meet up with our dear friend and FINALLY spend some great quality time with her. 

Start time was EARLY!! The race was to start at 6am, so we had to be to the bus no later than 5:40.  The bus took us to the start line of the race.

The race route included a grass path, gravel and pavement and was around Patterson Lake and was to include a GREAT sunrise which you all know I love dearly.  I was so excited to see Patterson Lake as I had never been there before even though its only 1.5 hours away from where we live.  However, we woke up to a very dense thick fog!!!

The bus dropped us off at the starting point and once we took off, it then took the second legs of the relay to the exchange point.  Amanda was running the first leg as well so we got to start our 6 mile legs together.  

 

This was the start of the race.  I asked Amanda to start in the back with me.  I am in the blue headband and she is the pink :) Photo credit to Crystal Jahner.  My plan was to attempt to run 5 minute run/1 minute walk intervals as a practice to see how I could do, but the start was pretty grouped together and I found myself really watching my feet so chose to run the first mile and then go to the intervals. That was the last I saw of my dear daughter. She took off and had a great race for her leg and she and our friend got third out of 9 teams!!  After the first mile I was already feeling tired so once we hit the gravel I changed to 4/1 intervals and those felt great.  It was so foggy you could hardly see anyone in front of you.    

This was the start of the race.  I asked Amanda to start in the back with me.  I am in the blue headband and she is the pink :) Photo credit to Crystal Jahner. 

My plan was to attempt to run 5 minute run/1 minute walk intervals as a practice to see how I could do, but the start was pretty grouped together and I found myself really watching my feet so chose to run the first mile and then go to the intervals. That was the last I saw of my dear daughter. She took off and had a great race for her leg and she and our friend got third out of 9 teams!! 

After the first mile I was already feeling tired so once we hit the gravel I changed to 4/1 intervals and those felt great.  It was so foggy you could hardly see anyone in front of you.  

 

We weren't on the gravel for very long and then we turned off onto the path that would take us along Patterson Lake.    

We weren't on the gravel for very long and then we turned off onto the path that would take us along Patterson Lake.  

 

I absolutely loved this.  It was different running on the grass path with ruts here and there but it was so much fun and so different.  The fog and dew were so heavy that my shoes and socks were quickly soaked!!   Part of me was sad that I didn't get to see the sunrise and lake that I had been so excited to see, but yet other parts of me were SO GLAD that I couldn't see what was ahead of me at times....

I absolutely loved this.  It was different running on the grass path with ruts here and there but it was so much fun and so different.  The fog and dew were so heavy that my shoes and socks were quickly soaked!!  

Part of me was sad that I didn't get to see the sunrise and lake that I had been so excited to see, but yet other parts of me were SO GLAD that I couldn't see what was ahead of me at times....

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like this hill that suddenly appeared!!....

like this hill that suddenly appeared!!....

It doesn't look like much here but it went up and then turned to the right and inclined more.  I panicked and even sent Brianna a text saying something like, "UPHILL!! F&&&&".  However, by the time I got to the top I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel bad at all...and I let out a few thoughts of thanks to my dear Dixie for pushing us so hard on speedworkout nights!!!!! and for the brutal hill workout just the Wednesday before!!!  Finally I reached the mile 5 marker...  

It doesn't look like much here but it went up and then turned to the right and inclined more.  I panicked and even sent Brianna a text saying something like, "UPHILL!! F&&&&".  However, by the time I got to the top I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel bad at all...and I let out a few thoughts of thanks to my dear Dixie for pushing us so hard on speedworkout nights!!!!! and for the brutal hill workout just the Wednesday before!!! 

Finally I reached the mile 5 marker...

 

I just loved how they had mile markers at every mile and each one had a great saying on it to motivate you!! They also had water stations at miles 3 and 5 which worked out perfect for me!! And the volunteers at each one were so supportive!! I was so excited at this point knowing I was running a better "race" than I was hoping for especially considering it was 90 percent trail and I had only run one 6 mile run the week before on the treadmill and it was a horrible run and that I only had a mile left.  Little did I know that there were a few more smaller inclines and turns than I had realized and really had to work that last mile but it was truly so much fun.   Due to the fog, even though I was watching my mileage on my TomTom, suddenly I saw the exchange not far in front of me!! And there was Amanda cheering me on as she had already sent our friend on her way and Brianna was cheering and ready to head out on her portion!!!  

