Week in Review: Dec. 18 – 24


What a weird week! I’ve been feeling sick lately after I eat and very tired, so I went to the doc and had some blood work done on Thursday. Despite the fatigue, I got my 3 runs and 2 bikes in! My rest days just ended up being back to back instead of spaced apart.

Here’s how it went…

Sunday – Ran 3.1 miles in the morning before getting ready for a family Christmas party.

Monday – Rest day.

Tuesday – I fully intended on running 5 miles today. Didn’t happen 😬. Our builder was here all day (unexpectedly), and got the insulation and drywall up for my home gym.🎉 Drywall finishers might take a bit to get here, but pretty excited we have walls! I had them leave that big beam exposed…thinking of hanging race bibs there (and one other wall). Or getting a motivational quote decal for it. I haven’t decided yet. 

Wednesday – Ended up running 5 miles outside in my “winterized” shoes (aka duct tape running shoes) 😂. I’m laughing, but y’all need to try this!! I had such warm toasty toes, which normally never happens.

Thursday – I biked 10 miles between my doctors appointment and my daughter’s Christmas party at school! So happy I was able to get it in. I wasn’t sure how long my appointment would take. I have to wait about 4 weeks before I hear the food sensitivities results. Ironically, I started feeling tons better after the appointment. Doesn’t it always happen that way? Pay for appointment and then instantly feel better 😝. But, the mass amounts of different food over Christmas Eve and Christmas did me in. Back to the yucky feeling. This gives me hope though because I think the diet was working because I finally started feeling normal right before Christmas.

Friday – Ran 7 miles total (but split up between outside and the treadmill because I had to rush home to be here when our new shed was delivered).

Saturday – Happy Christmas EVE!! ❤️🎄🎅💚 Biked 45 minutes on the trainer before another family Christmas party.

While I keep up with this blog and my Instagram page mostly to keep myself motivated, I sure do appreciate all your comments! Thanks for following my journey here and on IG! Merry Christmas to you all!


2016 Goal Review

Towards the end of 2015 I set some goals for the races I planned on doing in the new year, as well as some weekly goals of running 3x a week and biking 1-2x a week. I also had a few general goals of staying healthy with minimal injuries.

The year had a rocky start with me battling shin splits due to trying out a new pair of shoes that weren’t right for me, as well as getting frostbite on my toes 😱. All this happened right before my first race of the year, so I didn’t run for two weeks before the race. I was very nervous about how I’d feel. Everything worked out though. The shin splints turned out to be one of only two injuries I faced this year. The second was my bursitis flair up after the marathon. I’m still amazed that my husband and I both made it through training without injury.🤗 For me, two injuries in a year with a total of 3 weeks off from running was definitely considered ‘minimal’.👍🏼
Here’s a run down on my time goals I had set.


Disney Princess Half Marathon


  • Goal 1: Break 2:18:31 (PR) — Check! Official time of 2:16:13
  • Goal 2: Break 2:10:47 (9:59 pace) – Missed
  • Goal 3: Break: 2:08:49 (9:50 pace) – Missed


Gazelle Girl Half Marathon

  • Goal: I registered for this race last minute (4 days before the race) and had no time goals – I ended up breaking my half PR from Disney with a 2:14:01 and was pretty happy with that!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon

  • Goal: Just have fun and stick with my mom for the race. – I probably had the most fun during this race because I wasn’t pushing my pace and I really took in the scenery. It was a blast and I’m glad I could run with my mom! It was still a PR  for me too for the half course at 2:27:23 (11:15 pace), as the first time I did it back in 2014 with my mom we did it in 2:32:09 (11:37 pace).


River Bank Run 25k

  • Goal 1: Break 2:52:03 (PR) – Check!
  • Goal 2: Break 2:39:13 (10:15 pace) – Check! 2:39:01 official time!
  • Goal 3: Break 2:34:44 (9:59 pace) – Missed. Still chasing a sub 10 pace for a half and 25k.

The River Bank 25k turned out to be a huge confidence booster. I ran my fastest half during the race (Garmin said 2:11:35), and ended up slowing the last 2.5 or so miles but finished in 2:39:01. I was pretty happy with my effort and time.


Holland 100

So this isn’t running, and it wasn’t in my original goals post, but I ended up signing up for a 100 mile bike ride with my husband. We completed all 100 miles, which was my goal. In all honesty, it was something that I’ll probably never do again. I really like the 50 or less mile rides, and less hilly is definitely more enjoyable. It felt pretty amazing to finish though, despite the anticlimactic ending.

