spit happens

the bug is gone and i am finally feeling better! thanks again so much for the well wishes! i’m not 100% but i can run! got my first run in 7 days yesterday…it felt great! yesterday i was able to call myself a “real runner.”

you’re not a “real runner” until you……spit while you’re running! ha! i’ve always thought it was pretty gross when people do that but noticed many runners do that, it must be a “fast” runner thing because i was going pretty fast! 🙂
i’m a little ashamed to admit it…but mostly proud! i’ve always been very lady-like and it was very out of character, but you gotta do what you gotta do! 🙂
when did you realize you were a “real runner”??

also, don’t forget, today is the last week to enter my awesome drawing benefitting the leukemia & lymphoma society! ENTER HERE



weekends are always fun, but this one i particulary was looking forward to because it was the first friday of the month which means, PUB RUN! different running groups get together and take a 3 mile run to 4 different bars in downtown san antonio. our group really goes all out, this time our theme was ‘super heroes’ (made up ones anyway)


day 7 of 100: 3 mile run
day 8 of 100: 8 mile run! yeah go me!
day 9 of 100: 30 minute swim
day 10 of 100: 30 minute crossramp

thank you letter no. 7 & 8: i recieved the spurs tickets and flemings giftcard that i previously won, so obviously, the thank you letters went out to them!
thank you letter no. 9: i wrote it to one of my very good friends, kelley! yesterday was 30 degrees out, i stayed late after work and was very tired and did not want to go to they gym, she was a great motivator! and she’s always a great friend!

yes! you are the lucky few who will get first dibs on these awesome giveaways/raffle. as most of you know, i am entering my 7th season with Team in Training. We train to run marathons while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This season I am raising money to run the Zooma Austin Half Marathon on April 16th (my birthday weekend)and my goal is to raise $2000!

here’s how it works, make a donation to my TNT website HERE. since this is a sneak preview, YOU chose the amount you donate! a set requirement will be made once all the prizes are announced next monday. after making a donation, leave a comment here and you are in!(this is mandatory to be elgible for the following extra entries)


1. Become a follower of my blog or already be one. Leave a comment.
2. Put a link to this giveaway on your blog. Leave a comment.
3. Have a blog post specifically mentioning/advertising this giveaway. Leave a comment.

3 Bondi Band Headbands courtesy of Bondi Band .


Race Bib Book (similar to the ones pictured)
courtesy of Laura Elaine Designs .


TNT Earth Angel Necklace
(circle charm stamped with the words “TNT Earth Angel,” a wing charm, and a purple crystal (similar to the ones pictured)
courtesy of Lift your Sole .


A $100 Gift Card to Flemings They are Nationwide, check out the locations here. .


You have until January 30th(midnight central time) to donate/enter and I’ll announce the winners and their prizes on the 31st. Prizes will be drawn in order. I hope you’ll enter, help me spread the word, and help me raise tons of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!! 🙂


just for the bling of it

hey! who stopped following me? i went down to 49…oh well, it gives me time to think of an awesome giveaway! 🙂

so, just joined this awesome challenge run for the bling of it.

i heard about people doing this last year and thought it would be cool to try in 2011, when i found out about this challenge i just couldn’t pass it!

my first race will be january 30th, the aramco houston half marathon! it came to my attention that i only have 3 weeks left to train! yikes! good thing i started bingham’s 100 day challenge 🙂 they gave a sneak peak of the medal today, featured above 🙂 do you love it? i do!

thank you letter no.6: i wrote this letter to a person i recently met last year running a race who was a part of another TNT running group, stacey. she constantly posts positive messages on facebook bright and early in the morning. she REALLY makes my day. some people post negative stuff and its such a breath of fresh air getting her take on the morning, puts me in a good mood. one morning i found myself asking, ‘how would stacey turn this negative situation into a positive one? 🙂

day 6 of 100: went running w/some favorite girlfriends, 3.9 miles. funny how i have a half marathon in just 3 weeks and that is the highest mileage i have reached! i don’t have a time for you because i forgot my watch
it was a fun run w/the gals! afterwards we worked on our running capes! yes, we are going to do our monthly pub run tomorrow and our theme is super heroes! stayed tuned, tomorrow i will post pics of the fab event!


my first DNF

50 followers? yay! welcome to my blog, as i promised i will be hosting a giveaway since we reached 50! any ideas, anything you would like to see given away?

