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10 Reasons to Support GOTR!

16 Oct

This Saturday, I will be running the KC Half Marathon. This will be my 5th time running this amazing race and I am very excited.

This time however, I am excited for a whole new reason! On Saturday, I will not just run this race for me, but I will run it for Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City as a SoleMate.

Girls on the run is a program that has been very near and dear to my heart for the last few years. I began my journey with GOTR as a coach, then moved on to the 5k committee. Now I am serving as a Board Member and loving every minute.

This program is truly amazing. There are so many reasons why I love it, but today I am just going to make you read 10 of them.

1. The lessons. Did you know GOTR is not just about running? In fact, the majority of each lesson is spent teaching our girls life lessons that will make them stronger, and more confident individuals.

2. The girls. Every girl in this program is awesome in their own way. Not only can they make me laugh, but they make each other laugh.

3. The opportunity to participate. Because of donations from people like YOU, we are able to give so many girls the opportunity to participate. Without donations, we would not be able to help these girls grow into healthy and happy girls.  

4. The friendships the girls make with each other. I love watching the girls develop friendships over the season. The coaches do such a good job of separating the girls from their cliques and friends. The outcome is a group of girls that are ALL friends with each other. By the end of the season these girls are so close. It is so cute to see them cheering for each other as we do our running exercises.

5. The bond with their coaches. Throughout the season we really get to know these girls. I have had girls confide in me when they didn’t feel like they could trust any one else. The bond we form is truly amazing and I miss them so much when the season ends.

6. Watching their progress. Not only do we get to watch them grow into strong individuals throughout the season, but we get to see them become better runners. Girls that never thought they could run a mile will shock themselves by running 2 in practice. The running aspect of each practices turns them into such confident young ladies.

7. The hilarious things they say. These girls are so funny. They make each other laugh, and they make me laugh. One of my favorite GOTR lessons is when we talk about gossip. During this lesson we share examples of times we have been gossiped about. In one of my lessons, I had a little girl raise her hand and say – “This boy at school started telling people I was an elf”…then she really killed me with….”I mean, I know I am really short but I am not an Elf!!”

So funny. And look at the confidence we helped her gain to stand up for herself to that annoying little boy 🙂

8. The positive behavior we encourage. Let’s face it…some days it is really easy to be negative. GOTR teaches the girls how to unplug from our negative “cord” and be positive individuals. I always say that this program did as much for me as it did for these girls.

9. The steps they take towards healthy living. Not only does the program encourage girls to be healthy emotionally and physically, but we teach them smart ways to eat. At the end of each practice, a healthy snack is served. With a new partnership with Door to Door Organics, these girls get to try organic fruits and vegetables that they have never had the chance to try. By providing them with these snacks, we hope they continue to make these healthy choices outside of practice.

10. The season ending 5k. After a season of life lessons and fun runs, the girls are ready for their season ending 5k. At this 5k, the girls really get to celebrate their accomplishments. Watching these girls work so hard at the 5k is amazing. When they cross that finish line you see a sense of pride in them that was not there when they started the season just a couple months prior.

EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!!! 

$10 buys a healthy snack

$35 buys a girl a pair of running shoes

$135 puts a girl through the program

Without donations from people like YOU, girls do not get the opportunity to participate in this program. So many of these girls need the guidance and support this program offers.

DONATE NOW!!!!! Pretty please?

I promise you, your money is well spent.

And if you don’t believe me….just look at a few pictures my husband snapped at the last 5k. If these don’t show happiness and confidence, I don’t know what does!

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Ali

 

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St. Jude’s Marathon Training – HALFWAY THERE!

30 Sep

Last week’s training marked the halfway point of my training plan. 10 weeks down, 10 to go.

I knew I would be increasing my mileage, and I also had a really busy week with work and Girls on the Run meetings. Because of these factors, I went into the week with an open mind and decided I would do the best I could to follow my schedule.

Monday: 10.2 miles at 7:48 pace. 2 mile warm up, 6 miles at Marathon Goal Pace – 7:25, 7:27, 7:23, 6:56, 7:21, 7:14. The fast mile in there was on the track….so I kind of cheated. Overall I was very happy with this run and felt pretty good. It was a very cool morning which felt incredible. These paces are faster than my marathon goal pace, but they felt good so I went with it.

Garmin Selfie.

Garmin Selfie.

Decided to take Winnie pooch for a run when I got home from work. I was so proud of her for making it 1.1 miles! When I got home, I did 25 minutes of abs and arms.

Tuesday: 7.7 miles at 8:51 pace. Ran super easy, but also on lots of hills.

Went to the gym after work and did 25 minutes of abs and arms. Then hit the ice bath.

Ice baths are a perfect example of "hurts so good". I HATE them, but I love them so much more.

Ice baths are a perfect example of “hurts so good”. I HATE them, but I love them so much more.

