Joplin Memorial Fun Run {2016}

One of my favorite Newman family traditions is to have the girls run the Joplin Memorial Run Fun Run. So, adding it to our spring bucket list almost felt like cheating. But I think we all add things to our lists we know we’ll do. The run is always the Friday evening before the big race and the girls look forward to it for months.

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They were beyond excited that race day was finally here and as always, they humored me by letting me take some pre-run photos. I just love seeing them all dolled up like mini-me’s. Some things will just never get old. 

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The plan this year was for Russ to run the race with Emily again and Marissa to take off by herself. Of course that leaves me to do what I love to do, take photos. But I can’t take credit for all of these shots. A few of them were taken by my father in law and some others by the official race photographers. Three people taking pictures definitely made it hard to pick the ones to share with you today.

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We also saw our friends Jonathan and David there. We hadn’t seen them in what felt like ages so it was a pretty happy reunion. 

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I never let the girls wear the race shirt to the race. My main reason for that can easily be seen in this photo. They are SO much easier to spot. 

Before the race I gave Marissa permission to go wherever she wanted in the line-up I was pretty shocked to see that she found her way pretty close to the start of the pack. She isn’t really a vocally competitive girl but I am seeing a bit of a competitive spirit spark up in her.

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Emily on the other hand is pretty happy hanging towards the back of the pack with dad. She is just the happiest little runner I know (still). She treats fun runs like a parade, leaping and waving along the way. Not much has changed for her since last year. 

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Out and back Marissa ran her mile in a hair over 8:30. Two minutes faster than last year. I could seriously watch this girl run ALL day long. She always looks so strong, graceful, and effortless out there.

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A few minutes later along came our sweet EE, still smiling and waving.

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The JMR 2016 kids run was once again a great time

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You can check out our 2015 recap here and our 2014 recap here for a bit of a throwback.
I can’t even believe how much those girls have grown over the past two years.

Have you done a fun run with your kid(s) yet?!
I would highly recommend adding it to your summer bucket list!

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Fueling For Success, Crushing Fitness Goals

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Around this time every year I start looking back. I look back on where I came from, where I have been, where I am today and where I want to go. I think about goals, plans to reach those goals and the tools that I need to succeed and that is exactly what I want to talk to you about today.

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I’ve said it before and I know I will say it again.
I haven’t always been a physically active person.

I spent most of my 20’s with the best of intentions and a misguided definition of what it really means to be “in shape”. One day, about three years ago, I decided that things needed to change. Since then there has been no looking back. I’ve had great success and times when it took everything I had to find any motivation but I haven’t given up and I have no plans to quit now.

But more than that fitness has become a passion of mine. I love talking to others and encouraging them to pursue their goals. I hope this post today leaves you encouraged. Wherever you are in life it’s never to late to make a positive change.

How to set and crush fitness goals!

#1 Start Small
You can’t expect to go from never working out to 7 days or a couch potato to running 20 miles a week instantly. Be okay with starting small and moving forward slowly. Everyone has to start somewhere. The most important part is starting.

#2 Find accountability
From a workout buddy to your mom, find someone who will regularly check in on you and keep you accountable. We always will perform better when we know we’ll be checked on.

#3 Fuel for success
This one is huge for me and the one that it took me the longest to grasp. Muscles need to be fed to grow and what do muscles like? Protein! For the first year and a half I was regularly working out I wasn’t giving my body the fuel it needed to perform and recover. 

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#4 Make Goals
I am a HUGE believer in setting goals. Having a prize to set your eyes on can be just the motivation that you need to get out of bed in the morning.

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To help you set and obtain goals I created a printable goal sheet with a way to track your progress at the bottom. Just print it out, fill in your goals, and display it somewhere where others can see it. Then you can write down your workouts through the month so you can track your progress, crossing off those goals as you crush them.

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#5 Give yourself grace
Refuse to quit! If you have an off week, push on. Suffer an injury, heal and begin again. There are so many obstacles that will come across your path, know that now and be ready to overcome them without beating yourself up.

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Missouri Race Series Joplin {Race Recap}

We all have THAT friend.

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You know what I mean, right?

The one that pushes you to be a better version of yourself. The one who you can say your crazy ideas too and instead of telling you you’re crazy they actually listen. I can’t tell you how many conversations I have had with this lady that start out “We could…” only to end up becoming reality hours, days, weeks, or months later. 