I just loved how they had mile markers at every mile and each one had a great saying on it to motivate you!! They also had water stations at miles 3 and 5 which worked out perfect for me!! And the volunteers at each one were so supportive!!

I was so excited at this point knowing I was running a better "race" than I was hoping for especially considering it was 90 percent trail and I had only run one 6 mile run the week before on the treadmill and it was a horrible run and that I only had a mile left.  Little did I know that there were a few more smaller inclines and turns than I had realized and really had to work that last mile but it was truly so much fun.  

Due to the fog, even though I was watching my mileage on my TomTom, suddenly I saw the exchange not far in front of me!! And there was Amanda cheering me on as she had already sent our friend on her way and Brianna was cheering and ready to head out on her portion!!!

 

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This was our relay exchange. I took this photo the day before.  Trust me, you could barely see the day of the race due to the fog.   I was absolutely thrilled with my portion of the relay.  My goal was to treat it as my long run for the week and it was such a great experience and so fun to be back racing and to do something so different.    They had a driver ready to take us back to the finish line so we could meet up with our teammates once they crossed the finish line.   The three of us decided to head out and find Brianna and cheer her on.      

This was our relay exchange. I took this photo the day before.  Trust me, you could barely see the day of the race due to the fog.  

I was absolutely thrilled with my portion of the relay.  My goal was to treat it as my long run for the week and it was such a great experience and so fun to be back racing and to do something so different. 

 

They had a driver ready to take us back to the finish line so we could meet up with our teammates once they crossed the finish line.  

The three of us decided to head out and find Brianna and cheer her on.  

 

 

I cannot tell you how super proud I am of Brianna for doing this race.  She had hoped to run the full half marathon herself as her first big race but due to life she wasn't able to get the mileage in that she wanted so that's why she asked me to run the relay with her.  SHE DID AWESOME!!!  We were able to cheer her on at a couple different places and then went back to the finish line to meet her there.     

I cannot tell you how super proud I am of Brianna for doing this race.  She had hoped to run the full half marathon herself as her first big race but due to life she wasn't able to get the mileage in that she wanted so that's why she asked me to run the relay with her.  SHE DID AWESOME!!!  We were able to cheer her on at a couple different places and then went back to the finish line to meet her there. 

 

 

#teamhalfsolesisters!!!!! We did it!!! We finished 9th out of 9 relay teams and we were aok with that. We both had a blast!!!!! (I'll see if maybe I can talk Brianna into writing up her own little recap to share with you all!) I highly recommend this race to everyone!!! They have a half marathon, the half marathon relay, a 5K and a kid's race!! The kids even get tshirts and medals.  It is for a great cause to honor the memory of Crystal Jahner's dad and to raise money for a building in his honor.  Please read more here.  For a small race, this was so super organized from packet pickup, to the bus departure, the awesome mileage signs, aid stations, tshirts, medals, face painting for the kids, a few fun games, a running clothing booth, and a great buffet of bananas, rolls, water, chocolate milk and pickle ice!! I had never heard of these before and I was skeptical but dang they tasted good after the race!!  

#teamhalfsolesisters!!!!! We did it!!! We finished 9th out of 9 relay teams and we were aok with that. We both had a blast!!!!! (I'll see if maybe I can talk Brianna into writing up her own little recap to share with you all!)

I highly recommend this race to everyone!!! They have a half marathon, the half marathon relay, a 5K and a kid's race!! The kids even get tshirts and medals.  It is for a great cause to honor the memory of Crystal Jahner's dad and to raise money for a building in his honor.  Please read more here

For a small race, this was so super organized from packet pickup, to the bus departure, the awesome mileage signs, aid stations, tshirts, medals, face painting for the kids, a few fun games, a running clothing booth, and a great buffet of bananas, rolls, water, chocolate milk and pickle ice!! I had never heard of these before and I was skeptical but dang they tasted good after the race!!

 

We headed out for showers, let our shoes and socks dry out and headed for a fun meal together to celebrate.  And of course, in normal after-race traditional fashion, Amanda and I went and got pedicures!!!  

