"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
- Anonymous

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Goals Reviewed and 2011 Goals Set

So at the beginning of this year I made a list of goals so I guess it's time to review 'em and make some goals for 2011. (Sidenote: all the goals that I didn't complete will more than likely be on my 2011 list. :)

So these were my 2010 Goals...

Running/Exercise/Workout Goals: Out of my actual fitness goals I only completed 1 and that was running a half marathon which I did June of this year. So I guess I have my work cut out for me next year.
~Run a 5k in under 25 minutes:
~Run my first 10k:
~Run my 1st half marathon
~I am going to challenge myself to run more miles each month than the previous month (so if I run 15 miles in January I am going to run more than 15 miles in February so forth and so on)

Nutritition/Eating Habits: Daily food blogs was a big fat fail I think that lasted half a week but I did start a very small modest vegetable garden and I am looking forward to expanding it next year.~I am going to start doing daily food blogs (I have noticed that my Wednesday post really make me take the time to think about what I am going to eat, so I am hoping posting my daily menu will help me make better decisions, I will try and post everything I eat, the good and the bad maybe not always with pictures)
~Going to start a garden (no more talkin bout it time to be about it). I plan to blog about it here..

Personal Growth: No personal growth here unless reading the twilight books every month for about 6 months counts and I think not.
~I plan on starting back to school in the fall (for like the 100th time) and finally work my way to finishing my degree
~Read at least 2 books a month

Some Fun Stuff: We do a vacation for a week with the kids :) but I have yet to set foot into a food festival... in fact I am going to google dates now.~Go to at least food festivals possible candidates: Gilroy Garlic Festival, California Strawberry Festival (Any Suggestions???)
~Take a 4 to 7 day vacation with my family


Besides doing a 2011 Goal list I am also going to do a running bucket list but that is a work in progress and will come about sometime in the near future.

So here we go again my 2011 Goals...

Running/Exercise/Workout Goals:
~Run a 5k in under 30minutes
~Run my first 10k:
~Run at least 2 RnR 1/2 Marathons
~Run a 5k in under 25 mins.

Nutritition/Eating Habits:
~Expand vegetable garden to include more veggies and get the kids more involved in planting and maintaining the garden.

Personal Growth:
~I plan on starting back to school in the fall (yea like you haven't heard that before) but all my kids will be in school at least 3 hrs. a day so no excuses.
~Volunteer in some capacity either at one of the girls schools, after school program or something

Some Fun Stuff:
~Go to at least 1 food festival in California
~Take a 4 to 7 day vacation with my family

What about you what are you hoping to accomplish in 2011???

Sunday, December 19, 2010

WeekEnd Round-up 12/20

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas besides my early Christmas Keurig I have gotten some other good stuff in the mail....

Some lovely cards from "Group Mistletoe" thanks Zaneta for putting it all together
A new mug from the secret santa blogger gift exchange, that Jill hosted how did they know I am just a tad bit obsessed with tea and coffee?? thanks Jill for organizing and Heather for the great gift.

I also got a couple cards and goodies from two companies I had the pleasure of working with this year, thanks Amazing Grass and Popchips.
now that all that's outta the way here is this week's round-up

Great things going on in the blogworld

(If you posted a race report, have a giveaway going on and would like it linked let me please let me know)

Adam from I Am Boring is hosting a virtual Freeze Your Thorns Off 5k on Jan. 8th so if you looking for a race to start your year off stop by and sign up. :)

Katye at Long Legs on the Loose is hosting a 12k of Christmas virtual race.


Mile Posts: Golite Giveaway 12/24
Chasing Atalanta: Trigger Point Performance Giveaway 1/2
Endurance Isn't Only Physical: Autographed Copy of "Run to Overcome" 12/26
Run To The Finish Giveaways: Mix1 & Race Entry 12/27
Impossible is Nothing: Inperspire Towel 12/26
50 Half Marathons in 50 States: Injini Socks & Book Giveaway 12/25
2010 Journey in Running: Isis Hat 10/25
Say What You Need to Say: Trader's Joes 10/21

Have a Wonderful Week, an Amazing holiday and Happy Running!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Three Things Thursday- This Week In Pictures

1. My 1st got glasses
2. My 2nd had her Christmas recital
3. To further fuel my coffee obsession my mom got us a Keurig for Christmas..
...and mom if your reading this tt was not my idea to open it a week early I had it under the tree.