For me that friend is Anna.
She’s my Thelma.

This weekend was another one of our crazy adventures. We were SUPPOSED to take it easy this week. We were SUPPOSED to just put in a 5 mile taper run. But when an opportunity presents itself and it is the other persons birthday, you just do it. One week before our half we ran what would officially be the hardest run in almost 3 years of running, the Missouri Race Series 10 Mile Joplin Race.

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I have no words for how challenging that course was and the pictures I took will never do it any justice. So I’m hopeful that the elevation map gives you and idea of how the run went… for 10+ miles!

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And with no official on course photographer, we had to take our own photos.
Because if you don’t take a picture, it didn’t really happen. 

But they weren’t all so happy. 

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Look a hill!

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Oh and there’s another one. 

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This was a smaller hill that led to a BIG hill and on the other side… you guessed it, a hill! And once we got to the end we had to turn around and do it all over again.

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Hill after hill after hill. I assure you they looked MUCH more impressive in person.

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But some how we did it!
It wasn’t a record setting time or pace and you can guarantee we walked up some of those hills, but we never thought we wouldn’t finish!

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Her birthday wish come true, the finish line.

So that’s a wrap on our latest “great” idea. We also came to a mutual agreement mid race that we would NEVER run this course again… or will we?

Only 3 days to go until we run 13.1!
I should also mention we’ll have some company for our half. One week ago Russ impulsively decided to sign-up to do it with us since his employer is a headline sponsor and he could run it for free. So with pretty much zero training he is planning to do his best. Looks like we aren’t the (only) crazy ones after all!

Happy Hump Day!

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Monthly Goals, April 2016

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Another month of is gone and so is 1/4 of the year.

Thankfully it is the 1/4 that I couldn’t be happier to see gone. For me it seems like the year gets better and better as it goes along, each month bringing just a little more excitement than the one before. Today I’m going to take a look at how I am doing goal wise and make some new goals for the new month, which is nearly a week over already.
 
 
March
 
Blog- 
*Keep posting 4-5 days a week.
*Celebrate the blogs 2nd birthday.

*Work harder towards 500 Facebook follower. It feels impossible but I have less than 50 to go! So if you want to help a girl out you can find my page HERE

Done, done, and done! I hit 500 like with just a couple of days to spare. I am SO excited to have finally made that milestone. It feels like I have been working toward that one forever.

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Family-
*Family Game Night
*Family Movie Night
*Take a walk or family bike ride.

Family time this month was a bit less intentional than I planned for but 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. Plus I still feel like we did quite a bit together, just not the things on my list.

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Fitness-
*Work out 4 days a week.
*Stop eating so many cookies. I mean it this time. Really, I do.
 
Thanks to some training runs with Marissa I still managed to hit my work out goal even with some lazy mornings and a cold. I was shocked that I some how pulled it off. As for eating better I’m still not doing amazing but if you are grading on a curve I did much better than last month, so I call it a win.
 
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Spiritual- 
*Finish the She Reads Truth Lent study.
*Start keeping a prayer journal with Marissa

Prayer journal was a bomb, but we are praying more frequently together. I also barely finished the study. I need to pick something else up soon though. Maybe I can get back to that book I borrowed from MIL forever ago and have yet to really dive into.

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Home School-
*Stay on track, we are so close now!
*Begin working on our project fair projects.
*Start Purchasing curriculum for next year.

One month from today we will officially be done with school, that feels AMAZING to say. I also have been gathering curriculum for next year, I even picked some up for the year after that too #overachiever. As for our project fair projects, procrastination won out. After we wrap up our testing this week we will dive into those.

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Random-
*File our taxes
*Trip to the shooting range
*Prep stuff for the consignment sale
*Start some more seedlings
*Girls night

Taxes were filed, the consignment sale stuff was BARELY prepped in time and I threw a few seedlings in a pot on the last day of the month just so I could cross it off. I went on two girl nights this month which wasn’t nearly enough and my trip to the shooting range got delayed until this past weekend which was technically April. Sickness and exhaustion really had a huge impact on my March social life. Hopefully April proves to be more exciting.

April

Blog-
*Keep posting 4-5 days a week.
*Work on my Pinterest strategy and growing followers to 1,000.

Family-
*Family movie night.
*Family outing (walk, donut date, something).
*Go to a car show.