We headed out for showers, let our shoes and socks dry out and headed for a fun meal together to celebrate.  And of course, in normal after-race traditional fashion, Amanda and I went and got pedicures!!!

 

And now, my "comeback" Crazy Horse Half Marathon is only 5 weeks away....EEKS!!

And now, my "comeback" Crazy Horse Half Marathon is only 5 weeks away....EEKS!!

Life Happenings in Review ~ 5/15/17

Happy Monday!!!  I'm once again joining sweet Miss Katie of The Healthy Diva in her MIMM post for Monday!

This week ~ photos and #hashtagstyle :)  aka: Short and sweet-no Jodi's rambling and babbling :)

 

#tuesdaymorning5amclubwithmygirls #exercisingwasprettygoodthisweek

#tuesdaymorning5amclubwithmygirls #exercisingwasprettygoodthisweek

#gorgeousviewwhilemowingmyforest #neighborsappletree

#gorgeousviewwhilemowingmyforest #neighborsappletree

#hardwork #progress #shopgirl #exhausted

#hardwork #progress #shopgirl #exhausted

#rewardafterhardwork #bloodymary #yum

#rewardafterhardwork #bloodymary #yum

#155twoweeksinarow #yoyo #iwillbreak155thisweek #4poundsgonetotal #2.7thischallenge #audrakathrencutetoes

#155twoweeksinarow #yoyo #iwillbreak155thisweek #4poundsgonetotal #2.7thischallenge #audrakathrencutetoes

#mothersday #myworld #mybabygirls

#mothersday #myworld #mybabygirls

Life Happenings in Review ~ 5/8/17

Hey everyone!

I seriously cannot believe how time flies...the last month has been a whirlwind of LIFE HAPPENING :) and so I thought I would just jump on and join sweet Miss Katie of The Healthy Diva in her MIMM post for Monday!

This time, since it's been a month I am just doing a quick recap...and unfortunately don't have many photos! Shocker, I know. 

Work at the shop has been keeping us steady and busy with some late nights here and there and busy weekends...all of which we are super thankful for.  The hubs and I are running the place on our own at this point so it keeps both of us hopping for sure!! 

My aunt and uncle from Washington were here for the last 3 weeks and we loved spending time with them as well! My aunt even got to help the hubs get a start on planting our combined garden at their place.

 

We've had some play time and snuggle dates with Little Miss Audra Kathren :) And Grma JoJo was lucky enough to get to decorate Easter eggs with Green handed Audra and mommy!!!

 

I am about a month into my new weight loss group and am loving the support from the women.  As stated in my last Life Happenings in Review post, I hit 159.2.  I have been bouncing back and forth for the last few weeks and last night weighed in at 155.  I'll take it.  I've been working on making little changes here and there, trying to focus on more proteins and fruits and veggies and just making healthier choices in general. I know my body is adjusting to all of the years of yo yo dieting and it's going to take time.  Frustrating for sure.  

My exercising is finally getting more back on track and that feels great and my body seems to be handling so much better than it has the last 2 years so for that once again I am super thankful. I am slowly trying to up the intensity of my workouts but keeping my treadmill workouts around 1.5-2 miles and working on intervals, etc.  Weather here has been off and on so hoping to get back outside a few mornings a week as soon as possible!!

Mornings still a huge struggle bus for me even though I know that's when I need to get my hiney up and workout! So, I just do what I can when I can!!  

The main thing I am dearly missing is my yoga.  Due to many reasons and most often working late or helping out with Little Miss Audra, I have missed many classes.  They are twice a week during the evening and those are taking a hit!!! I am super blessed and happy when I am able to make one class a week at this point!! My heart is always heavy and a little empty when I have to miss or when I choose to miss.  You all know how dear yoga is to my heart...and my instructor...and yoga and Dr. Dixie have taught me so much and continues to teach me on a daily basis.  I WILL BE BACK!  My yoga extends far off the mat...it's a part of me and a part of my soul.  

Here's to another day, another week...of doing what works for each of us...do not compare yourself to others...yes, you can use others for inspiration, but remember, your journey is YOURS!!!! 

Much love to you all!

Jodi

#OOLA For Women Book Review ~ Book launches TODAY!!

Are you ready to find some balance in your life?  Is it even possible??  

If you are having any of those questions, I have just the thing for you!!