Monday, December 13, 2010

27 Things About Me

Since it occurred to me that when I come across a new blog I like to read the about me section to find out more them so I figured I would put up somethings about myself since I don't think I will be able to come up with a hundred things I am going to list 27 since that is all I can think of right now. :)

1. My name is Erica
2. I am a SAHM
3. I have 4 daughters (all of which are beautiful and brilliant and this is without a doubt an unbiased opinion, they really just are.)
4. One day I hope to become a social worker (not soon but one day)
5. My husband and I have been married 9 yrs. but been together for 11 yrs.
6. My Anniversary is May 16th
7.In high school and jr. college I ran track I did the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100 and 4x400m.
8.I am a bonafide soccer mom minivan, team mom title and all.
9. I am secretly or not so secretly (if you know me in my everyday life) a fan of twilight, don't judge me.
10. I enjoy chocolate, coffee and the bad acting of lifetime movies.
11. Criminal Minds & Grey's Anatomy are my favorite non reality tv shows (and yes the large amount of male hotness has a lot to do with it)
12. My ultimate goal besides being a great wife and mother is to be a social worker
13. I began running "again" in the summer 2009 as a way to stay in shape I picked a local 5k to train for and have been going ever since.
14. I started my running blog around that time also i figured it would be a good way to keep a personal journal of my couch to 5k training, turned out to be that and more I have found so many great blogs that keep me motivated and inspired.
15. I am left handed
16. I like my oatmeal with almond milk and raisins
17. I live in the desert and love, love, love the few rainy days we get
18.. I love cheesecake (all types so if you have a good recipe please share)
19. I finished my first half marathon in June 2010
20. When i first started running again June 2009 the thought of 13.1 was unfathomable heck I was super stoked when I could run my first mile without stopping
21. I have no desire to do a full marathon
22. I have lived in the same city since I was 5 yrs. old
23. Me and all my children were all born in same hospital
24. Aside from a minor fracture when I dislocated my ring finger I have never broken a bone (knock on wood)
25. I was my senior class vice president
26. My first job was at Taco Bell
27. It has been approx. 3 yrs. since I have worked outside of the house, full time mom is my full time job and I wouldn't change it.

WeekEnd Round-Up 12/13

Great things going on in the blogworld
(If you posted a race report, have a giveaway going on and would like it linked let me please let me know)

Karen over at ...Just Me and My Running Shoes is raffling off 3 running prize packs in her effort to raise money for The American Cancer Society. Every dollar helps (and gets you an entry for some great prizes) so stop by and check it out. 12/19

Adam from I Am Boring is hosting a virtual Freeze Your Thorns Off 5k on Jan. 8th so if you looking for a race to start your year off stop by and sign up. :)

Erin at The Making of a Runner is raising money for TNT and raffling off some great stuff there is still time to get your name in the hat.


Shut Up and Run!: Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Giveaway 12/14
Endurance Isn't Only Physical: Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Giveaway 12/17
2010 Journey in Running: Ultimate Christmas Giveway 12/16
Goals for the Week: COOlMax Ecomade Sock Givaway 12/16
Happy Runner Reviews: CoolMax Ecomade Giveaway 12/27
Running to Health: Road ID 12/??
5k Rae: Safe Holiday Giveaway 12/21
My First 5k Blog: My First (Marathon) Giveaway 12/22
My Life as a Trimommy: Softlips 10/16
Missyzippy: Silver Maple Jewelry 10/22

Have a Wonderful Week and Happy Running

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1.) Yesterday we took a "family field trip" which translates to we let the kids ditch school and took them to Knott's Berry Farm. It was on a roller coaster that I had a epiphany, when I was younger I would be the one on the roller coaster in the front seat, hands up, laughing at my friend screaming next to me. Yesterday however as we rounded the corners and took on stomach in your throat drops from the middle row all I could think about as I held my eyes shut, was the best position I could put myself in if the dang thing went off the rails (and the conclusion i reached is there was no best position). And as the ride came to an end and I stared into the smiling and excited face of my 7 yr. old I realized.... I am too old for that stuff and spent the rest of the day on rides more my speed.

