Monthly Archives: November 2013

Marathon Monday: Top 10 reasons I’m thankful to train for Nashville

I just want to take a moment to say how thankful I am that I have an opportunity to run a marathon. (SO original for Thanksgiving week, I know.)

10. I get to go to Nashville TN in April!! Apparently it’s a sweet city. Also very hilly.

9. I can eat more candy. and cookies. and cake.  I kinda have a sweet tooth. (Understatement of the day. Read about my $10,000 mouth on my old blog 🙂

8. I have an excuse to drink energy drinks and chocolate milk…and eat more carbs.

7. I am healthy enough to run. I am learning to NEVER take this for granted.

6. I get some really awesome time with the Lord on my runs. I have some awesome worship radio stations on Spotify that pretty much rock. When I’m running at the gym, I usually have to restrain myself from lifting my hands in worship. I also get time to clear my mind, pray, and listen to Matt Chandler and other amazing pastors.

5. My amazing husband (and training partner on the home front) is so supportive. He spends every Saturday morning wrestling around on the floor with our munchkins so that I can go do my long run. He listens to my run-play-by-plays and cheers me on. This is just one of the bagillion reasons why I love him, and why I love the team aspect of marriage.

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4. I’m thankful that I’m becoming more aware of how many people in this world don’t even have clean water. This is why I’m running for Team Compassion in April to raise money to help dig more wells in villages and towns where they STILL WALK MILES for clean water. 2013. Billions being spent on Christmas PRESENTS. Something is messed up with that. Help me meet my goal!! Donate $26.20 TODAY!! (clicking the link to my race page will not MAKE you give the $…but you can see my fundraising progress and read more about my decision to race for Compassion!)

3. Me-Time. It’s easy with kids to feel like I’m always giving out…and in that wonderful process…it’s easy to feel like I’ve lost a little bit of who I am and what I loved to do before kids came along. I used to love running and after taking some time off for fertility reasons, I’m finding that enjoyment through running again. And it rocks.

2. I can run because I’m not trying to get pregnant, and I’m not on bedrest because I’m not pregnant and trying to avoid another miscarriage. HALLELUJAH!!! I took the last 3 years off of intense running/working out because of our difficulty with pregnancies. I am so so so so so thankful that I have (a little) more energy and no stress related to childbearing for the time being. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” -Ecclesiastes 3:1

1. I am shooting for the moon. I love setting goals, but I don’t always love doing all the work it takes to achieve them.

I just read this quote in my planner:

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” -Leon Suenes

I will run 500 miles over the 30 week training period and hopefully run 26.2 on April 26th. Running a marathon is something that always seemed SO unattainable to me, but as corny as it sounds, I’m so proud of myself for even trying! One day at a time… =)

I know you’ve all heard the corny quote, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” Sappy.

But seriously, I’m so happy to even be working toward something this monumental. I have so many friends who have inspired me!! You have graduated medical school, grad school…you have completed marathons…(even the Boston!) You have published books and climbed mountains and passed tests and started businesses….YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION!

Do you have a goal you have always thought about but haven’t started working towards achieving it? Now is the time. SEIZE THE DAY!

Happy Marathon Monday 🙂

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Invention Series Part II: The SMART FRIDGE

“Hello, welcome to your local appliance superstore. Let me introduce you to ‘SMIDGE’, our newest SMART FRIDGE.

-She keeps you on track for your water drinking goals, by reminding you vocally every two hours to drink your 8oz.

-She recognizes when leftovers have started growing bacteria, and disposes of them for you, leaving the bowl in a “clean dishes” side compartment. (Her most far-fetched and highly sought after quality!)

-She has a special awesome-looking beverage compartment for entertaining, and she has speakers that play music based on your mood.

-She also has a wine decanting dispenser next to the water dispenser, of course there is a fingerprint security sensor and quantity-tracking device so you can be sure no one is sneaking wine. 😉

-And to top it all off, the interior is self-cleaning as is her stainless steel exterior.