I first heard about OOLA a few years ago and even hosted an online book club featuring OOLA Find Balance in an Unbalanced Life and I was immediately hooked.

Needless to say, when I had a chance at to do a blog book review of the new OOLA for Women book written by the Oola Guys, Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl with Janet Switzer, I was completely excited and honored!! 

Like the first book, this one did not disappoint.  

If you are new to what the OOLA craze is all about, here's just a quick overview:

"oo-la (noun): That state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life - the 7 F's of Oola (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun)."

And this time the focus is on women...for those of us who feel like we are juggling too many things, yet not accomplishing anything and still not taking ME time like we need to. 

Dave, Troy and Janet bring us a plan!!!! Come on, don't we all love a plan?  

First, they share their top tips from each of the 7 F's of OOLA (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun) and share stories from REAL WOMEN that you will definitely find relatable.  And, it's such an easy read!! You will be hooked immediately and will not want to put the book down.  So many great SIMPLE tips that you can start implementing in your day immediately!!!  

To wrap up the book, they bring you the plan....aka The OOLA WHEEL which helps you figure out a starting point and helps you tune into your OOLAblockers and OOLAaccelerators. {these are the habits, beliefs and attitudes that either hold you back or move you forward} From their you progress through figuring out your plan and your path!! All with guidance!! 

My book is honestly highlighted like crazy and I just want to share a  few "teasers" that jumped out at me:

"Right now is simply where you are, not WHO YOU ARE."

"Don't get caught up in the HOW.  Instead, focus on why improvement in this area is important to you."

Such simple statements, but big AHA moments for me!!! 

Everyone's journey with OOLA for Women is going to be different but remember, that's what life is about...living your unique authentic life that is meant for YOU.  Not anyone else! And here is a great way to help you figure this all out!

Do yourself a favor and grab this book TODAY!!! Today is LAUNCH DAY for OOLA for WOMEN! Go grab a copy here or here.  Treat yourself and/or treat the women in your life...Mother's Day IS coming up soon!!! {HINT HINT :)} 

 

And remember, you are worth it!!

Jodi

Life Happenings in Review ~ 4/10/17

Hey everyone!!! Happy Monday!!

I am so missing documenting life happenings and so am going to jump back in with Katie of The Healthy Diva Life !!  She documents her weekends with photos and either hashtags, one sentences or whatever she feels. I love this concept and am going to do my best to link up with her.  And if you aren't following sweet Katie...do yourself a favor and do it now!

Last week we were lucky enough to have some of Mike's family here from Washington!!!

My niece, Alli and her friend Josie helped me out at the shop!

 

 

Due to choosing to spend time with family over working out, I did not get a workout in until Saturday but it was awesome and I did a quick treadmill workout, strength workout and meditated!!

 

The hubs and I were thrilled to have our granddaughter, Little Miss Audra Kathren over for a sleepover and we had so much fun snuggling, building a fort, baking and washing dishes!!

 

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I also got to take Little Miss to our dear little friend Sophia's birthday party last night!!!

And...I joined a weight loss support group last Sunday 4/2/17....I knew the first week was going to be hard but I wanted to at least get in a slight rhythm....but man I did not do well as I didn't adjust my eating to family dinners and fun.....so yesterday I attended another meeting...I so can not do this weight battle on my own anymore and have decided to reach out for help...I am at the second heaviest I have ever been and it's a battle my friends!!! And in KEEPING IT REAL for you I started out at 156 and gained 3.2 pounds this last week...holy crap....moving forward!

 

This morning the hubs and I got to drop Little Miss off at daycare...and I was snapping a photo of the monthly calendar...and she snuggled in and said, "Cheese"...so of course Grma JoJo took advantage of the opportunity for this cute pic!

 

Wishing you all a great week filled with making memories, being productive and feeling joy and happiness!!

Jodi

Steph's Take Care of Yourself Tuesday

 

 

Hey everyone!

I reached out to my dear friend Steph for some help with today's blog post. I told her I wanted something sweet, fun,cheery, short and simple. 

And she came up with this....and I super fluffy heart love it so I am just reposting as she emailed it to me! {Thanks, Steph!!}

What do you do to take care of yourself?

Have a treat? Go out with friends? Get an extra few minutes of sleep?...

