Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Starr is Born~Literally~HappyBirthday Starr!

As Promised working my way to update the blog with races ...but first I want to Show Case one of my Runner "Kids" Starr Gantz...
 
*****But first here's some important info on my ShowCase Runner*****
 
Starr retired after 42 years, having worked in Adolescent Medicine in Pediatrics and Young Parents Program in OB Clinic as a Registered Dietitian at UK. One door closed, and another one opened, she decided to become a Team leader for the March of Dimes/ March for Babies, and strongly believes in their programs to prevent preterm deliveries and that they are making a difference. March of Dimes provided research funding not only for the polio vaccine, but many more for babies.
This year her Step Challenge raised $1200! Friends and family donated to the March for Babies and then attempted to outstep her for a week. There were only 3 that did, Marcus, Tommy, and Mindy. Fifty eight people participated, and everyone received a prize.Last year she raised $1800. I agree with Starr, babies are our future and deserve a fighting chance.
Meeting Starr was by chance after a race that the Kid was doing in Lexington...this is where we have met Many of my Runner Kids....About 6 years ago, Starr decided that after walking 10,000 steps per day for years she decided she could get her exercise done faster by running. It was a disaster. Which led to her having to use an inhaler after only running past 3 houses along her street. Starr like all runners I've met didn't give up, and kept adding more distance to her attempts. She eventually found a trainer, Larry Jackson at Synergy Inc. Through her training she was able to build her strength and endurance. Her mileage now can average from 10-30 miles per week depending on what she is training for. Quoted from Starr "Running is something you do for yourself, not for anyone else". "And yes, I do run for the bling!" and Oh the Bling they all have acquired....
 
She enjoys  running by myself or with friends. Along with the friendships (shout out to the Flamingos {there are Four Original Flamingos} and Weekend Runaways) made through Running, traveling, and so many fun experiences is really what Running is all about. I've witnessed not just her but most of the runners like running all the various distances, and though she 'says' come June this is really going to be her last marathon referring to the first in Kentucky Women's only Filly Half-Marathon.
She joined Bluegrass Runners because of wanting to be part of putting on the Thoroughbred Classic on Thanksgiving, as it was great way to give back to the community.
 
Those of us that Know and Love Starr also know her love of Chocolate!! Last year the kids competed in 3 Hot Chocolate races. It was fitting then for her to become a HotChocolate Ambassador....a Perfect Fit indeed.  As Ambassador she shares her 'code' for those that want to also enjoy in the fun and of course CHOCOLATE! So those who want to do a destination race to Nashville use code NASHSTARR19 for extra swag in your bag.
 
Starr turned 65 this year and OMG is More out of Control than ever before...it's the hormone patch
so it was fitting to have a Race Birthday party Flamingo Style...
She IS one of the original Flamingo's More on that later.
 
During this years Quarter Horse Relay at White Hall in Richmond the Kid and her buddies put on a Lavish "tent" flamingo style surprise Birthday party before, during, after the race.....talk about pink galore, I'm not as fond of the color but have learned to go with it as I too am part of the original Flamingo's. There were flamingo blow ups, cut-outs, banner, water bottles, thermos containers, lawn deco,

 

 
as well as a Flamingos cupcake Cake from Sweets by Cindy (she did amazing as always)..
The Race itself was The Most Miserable I've been too EVER!! Rain, Sleet, Snow, Snow with Sleet, Cold, Wind you name it [only in Kentucky]....the Worst! But it was Birthday Girl weekend and the kids pulled through to make it a day Starr would remember...
Starr & Bobbie aka the 'Kid'
 Maggie Tibbles & the Kid
the Kid & Lori MacGregor
Starr & Lori
 
The next day, March 25th, after going through Cold, Rain, Sleet & Snow...she did her 'official Kick-off' Birthday Walk of .65 miles in her neighborhood which by the Grace of God is was Sunny and only slightly cool {again crazy Ky weather} the Kid and I went to help celebrate and get some steps in...she mapped out a course through her neighborhood, had a water stop, and also had a Beer, Wine, snack stop before finishing at her home where you won prizes for completing the walk A~N~D more food!
So Here's to you my Starr, and one of my Star performers...I will see you at many more races to come as well as share many more hotel rooms during the Weekend RunCations!
 
 
Hugs, Kisses, Run Safe Wishes!
 
a Runners Mom & More


 



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It's my party and I have NEWS to Share!!!