Smidge can be yours for the low price of…priceless!”

Samsung Side by Side Refrigerators are incredible units, with awesome features like LCD wifi touchscreens

Done. I’ll take 2.

Marathon Monday

I HAVE ALWAYS...(Always as in…since I got to college and was inspired-to-the-core by my spunky, GORGEOUS, incredible holy yoga instructor who taught Zumba, yoga, and ran a marathon while raising 4 girls)

BEEN INSPIRED TO…

RUN

A

MARATHON.

It scares the pants off of me to say it out loud, especially on such a public forum as this, but I figure I can use all the help I can get.

I am running a marathon. (I’ve done three half marathons, and each time at the finish line I said while gasping for air, “I could never do a full.” It’s time now for me to forget those moments and say buh-bye to my negative self-talk.)

Accountability stinking works. So here is what I have in place to keep me from wussing out:

1) The whole world knows. I’m telling everyone so they can send me prayer, positive vibes, energy blocks, and lulu running gear (HA! jk to the lulu gear…sorta).

2) I signed up and paid for the race. I used my beloved slush fund to purchase an “early bird” ticket to the race. April 26th, Nashville Tennessee. Here I come!!

3) I signed up to raise $500 for Team Compassion, specifically their clean water initiative.

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Can you believe that with incredible amount of wealth and waste we existing in the US, there are still thousands of kids who die every day from diseases caused by dirty drinking water? This stat makes me sick to my tummy. For $79 you can provide a child clean drinking water for LIFE. Would you consider giving a gift in someone’s name as their Christmas gift? Maybe you could donate a third of that, $26.2 to represent the 26.2 miles that I’ll be running on April 26th. No pressure, but definitely consider it. You can give here toward my goal. I’m hoping to blow my $500 goal “out of the water” ;o)

I’m reserving Mondays as a day to blog about my running progress. We’ll call it Marathon Monday.

So far in my training for this race, my longest long run was 4.5 miles. It isn’t much yet, but it’s the most I’ve run in a year and a half and it felt AMAZING. (no redbull required…just some awesome neighbors who blessed me by watching the kids while Kev was at a conference so I could run stroller-free!)

I know that finish line will be glorious…but for now, here is to another week hitting the road!

Image(7 weeks down…23 to go! Hal Higdon is walking me through the 30 week NOVICE supreme plan)

 

Any encouragement or advice you have to offer would be MUCHO welcomed! (And don’t forget to visit my Compassion race website!)

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(I saw this deer on my first training run this year, and then I saw another huge, gorgeous deer on my coldest training run yet. It was 15 degrees out.)

Invention Series: Part 1-Teleportation Transportation

Go big or go home. Right? Call me a dreamer, but someone needs to invent a way to TELEPORT (aka: apparate.)

Harry felt Dumbledore‘s arm twist away from him and re-doubled his grip: the next thing he knew everything went black; he was pressed very hard from all directions; he could not breathe, there were iron bands tightening around his chest; his eyeballs were being forced back into his head; his ear-drums were being pushed deeper into his skull.
Harry Potter‘s first experience with Apparition.

Apparition is a magical method of transportation and is basically the magical action of traveling by having the user focus on a desired location in their mind, then disappear from their current location and instantly reappear at the desired location; in short, it is a form of teleportation.

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It would save so much money and be so much safer! We wouldn’t have to worry about cars and planes crashing…we wouldn’t have to worry about wasting our life savings to go visit Europe. We wouldn’t have to drop off and pick up our kids at all zillion of their activities! People who needed to get to the ER immediately would make it in time! Not to mention the INSANE convenience factor. (AHH, I get giddy just thinking about it! NO MORE CARSEATS!)

I understand, you’re probably thinking:

1. Creepers. Don’t think I need to expand on this one.

2. Stealers. people would teleport into venues/bank vaults/back of stores/ etc.

3. ER’s would be packed with people.

4. Jobs lost. HELLO, Liv, Bus drivers? Pilots? TSA people? Cab drivers? (okay, okay, I’ll try to come up with a solution!)