Trout-a-rama 5k

This race was the weekend after the Holland 100 and I didn’t have on my list, but ended up adding it a bit later into the year. My main goal was to place (it’s a super small race – I had 8 women in my age group). So, I was thrilled to get a 1st place AG win even though my time was a hair slower than last year. My husband got 2nd in his AG! 🙂


Mackinac Island 8 mile

  • Goal 1: Break 1:17:57 (PR) – Missed with official time of 1:17:59 (so close!)
  • Goal 2: Break 1:17:12 (9:39 pace) – Missed.

Considering most of my miles run around this time were the long slow ones for marathon training, I am not surprised at all that I missed this. Disappointed, yes. But not really surprised. Next year I WILL break that time! I had a great time during the race, as I always do though.


Grand Rapids Marathon

  • Goal 1: Break 5:50:03 (PR) -Check!
  • Goal 2: Break 5:00 (11:27 pace) – Check!
  • Goal 3: Break 4:45 (10:52 pace) – Check! Official time of 4:43:26 🙌🏼

Ending the racing season with this crazy PR made my year! This was on my mind from the beginning of the year, when training hadn’t even started for it yet. The training for the marathon was such a great experience! And the race itself was 100% different from my first marathon experience. I truly loved this race and am SO glad I was able to run it with my husband. It’ll definitely be a race I’ll never forget!

2016 Weekly fitness goals:

  • Continue to run 3x a week
  • Continue to bike 1-2x a week

I’ll say CHECK and CHECK on these two. I rarely missed, but did due to illness or injury a few times.

2015 was my PR year. Every race I ran was a new PR! This year wasn’t one of those years, but it was an incredibly rewarding year due to the marathon and still some good improvement on my half and 25k times. I’m very pleased with how this year went and I can’t wait to see what I’ll do in 2017!

Check out the Goals & Race Schedule page for my 2017 tentative race schedule (it is below my 2016 schedule).


Why my energy is lacking lately

I’m still shocked I’ve been able to make it through my regular workouts with how I feel when I get up and how I feel in the late afternoon.

Who has heard of Candida overgrowth? Chances are not many people have. Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections and I only know about it because people in my family battle it. I’m not sure if that’s what my gastrointestinal issues have been caused by lately, but I’ve been on this restrictive diet to kill off the bad bacteria and have felt loads better since…except for the lack of energy that has suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks. I told my mom about how I was feeling and she said it’s a ‘thing’ and actually has a term – a Herxheimer reaction, when there is a rapid dying off of the bacteria. But, I also think I haven’t been eating as frequently …simply because nothing on the list sounds good as a snack (for lunch or dinner, sure!). I am so used to eating fruit, carrots and hummus or some sweet potatoe crackers for a snack and can’t have those things now. I have been eating  the gluten free nuts and seeds on the safe list now (and in all honesty, almond butter straight from the jar 😜), which I have always had in my diet but not in this quantity haha!

You have to avoid sugar (in the cleansing phase, all fruit too — I still use Nuun though – it’s sweetened with stevia and munk fruit), yeast, vinegar (so condiments and salsa are out), alcohol, dairy, caffeine, starchy vegetables like carrots, potatoes, peas, parsnips, and many grains. Sounds like a nightmare for a runner, right?! No sugar and less carbs?? No more pitted dates for running fuel for a while, and my gluten free bread and pasta are out for the time being.

I don’t know if the lack of energy is just a coincidence or not. But I know I have found some foods that I am sensitive to. Sadly WINE is near the top for worst offenders (insomnia, GI issues, and itchy skin). Beans are are a close second with the GI problems. I’m hoping with this diet ‘cleanse’ that the side affects won’t be as bad down the road when I do have a glass or two of wine or a Mexican dish with black beans or hummus.

Breakfast is usually some hot buckwheat cereal with a little almond butter, cinnamon and a pinch of stevia (I miss bananas!). Lunch lately has mostly been salad with sardines (don’t say ewww until you’ve tried the ones from Costco! They’re de-boned, packed in olive oil, and in a BPA free can) or quinoa, plus some veggie toppings that often included any of the following: radishes, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, avocado and cucumbers. If I have the fish, I am usually good until dinner. If I have quinoa, I’m usually hungry by 3pm and exhausted. Dinner is pretty basic and simple with chicken or turkey and one of the approved veggies like broccoli, asparagus, or rutabaga plus some mixed greens.

I battle psoriasis and since going on the Candida diet, my skins ‘itch factor’ has improved dramatically. But, I am still having GI issues…just not as bad. So I’m just trying to figure this all out.

In the meantime, you’ll probably find me on the couch in the late afternoon when my energy suddenly drops. 😴

I just found a recipe for some coconut flour crackers and I’m going to try making those and eat them with some homemade guacamole (if they’re not too coconut tasting) for another snack idea. If you’ve had to do this diet too, what were some of your favorite snacks?