A nice little surprise…

Happy August! I’m secretly not happy that it’s half of my summer is already over but I guess that means I need to make the most of it;)

Anywho… I got a nice little surprise today in the mail…

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I had no idea that I had placed in my age group so when this arrived I was over the moon. Training has been rough this summer and every once in a while we need little reminders of are awesomeness…. This little gem could not have had better timing.

This gave me a giant kick in the pants saying “You’ve got this! Get your but in gear.” So my goal this weekend is to get out there and run a really long run! Last week I did 9… This week I’d like to get at least 12… Fingers crossed!!!

What up Wednesday… On Thursday

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I’m sorry I missed my what up Wednesday but I was uber busy yesterday… I tried three different times yesterday to get a post up, and at the end of the day it just didn’t happen:/ However, I DID get some rest lastnight with some help of melatonin (thanks friends)….

1. It’s almost August! That means my summer is half over:( It also means this little guy is started Pre-K in the fall!

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I can’t believe that I have a child in school! I swear time flies once you have kids… But I am truly excited for him to start the next phase of his life, make new friends, and learn new things! I’m also super excited about the back to school shopping, I’m not going to lie it’s one of my favorite times of the year!

2. Tomorrow marks the first day of August… You know what that means?!

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A. Stick to my training plan! I thought it would be easier in the summer, turns out I’m having a harder time following my training schedule now than in the spring:(

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B. Do Piyo once a week… My friend Rae is a beach body coach and she swears by it! I don’t like lifting weights and I’ve read this really helps with strength and flexibility… So for the month of August I’m going to try it at LEAST once a week:)

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C. Eat healthier! I’ve been eating a lot of junk lately, and my skin and body are showing it:/ I’m not saying I’m not going to eat any more junk food but I want to limit it and put more good stuff and H2O in my body…. I hate water, does anyone have any helpful hints to fancy it up?!

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I didn’t want to go over board with goals for august because it IS another crazy busy month… AND I have marathon goals (that I will be sharing soon) that I don’t want to suffer…..

3. It’s going to be a rainy weekend so I think we are going to start Brady’s school shopping ( I don’t know why I’m sooo excited about this! But I know he’s going to look sooo cute with a giant book-bag walking into school). Then I think we will take him to this new indoor trampoline park.. Fun for him, fun for us:) (also workout for me…triple win)

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What up on your Thursday?!
What are some of your August goals?

This runner don’t sleep…

Hello, my name is Tantra and I’m an insomniac…

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It’s at it’s worse in the summer…I think it’s because I have more time to think and dwell and worry… In the last two nights I have gotten a total of about 3.5 hours of sleep. All I do is toss and turn until I either break out the iPad or turn on the TV. I don’t need a crazy amount of sleep to function but I DO need sleep…because with out it I’m cranky, irritable, and obviously tired:/ I’m feeling like bad mommy right now…

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Running is such a big part of my life and I’m seriously concerned that this is effecting my training. I have read many articles including this one on sleep and excercise.

Any other insomnics out there? Anyone else deal with a similar problem? If so how did you fix it?

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It’s a mental game….

Saturday was spent at my aunts BBQ…. I know it sounds weird, but I actually don’t like food most foods made on the grill, but I love all of the sides: watermelon, corn on the cobb, salads, chips and dips…. I literally ate all day…and of course took a selfie…

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Brady had so much fun playing with all of my cousins kids and by the time we left they were exhausted…

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I woke up Sunday morning ready to run but true to the theme of. Y last two weeks, it did not go as planned. We had some running around to do and by the time I actually could potentially fit it in, it was already 7pm…. That’s the bonus of summer time: longer days.

Yesterday, I had a running partner…

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And while I was initially excited, it soon became a mental game that I just couldn’t couldn’t win. Michael has not run in ages so I was excited that he signed on to do my 10 mile run with me. My goal of running with him was to help me improve, push the pace… Well the opposite happened. By mile one my pace was already WAY off of my typical runs (8:10)… The game had begun…I started pushing the pace, but started losing Michael…so I would drop back. Each mike that passed my times weren’t great… I was getting mad at myself. I had totally lost contact with Michael so at 3.5 mikes (instead of 5) I turned back and picked up Michael. He wasn’t feeling great so I took off to head back home…

It was sooooo humid and my legs started to cramp (another mental strike), so when I got back to the beginning of the trail I decided to add on a loop in town, which only ended up being two miles ( I thought it was longer, so yet another mental strike). I was going to finish on the trail but it’s not well lit and it was getting dark so I just ended it there.

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9 sweaty, disappointing miles! Would I have been as disappointed had I made the full 10? I don’t know, but not hitting my goal really threw me for a loop…mentally.

On our drive home, Michael said “I forgot how mental running is.” All I could say at that point was, ” I was just thinking the same thing.”