This is what I’m thinking.

There would be “Teleportation Stations”  that you traveled to and from AND IT WOULD ONLY WORK if your trip fell under the jurisdiction of two important rules:

1. Nothing illegal.

2. Nothing immoral. (Subjectivity, schmujectivity).

Everyone working in the transportation industry would just switch jobs into the teleportation industry…or maybe get unemployment for the rest of forever since govt money is free, right?! Maybe you would still have to pay to teleport, depending on how far you were going…(think minimal amounts of money…while we’re at it =). There would be teleportation designers, companies, security, pilots, attendants, etc! As an added plus: obesity would be eliminated because you would still have to walk a lot like they do in Europe and obviously, crime would be eliminated too. See rule #1.

Yeah. It would be sweet. Totally foolproof. Just dream with me for a few minutes would you?!

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My other inventions are less fantasy and more reality…but seriously, how awesome would it be? I thought I would put this idea out there first so the overachievers reading could get to work on it ASAP. You will be rich!

Snitch: A Review

Kev and I are always looking for a good movie or musical to watch. 🙂 I think it’s mostly because we don’t have time for getting into a TV series, plus we like the finality that a movie offers.

Movies that we pick usually have to match this criteria:

-Not Rated R (usually too crude, too sexual, or too violent…we were always left wondering why we watched it. So now we just don’t go there)

-Either action, adventure, romantic comedy, documentary (my fav) or drama if we have heard it’s good. We’re just not into horror, scary or independent films.

-Less than 2.5 hours. Preferably much less (of course it depends on how much time we have before 11pm and we turn into cranky zombies. Okay, that’s me not Kev)

SO, based on that criteria, I rented us a movie to accompany our pizza and candy for Halloween evening 2013. 

I am proud to say that the movie Snitch was a win.

**Of the two of us, I am known for being the bad movie picker. I usually read the back (which makes it sound INCREDIBLE) and pick some off the wall weird low-budget or just obscure movie that we both hate and suffer most of the way through before we realize it just isn’t going to get better. I try to pick “mainstream” movies but it turns out I’m just not up on pop culture and fail about 50% of the time.

But last night it wasn’t a fail! I am so proud to announce that we have a new movie to add to the “great” list. Snitch was definitely on the intense side, but appropriately so because it was Halloween!

The first 2/3 of the movie was SO intense I wasn’t sure I was going to give it a rave review. Like, My heart was literally beating at 130 bpm! I kept turning to Kevin to say, “Please calm me down! I don’t like this at all!” It’s just funny how you can watch movies where tons of people get killed and you’re like “oh that’s sad,” but when you get to know the characters, you just want their lives to be good and happy again!

Gosh, this movie seriously pulls hard on your heartstrings. Without giving too much away, the premise is that a kid gets set up by his drug using/selling friend so that the friend gets a lesser prison sentence. The high school kid goes to prison but refuses to set other people up (like he was) to reduce his sentence length. But his parents and you as a viewer are just SICK about this because he is looking at a MINIMUM prison stay of 10 years, and maximum of 30.

His awesome dad (the Rock) is determined to redeem what had been done to his son, and goes to craaaaazzy lengths to do this. He pesters the US Attorney to allow him to catch other drug dealers so that his son can go free.

It’s just this beautiful picture of a father’s crazy huge love for his son. Always incredibly powerful and moving! (also, they say it’s based on a true story. It seems like Hollywood HAD to embellish it like crazy….big surprise! If they didn’t, that dude in real life is a STUD.)

Unlike books, movies rarely move me on a deeper level to fall in love or emotionally connect with the characters. But this movie was different! You love the characters from the start and it’s just intense and awesome.

Those are the two words I’d give to this movie. You should watch it, but make sure you take your high blood pressure medication first.

*Also recommended is a snuggly blanket, buddy and/or glass of wine.

Enjoy…and then let me know what you think!

~Liv