Well Hello again....It's me the long lost wayward Blogger. After a few difficult months things are looking up Finally!!
I recently had another Birthday and I'm proud to say I made it to Life Level #63....
yes folks this chick made it to 63 and love it.
The space I will be occupying in the paper will be show casing a 'Featured' Road Athlete, I will be playing catch up with several races I've been involved with so far this year, but, as the Blog Title states I'm MORE than a runner's Mom. I hope you take time to enjoy some of my endeavors as I continue to go through this thing called my Life.
To start off let me tell ya a bit about me...I'm the oldest child, have 1 brother who still lives in Indiana {yep Hoosier by Birth--Bluegrass Babe by choice} Type "A" personality that has got me into trouble more times than not...'cause unless you Really don't want to know don't ask....you may not like my answer. I'm named after my GrandMa Ruby and I feel like I get a lot of my heathen traits from that side of my family. I'm now married to my 3rd hubby{and Last}, there will be more on him later, I retired from my 'For Real' job 2years ago encouraged by the Hubby {he Loves me}, I have 1 daughter who thank the Good Lord is not exactly like me but can be if need be {you will see/hear more on her later} she has 2 daughters and has been with the same man for 27 yrs now....more on him later too.
Both of my parents are deceased, but I have my Step-Father still here in Ky and grateful for his love to all of us.
Since my retirement, again I'm MORE than a Runner's Mom..I've managed to keep busy with a number of things, as a Walker I do several 'virtual' 5K races during the year {this year I'm doing 1 a month}, I'm partnered with Lexington based RaceRise Timing group doing race photography as well and help plan several Lexington/Louisville races  (my Runner Daughter is a Ambassador for them) we also travel to different locations for races, member of Lexington Ave Baptist Church, I have a fairly sizable group for the Get Moving challenge and have set up WednesdayWalks for those that want to attend (there's also prize drawings from me), I'm a active volunteer for GABBF, Boyle Co Trails Alliance, on the Board of Directors for Dash for Danielle, planning committee for Brass Band 5K, MOPS volunteer when in session as this takes care of my Grand Baby fix since mine are grown, I help organize the local WildernessTrace Run/Walk series, the Campaign GURU (as in 'I do it all') for my husband Steve who is running for 5th District Magistrate, I'm Ambassador for SOXYFEET - BondiBand - and just recently accepted as a Just Strong Ambassador, do to getting the yard in shape after the LONGEST Winter weather I can remember I haven't gone to the gym this week but will resume my KettleBell, RIPPED, and Zumba classes.
So here I am 'A Runner's Mom and More'....I will submit to my Sports Editor and he can decide if I get published or not I already know and understand local sports will come first {as it should} and we'll go from there... my first Road Athlete is not only a star to me but her name is Starr as well!

Stay Tuned there's more to come!

Hugs, Kisses, Run Safe Wishes!
 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Flamingo5K 1MileWalk ~ Nicholasville, Ky

Starr one of the Original Flamingo's getting Massaged.
 
The 'Kid' and rest of the Flamingo Crew trying to stay warm before the race.
 
Isn't it Fantastic to witness the 'Big Check' and you see it right...$$10,000$$
 
As a small {very small} partner with Team RaceRise I get to have medals to add to my collection, fact is though I will do a 5K virtually--Love the Partnership Perks
 

Race Start Video...Rain & Oh SO COLD!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

MOPS Mommaw ~ OCD at it finest


 
And a Long Day so far...
 
Coffee & vitamins before heading out to MOPS....the MR headed for his monthly PT session, come March 1st  PT will be with me at the gym...Jus'Sayin!
 
Yep I'm a MOPPETT which translates into I'm a Babysitter for 1-2 yr olds while their Momma's have a meeting/get together...I started this last year helping out when my friend and fellow church member Amanda reached out to the congregation asking for anyone who could spare a couple hours once a month. Who doesn't have 2 hours ONCE a MONTH to help??
so here I am with a Room full of little people...Girls & Boys that I can get down on the floor to play with, and just be silly....also it gives me my 'Mommaw' fix since my grandkids are grown and don't want to be around as much have responsibilities of their own.
Two of the kids I'm partial to as I know the parents,
Tara just wasn't sure what to think of the others kids running around.
 
Elam trying to smile and get a sip at the same time.
 
After MOPS it was home for lunch and wait for the delivery of the new treadmill....[yet another post too come]
 
What's the first thing I see ??
Oh LORT...I Can't Even !! Here we go, the MR is off today...no telling what else. 
 
I go in to change clothes and find the bed in dis-Array and not from the Fur Babies...ASS has sat on the bed !  Nope, NOpe, NOPE! Once I make the bed unless it's TIME to go to bed, don't get on it - Sorry NOT Sorry...I can't even !! {maybe I should go back to Threapy again?}
See that wrinkle where Ass has sat down, [if this doesn't bother you just Stop now and come back tomorrow]....OCD overload...I Can't Even !
 
Get it straightened back up head for the bathroom then this.......
 
I know...I know!   OCD OVERLOAD!
 
Finally Lunch..
Something simple Pita Pocket filled with lettuce, sliced up Ham, & shredded cheese..once I have it all in the pocket I put dressing on top and take a fork to mix it a bit...black olives and a few tortilla chips while I read the morning paper...
 