thank you letter no.5: “dear cafeteria, thank you for going up in prices by nearly 40% and having a $5.00 minimum to use my debit card resulting in making myself breakfast on a daily basis.” i don’t think this is what kralik had in mind, but i truly am grateful. my spinach & feta omelet rocked! now, i didn’t send the letter for fear that it might offend someone, but i did post on facebook so that makes it legit 🙂

day 5 of 100: 5k (DNF), yes i really did just give myself a DNF (did not finish)-my first ever! i attempted a 5k, but really did not feel the run. maybe it was the different route, maybe it was the tourist that were on the different route, maybe it was knowing i had to be at a meeting right after……maybe i was just too damn tired! whatever the case may be it just was not a good run and i use the term ‘run’ loosely. i ended up walking a whole lot! i may not have completed my race, but i did meet the requirements of bingham’s 100 day challenge of 30 minutes of movement! 🙂 so i am not a complete failure 🙂


just another day in paradise!

what a great day! my morning would have most likely put someone in a bad mood, but not me! it started w/a GREAT zumba workout! we have a new instructor and she was really upbeat and made an effort to get my name. “muy bien, grace” she kept on saying! maybe it was the praise that she gave me, i don’t know but i enjoyed it very much! 🙂 next was a spin class, if you’ve read my posts you know that i HATE spin, but there are so many positive benefits from it and one of my resolutions this year was to try new things. i have to say i LOVED it! this instructor helped me w/the bike and checked on me during and after class. i’ve always been intimidated by this class, but not today…i really did love it! i can’t wait to go back on thursday!

needless to say, thank you letter no.4 went to the manager of spectrum thanking the employee for treating me so kind and also thanking her for changing the mood at spectrum. this is her first year there and she has undoubtedly made a difference!

day 4 of 100: 1 hour zumba & 45 minute spin….oh yes, and the bad thing that happened to me this morning. i forgot my clothes in my truck which is parked 1.1 miles away, i know this because i used my garmin as i ran there in…THE POURING RAIN! ah, what luck! i got my clothes, rode the bus back to the gym and got ready there. thought i was going to be late for work, but clocked in just in time! phew! 🙂

and the best part of the day was me getting a call from spectrum, my gym, telling me i won a $500 gift card to flemings and 2 box seats to see the san antonio spurs! how sweet is that?! i won for posting the above picture on facebook and getting the most ‘likes’ from my friends. i really do have the best friends! 🙂


what a wonderful weekend!

i would like to begin this blog by telling you that i am 7 days fast-food free!! i didn’t say i’ve been eating healthy, but i have not had a bite of fast food in 7 whole days! that’s a huge accomplishment for me! only 23 more days to go! actually, i’m hoping to break the habit!

[friday] i had an early airrosti appointment and decided to take the rest of the day off. the session went well, but still was not able to run on saturday 🙁 i was very productive for a day off. i cooked and cleaned, went grocery shopping, did laundry, did the dishes twice! and if you know me, you know that i HATE dishes! i also spent the day packing my lunch for the week, slicing fruit and putting into containers. i bought these awesome containers (pictured above) at walmart 3/$1.50!! i bought several! i packed turkey, pepper jack cheese & spinach sandwiches, carrots & a small spinach salad in each. i also packed some spinach, grilled chicken w/parmesan cheese in others. a yummy treat!

[saturday] i intended to run 12 miles, but my shins had a mind of their own. they still hurt and i ended up walking only 10. another participant on the team, alyson, had the same problem w/her shins so we walked together- i sure hope we heal soon! after practice i made a mad dash home to shower and change and met mom at the movies. we saw EAT, PRAY, LOVE! such a great movie! i read the book and absolutely loved it! as always the book is way better, but i must say i was impressed by the movie! julia roberts did a great job…and i’m not saying that because she’s my favorite actress either! i left the movies and headed to meet the boyfriend to go shopping for his one-year-old neice and then to her birthday party! birthday parties are more fun when you have kids…we have no intention of having kids, but i should have brought my god-daughter! too bad the kid had prior engagements! 🙂

[sunday] my boyfriend and i spent the day at seaworld. apparently everyone else in san antonio had the same idea! needless to say, we did not stay very long. however, we did have a lot of fun feeding the dolphins! precious, isn’t she?


[monday] the annual labor day whine run! and i did whine a lot! my shins hurt sooo much and i think i will be staying off it for awhile. it’s only when you’re hurt that you notice the other hurt people on the course looking like idiots determined to finish at any expense! here is lila, me & kelley before the race:


and us w/a few fellow TNTers enjoying some wine afterwards! sangria to be exact!

then we spent the rest of the afternoon bbq’ing at kelley’s house. we ate and drank and ate a lot more! a perfect way to end the wonderful weekend!


3 things thursday

hello blog world and “welcome” to my new followers! i’ve notice quite a few new faces and i’m so glad to have you along! when i reach 50 followers, we will have a giveaway! so tell your friends about me 🙂

sorry to have been MIA yesterday, but work has been busy! and also, writing a post after guest blogger, katye, now that’s very intimidating! thanks again for your wonderful post

katye of http://longlegsontheloose.com/

1. i joined someones challenge, jillian micheals 30 day shred, and had every intention of starting yesterday. i woke up early and put the dvd in…it started playing, but then got to the part where you have to select a scene– i lost my remote years ago and could not switch selections! so much for that! but while making my breakfast & lunch it did give me the idea to only make food: no more fast food! i am challenging myself not to eat fast food for the rest of the month! i may give myself a little leeway on the weekends, but during the week absolutely no fast food! let’s see if i can do this?? can you?

