New Look and Training Stuff

Heeeyyy! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in like 4 weeks. What the heck have I been doing?? Well, a lot!

The first weekend of September we picked up the boys and went to Universal Studios. So much fun! Didn’t ride everything that we (when I say we, I mean me and Tanner) wanted to but we got passes so we’ll be going back next month!

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My training has been hit and miss as far as getting all 3 workouts done each week. For the most part either I’m getting my track workout and a long run done or I’m doing my tempo run and my long run. I’m only running 3 days a week, I don’t know why I’ve had so much trouble getting all 3 done each week! I’m feeling good on my long runs though. I just hope my pace will not suffer. I have 6 weeks left before race day and my goal is to get ALL 3 workouts done each week. Below is my long run that I did Friday. My training schedule pace was 9:37…I think we did awesome!

wpid-screenshot_2014-09-20-16-22-34.pngA few months ago I was really struggling with lack of energy and just a blah type feeling. I went to my primary doctor who ordered everything possible for bloodwork. I went back a few weeks later and everything was normal. UGH! Now that was frustrating! The only thing we could come up with was I’m just not getting enough calories or enough of the right vitamins and minerals, oh and I have a little bit of stress hanging around. Some of friends have been using Isagenix and I just didn’t think it was something I needed. I had a change of heart after going to the doctor. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. It’s been about a week or two and I can tell I have a little more energy. I went a few days this week without taking a nap, and that is a change because I’ve been having to take a nap EVERY DAY. Granted I do get up early almost every day but honestly, I should be able to make it through the day without feeling absolutely exhausted and I’m sleeping pretty good during the night, so there was something else going on. I’m excited to see how the Isagenix products will improve my overall health.

I decided to change up the look of my blog. My header pictures are courtesy of Thomas and Velo Photography. They took some incredible pictures during Bird Camp in Bend. If you live in that area, please check them out!

Ok, I think I’ve caught you up on what’s been going on and thanks so much for reading this little post. I really appreciate ya!

Do you use or have you ever used products such as Isagenix? What are your thoughts?

currexSole Review

I have never used an insole, so I had no idea what to expect. Well when I first got the currexSole RUNPRO insole, I just put them in my shoe without reading what to do with them. That was wrong! I had not taken my other insoles out of the shoe and that made it super uncomfortable. After I realized that and decided to read more about them, I put them in my shoes correctly and actually haven’t taken them out since.

From the website:

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currexSoles are your:

*Individualizers, closing the gap between your foot profile and a flat shoe footbed.

*Empowerers and reprogram your movement patterns for maximum performance.

*Supporters and help prevent pain and stress damage to knees, feet and hips.

I took the currexSole online test to determine my foot type, check my static leg axis, then choose the correct insole for me.

After they arrive, you trim them to fit in your shoe and you’re ready to go. I tested them out for a few months and I like them.


I actually really like them. Very comfy and I don’t even know they are there. FYI, I was having what I thought was tendonitis before trying them. I haven’t had any problems since I started using them.

You can purchase them on the currexSole website, Amazon and local running specialty stores. Check out their Store Locator.

Full disclosure: I only received a pair to to test out and review, no other compensation was provided, and I’m sharing my unbiased opinion.

Marathon Training Week 5

Last week I was in Bend, Oregon for Oiselle #BirdCamp. I ran and hiked. I deviated from my training plan a bit and loved every minute of it.

Back to regularly scheduled marathon training….

So it’s been ridiculously hot and humid here in Pensacola! We’ve actually had heat advisories. It’s been hard to get motivated after the beautiful weather I experienced in Bend last week.

I did 2 of my 3 workouts.

Thursday – Tempo Run, I could only do 2 of the 3 miles and finished with 6 miles total

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Have you had to adjust your training plan because of travel? Do you live where it’s been insanely hot like we are experiencing here in Florida?

Happy Training!!

Oiselle #BirdCamp

Almost a year ago, my Oiselle teammates and I were sent an email about attending a running camp. I was immediately excited! I had never attended summer camp as a kid and my only thoughts were, this is it, at 41, I finally have my chance to go to summer camp. One potential roadblock was going to be the cost to fly from Pensacola to Bend, Oregon. If you live on the East Coast and have flown to the West Coast, you know it can be crazy expensive. So I crossed my fingers that I would catch a great deal and waiting 28 days out from departure, I did! (Even though I had to fly out of Mobile and not Pensacola Airport which is 15 minutes from my house; not happy about that Pensacola Airport)

So Wednesday, 13th I was off from Mobile at 6a.m., stop in Houston, stop in Portland and finally arrive in Bend at 12:45pm. It was great to run into fellow Florida bird Atha in Houston.


