The Final Countdown (Marathon Countdown, that is) and a GIVEAWAY!

2 months from today, I will be well on my way to finishing the TCS New York City Marathon. Wowzers. Never ever did I think I would be training for a Marathon. I fell in love with running only a short 3 years ago. I fell fast and hard and that got me this…

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Yup, That was me. 2 Years ago. Much like my love for running,  I was training fast and hard and I wasn’t training smart. That landed me a really pretty leg accessory. Not only was it the most expensive “shoe” I’ve ever bought, It’s a situation I never want to be in again.

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After recovering from my stress fracture, I knew I had to start running smarter. I did some research, and that’s when I discovered the awesomeness that is ProCompression. Holy Smokes Batman…Game.Changer.

Let me tell you why I choose ProCompression, then I’ll tell you all about the PC Advantage and THEN you can enter for a chance to win a FREE pair of socks from the amazing folks over at ProCompression.
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It is very rare that you will see me running without a pair of ProCompression socks on. I have purchased many of pair (3 to be exact) of ProCompression Marathon Socks on my own dime before the nice folks over at ProCompression sent me a pair to review. For me, after my stress fracture I needed something protecting my legs and feet. These Marathon Socks have become my security blanket. Not only do I NEED them for the circulation and protection as well as the recovery aid that they provide me, I’ve also gotten to where I can’t or don’t like to run without them. As I am entering the final countdown of this marathon training, I can’t imagine training without ProCompression.
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Here are all the logistical details about ProCompression:

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Done…I’m sold. Are you?? I just got finished with my longest run yet.. 18 LONG miles! I was so excited to pull out my August Sock of the Month to tag along with me. {by the way, if you sign up for ProCompression emails, you can get in on their Sock of the month fun, too} I’d say we managed quite well…
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Also, Pro Compression just recently came out with a brand new women’s legging that I have every intention of finishing my marathon in. I can’t wait to get my hands on them!!

Have you tried ProCompression? Do you want to? Comment below and share with me your running MUST HAVE and you could win a FREE pair of Marathon Socks!! hashtag, winning 🙂

XOXO,
Paige

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Friday’s Five

1. This Happy in Memphis video that makes me…Happy!

2. Getting into the TCS NYC Marathon.

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You can read all about it here.

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I still can’t believe it’s really happening.

3. Partnering up with Nuun to review their newly released Nuun energy. I can’t wait to try it!!

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4. Our home for the last week:

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As many of you know we sold our house. You can read about it here. The home selling process was a breeze. Lucky us! The home buying process has been close to a nightmare. We are moving to a very competing and sought after area of town. We have had offers and contracts on 3 different houses. We are finally set to close on our fingers and toes crossed new home next Wednesday. Needless to say we will walk away from this a much closer family. Literally and figuratively. 5 people, 1 room. Memories.

5. A blessing in disguise…

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Even though I’ve had my fair share of complaints about our current living situation, I am so grateful for these precious moments we are getting as a family. Love.

XOXO,
Paige

That time I cried at Chick-Fil-A…

Hi! My name is Paige, and I’m a dreamer. If you don’t believe me just ask my parents. I’ve been coming up with crazy stuff since 1988, y’all. I am the first to admit that I set crazy high some may say unrealistic expectations for myself. Oh well. Let me get corny for a second.. What’s that quote?

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Yup, that’s me!

Anyway… back to crying in Chick-Fil-A. If you’ve been following sanity amongst chaos for a while, then you’ve more than likely read my running story. I sat on my couch 7 months pregnant when I wrote that I wanted to run a full marathon in 2014. There she goes again, dreamin’. Well as if training and running a full marathon isn’t enough let’s just set that goal a little higher. I want to run the New York City Marathon. Ha! Silly girl, that’s reaching for the moon. After doing lots of research I knew I would never qualify. I’m a mediocre runner. I know that. I did find out that if you enter into the lottery 4 years in a row then you are guaranteed a spot the 5th year. Awesome.. That seems reasonable enough, right? So 4 MONTHS (December 2013) ago I sat at my computer and put my name in the lottery. They charged my card $5 and that was that. Fast forward to last night. Me, the husband and the kiddos were sitting down at chick-fil-a for dinner. Letting the kids play out their last bit of energy for the day and enjoying our time together. Will got up to take #2 to the restroom so I decided to check my email. And low and behold…

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Holy crap! Jaw drop to floor… Does that say that I just got into the New York City Marathon on my FIRST try!!! Cue waterworks. Will gets back to the table all but thinking someone had died for me to push my phone over to him for him to see it for himself! I think we both kind of freaked out a little. For ANY runner this is a huge deal.. But for us mediocre runners, this is once in a lifetime! I am so excited!!! I often wear many hats.. Will’s Wife, Hayden, Kash and Dixie’s Mom, so and so’s friend etc… But this is my hat. Paige, NYC Marathoner. Has a nice ring to it, right??! Now don’t get be wrong.. I may be crawling across that finish line. But I will be there. This small town girl originally from Mississippi will be a NYC Marathon Finisher. Wow!!