What is your ‘guilty’ but shouldn’t be guilty pleasure so that YOU are your best you?

For me personally, I have two favorite guilty pleasures!! One is SLEEP....yep sleep!!! I can shut my brain off, the bed, pillows and sheets feel so comfy....ahhhhh...nothing like a good nap....and number two for me are my treat latte's on Wednesdays!!! Oh how I look forward to them! ~Jodi

Share YOUR guilty pleasure below...and maybe your idea will rub off on someone else!!

(Also, if you leave a comment you are automatically entered in a drawing for a free special surprise from ItWorks :)  Comments must be posted by Wednesday night 2/8 at 10pmMST!)

 

Addicted to chaos and busyness?

Hey everyone!! It's been a while again, but what's new? And I really need to stop saying that!!

The last few weeks/month or so I have really been working on quieting the clutter in my brain!! You know what I'm talking about!!! The crazy bubbles that keep going in your head, the nonstop chatter of "I need to do this." or "I didn't get this done." Yadda yadda yadda!!  The neverending feeling of never accomplishing enough or having enough time.

I have always been a big promoter of babysteps and the #imperfectionmovement and I truly thought I was doing that very well in my life...HOWEVER....

due to my all or nothing attitude, I tend to take on too much at one time and always worry about letting others down...and this has led to some major clutter in my brain. 

I've started to wonder...am I addicted to chaos? am I addicted to being busy? Hmmm...

I didn't think so, but now that I've been working on slowing down, taking a few steps back from a few things...I am finding I am starting to HEAR MYSELF AGAIN.  I am SLOWLY...and I am not kidding you...VERY SLOWLY starting to realize what's truly important for each day. I have a super long ways to get there...but I will!!! 

 

So many lessons in this world for us to learn...so much information out there...so many fun things to do....and I am for it all...

but let's not forget the most important gifts God gave us and focus on them....HIM, Jesus, faith, family and friends!!!!  

Much love to you all! 

~Jodi

ARE YOU ADDICTED TO CHAOS AND BUSYNESS?

WHAT'S ONE LITTLE CHANGE YOU CAN MAKE?

I AM a freaking MARATHONER!!!

Two years ago today I ran my first ever (and only so far :) ) freaking FULL marathon. The whole experience was surreal -

from being chosen by my amazing Coach Amanda of RunToTheFinish to be a part of the Saucony 26 Strong Program which included full sponsorship and all fees paid -

to training with my dear friend Dixie Bachmeier by my side as she trained just as hard for her first marathon as well but on her own without the sponsorship and social media frenzy that I had -

to having my daughter Amanda Rafferty who had planned on running with us until she found out she was going to have a beautiful precious baby so instead sucked it up and trained beside me daily and every single run I went on -

 

to a very supportive hubs and family and friends. (I still get teary eyed when I think of all of this! How blessed I truly was!)

The training was one of the hardest things I have ever done but yet one of my most proud things accomplished and I couldn't have done it without the support of so many. And thanks to my dear friend Robin Rae Osendorf-Welch, I had a crew of friends and family running beside me virtually during the marathon!!

And, I just knew greater things were coming and that 2015 was going to be my year of personal records, pushing this body to see what I could do and accomplish...run races and I just felt the running world was mine :) I was so ready for more!!! And it started out great...I came back eventually after a very slow recovery from the marathon and managed to PR my Fargo Half Marathon!! And then knew I could do even better!! 

However, I can't say the marathon had the story book ending as I had hoped as THAT SHIT WAS HARD, I felt like giving up at mile 19 {I still feel like I gave up on myself and Coach Amanda was amazing and never gave up on me}, I hit THE WALL, my digestive system was NOT happy with me and made for an absolute miserable last few miles (and many days following-so much that I never did get my Pina Colada on the beach with my arse in the sand like I had dreamt of) and I swear I barely remember crossing that finish line?? Thank God for photos or I wouldn't believe it!! 

(To this day I have not treated myself to anything MARATHON related...I just feel like I didn't deserve it.) 

Why? Being the people pleasing person that I am who just wants to make everyone happy, I tend to worry way too much and punish myself for things that didn't go right or if I hurt someone.

