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No Strangers in Running

 2014 Michelob ULTRA Dallas 13.1 Marathon
Third half-marathon in the books! My attitude going into this race was different and I believe that's what helped me set a new half-marathon PR(personal best). I made adjustments to my running form and my thinking game. I also ran without music, which I usually don't do. On mile 12 I did put on my headphones and listened to Eminem tell me "success is my only motherf*cking option, failure's not!" Can you guess the song? I was running out of mental toughness by then, I needed an extra push.

Anyway, I came to this race solo and left sharing this experience with an unexpected friend.
Races are not as fun when family and friends can't make it out to cheer you on. To my surprise, I ran into Lucy as we were about to take off. Lucy and I went to high school together. At the time I wouldn't had consider her my friend, but more of an acquaintance. She was a friend of a friend, if you get what I mean. As recent as a few mo…

Mini Moo Cow Marathon

This was the first race I had some of my family participate. My little niece and nephew ran the marathon race (2.62 miles). It was so fun 
They really enjoyed themselves. It made the this event a lot more fun to see them run with me.  They didn't know what to expect. They started off fast but advice them to slow down.  Although it was only 2.62 miles, it felt like forever. They were really excited to cross the finish line. 

Too Hot To Handle 15k - Recap 2014

A week ago I ran the Too Hot To Handle 15k race with my best friend Jarrah. This is our second year in a row participating in this event. Although my time improved by a few minutes, it was still not one of my best races. I fell apart on mile 8 and no matter how close to the finish line I was, I couldn't pull myself through.   I did great for the most part. The first 5 miles were no biggie. As time went by, I couldn't help but to feel the sun burning over my me. The event coordinators did a great job of keeping runners hydrated through the race.

 I'm so happy my sister and niece came to see me. It really makes races feel extra special when your loved ones are there to cheer you on! I'm excited they now want to sign up for a 5k race event next month.
Thanks for visiting and looking forward to sharing many more run adventures with you all!

New Trail Adventure.

This morning I woke up eager to go for a run. Actually I've been up since 3 am but whatever. I've been wanting to check out this bike/running trail but I didn't want to go alone. So I called up my friend, Jarrah, and practically dragged her out of bed. 

From the moment I got dressed and was headed over there, I was excited.The trail, fairly new, was beautiful and very peaceful. You can tell serious money was put into this project. I was surprised we were the only ones there. We did run into a lady on our way back. Also, I guess we were the only crazy ones to wake up so early on a Sunday morning. 

I want to guess it took us about a mile to reach the Trinity River. Now this river is not popular among Dallas locals. It's sort of an almost-there river.The trail took us near it and also over it, on a bridge that was part of a railroad track, waaaay back in the day. 

Check out my arms. I was thrilled! 

As you can tell we took a lot of pictures. The trail offers great views …

Domingo, 5am

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I sit there for hours just thinking. What I did today. What I should have done. Was I right? Oh did I really just say that? My mind never sleeps. Unless I read till I doze off.  It seems to help. Well not tonight. So here I am.
I'm a very sensitive person. It's my weakness and I hate it.  I let other people's emotions get to me. Whether it's positive or negative energy, I allow myself to feel it. I'm always told to "grow thick skin," but I never listen. I just get better at not making it look so obvious. But the feeling is still there.
I'm always quick to trust. I see the best in others, until I don't. Then I feel like the biggest idiot and beat myself for being so naive. Patterns. They don't seem to go away.
But this is who I am. I'll get suck into it. The energy. The trust. Over and over again.
Hopefully one day, I'll master the art of sensing others' true intentions from a mile…

Easy Breakfast Idea

I hate to admit that I can't cook to save my life. It's quiet embarrassing at my age. I can, however, put something decent together like a sandwich, fiesta salad, chicken and rice, the type of meals that require no thinking. Oh the good'ol college days...

In the mornings I'm always in a rush, so it's critical that I find something I can take on the go. Yogurt, sliced fruits or breakfast burritos are usually my top choice. But every now and then when I have lots time to kill, I like to find something new to make.

This morning I was craving avocado. I LOVE AVOCADO! I never mind when at restaurant they tell me it will be an extra charge. That's fine. Give me an extra scoop. I like to eat tomatoes for breakfast as well. So I put together this. below. Nothing too fancy or over the top. Remember I'm no cooking expert, so I gotta take baby steps. 

The only new thing that I tried this time is I poached my eggs. I've always heard of it but was never sure how the…

Lots of contemplating

For the past couple of days I've been contemplating about work, future, friends, love, myself and just life in general. I see myself going through a personal transformation, not intentionally, but I guess the type of change life sort of puts you through as it goes on.

Work. Lately, I've been working longer hours. It doesn't bother me much, unless I've made plans with friends afterwards. I kind of bring this upon myself because I make myself too available. I'm always cleaning up the mess, crossing off ALL items on the checklist, making sure everyone's okay. Call me a mom but I guess that's what happens when you're the only female working in the office. I day dream a lot about my future job. This isn't it. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the opportunity to hold a position of authority. I'm working on being more self-assertive, voicing my opinions, multitasking and delegating assignments. It can be overwhelming sometimes but when the jo…

Camera Roll: Uno

I picked a random set of pictures in my phone. Nothing super exciting. I'll probably do another round soon. Enjoy.

Felling Like a Kid

A few weeks ago, a friend and I visited the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. It's been a while since I've been to a museum so you can only imagine how excited I was. The place was pack with kids, who were on an actual field trip, which made me feel like a big kid on a field trip as well.
The escalator took us to the very top level of the museum. We started our exploration with a 'journey through the solar system.' I remembered some of this from elementary but it was nice to feel like I was learning something new again. 

We then made our way through the Mesozoic Era. We watched a 3D short film about dinosaurs, which was interesting.

The next level provided some insights about earth, from tornadoes and earthquakes to the production of  natural energy and gas. We even took a virtual trip underground and watched how natural gas was produced.

My favorite exhibition was the engineering and innovation hall. It was so fun and interactive. I got to play with a couple of in…

Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

I ran the Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half-marathon, my second half, in March. It was honestly one of the best races I've ever had. Going into this race, I was a little nervous. I had slacked off the last weeks of training, the most critical weeks. I had prepared better for the Dallas Marathon in December, but it got cancelled at the last minute. Mentally, I was prepared but physically I just wanted to finish under 2:45. And that's all I was focused on.  That morning, Jarrah and I rode the train to the race in downtown. It turned out to be a good idea, since we didn't want to deal with traffic. The race started at 8am, but my corral took off about 15 minutes later. 

I felt great through out the race. At each mile, I was ahead of my anticipated time goal and that got me really excited. I ran nonstop, which is something I don't usually do especially on a long run like this.

Around mile 11, I started to push myself a little harder. By then all I wanted to do was just be…