Goodbye 2013

Y’all, I’m beyond ready to say goodbye to 2013.  I can honestly say that this has probably been the most difficult year ever.  I thought 2013 would be awesome, because my favorite number is 13 (lol).  But honestly?  It has pretty much sucked. 

My parents split and divorced.  My dad went a little coo-coo….He got engaged….He had a heart attack…..Had a stint put in because he had 95% blockage in his “widow-maker.” 

Y’all, I’m a daddy’s girl – that stuff alone about killed me.  Add to it some other issues and I’m ready for this year to be over.  Seriously.  I know this is the season of Joy and Giving, but I feel like everything has been sucked out of me.  Can we just get this month behind us (the first Christmas where my dad wont be there for our normal Christmas traditions) and get started with 2014 already? 

Oh, and as if this month isn’t stressful enough, I’m having a minor surgery in two weeks.  The plus side?  I get to stay home for a few days and watch movies (at least that’s the plan).  I really hope y’all had a great year, but if you don’t mind, can we just fast forward to January?

Midweek Randoms

  • First, thank you to Lindsay from Chasing the Kenyans and to Michael R. for donating to my St. Jude’s donation page!  I think it’s really awesome that I’m getting donations from my internet friends and it just makes me smile so big knowing that although we’ve never met – y’all are there to support me!  Thank You!
  • Official half marathon training begins next week!  I’m excited, but also really wishing the weather would turn to fall-ish soon.  🙂
  • I’m also excited because Scentsy transition month starts tomorrow and I have a consultant signing up under me!  (I know y’all don’t understand and probably don’t care, but I’m happy!)
  • Last but certainly not least…  I ALMOST GOT BITTEN BY A COPPERHEAD SNAKE ON A RUN SUNDAY NIGHT!!!!  I was doing my usual loop and was on my last lap around it and I was admiring the sky… Well, I just happened to look down and right directly by my foot was about a 3 foot long copperhead snake.  His mouth was open and his body was coming up!  His mouth was right by my ankle – I screamed loudly, jumped, and ran really fast in the opposite direction and finished my run.  I am so, so lucky that I didn’t get bitten.  I was about half a mile from home and I had my phone with me, but it still would’ve been a really bad experience and it scares me to think of what could’ve happened.  Tonight was my first run since then (more like walk but whatever) and you better believe I was scanning the ground at all times!!

Hope y’all have a great week so far!  Don’t give up – we’re almost to Friday!

Bring Back My Bar

I usually don’t post a lot about Scentsy on here, but I thought I’d start sharing monthly specials and what not.

For the entire month of July (which is ending soon), you can order the Bring Back My Bar Scents.  These are scents that have been retired, but are back for a very limited time (this month).  If you’d like to order any of these scents, please feel free to head on over to my website (strickey.scentsy.us).

 

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My personal favorites are Flirtatious, French Kiss, Hawaiian Paradise, My Wish, and Spring Clean.

 

If you have any questions or you’re curious about becoming a consultant, please leave me a comment or email me.

GymPact & My Running

I’ve been running three times a week now for three weeks.  This is a miracle for me in July – seriously.  I owe it all to one app that a friend introduced to me – GymPact.  Basically, you get paid when you meet your goal and when you don’t meet it you pay $5 for every day you skipped.

 

Let me explain that a bit better…

I made a goal or pact to go to the gym or run (with RunKeeper) three times a week.  For each week that I meet that goal, I get paid about $1.32 or so.  If I only go two days out of three, then I pay in $5.  If I miss two days, it’s $10…and all three is $15.  Luckily, I’ve not missed any days so far!  This app has kept me motivated to run/go to the gym.

 

I never thought I’d ditch my Garmin and run with my phone, but since I have to use RunKeeper with this app, I’ve done just that.  But, what I didn’t expect is that I actually really like RunKeeper!  I like that I can see my route right there on my phone, see my splits, and that the app talks to me every 5 minutes.  But, what I really like is that it allows me to run and keep my pact with GymPact.  🙂

 

No, none of this is sponsored – I’m not that cool.  I really just wanted to share what has been motivating me to run lately.