Photo Credit: Atha

Atha had a layover in Portland and I ran into more birds, Kristine and Paulette. We flew on the same small plane to  Bend :)


Photo Credit: Kristine

After being picked up from the airport and arriving at the Seventh Mountain Resort, it was non stop activity for the next 4 days.

Wednesday: Settled into rooms and meet roomies. Dinner with orientation and introductions with Sally Bergesen, Sarah Lesko, Kristin Metcalf and Lauren Fleshman.

Thursday: 8am: Bright and early start with meditation by Jasyoga. 8:15am: Activation exercises with LF and Littlewing. Shakeout Run.

Thursday Shakeout Run in Bend

9:30am-11am: PT for runners with Jay Dicharry.(Anatomy for Runners) 11am-noon: Nutrition for runners with Steph Howe. Noon: Lunch. 1pm: Elite speakers and goal-setting activity with Lauren Fleshman and Kate Grace.

Speakers at Birdcamp

Steph Howe, Lauren Fleshman, Jay Dicharry and Sarah Lesko

2:30pm: Yoga, 3:30-5pm: Free time/get ready for race. 5:30pm: Board buses for Deschutes 5k. 7pm: Deschutes 5k

Oiselle Team at Deschutes 5k

Photo Credit: Oiselle

FL Oiselle Birds

Holly, Anna, Atha and Me

Back to the Resort around 10ish and crashed in bed.

Friday: Early meditation with Jasyoga then off to hike Smith Rock.

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Smith Rock


Repping Nuun: Me, Megan and Holly

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Me and the adorable JJ


“Monkey Face” (looked like Planet of the Apes to me) Photo Credit: Anna

I was humbled by the beauty of Smith Rock and the 3000 ft of elevation. Seriously kicked my butt! Truly beautiful!

We eat lunch then head back to the Resort. We meet at 4pm for form drills. Below is Kate Grace showing us what to do. She is amazing to watch!!

Posted by Oiselle “And then she did strides…and we stared. Gawked, actually. Strong, fluid, weightless. Perfection in movement and mechanics. And without notice or prompting, we cheered. It sounds odd to retell it. Cheering for a stride? But if you’d been there, you’d know…it was the only reaction that made sense. @fastkate #birdcamp”


Photo Cred: Oiselle

5pm: Social Media/Marketing Presentation (good info)

7pm: Elite speakers: Kate Grace, Steph Howe, Lauren Fleshman and Kara Goucher (via Skype)

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8pm: Fall 14 Touch and Feel with Sally



Early to bed to be ready for long run on Saturday.

7am: Meditation

8am: Long run groups, River Trail to Dillon Falls

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mid run photo

Photo Credit: Sarah


After showering and recovering from that trail run, we got ready to head into downtown Bend for our final outing and dinner/party.


Needless to say, it was one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever experienced. Bend, Oregon is breathtaking and I feel so lucky to have been part of the very first Oiselle #BirdCamp! It was so awesome to meet my teammates, even though we’ve chatted via Twitter or Facebook for several years now. Everything about this trip exceeded all my expectations! Sally, Lesko, Kristin, Lauren and everyone else that helped to pull this together did an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I am even more honored to be part of this incredible group of women and look forward to many amazing things to come with them.


Marathon Training Week 3

Another HOT and HUMID week of training done!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 10 minute warm-up, 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400 (200m recovery interval), 10 minute cool-down. I hit close to my pace on each interval except the 600 (split 8). I was pretty tired by then and so ready to be done. I actually wanted to stop after the 3rd lap but pushed through! Total of 4.95 miles on the track.

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Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 1 mile warm-up, 5 miles tempo, 1 mile cool-down. So ridiculously humid, I was able to get 3 miles tempo with a total of 6.5 miles.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 10 miles (Again very humid! We were completely soaked in sweat before we were at mile 5. That first mile was getting caught in between different paced groups leaving a few seconds ahead of each other. My long run pace was supposed to be 9:52. It was very difficult to stay at that, even in the humidity.)

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This past week I also did a full body workout with a kettle bell on Tuesday and Thursday. I’m feeling good with the extra rest days but I really want to add yoga on one of those days. This next week I know I will get yoga in because it’s on our schedule while at #birdcamp. :)

I am not upset at all that my interval workout and tempo workout have been tough because of the HOT Florida weather. I’m putting in all my effort and I know that it will pay off in the end. Have you ever had to cut your workout short because of unbearable weather conditions? Do you have trouble maintaining slower paces on long runs?

Marathon Training Week 2

Week 2 of marathon training is done.

Monday: Strength Training

Tuesday: 4×800 (I didn’t hit my intended pace but very happy with my effort)

Wednesday: 5 mile tempo

Thursday: Strength Training

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 9 miles (split into 3 runs)

Sunday: Rest

3 runs

Saturday I was pacing one of my clients I coach in a 5k so I had to break up my 9 miles into 3 different runs. I think it worked out pretty good :)

Have you ever had to split up runs in order to get your long run mileage done?