2. Race Schedule (so far)
I would like to run on actual 5k or 10k race once a month and know I wanna do 2 RnR Half Marathons so I have chosen the RnR San Diego and RnR Las Vegas to ensure I actually do em I am going to register for San Diego in January and Las Vegas at the San Diego 1/2. I think that paying out the money that far in advance will keep me motivated to actually run them. As for my smaller races I am going to break the year into trimesters and plan for four months at a time. Sprinkle in some virtual races and I think I am on track to have a productive 2011.

January: Freeze Your Thorns Off Virtual 5k
Feb 19th Bakersfield Track club 5k
March 12th Nutty Run
April 10th Irvine Mud Run
( I have a friend who is trying to talk me in to my first mud run but I may back out and find a 10k instead)
June: RnR San Diego 1/2
Dec: RnR Las Vegas 1/2

3. I am thinking about checking out a yoga class tonight I have been really anxious and on edge lately and I can't really put my finger on why so I am hoping some stretching and breathing will calm my nerves and help clear my mind.

Monday, December 6, 2010

WeekEnd Round-Up 12/6

Saturday was my birthday and I woke up to one of my child throwing up, only to find my youngest had peed her bed and dog poop in my living room I hope this isn't an indication of what 31 is gonna be like...but enough about me.

Great things going on in the blogworld

(If you posted a race report, have a giveaway going on and would like it linked let me please let me know)

Jill over at Run With Jill is hosting a blogger gift/card exchange so if you haven't signed up there is still a couple days to get your name on the list.

There is also I blogger card exchange happening over at Finishing is Winning you have until midnight tonight to sign up.


Momma of 3 on the Run: GU/Ryders 12/17
Run Wifey Run: Fila Tights 12/7
Meals & Moves: Oh! Nuts 12/11
Long Legs on the Loose: Sporty Girl Jewelry 12/11
(Just) Trying is for Girls: Artic Ease 12/10
Running to Health: Inperspire 12/8
Rust Belt Runner: Sporty Girl Jewelry 12/12
Runner Girls Blog Spot: Sporty Girl Jewelry 12/10
Krista's Kravings: Tetley Tea Gift Basket 12/12
Running Off At The Mouth: Trailheads 12/10

Company Promos:

Zazzle is offering 50% off their greeting cards plus shipping until Dec. 8th using code "cardfreeship". So if you are looking to customize a card or interested in cards for runners I think it's a pretty good deal.

If you live or are going to be in the L.A area this weekend Dec. 10 & 11 you should stop by and check out the sale that ALO is having all the products will be marked down 60-70% click on the flyer below for all the details.

Have a Wonderful Week and Happy Running

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Just a little reflecting

So as the end of this year is quickly approaching I figured it was about time I sat down and took a good hard look at what went wrong. I was look back at some of my post when I first started blogging and within them I see so much motivation and determination, my eating habits were so much better and my running seemed like something I would never be able to live with out but at some point this year that me just stopped maybe it was completing my first 1/2 marathon and not having a set plan for what was next or not keeping my priorities straight and allowing taking care of myself to fall back down to the bottom of the list, whatever the reason I have decided that I need to head into 2011 with a precise and organized plan. While I am not 100% sure of what that plan is I am for starters cleaning up my eating and getting back on track with that my motto for food in 2011 will be " Nothing taste as good as being healthy feels". I am also working on a race schedule for next year and have already told my husband how important that is to me to run the races I put on the calendar and he seems to be in full support of it. Okay I am done rambling that is just what i had on my mind and thought i would share....

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hello Again

So after a great week spending time with family, eating way to much food, cleaning, recleaning and bustin out Christmas decorations I am finally back online (yea if you noticed I didn't mention working out that would be because I didn't/haven't in at least 2 weeks and I have about 7 extra pounds to prove it, but no worries I have a plan ) aside from not running I also did not spend anytime on my computer so I have not even read your wonderful blogs during the past week and a half so I am going to spend the next couple days catching up on your blogs and will hopefully be back up and running both figuratively and literally this weekend. I am interested in hearing about you thanksgiving so if you posted about it plz leave me a link, if you haven't posted bout it how was it? did you stay home or travel to celebrate? What was good on the menu?