I guess there is always next week… Head up, wings out💋

21 things about ME!

A huge thank you to Samantha @ Thefaithfulrunner for this fun idea… As if you didn’t know enough about me already lol… Here’s 21 questions and answers to know even more about ME!

1. Are you named after anyone? Allegedly, I was named after a restaurant… I was going to be an Ashley but my dad seen an ad for “tantra”…

2. When was the last time you cried?
Wednesday when my step mom left

3. Do you have kids? 2…Brady & Ella

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4. If you were another person would you be a friend of yourself?
It depends on the mood I’m in… Lol. If I’m happy and bubbly, yes. If I’m angsty, RUN!

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Me?! NEVER! … Lol

6. Will you ever bungee jump?
Probably not, if much rather go sky diving!

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7. What’s your favorite cereal?
Count Chocula… It’s like Lucky Charms but it’s chocolate!!!!! Yes, I’m like a 5 year old!

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8. What’s the first thing you notice about other people? Their style…. Sorry not sorry, but I love to see what people wear… The good, bad and ugly!

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9. What is your eye color?
I have one dark brown eye and one light brown eye… Cool in theory annoying in reality:(

10. Scary movie or happy endings?
Happy endings all the way… Scary movies give me anxiety!

11. Fav smells?
Summer.. Coconut(think suntan lotion)
Fall… Pumpkin
Winter… Cinnamon
Spring… Vanilla

12. Summer or winter?
Summer all the way! I can’t believe it’s already august!

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13. Computer or TV?
Computer… You can watch TV via computer…the best of both worlds! And what would I do without blogging;)

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14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Hawaii… Even though I lived in London and married in Jamaica… Miles wise I think Hawaii wins;)

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15. Do you have any special talents?
Um… Hello?! Im a superhero;) no but seriously…. I got nothing:(

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16. Where were you born?
Texas🇺🇸

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17. What are your hobbies?
Running, scrapbooking, & party planning

18. Do you have any pets?
Nopes!

19. Favorite movie?
Currently… The Heat

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20. Do you have any siblings?
Well.. I have/ had three half siblings…2 from my mom and one from my dad
(She passed away), but I was raised as an only child

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A good role model/ inspiration to my children, students, and community💋

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Go ahead! Answer one or two or all!

Why would you do that?!

Well, today I did my first track work out… Nothing too nuts but I did it!

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True to the rest of my week, today was another off day. I slept until 9am, that NEVER happens! Of course the day I want to get up and do a work out I can’t drag my lazy but out of bed….

ANYways, I got up to the school and the football team was practicing… I set my goal to only do 4×400 only because I felt weird even being there….I did a mile warm up, 4×400 with a 200meter walk in between…. I’m not going to lie, it was NOT easy! My times were 1:27, 1:26, 1:25, 1:26… Not terrible for my first track workout back and you know what, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself right now… This is just the first of MANY!

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Even though FB practice had ended, there were a few boys flipping tires on the track… They said, “Mrs O’Neil, where you doing 400s?” I said, “I was trying to…” Their response was “why?!” I explained that I was training for a marathon in the fall…. They looked at me and said “why would you do that to yourself!”… I could have went on a long rant of trying to be a good role model and staying healthy, blah blah blah… But I kept it simple with “I love running.” I smiled and said goodbye… Non runners don’t get “why we do this to ourselves”. They don’t understand the feeling you get after a kick a$$ workout or a long run or crossing the finish line or a PR. There’s nothing like it…

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Happy Friday!!!!

Creature of habit

I loved having my step mother here but it completely threw off my entire week. I’m a creature of habit, we wake up, I feed the kids breakfast, I sit down to watch Kelly and Michael and usually start my blogging…. Yeah, there has maybe been one day of normalcy this week and trust me I’m going a bit nutty… I don’t get my runs in, I don’t eat right and I don’t get my blog time which I have figured out is also my therapy lol…

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And today was just as nutty as the rest because Miss Ella had a dermatologist appointment (yes, my 1.5 year old has one and I don’t… Go figure). Which was followed by lunch at Five Guys…. Not my typical lunch but delicious! Sorry no pics because I inhaled it:( I was kind of siked to get home because I was going to leave Ella with my dad and FINALLY put in that track work out…NOPES… The minute Ella seen me put on my sneakers she grabbed the jog stroller and said “walk, walk!” I couldn’t resist her giant, innocent hazel eyes… So I strapped her I and went for three garmin free (which never happens) miles… I ran through my entire pregnancy and she is still my fav running buddy…

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I know I’ve said it everyday this week but I tomorrow Elle is going to daycare, soooo after I drop her off I’m going to bring Brady to my dads and head up to the school….bc whether I like it or not, I have a date with this guy…..

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Are you a creature of habit or a go with the flow kind of person?