Catching up…

Ok…’s been 2 months since I’ve thought about writing a post. Honestly, life has been crazy busy!

My boys were here for summer visitation. This is the longest they’ve stayed, 6 weeks. It was so great! We drove them to Ocala a week ago today. Nathan jumped in the car with Tanner and they continued the rest of the trip to Tampa. My heart still hurts from missing them. Out of everything I’ve done in my life, being a long distance mom is the hardest.

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The day we picked them up and drove from Tampa to Pensacola

The end of June I finished up with another 5k training program, Firecracker 5k was their goal race. This year it was crazy hot! Everyone did a great job! Tanner and Nathan ran again this year, which was fun!

5k training group

I celebrated 4 years of sobriety on July 5th. Wow, what an incredible feeling and what a miracle! I work very hard every day and feel so blessed and grateful to continue this journey.

I have exciting news. I now work at the local YMCA as a personal trainer and was given the opportunity to teach a kettle bell class. It’s been so much fun! I also have a group of 3 ladies to work with for a Body Challenge that is 16 weeks long. It feels so good to help others reach their goals!

This month started marathon training. I will be running the Pensacola Marathon again. If you remember last year, I trained and ran with a torn meniscus. My goal was 4 hours and ended up with 4:16. I do believe that I could have hit that 4 hours if not have been for knee pain. I have since had it repaired and ready to train again and hit the 4 hours. The training I started out with last year had me running 5 days a week. After I started having a lot of knee pain I cut back to around 3 days a week. Again I ran the marathon and was feeling great until the knee started aching. I feel I can accomplish my goal with running 3 days a week and cross training at least 2 days a week. I’ve been consistently cross training for months so it will not be a problem to continue. I did absolutely no cross training last year. My runs will consist of a speed workout, a tempo run and a long run. This is designed to improve your endurance, lactate-threshold running pace and leg speed. This is called the FIRST (The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training) Training Plan. Runner’s World did a piece on it and it sounded pretty interesting to me. You can get the book, Run Less, Run Faster and/or the app for your phone. Right now I have the app but plan to get the book too. I can’t wait to keep you updated with my training. :)

Not sure if everyone knows but I am a sales rep for Oiselle. I absolutely love everything about Oiselle, so it makes it very easy to share that love with stores in FL, AL, MS and LA. I just wrapped up another sales season and 4 days of traveling. It was both fun and tiring at the same time!

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Top Left: Snack size bags of fruit and veggies that I packed into a cooler. Brilliant idea! Bottom Left: When you aren’t comfortable with the area you gotta run the treadmill, UGH! Top Center: While in Monroe, LA stopped by to see my buddies the Robertsons :) Bottom Center: Dreaded visit to Walmart Top Right: Had a GREAT run in Baton Rouge! Bottom Right: Final Day I was in Mandeville before crossing the water to NOLA.

I feel extremely lucky to have been offered a place on the Oiselle Volée Team for another year. There were some changes made this year that have been pretty exciting. Because it can be difficult to manage more than 250 members the team is capped and The Oiselle Flock was created. I think it’s a great opportunity for those that love Oiselle and want to be part of this amazing family!

Oiselle Team Badge

Super super excited about another upcoming trip. I am leaving August 13th headed to Central Oregon for possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a running camp with my Oiselle teammates!! #BirdCamp We will be staying at the Seventh Mountain Resort. If you have not heard of this place, please click the link to check it out. It looks and sounds amazing!

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So many exciting things happening! I’m sorry for the hiatus, but hoping to get back into the swing of posting and sharing. Thanks to those that do read and comment!

Are you training for a fall marathon? Have you ever attended a running camp or something similar?

Fiesta 10k Recap

As you all know, I had knee surgery 8 weeks ago to repair a torn medial meniscus in my right knee. I had the surgery done on a Thursday, I was riding my beach cruiser with my 5k training group the following Monday and ran the Bayou Hills 5k with the group that Saturday. The next few weeks I was running 4-5 miles, even a 6 miler on a Saturday. My knee felt better but still a little achy at times. Along with doing the exercises recommended for recovery after surgery I was also doing Trigger Point. This week, Tuesday, I went for a run and had some pain like I had before I had the surgery. I got a little worried. My first thought was to call my doctor, then I decided to get a little more aggressive with the recovery exercises and the Trigger Point Quad Roller.

This thing made me cry!

This thing made me cry!

I rolled out one last time before heading to my first post surgery race, the Fiesta 10k.


My first goal was to just finish without any pain. I was running with my #solesister, Katie. It’s so great to have someone by your side :) Once I got to the start line, I decided we should try to keep a consistent pace, around 9ish. Weather was hot, not like last year, so we knew it was going to be a little tough. I think we did a pretty good job!