I checked the menus I planned and decided on Manwich tonight, again something I've made extra of and froze in portion sizes...this will go great with the rest of the Sweet potato leftover, add in a side salad, Yummy for my Tummy and everything is ready to go when I get back from the gym and before my meeting tonight...Planning/Organizing/Follow through for the WIN!!
 
Then of course - Again?? CRAP  !
 
Oh well that's it for now, Off to change for Zumba with Mavis tonight -- that will make 4 times going to the gym...#IGotThis  #HappyFitYear
 
 
Anyone else have Quirks or are OCD ??
How's your planning going or, are you ??
Anyone out there have Grand Kids ??
 
Hugs,Kisses RunWalk Safe Wishes
A Runner's Mom & More.
 
 

 
  
 


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday Woe ~ Gym for the Win ~ Non Sponsored Post

 
That for real was me this morning...even with getting the alarm set right I didn't get up when it went off~I can't even~....though I'm notorious for a snooze button once or twice..three times...it's there for a reason am I right??
 
But in my defense I stayed up way to long last night partially because I wanted to catch up on some recorded show [RHO--anything] and a few others cause of the UK vs TN game was on...and because I got extremely pissed aggravated at the MR for not only Not eating my planned dinner but also the fact that he just could not stop with one of his bad habits, which ended up All Over the kitchen floor....did I not JUST mop it Monday....so here I am getting a mop and rags to soak up the mess when there he stands with a Dust Mop? Please....just get out of my way cause this is a Laminate floor and I don't want it soaking through...UGH!!
then I'm sitting trying my best to relax when outside I hear not just a pitter patter of rain drops but the knocking of pelting rain drops...and it's colder...Great Just Great! Did I slam my car door?? Will it open ok in the morning? Shit..Crap so I get dressed put my boots on and go out to 'adjust' the car door so it won't freeze shut....sigh~I can't even....
 
So anyway waking up the morning my Best friends were COFFEE...and Sinus Meds cause My head is busting....from top, bottom, and both sides.....or maybe stress whatever it's got to go...
 
 
R.I.P.P.E.D. class for the Win!!
 
   
As soon as I worked on gym schedules I put together my clothes for this mornings class...I want to take a minute to talk about my SoxyFeet [FYI-this is NOT a paid post] I Love SoxyFeet socks, admittedly in the beginning wearing 2 different socks had my OCD bonkers but after wearing them and having my feet Happy, Happy, Happy it's all Good! Perfect for any activity as they help wick away moisture...If you're interested in trying them I'm an Ambassador --use SOXYRUBY for a discount when you check out!
 
Then there's SHEFIT sports bras.... If you have done this before...
I highly recommend a SHEFIT bra. For me personally I tried a number of sports bras from local stores, Sporting goods stores and such,,I NEED a bra that will keep the bounce to a minimum - preferably zero but lets be honest, unless your in binding there's always some bounce..SHEFIT has been a God send...there are hooks to help keep it secured while it's zipped & you get to adjust not only around but the shoulder Straps....the STRAPS people. As tight as you need for whatever activity your doing, or, loosen to a comfort level of your choice when your finished. I will however admit they are $$pricey$$ but so worth it...
 
Gobbler shirt thanks to my small partnership with RaceRise Timing, Love being able to help in my own small way taking pictures of the runners/walkers during events from 5K to Full Marathons they can do it all...so many to choose from check them out here.
 
And of course with this mop of curly hair I Love my BondiBand headband...Wicking and it stays in place..
 
On my way home I passed MOTHER EARTH expelling water...so Awesome to witness the powers she has..
 
Lunch today was another Smoothie, I had extra from Monday left over that I froze so just added another Banana, the rest of the leftover fruit, a little Almond Milk, and a little of GLUKOS protein powder, Just what I needed after the gym...
 
Go in to get showered before starting this post only to find this...
Muddy Paw prints...whichever Toddler cat did this Thank you so Much ...said no one ever!


 
 That's it from me today...Hugs, Kisses, Run/Walk Safe Wishes.

A Runners Mom & More






 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I can see clearly now! - Water everyday - Zumba

 
 
It is isn't it...Tuesday and feeling like it should be Thursday at the Very Least....
 
Got all my Favorite containers filled, ready to...I do this daily! Huge thanks to my friend Julie for making my Flamingo Mama & MOM SQUAD cups...LOVE'em
 
Started the day of course with COFFEE!! Thinking I should really cut back on this....Not!
The first thing rolling my day was the dishwasher, of all the daily chores I do this is the one I Hate to do...don't know why cause it's the simplest one to do...Loading it I'm OK with but putting them away...Shew'eee if it wasn't for the sink and counters getting over ran by dirty dishes/pots & pans I would let the sucker go until I need something out of it, that's what I get for cooking instead of going out to eat.....
The countdown has begun for this chore to pass onto the MR - 13 more days and he joins the retirement club...THIRTEEN! Well to be honest he's actually not retiring then but with vacation he has already accrued and the Floating Holidays his last ''working'' day is mid-month. I Can't Wait! We have much to do and the ''Planning'' has begun, not just with household & yard projects but his newest adventure...post coming soon I Promise! 
 