Truthfully, for the first time in a long time I was putting myself first and taking it all in and it felt great!!! (Although this whole experience was so out of my comfort zone I was a nervous wreck a lot of the time in Honolulu!) However, I feel like I let myself get caught up in the flurry and craziness that came with the social media and my Saucony obligations.  I didn't realize it at the time but I let people down, I hurt their feelings and it hit me like a brick wall after and I am still trying to forgive myself.  

So, no the storybook ending was not there...but as I reflect on this today {dang writing is great therapy!!}, I had the storybook ending meant for ME and the story is MINE!!!

No, I did not hit my goal...but man I got to help a teammate in her time of need out on the course...Coach and I didn't even need to talk about stopping to help her...it was a mutual agreement that I will never regret and I am sure Coach does not either.  Did stopping for around 30 minutes cause my digestion issues...maybe.. but it is what it is.  I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

No, I did not get to do some of the things I wanted or spend as much time with those people I wanted to the most...and dang all I want is to go back and sit my arse on the beach with a pina colada for more than 5 minutes with Coach Amanda, my daughter Amanda, Dixie and Scotty :)... and I did not get the chance to introduce Coach Amanda and Dixie to one another!!!! but I got to go to Honolulu and meet some amazing people...and run in a freaking MARATHON with dear friends and my daughter by my side. (Seriously, I keep having dreams that we are on vacation at a beach...and I NEVER MAKE IT TO THE BEACH!!!)

No, I did not get to truly enjoy or savor the after marathon glory...as seriously folks, I was miserable from the digestive issues but I RAN A FREAKING MARATHON!!!!!!!!!!! and although it was not pretty...I hope that I inspired some people along the way by keeping it real and staying true to myself!!! 

No, 2015 was NOT the year I had hoped and 2016 has not been either....the digestion issues have continued to this day, my body has not been the same, my Hashimoto's has been tough to get under control.....BUT I am listening to my body better, I am finally back to run/walking 2 miles 3 times a week!!!! 

My main regret that haunts me to this day...was not being able to be with Dixie at the start of the race as we ALWAYS do and get my DIXIE HUG...and we did not get to see each other at the end of the race or meet up that day at all.  That weighs huge on my heart.  (But, I did get to go cheer her on as she ran her 2nd full freaking marathon this fall...and I GOT to hug her at the start, cheer her on, support her and hug her like crazy at the end!!!!) LOVE YOU DIXIE.

Will I run another FULL MARATHON? YES!!! I will!! But it won't be for a while. Must take care of me and my body, plus life at our shop is so busy I just honestly don't have the time...and my hubs still hasn't recovered fully....seriously friends...when you run a marathon you MUST consider the toll it takes on your spouse!!!  Just keeping it real.  

However, I WILL train again for more half marathons.  Those are my favorite and I am hoping to run one in the spring of 2017!!!!!!! 

As my dear Coach Amanda says... FORWARD IS A PACE!!!!!!! And I AM A FREAKING MARATHONER!!! Time to go find myself something special that says it!! :) 

Much love to you all

Jodi 

My SOUL has a HOME :) Does yours?

Hey everyone.  

Other than your physical home you live in, do you have a place where you can go that just feels right? Where you just feel like you belong? Where your SOUL feels at HOME?

It has taken me a while to find mine...and to realize where that place is but over the last year or so I have known without a doubt.

For me, mine is Dr. Dixie's yoga studio.  Yep!! Sound strange? Maybe to some of you but I bet to others not so much.

My daughter Amanda and I started taking yoga classes from Dr. Dixie starting with her very first class a few years ago.  I started out just going to support my friend and to help with stretching out this body and to help with my yoga.  I had no other intentions than that.

To my surprise, over the course of the years....yoga has become a part of me and a part of my soul.  There are so many different types of yoga out there and I truly believe you have to keep trying to find the one that FITS YOU! I find myself yearning to learn more about the yoga philosophy and how to apply it on and off the mat.  

During the first few years I rarely missed a class but unfortunately over the last year my attendance has not been the best due to various reasons {excuses}-depends on how you look at them!

However....the minute I walk into the studio, I feel at home and like I have never left. Our yoga kula {family} is amazing...always welcoming with smiles and jokes and occasionally a few hugs.  My soul is so happy there, I feel so protected and loved and at peace......

YOGA is my home {and running of course too!!}...and Dr. Dixie's yoga studio and our amazing kula are the HOME for my SOUL as well!! 