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Fiesta 10k 2014 results


Me and my #solesister, Katie

Me and my #solesister, Katie

I’m pretty happy with my results considering I had only been running 2-3 days a week and had only run 6 miles one time in the last 8 weeks. :) And great news, no knee pain throughout the entire race. After the race though my knee started to ache and my belly got upset. (My belly was not feeling good before the race started but I just couldn’t use the porta potty, yuck) I went straight home and put on my 110% Juggler Knickers for the compression and convenient ice packs.


I also wanted to share a couple of new things that I used this race and I really love. First thing is socks. I had been in dire need of new socks and decided I would go with toe socks. I ordered the Injinji Run Original Weight. I love them! So comfortable and no blisters!


The next thing is the Amphipod race belt. I really hate pinning my race bib to my singlet because I have snagged it several times :( I had seen these but wasn’t sure if it would bother me. I didn’t feel it at all!


Overall, it was a pretty good day back at the races. I’m very happy and now I’m ready to work on a few things and get some PR’s! :)

Oh, I can’t forget my favorite snack of all time and tasted oh so good when I got home…watermelon!


Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I’m back…

Well it seems I’ve been on a little of a blogging hiatus. Since my last post in February, I’ve had my torn medial meniscus repaired. Going on 4 weeks recovery today.  I’ve been running a few times a week. Up to 4 miles and a tad under a 9 minute mile. I did run 6 “too hilly” miles last week Tuesday. That did not sit well for my knee pretty much the rest of the week, so I did not run again. I did my first track workout this week and felt awesome. I’ve also added back some bike trainer rides and strength training. I’m very excited with my progress but I’m still being cautious.


Me and my peeps (Tina, Katie and Marla) at Fiesta 10k last year.

Looks like my next race will be Fiesta 10k on May 3rd. That is exactly a month from today. I hope that’s plenty of time to work on my pace and beat my time from last year, 52:22. This is not a flat race, which makes it challenging and fun! I’ll give it my best try for my first race post surgery.


This weekend I will be volunteering at the Blackwater 10 mile Trail Run at Blackwater River State Forest, Florida’s largest State Forest. This is part of a series which includes this Saturday’s 10 miler, a half marathon in November and a 50k in February 2015. I took 2nd in AG when I ran the 10 mile in 2012. It was so much fun! I did a little trail running last year but none recently. It’s a great change of scene from road running. I need to get back out there but it’s starting to get hot, which means bugs and snakes, so I will probably wait until Fall. :)

I wanted to catch you up with a little bit of what’s been happening. There’s a lot more but I think I’ll spread it through more posts. :) I want to say thank you to those that follow my blog and actually read it. I look forward to sharing more.

Here’s a little #tbt. This is from the Blackwater 10 Mile Trail Run in 2012:


Thanks to my friend, Marla, for this pic!






#runDonna Virtual Half Marathon

Earlier this month I shared that because of family obligations I would not be traveling to Jacksonville this weekend for the #runDonna weekend events. I would instead be running the Virtual Half Marathon, which I could do anytime before March 2nd. I broke it down into 3 different runs and completed it today!


You may be asking why I broke it into 3 smaller runs. Something I have not shared is that my knee has been giving me problems again. To refresh your memory, I have a torn right medial meniscus. I was good up until I ran the Double Bridge Run 15k on February 1st. This course consisted of pounding on the concrete bridges and pushing up the crazy inclines on those bridges. I did shave 8 minutes off my last year’s time, so I stayed pretty steady. Knee was achey during the race and I really wanted to stop and I pushed on. Felt the same ache throughout the weekend. My next run was on the following Tuesday. Hardly a mile into the run, I had a very sharp pain in my knee that I had never had before. I could get 4 miles in and had stop. I knew it was time to see my ortho doc again. I saw him the next day and we decided it’s time for an arthroscopic medial meniscectomy.


As of right now, I have not scheduled it. I would like to wait until the 5k/10k Training Program I’m coaching ends with their race on March 15th. I meet them twice a week and have been riding my bike to keep off my knee. I’ve also noticed as long as I don’t push the pace and don’t go more than 6 miles I can tolerate my knee. So, that explains why I decided to split my virtual half marathon into 3 runs.

It’s a little scary knowing that I have to have this procedure. Even though I’ve been told I could be riding my bike within a few days and running within a week or so, I’m still nervous. I can’t put my all into training and racing until I get it done. My big goals for this year is a sub 25 5k and run another marathon. So I have no choice but to get it done sooner than later.

So you know the saying…when it rains, it pours…that’s kind of what my family and I have been going thru. I know that everything is going to be ok, but sometimes my patience has a hard time believing that. So I will continue to keep my head high and push forward, as I always try to do. Chatting with my friend today during our run, something that was said sticks with me…when one door closes another always opens.