A little TV time today for a change before heading to get some new specks....it's been a while since I got different glasses, but do to the whole MR retiring thing getting ready to happen I figured get'em while I can now.
My prescription has changed a lot bit and the cataracts have grown some....nothing to worry about yet as I expected them to develop long before now [Thanks Mom-got that heredity thing].
 
Meal prep for tonight Meatless Meal for the win...Baked Sweet Potato, Sweet corn, Cottage Cheese, and Salad is on the menu...
 
Prepped for the gym last night all I need to do is get there...luckily there wasn't any of the expected rain, sleet, snow forecasted last night so I won't be late...
 
I've missed going to class and though I need to take it easy and not over-do it I will make exercise & fitness & healthy eating a better priority. 
Zumba with Mavis was on point as Always!! Love, Love, LOVE her teaching... just enough pause between songs to show the steps ahead of the music...

 
Back to working on the meal plan [three weeks worth done-go me] I started planning for winter meals a long time ago and as $$ allowed I would pick up items to use for later and cooked extra meals more so for the MR to re-heat when I am gone on destination races,
schedules [gym-meetings-races for the win],
and budgets [almost balanced]....
 
 
That's my Thursday crap Tuesday hope you're all doing well!
 
 
Do you Zumba??
How much water do you get in a Day?
Can you plan 3weeks worth of meals?


Hugs, Kisses, Safe Run/Walk Wishes

A Runners Mom and More

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday Things to Do ~ Having a PLAN

 
 
 
Monday Motivation
Once I finished yesterdays blog post I made my plan for todays activities first by getting clothes ready for the gym which may not seem like a lot to most but for me it was just what I not only wanted to do but needed to do....
 
 
My Soxy Feet says it all I had a Plan and there was No going back....On to the next task...getting the bed made, Yep I'm one of 'Those' people, I can't tell you how happy I am when this is done.
 
Coffee ALWAYS first, then Breakfast next and if you checked in with yesterdays post you seen where I had made these eggs and French Fry hash browns while cooking other stuff, add a piece of toast and DONE! 
 
Next up...Head for a class at the Gym....yeah OK~~When did all This Happen??
My Entire car is Froze Shut...as in all the doors, windows you name it, everything was froze so the plan to go to the gym was temporarily on Hold.   I dug around in the garage looking for de-icer and as luck would have it I found some....by this time I have 20 minutes to get to the gym...I sprayed, tugged, sprayed some more when Finally I got a door open...a Back Door...well OK climb over the seat and shoulder push the driver door only to almost fall out of the car....cause De-Icer!
OK...I'm in the car, get it started, step out to spray windows all around and slip on a ice patch,
Lord Help Me I REALLY Want to Cuss go to the gym I have a plan....
now I have 10 minutes till class starts...
It's cold sitting in the car waiting...waiting on it to warm up and hopefully thaw out enough for me to get a spot on the window to see through....Now I'm just aggravated enough to go back in the house...my head hurts, my shoulder is reminding me I banged it on the door, and my back has decided to twitch when I walk...
Once in the house I look at the class schedule One More Time - it just started - of Course it has.
But Again I Have A Plan.
Back outside I'm able to scrape a hole to see out of and I'm finally on my way. Class has already started and not sure if I will be able to still do it or not but I'm going to do something at the gym....It's my Plan!!
 
YEA!!!  I got to the gym and Thankfully Autumn has given me the Thumbs up to still join in....Silver Sneakers class for the WIN. Don't judge I've been out for a while so starting back slowly with a Plan. I enjoyed my time there even if it was only 45 minutes worth, stopped on the way out and got the MR signed up to start in March....Welcome to Retirement Sweetie!
 
Headed home to shower and fix a Smoothie for Lunch:
6oz Almond Milk, 1 frozen banana, leftover strawberries [1/2], 1T flaxseed, scoop of GLUKOS protein powder, Ice till I liked the consistency.....
 
Next it's some of the usual stuff..Load of laundry, dust mopped {thank goodness for hardwood floors--so easy to take care}, damp mopped the kitchen {'cause Laminate floors there}, and got the bathroom cleaned.....


 For the rest of the day I'll get dinner ready for tonight work on a menu plan, budget plan, look at what races are coming up, look at some of the MR's newest adventure stuff, and maybe finish one of the books I'm reading.
 
 Until next time Hugs, Kisses, Safe Run/Walk Wishes

A Runner's Mom & More