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(and not to mention I have really cool friends that show up to bootcamp the day after with awesome shirts like this.)

So… I hope you will join me on this journey. I will be blogging my way to and through the NYC Marathon as I train and countdown to November 2nd.

I can’t wait!!

As one of my favorite Brooks T-shirt says… Run Happy!

XOXO,
Paige

My Running Story

“Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never out run your joy of running!”
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2011:

I have NEVER been a runner, nor would I consider myself an athlete. If you would have told me 2 years ago I would have ran 2 half marathon’s by 2013 I would have laughed at you. After moving to Memphis and realizing what a huge running community is here, I couldn’t help but get the running fever. I didn’t know that I would ever consider myself a “runner” but the race atmosphere seemed really fun and it’s something I thought I would give a try. Who knew I’d fall in love?? I became borderline obsessed with running and still am 2 years later. Starting wasn’t easy and I have had many bumps in the road that have halted my running. I’ve hit walls mentally and physically, I’ve learned so much about myself through running and I have met some of the greatest people. Running is more than just a hobby, It’s really changed my life in so many ways.

I started running in May of 2011, 5 months post baby number 2. I was still not down to my pre-pregnancy weight and like I said before, not a natural athlete. So, running was hard. There were times I thought I couldn’t make it back home, or to the finish line. But I did, and I kept at it and It got better and easier and every run was a little bit more satisfying than the one before. As you’ll see below my first 5K was horribly slow. I remember that race and I don’t think I will ever be able to forget it. It was hot and humid and I wondered the whole time why I ever signed up for it. But as you’ll see with every race came a slightly better time and a sense of gratification that is unexplainable. I would now consider myself a “runner”. Me, a runner. Never would have guessed it. I’m even counting down to my first FULL Marathon in December 2014. Wow! If anyone ever tells me they “could never run”, I always say “yes, you can…I couldn’t run either.” Push yourself. You’ll be surprised what that body of yours can do. I know mine sure has surprised me.

Enjoy my ups and downs of races: PR’s (Personal Record), Slow races, Fast races, Injuries, “Just For Fun” races…they are all in there.

Firecracker 5k – July 2011 (37:49)
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Hope 5k – July 2011 (37:28)
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Nightcrawler 5k – July 2011 (37:18)
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Elvis Presley 5k – August 2011 (33:21)
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Chick-fil-a 5K – September 2011 (29:50)
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Cooper Young 4 miler – September 2011 (38:12)
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Lebonheur Pumpkin Run 5k – October 2011 (28:58)
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Gobble Wobble 5k – November 2011 (26:32)
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St. Jude Half Marathon – December 2011 (2:11:56)
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2012:
Valentine’s Day 10K – February 2012 (55:24)
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Move It Memphis 5K – February 2012 (26:39) placed 3rd in age group
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St. Patrick’s Day 5k – March 2012 (28:19)
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Urban Dare – April 2012
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Oak Hall Run for St. Jude – May 2012 (30:16)
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Gibson 5K – June 2012 (28:34)
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Stars and Stripes 5K – July 2012 (28:51)
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Hope 5K – July 2012 (27:48) placed 3rd in age group
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Then, this happened:

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A runner’s worst nightmare, the 2 forbidden words…stress fracture. 4 weeks in a boot and no running for 8 weeks. Talk about humbling. I cried like a baby in the doctor’s office when he told me I was going to be put in a boot. I didn’t understand why this happened to me? I was running better than I ever had. Why?? I was so frustrated with my body because my heart was still “in it”. But, I did it. 8 weeks, no running. It as so tough and I learned to challenge my body in different ways. I worked out 5 days a week for those 8 weeks, picking up new classes at the gym that I never would have tried before. I learned that it isn’t always about what I want or my plans that sometimes our bodies just say STOP and we have to listen.
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After a 3 month “race break”:

 The Color Run – October 2012
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St. Jude Half Marathon – December 2012 (2:10:25)
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2013:

I found out I was pregnant with number 3, 3 days after running the half marathon. Guess I can mark “run a half marathon while pregnant off my bucket list”. 🙂 So, needless to say 2013 has been filled with baking a baby and a pregnancy that halted my running around the 5 1/2 month mark. Race season is in full swing and I am looking forward to joining in on the madness again once Dixie arrives in late July.