 

Now, on the running front… I’m still not back to where I am when I’m routinely running, but I’m getting there!  I’m also getting a little used to the heat and humidity – finally!  I usually run around sunset and I’m drenched in sweat!

Summer Running

Every summer I vow not to let myself get discouraged and quit because of the brutal summer heat…and every summer I quit for a few months. This summer has been a little bit different. This summer I haven’t went months without running, I’ve went one month. I’ve ran here and there, but nothing major.

Like tonight, for instance.

It’s over 90 degrees and I have no idea what the humidity is, but it’s up there. But, I needed to get a run in for my GymPact (this is an app that I hope to talk about soon, it’s awesome). So, I went outside and turned on my RunKeeper app (another app I’ve fallen in love with – who knew I’d not wear my Garmin on some runs and instead use my phone?!).  My goal was to run as much as I could without stopping to walk (I did take walk breaks) and to see how far I could get in 30 minutes.

The result? Not that far and not that fast. But, I did it. 

I know that the pace will come the more that I run.  I know that the cooler the temperatures get, the easier it will become.  I know that the more that I run, the better I will become.

Even though running in the summer sucks and you feel like you’re the slowest turtle out there – don’t give up!  Take your time and put the distance in – whatever it may be!

The Story

Since I’ve started blogging again, I’ve told y’all that there has been something that has changed my life completely and that it happened the week of the LR Half Marathon. It’s true. Something that I never ever thought would happen, did.

But.

I don’t know how much of the story I should share. I’m an over-sharer by nature, but this story affects so many of my loved ones, not just me. So, I’ve decided that I can’t share it here. But, I will say a few things.

It doesn’t involve my husband and I’s relationship – everything is still fine there.
It has changed my relationship with one of my parents pretty dramatically.
I now know what I’d do in a certain situation and I’ve proved to myself (and others) that I can handle stressful situations pretty well.
My life (and the lives of my family) will never be the same.
I’ve learned that I can’t control others – no matter how much I worry about them or talk to them.

And, I hope that I never have to go through this situation ever again.

Now, I don’t want this whole post to be a Debbie Downer, so here’s some good news…
I’m signed up for the St. Jude’s Half in Memphis, TN!!!
I’ve got to raise $500 and I’m up to $350 so far. If you’re interested in donating, click here.

And because I feel like I should post a picture, here’s a picture from our recent trip to San Francisco, CA in May.

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On Running

Since the Soaring Wings Half Marathon in October, I’ve done a handful of races.  I’ve found that running isn’t the same as it once was for me.  Ever since moving 2 years ago, I’ve been running alone (sometimes with my husband).  Running alone sucks (for me).  I’m more of a group runner, so I miss that aspect of it and just haven’t been running consistently.

Anywho, here is a quick recap of the races I’ve done since October.

First, we have the Little Rock Half Marathon back in March.  This race holds a very special place in my heart due to what I was going through the week before, during, and still now.  It’s a longish story and I intend to go into it at some point with y’all.  But anyways, my absolute main goal for the race was to finish.  Seriously.  I hadn’t ran in 2 weeks and it was the worst week of my life (seriously).  I finished right at 3 hours.

On the way to the race, I took a picture:

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Y’all I was tired and scared that I wasn’t going to finish.  Plus, it was 27 degrees -brrr!

Here I am running to the finish line:

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I was so, so happy.  I even had tears in my eyes.  I was so super proud of myself!

After the race with my friends Naomi and Brandy.

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Next, I ran the Toad Suck Daze 5k.  For the second year in a row, I ran this race with bronchitis.  Fun times.  Not the most flattering picture, but I love that my feet are off of the ground!

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The next weekend, I ran the Women Can Run 5k.  Notice that the week before I had long sleeves and capri pants on and in this race I was wearing a tank and a skirt.  Welcome to Arkansas weather.

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Last, but not least, was the One Step 5k.  This was the 2nd year for this race and the 1st time I’ve ran it.  It’s definitely a hard race – it’s super hot (it was June) and you have to run up the Big Dam Bridge twice.  Y’all that bridge is no joke.

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And there you have it – the races I’ve done since we’ve spoken last!  I don’t remember my times for the 5ks, but I know they were all around 37-38 minutes.  One day I’ll get back to the lower 30s. 🙂