2. last night’s practice didn’t go too well. now, my other shin is bothering me! (but not to fret, i made another airrosti appt for tomorrow so hopefully i’ll be healed for my 14 mile run!) i walked the whole way…and don’t think i quite made it to 4 miles. i did ice when i got home and foam rolled. i am completely in love w/foam rolling! it is instant relief…for the moment anyway! will keep ya posted!

3. katye also awarded me with the “cherry on top award.” yay for my second award! 🙂


The Rules:

1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?

that is a very hard question because i truly believe all the choices i have made, right or wrong have made me the person i am today. i think kenny chesney says it best in one of my favorite songs,

a lot of things different.

i would definitely have taken more risks and less chances. after hearing this song, i have made a conscious effort to live by these lyrics.

2. The second thing you have to do is, pick 6 people and give them this award. You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award.

lindsay of http://www.chasingthekenyans.com/.

april of http://mommysfitfortheking.blogspot.com/.

christina of http://www.sistersrunningthekitchen.com/.

brooke of http://smartstrongsexy.blogspot.com/.

andrew of http://runningmanwannabe.blogspot.com/.

destination 26.2 of http://destination262.wordpress.com/.

3. The third and final thing is, thank the person who gave you the award.

thank you

katye of http://longlegsontheloose.com/.

for the lovely award and again for guest blogging!



weekend recap

what a weekend! if you want a social life, join TNT! i can’t remember the last time i’ve been so busy…oh yes, the last time i was involved w/TNT! 🙂

thursday night we enjoyed the night w/TNT friends at a casino night fundraiser! it was a lot of fun! wasting away fake money is the best! not too mention we won some real money in a 50/50 raffle, $75 buckaroos! we also came out the big winners winning 6 bottles of wine, a wine tasting for 8, golf for 2 and a box of cigars! the night couldn’t have been anymore fun!

after work on friday, i went to bed at 6pm and didn’t wake up until 4:30am for our morning run! another 12 miles under the belt! the weather was perfect, low 60s a rarity in texas! i’m praying for more days like these!

and in the evening, a real treat to reward our 12 mile run! TNT friends celebrating a birthday! (birthday boy not featured) we went out to eat at the yard house & then dancing at a club called klusoz. lots of fun!
i definitely need to get used to this because i felt like such an old lady calling it a night early…especially spending all day sunday in bed! (although i really did enjoy that!) what i didn’t like is that i ate pretty much all day! i don’t know why i think running entitles me to eat everything in sight??! hopefully i snap out of it soon!


my first virtual race update

i finished

MCM MAMA’s ‘Mama Goes Masters’ Virtual Race .

last night! I had a great time despite some of my obstacles…

here’s me at the start of my race holding my race bib. the race director forgot to pack safety pins in the packet– i bet he is getting a lot of complaints!

as you can see, i am wearing my “official race gear.” no race is complete w/out my purple jersey! i decided to join this race not only because i wanted to celebrate mama’s 40th birthday, but also because 1) i have never ran a virtual race 2) i had the option of doing 4.0 miles 3) conveniently, my team practices on wednesday nights and does a 4 mile run! how perfect for me! so unlike most of my fellow racers i actually had my team out there.

i have been suffering from some shin splints for awhile now and julia, a first-time participant, needed a running partner so it was pretty perfect for both of us because i needed to run a slower pace. she’s not that slow actually and ran an awesome 4 miles! she recently started a blog as well, stop by

saving lives one mile at a time

and check her out!
here we are mid run:
Photobucket i’m extremely short so she is squatting down as much as she could. 🙂

the run was good and the conversation was better, before we knew it we were at the “finish line.” woohoo!
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i don’t have an official time because my garmin finally went out 🙁 good thing i had a race chip on– maybe the race director can figure it out! 🙂


grace goes virtual

well, so much for blogging to hold me accountable. i missed my plyometric class last night– i’ll blame it on the rain! (had to blame somebody) 🙂

but tonight will be different! we are scheduled for another wed night 4 mile group run…after reading

P’s blog

yesterday, i had the idea of joining

MCM MAMA’s ‘Mama Goes Masters’ Virtual Race .

to celebrate her 40th birthday!!

i’m super excited about running my first virtual race! hoping to have as much as P did–seriously check out her hilarious race update, absolutely loved the video! and she looked cute running it!

check back tomorrow for my race update and pictures!