**updated January 2014**

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 Cooper Young 4 miler – September 2013 (40:52)

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Turkey Trot 4 miler Turkey Leg Relay – November 2013 (34:12)

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New Orleans Rock n Roll Half Marathon – January 2014 (2:13:15)

 

 

What’s your running story??

 

XOXO,

Paige

Pickles, a Luncheon, a Blackout and a Memory

Friday’s Workout:

Ran 1.07 miles on TM

1% incline 6.0 speed

averaged a 9:22 minute mile

Music: Rolling in the Deep (Adele) , As Long As You Love Me (Justin Bieber), Hold Us Together (Matt Maher)

60 min. Pilates class

Shoes: Adidas Marathon 10

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PICKLES!! I have turned into a pregnant cliche. I am craving pickles like never before. I didn’t eat the typical “pregnant stuff” with the boys so having this intense craving for pickles is very new to me. I finished off a whole jar on Friday (15 pickles for myself with the husband eating 2). I’m sure there are plenty of things wrong with this but it gave me comfort in the fact that they are 0 calories.

Saturday:

No workout – Rest Day

As most of you know by now, my cousin is getting married! YAYYY!!! I have been traveling a lot lately for showers and such but this past Saturday’s shower was by far my favorite. A sit down luncheon at The Gallery Restaurant in Merigold, MS with a McCarty Pottery shower to follow. HEAVEN!

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McCartys • 101 Saint Mary Street • Merigold Ms. • phone: 662.748.2293

http://www.mccartyspottery.com/

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I didn’t snap a picture until after I had already downed the homemade vegetable soup. Delicious.

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The lunch was almost too pretty to eat but tasted even better than it looked!

mccartys-chocolate-cobbler-8750Homemade Chocolate Cobbler to finish things off. Yes Ma’am.

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After the lunch and shower we were able to go across the street to the McCarty store. Walls and walls of McCarty Pottery. Pinch Me.

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If you ever find yourself in the Mississippi Delta, add this place to your to do list. It doesn’t disappoint.

From a nice Luncheon surrounded by pottery to a quick trip back to Memphis for a 1 and 3 yr old birthday party. Just another day in the life.

Sunday:

After church and lunch we headed to the park to meet up with one of our favorite families, The Baker’s. The men and boys hung out at the park while Courtney and I went for a nice 3 mile run/walk.

Ran 2.02 miles against the wind

19:02 minutes averaging a 9:25 minute mile.

followed by a 1 mile walk back to the boys

It was such a pretty afternoon yesterday and we both enjoyed the conversation much more than the run.

(Shoes: Asics.*below*  Not sure the details on these but they are my favorite outdoor running shoes. I will get the info and update soon.)

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My scratches that I got on our run. Completely self inflicted. 😦 But I’ve enjoyed complaining about it to Will.

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The boys sliding at the park. Smiles all around!

After leaving the park we made a quick stop by Courtney’s Grandmother’s house to pick up this little chunk of heaven:

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Is your mouth watering yet?! I had text CB a few weeks back telling her how much I was craving one of her grandmother’s homemade pecan cakes and her precious grandmother made me one. My friends rock!!! I also picked up a jar of her homemade sugar and garlic marinated pickles while we were there. AMAZING!! I tried prying the cake recipe out of her but it was one of those oh its so easy I don’t even measure recipes. We will get it out of her one day…i’m determined.

Seems like there was something else important going on yesterday besides running and cake. Oh yeah, The SuperBowl/BeyonceBowl. You pick. Having two Memphians to root for, Micheal Oher – also a former rebel HOTTY TODDY and Morgan Cox, we were going for the Ravens. ( http://wreg.com/2013/02/03/mid-south-players-shine-in-super-bowl-spotlight/ ) Looks like we picked the right team to cheer for!

Let’s be honest, not having a dog in the race, so to speak, I was really just watching for the commercials and my girl Beyonce. The commercials disappointed me a bit as I wasn’t blown away by most of  them but that halftime preformance was the best I had seen in years. Flawless.

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Destiny’s Child.. WHAT?!?! Icing on the cake. Perfection.

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After the big performance, was the big blackout. Please explain to me how during  the biggest televised event of the year, the lights go out? Shouldn’t they have thought about this?! I would be really interested in knowing the ratings numbers before vs. after the blackout. As for me I took a bath and a phenergan and “blacked out” haha. I asked Will if the Ravens won during one of my many nighttime bathroom trips. He said yes, I slept peacefully.

Our SuperBowl Spread:

Cocktail Wieners

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1 lb cocktail wieners
1 cup bbq sauce
1 cup grape jelly

Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 2 hrs or place all ingredients in large pot and cook on low for 1 hour.