Wednesday: Run #1 – 3.51 miles at 9:04 pace. Run #2 after work – 6.18 miles at 8:41 pace.

This was a disaster of a day. My schedule said mile repeats, but I knew it wasn’t happening when I woke up. I was so tired and just felt worn down. Usually I can fight it and give myself a pep talk, but that day I just couldn’t. This was one of the only runs in my 10 weeks of training that I have missed. Because of that, I am not worried about it. Obviously my body was telling me to rest, so I did just that. And the extra hour of sleep felt amazing.

 

Run #1 of the day was in the rain.

Run #1 of the day was in the rain. Proof on the tank.

Thursday: Off

Friday: 7 miles at 8:20 pace. Treadmill run in Baltimore. I was there for a Girls on the Run Conference. Finished this run with 4 x 30 second striders (6:55 pace).

Love my bum ruffle skirts.

Love my bum ruffle skirts.

Gorgeous Baltimore sunset.

Gorgeous Baltimore sunset.

It actually worked out well that our flights were delayed. Because of the delays, we got to have dinner next to the water.

It actually worked out well that our flights were delayed. Because of the delays, we got to have dinner next to the water.

Saturday: 16 miles at 8:56 pace. Such a great run catching up with Stacy and Diana. I loved hosting them for a run in my neighborhood. I was so glad I had an easy paced long run on the schedule. Not getting in from Baltimore until midnight made the 5:45am wake up call a little brutal. Easy miles were much appreciated.

Just had to slip in this ADORABLE photo of my sweet dog!!!!

Just had to slip in this ADORABLE photo of my sweet dog!!!!

Sunday: 5.04 miles at 8:48 pace. Finished with 6 x 10 second striders.

Total mileage: 56.74

All in all, I am happy with this week of training. While I didn’t follow my schedule perfectly and only had one hard run, I know I got in some quality miles. I also gave my legs a week to recover from the intensity I had been used to.

Hope your training/running/fitness is going well!!

xo,

Ali

Seasonal Rage Disorder

27 Mar

I decided that I have recently acquired Seasonal Rage Disorder.

It is like the Seasonal Depression Disorder, only instead of having the side affects that one would think correlate to depression, I am having the side affects of someone with lots of rage. And I mean, LOTS of RAGE!!!!

The cause?

Well that is easy. It is the NEVER ENDING WINTER THAT WON’T GO AWAY!!!!!

I am always one of those people who gets so excited for the first (and even second and third) snowfalls of the season. I actually have always considered myself one of those weird people that don’t mind when winter is coming.

But right now, I am going freaking crazy with this weather. And when the weather people announce that we are expecting another storm with MORE snow and MORE ice and MORE cold winds, I want to punch frosty in the face.

Yes, I realize that it is “officially” spring, but I refuse to call it spring until the weather starts behaving that way.

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When I got home from my run this morning and I was feeling all sorts of anger from the cold weather, I put together a top 10 list of reasons why I hate winter weather and our current situation.

It is negative and grouchy, but it is how I feel.

Here we go….

1. Constantly slipping on ice and nearly falling on my ass. This morning, I actually almost fell into a storm drain.

2. Hour long commutes to work. I swear, people see snow on the ground and drive like idiots.

3. What does sunshine even look like? And where did I put all my sunglasses since I haven’t been wearing them?

4. My Girls on the Run girls are totally over running laps inside a tiny classroom. That small space will NOT help them to train for a 5k. I would guess maybe (and I mean maybe) 50 laps is a mile.

5. Stuck on the treadmill. Enough said there.

6. Wearing the same damn sweaters over and over and over. My spring clothes are being neglected.

7. Hands so dry they actually start bleeding.

8. My nose is ALWAYS running!

9. Constant shivering.

10. Looking like Ralphie from A Christmas Story every time I attempt a run outside. Or actually every time I go outside for any reason.

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Thank you for listening to me. I actually feel a little better already. And if you have tips on handling winters that won’t go away and miserable weather, can you let me know???

Wishing you a good week ahead. And I PROMISE the next post will be happier. Unless of course, we get another blizzard between now and then.

xo

Ali

A week in my life – day three.

14 Mar

I love Wednesdays.

I usually get a ton done at work, and a ton done in my life. I also usually have time to lay down and watch mindless TV. This Wednesday was no different.

Here go the photos…..

4:30am - Ughhhhhhh.

4:30am – Ughhhhhhh.

5am - Not even sure how I drove my car to the gym I was so tired.

5am – Not even sure how I drove my car to the gym I was so tired.

5 miles on the treddy (thanks, Holly!). Ran a pretty good pace for an easy day!

5 miles on the treddy (thanks, Holly!). Ran a pretty good pace for an easy day!

Tortured myself for 10 minutes on the stairclimber. I was literally dripping with sweat!