Thank you to Dr. Dixie, my daughter and all of our yoga kula for creating such an amazing HOME :) 

My wish is for all of you to have a HOME for YOUR soul....

Much love to you all 

Jodi

DO YOU HAVE A PLACE YOU CAN CALL HOME FOR YOUR SOUL? TELL ME ABOUT IT!

 

Christmas Socks Rock Challenge 2016

#CHRISTMASSOCKSROCKCHALLENGE2016

#CHRISTMASSOCKSROCKCHALLENGE2016

It's that time again!!! Time to bring out that inner child to celebrate the CHRISTmas season :) 

If we all could see the world through eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything. ~Chee Vai Tang

For the past few years, a few of us have come together and had some fun...by wearing Christmas socks or warm fuzzy socks every day through December!! Just because we can!

No, you do not need to run out and buy 31 pairs of Christmas socks or warm fuzzy socks to participate! {Although 3 new pair may or may not have jumped into my shopping cart at Shopko yesterday :) } Use what you have.  Be creative.  Make your own :) 

Here are the rules:
* Each day you wear a pair of Christmas socks of warm fuzzy socks, post a picture to Facebook and tag me {Jodi Tivey} in it so I can see your socks and/or post a picture to Instagram using #CHRISTMASSOCKSROCKCHALLENGE2016. 
*Comment here or email me at jativey@gmail.com to let me know you want in on the challenge so I can keep track of everyone!
That's it!! Keeping it simple!! Just have fun!! 

As an added bonus, there WILL be prizes this year!!! {If anyone would like to donate a prize that would be great!!! Just contact me at jativey@gmail.com!!} 

Prizes will be given at the end of the challenge and will be given for:

* FUNNIEST SOCKS

* MOST DAYS WEARING SOCKS AND POSTING

* MOST FESTIVE SOCKS

* UGLIEST SOCKS {Be sure to tell us this is your UGLY SOCK ENTRY when you wear them so we don't hurt your feelings and pick the wrong pair!!} 

Let the fun begin!!!!!

Jodi

 

 

 


 


 

I'm back....AGAIN :)

Hey everyone!! Boy, I have no idea when my last post was...but the main thing is, I am back yet again!!! Hopefully this streak lasts longer!!

For those who have followed over the years, I used to blog over at TouchingYourHeart.net and now I have started a new one!  Unfortunately, at this point I cannot access any of my old posts but am hoping to still get back in there! So, for my newbies, check out my ABOUT section to see what I'm all about!

I know it's going to take time to get my followers over to this one and to build up my following but that's okay.  Sometimes a fresh start is a good thing!! And please bear with me as I get this blog looking how I want it to!! 

To update you on where I am now compared to the last time I likely posted...I can tell you not much has changed :) Hubs and I are still running our glass shop and we are still loving on our daughter, son in law and granddaughter!! 

I have had some health issues that have kept me from running and practicing yoga how I want over the last 2 years since my marathon in Honolulu in December 2014 but this last month my daughter Amanda and I have slowly started back up following the C25K program by running/walking and it feels great...no watch, no pace per mile, no heart rate, no nothing...just listening to the C25K app and running/walking just because!!  Not gonna lie...I am craving a LONG run terribly....like a 10+ miler...!!! And I cannot wait to get back to training for my next half!! Hopefully in the Spring of 2017! 

Amanda and I have also started a Let's Get Moving 5am Run/Walk Club that locals can join in person or anyone can join virtually!! Just email me at jativey@gmail.com or find me on Facebook at Jodi Tivey or JodiTivey.com for details! 

As far as yoga, my heart is still there and I must admit it's been hard feeling like I have had to start over but it's all good! I'm attending class mainly once a week and every once in a while I manage a second class! However, having to step back has made me refocus on proper form, alignment and quite honestly, the emotional/spiritual part has come into full play even more than before and I love it!! 

I think that about wraps it up...looking forward to reconnecting with you all and meeting new "friends".  Please feel free to share this blog with anyone you think might be interested!

This blog has been and will always be my therapy...and I hope in turn I can do the same for you...whether it means just bringing a smile to your face or brightening your day!!! If I can touch one person...it's all worth it and my heart is happy!!

Much love to you all!

Jodi