Renew, Refocus , Run 

   

Obviously I am not the best nor the most consistent blogger, between work, kids, school and running most days it is hard to find time to stop and focus on what I’ve really been up to. While I hate to glorify the word “busy” unfortunately it is what I have been. 2015 was a year full of racing, softball, golf, travel and as crazy as it may sound I don’t regret one bit of it. The only reason I can really say that is because it revealed to me that God wants me to slow down in the new year and really just take my time and focus on him. Now that doesn’t mean I will not run, race less yes, but never run is not an option. It doesn’t mean that work or my kids sports schedules will go away, it doesn’t mean that I will not make time for my friends & family, What it means is that I will base all my decisions, make all my plans in accordance to what he puts in my heart to do. Before I act I will do my VERY best to seek his guidance before responding. My goal for 2016 is to take a side step ( never a step back) and slow it down. My family & I have a few changes in the works for the new year so let’s see what the Big man has in store for us, until then let’s talk about how I plan on ending 2015!

 
  
Last post I had just finished the 135M to the house with my amazing teammates! I have to admit I hope that event gets put on my 2016 schedule but not making any plans just yet. Weekend after 135M I was running yet another half marathon, Judgement Day, this one was to finish up a 3 race series called The Soul Series and I am proud that I finished this one strong! Matter of fact I PR’d once again! Came in at 2:20:05, this race for me was all around a great race, I was running with my very good friend Katrina AKA @rojasruns the weather was perfect, it sprinkled a few times and I felt GREAT! I didn’t plan  on trying to PR but once we got to that 10 mile mark I knew If I pushed I would and I DID!

   

  
  
  You know the whole “ I am crazy and I will say it more than a million times in my blog and I already told you so ” well the very next weekend after judgement day, I was off to South Lake Tahoe to run in The lake Tahoe marathon weekend. 5k on Saturday & half on Sunday! This race weekend was all about having fun & enjoying the scenery, no need to push it and enjoy the time with my friends which is exactly what I did…. My husband also ran the 5k & the 10k on Sunday, I LOVE LOVE LOVE when he runs with me. We love Tahoe it is one of our favorite vacation destinations! This is a place that you go to and make big decisions with your important people… For instance I’m pretty sure my sole sister and I decided to run a Full in 2016! Say whattttt… More details to come on that as I stated before I’m going to pray about it and make sure this is “my” time. 

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

We thankfully got a nice little break before the next softball tournaments & race days. Plus my babygirl and I were gearing up for the Halloween Monster Mash 5k & Kids races! This fun race took place on Halloween day and luckily she only had to run for 1:42 to earn her bling, unlike me who had to run a 5k =) We had fun and got to run in costume! She was Wonder Woman, & I along with my friends/co-workers decided to dress up as insects….. bumble bee, black widow, lady buy, butterfly & caterpillar! SO MUCH FUN!

  

    
    
   
And then the very next day, I ran a half marathon………….. AND PR’d 2:19:29 – 2 cities half marathon. I ran this race with my sole sister back in 2014 and it was one of our best ran races, we trained properly, we followed our intervals and we just really enjoyed it and at that time it was a PR for me as it was my second Half marathon ever. We finished in a very proud 2:32:01. So this year I was given the opportunity to run it last minute and I shaved off approx. 13 minutes from 2014 and 35 seconds give or take off of judgment day. Again, I think when I tell myself I have no intention to PR is when I run my best races! Something about not having that pressure on you…..

  

    
   
Because the very next weekend I ran Big Sur Half and there was NO PR, In my head I said it, but when I got there I was like this course is FAR too beautiful to just run right past it, so instead I took photos, I took videos, I enjoyed every single step of this race! It was hilly and not what I expected and I was still able to pull in a 2:20:21 finish time. Not too shabby aye…..

  

    
    
    
    
   
Not to mention my friends ran their VERY FIRST half marathon! Once I crossed, my family & I were anxiously waiting their finish and THEY DID IT! Really excited for them and looking forward to seeing them at the next half! I always tell people your first race should not ever be about time, it should be about the experience. Running 13.1 miles is no joke and all of our bodies react differently. Save the race pace for the next one, when you know what to expect.

  Congratulations Michelle & Sean !!! #peasandcarrots 

   
I am resting my legs the next few weeks, taking it easy and gearing up for my last race of the season. Walnut Creek Half marathon. This race will end my season with a 7 race medal that I am very excited about, I have been chasing a downhill PR since March 2015 ( heavenly Half) trying to prove to MYSELF that I can run that on a flat course. My goal for walnut creek is to come in at 2:18 or less.

 

The end of the year, finishing these races is a HUGE accomplishment for me. Some people may see it as an act of attention by posting all my feed & my runs on Facebook or Instagram. All the while there may be those select few that see it as inspiration…… I am someone who is actually doing something that I thought I could never be able to do, or ever dreamed I WOULD be doing. Either way I see it as MOTIVATION, motivation to keep going. Because one day I will not be able to run, and today my friends is NOT that day.

  

 Don’t ever let anyone hold you down from being what God intended you to be, even the ones you love or close friends may say something hurtful whether it be intentionally OR unintentionally, They won’t always understand your journey and that’s ok because it is not for them. It doesn’t mean they do not love or care for you. So just keep doing what you are doing. Do not be discouraged. Be the light and trust the struggle.
I look forward to letting you know if I hit my PR goal, and what comes of this whole marathon crazy talk … I think I’m ready but I’m so on the fence. So keep us in prayer ! And thank God for my sole sister Cheryl who is just as crazy as I am! I love her for that ! 

  

 

Whelp, my friends I think I got you all caught up now. I hope you can take something from this read and turn it into something good. Have a great week and a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

 

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:15-18  

  

  

 

Peace, Love & Running…..

Chelly 

#onebadmotherrunner

#earnednevergiven 

#bear97 

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