Tortured myself for 10 minutes on the stairclimber. I was literally dripping with sweat!

Time for arms and abs. I haven't been doing these much since I have been focusing so much on running. I was definitely feeling it today.

Time for arms and abs. I haven’t been doing these much since I have been focusing so much on running. I was definitely feeling it today.

6:40am - Home from the gym, make some coffee, get in the shower.

6:40am – Home from the gym, make some coffee, get in the shower.

I didn't eat this morning before my gym workout, so I was STARVING! I chugged my shake.

I didn’t eat this morning before my gym workout, so I was STARVING! I chugged my shake.

7am - I hate being rushed in the morning. I like to relax a little bit, watch GMA and play on my phone. It helps me relax before I face the day.

7am – I hate being rushed in the morning. I like to relax a little bit, watch GMA and play on my phone. It helps me relax before I face the day.

Make this instagram picture while laying in bed.

Make this instagram picture while laying in bed.

7:45am - Dug out this OLD sweater today!! It was an amazing find from the Limited.

7:45am – Dug out this OLD sweater today!! It was an amazing find from the Limited.

My silver jewelry staples. And can you see how dry my hands are???

My silver jewelry staples. And can you see how dry my hands are??? I had to rub neosporin on them because they started bleeding!

8:20am - Read my Timehop Abe while sitting in traffic.

8:20am – Read my Timehop Abe while sitting in traffic.

8:40am - Woohoo start my day!!! I will clean my desk tomorrow I suppose :)

8:40am – Woohoo start my day!!! I will clean my desk tomorrow I suppose 🙂

9:45am - Breakfast #2. Overnight oats. If you don't eat these, you should.

9:45am – Breakfast #2. Overnight oats. If you don’t eat these, you should.

11am - Attend a client meeting from my desk.

11am – Attend a client meeting from my desk.

11:30am - Catch up on the blog world. Ever read Mom's Gotta Run? If not, you should. Jen is awesome and has overcome so much. I was lucky to be connected to her through the NYC Marathon experience. Jen had everything she had taken from her in the hurricane. Seriously, the girl is amazing.

11:30am – Catch up on Mom’s Gotta Run. Ever read Mom’s Gotta Run? If not, you should. Jen is awesome and has overcome so much. I was lucky to be connected to her through the NYC Marathon experience. Everything Jen had was taken during Hurricane Sandy, and the girl remains positive and inspiring. Check her out.

1:15pm - Eat lunch (leftovers from yesterday)

1:15pm – Eat lunch (leftovers from yesterday)

1:45pm - Dessert! An Arbonne Fit Chew.

1:45pm – Dessert! An Arbonne Fit Chew.

I limit myself to 2 pieces of this gum throughout the day. It is just so good!!

I limit myself to 2 pieces of this gum throughout the day. It is just so good!!

2pm - Take a break between my client conference calls and put together my 'No Nonsense Nelly' folder for practice.

2pm – Take a break between my client conference calls and put together my ‘No Nonsense Nelly’ folder for practice. The lesson tonight was one of my favorites. We talked about negative self talk.

3:45pm - Snuck up on Ramsey and snapped a pic!

3:45pm – Snuck up on Ramsey and snapped a pic!

3:50pm: Apple with PB.

3:50pm: Apple with PB.

3:59pm - Run downstairs for a meeting. Weighed down will all my crap.

3:59pm – Run downstairs for a meeting. Weighed down will all my crap.

5:00pm - Out the door! My office is on the left.

5:00pm – Out the door! My office is on the left.

7:30pm - Home from GOTR practice, get the mail.

7:30pm – Home from GOTR practice, get the mail.

7:45pm - Eat an easy dinner. Peppers, onion, avocado, eggs.

7:45pm – Eat an easy dinner. Peppers, onion, avocado, eggs.

Can someone teach me how to cut an avocado?? I am seriously terrible.

Can someone teach me how to cut an avocado??

8:00pm - Make my lunch for tomorrow. How much avocado is too much???

8:00pm – Make my lunch for tomorrow. How much avocado is too much???

8:20pm - Oh you know, just packing up all my crap for Thursday and Friday. I will be at Stacy's tomorrow, and Ramsey's Friday. I swear I am always packing!!!!!!!!

8:20pm – Oh you know, just packing up all my crap for Thursday and Friday. I will be at Stacy’s tomorrow, and Ramsey’s Friday. I swear I am always packing!!!!!!!!

8:30pm - Sit on the couch and watch Rachel Zoe. Mindless TV at its best.

8:30pm – Sit on the couch and watch Rachel Zoe. Mindless TV at its best. Also, write this blog post!

Snack on some skinny girl cheesecake.

Snack on some skinny girl cheesecake.

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9:30pm – Set the alarm for tomorrow’s run. Snuggle into bed to try to get a good nights sleep!

Have a great Thursday!!!

Ali

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