Skinny Pimento Cheese

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Recipe posted here: https://sanityamongstchaos.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/skinny-pimento-cheese/

White Rotel Dip

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Block of Cream Cheese

Can of Rotel

1 lb. Breakfast Sausage

I brown the sausage in skillet on the stove top. Drain. Return Sausage to pan and add softened cream cheese and Rotel. Let simmer until creamy or desired consistency. Serve warm with Fritos or Tortilla Chips.

Hot Bacon and Swiss Dip

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1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. Mayo
4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
2 tbsp. green onion slices
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled

Mix all ingredients together. Bake on 350 until Bubbly.

Serve with Ritz.

We snacked so much yesterday afternoon that we just skipped dinner altogether. oops.

Today’s Workout:

Ran 1.0 miles on TM

1 % incline 6.5 speed

averaged a 9:15 minute mile

Music: Free To Be Me (Francesca Battistelli), Run For Life (Melissa Etheridge), Call Me Maybe (Carley Rae Jepsen)

60 min. Spin Class

40 min. Core Ball Class

Shoes: Adidas Marathon 10

On a slightly different note, I can’t write a whole blog post on February 4th without mentioning my precious Mamaw Dixie. Today marks 5 years at around this exact time that I am typing that she went to be with the Lord. I miss her every single day. Unless you knew her, words cannot possibly explain the impact she had on this world and all those that she touched in it. You can choose to be sad or  you can choose to be happy. Today, I choose to be happy. Happy for the memories, Happy for the times I did have and Happy for the privilege not only to say that I knew her but to live in her legacy.

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2 Corinthians 1:5-7
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

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She was so excited to become a “Great-Grandmother” . During my 36 hours of labor that went well into the midnight hours, she did not leave that hospital. The picture below was taken around 4 in the morning when we finally got to meet our sweet Hayden Alexander. She kept telling him I am your “GREAT” Grandmother, saying GREAT louder than the rest. She was so proud.

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Hayden and I talked about her this morning, I was telling him how much she loved him. Though my kids may never know her, I pray that they will know her in memory. In that sweet 5 year old voice all he said was “Mommy, she was pretty. Can I have cereal now?” Yes, yes she was bud and yes, you can. 🙂 May your day be filled with the innocence of a child.

“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

P.S. I’m working on my February Meal Plan. Look for it this week.

XOXO,

Paige

Back At It: Today’s Workout

Hello 14 weeks! Although, I am still sick most days, I am slowly starting to feel a little bit more like myself and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I went straight from Half-Marathon training, to running the St. Jude Half-Marathon December 1st, to finding out I was pregnant 3 days later. I forced myself to continue doing something throughout the first trimester and I did manage a workout or run 3-5 days a week the first 12 weeks. But, NOTHING like I am used to doing and I am so glad to start back on the workout grind again, for many different reasons… #1 I LOVE MY GYM #2 I love the people I work out with. It really has become like a big extended family and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. #3 2 hours worth of a babysitter EVERYDAY! SCORE!!!! #4 I like the way it makes me feel. The scale is steadily climbing in the upwards direction, but when I get that daily workout in, it makes seeing those numbers climb a little less painful.

Here is what I did today:

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*Disclaimer: I often screen shot workouts I find on pinterest on my phone instead of pinning them. This means I have no idea who or where they come from. I do not take credit in anyway for this workout or any other screen shots I may post. Luckily this one says it is from fitfabcities.com with whom I give full credit.

I LOVE a pinterest workout! I have found so many good ones lately, that I can’t wait to share. I got to the gym about 8:30 this morning in time to get a spin number and set up for my FAVORITE spin class that starts at 9:00. After setting up my bike, I did this “Tank Top Arms” workout shown above. I used 10 pound free weights when needed.

Music: Pandora – Contemporary Christian

After completing the arm workout I had about 10 minutes before class started. So, I headed on over to the Treadmill (TM).

Ran on TM:

1% incline – 7.0 mph for 1 mile.

Averaging an 8:34 mile.

Music: Wild at Heart (Gloriana), Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That (Robert Randolph & The Family Band), This is the Stuff (Francesca Battistelli)

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60 min. spin class

After spin I did 250 ab exercises. 25 of each different move concentrating on upper, lower, and sides. I will have to go into detail about this when I can get some pictures of each one. I usually try to do 500 but I am happy with 250. Ask my friend, Courtney, this core workout is KILLER.

This, only took about 10 minutes.

Music: Pandora – Contemporary Christian

The shoes I wore today were Saucony Grid Profile SKU:7882226 . I have about 4 pairs I switch between. This are a great running and cross training shoe. I have really enjoyed them. You can get them here: http://www.6pm.com/saucony-grid-profile-green-yellow-pink?zfcTest=mat%3A1

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XOXO,

Paige