Fitness-
*Run a 5K.
*Get serious about half-marathon training.
*4-5 workouts a week.
*Improve my diet more this month.

Spiritual- 
*Pray more as a family.
*Start reading something.
*Attend Sunday School at church.

Home School-
*Survive academic testing week.
*Begin wrapping up subjects at the end of the month.
*Complete project fair assignments.

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*3-4 Girl nights.
*Trip to the shooting range.
*Finish and participate in the consignment sale.
*Date night.
*Take the 37 Ford Russ built for a drive.

April should prove to be a pretty busy and exciting month with lots going on as we wrap up the 2015/2016 school year. That will also be this months #1 priority. It should be a lot of fun too!

What goals are you working toward this month?

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Amazing GRace 2016

Saturday was a big day in the Newman house, it was Marissa’s very firs 5K (3.1 mile) run. A SUPER early registration rate meant we signed up back in October and boy has she been waiting and waiting for the big day to arrive.

She has always been a natural when she puts on those running shoes. She has a gracefulness and endurance that is rare for someone her age. I had no doubts in my mind that she would do well. 

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I woke up early and nervous with pre-race jitters which was so funny, you would’ve thought it was my first race. I was soon greeted by a girl with huge dimples who I ate breakfast with, got dressed with and sat and did some stretching with. It was such a sweet time of being together.

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We laced up our shoes and headed to the race. It was a cold morning with temperatures in the 30’s, we were so very thankful that at least the sunshine was warm. We met up with our good friends Anna and Jonathan (who was also running his first 5K) and took our obligatory pre-race pictures.

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Before long we were all lined up and ready to go. I told Marissa that I loved her and was proud of her and just wanted her to do her best. The gun went off and we started to run. 

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We ran and they waited. We were abundantly blessed with an amazing group of cheerleaders that day. Both sets of grandparents, dad and sister all made appearances to cheer us on. Marissa was so surprised and excited to see so many happy faces.

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Along the way we talked to each other and met some other runners. Everyone was so supportive of Marissa, cheering her on and encouraging her. Nobody could believe she was just 7. I think that was partially because she is huge and partially because she wasn’t running how you’d imagine a 7 year old to run.

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Around mile 2.5 we were burning up so we tossed our jackets to “our crew” and headed for the finish line. 

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I asked her how she wanted to finish and she said together. She held my hand and we ran for the finish line. The MC saw her coming and called and cheered her in. About that time she let go, took off and I hung back running just fast enough to keep my eyes on her and watched as my baby crossed that finish line.

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My heart could have exploded.
I was SO proud.

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And I don’t think I am the only one who felt that way.

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Such a memorable day for our family.

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3 fingers for 3 miles. Isn’t her shirt just the best?! #TryToKeepUp

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And two fingers for second place! Later that night right before bed time we found out that Marissa had placed second in the 13 & under division beating out some 10 & 12 year olds.

Running that race with her was everything I could’ve hoped for and I pray it is the first of many, many more!

Also a track scholarship in about 10 years isn’t completely out of the question either ;).
We see a gift in this girl and I can’t wait to see how and if it develops over the years.

Marissa, we are over the moon proud of you xoxo!

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Monthly Goals {March 2016}

 

Another month is gone! It feels like February just started and was the longest month ever all at the same time. We had SO much going on this past month it all blurs together a bit. But with the arrival of March comes the final quarter of our home school year. We are SO close to being done and that means that our beloved summer is almost here.

Let’s take a look at how February went goal wise.

 
Blog-
*Keep posting 4-5 days a week.
*Participate in a giveaway or two.
*Write a post on battling depression.
 
 
Done, done and you can read my post HERE.
 
Family-
*Family Movie Night.
*Celebrate Emily’s 5th Birthday.
*Complete the things I love hearts for Marissa, Emily & Russ.
 
We had our movie night on Friday, Emily’s 5th birthday was a blast and making Russ a part of the things I love hearts was a great idea. He even surprised me with a giant I love you heart on the very last day.
 

Fitness-
*Work out 4 days a week.
*Stop eating so many cookies. I mean it this time.

 

I think this is the first time I feel like I totally bombed on fitness goals. I only hit the gym 3 days a week a couple of the weeks this month and I did SO good nutrition wise until the last part of the month when we had all of those parties… and cupcakes. So where I don’t feel like I totally missed the mark, I can’t cross them off with a clear conscience.

Spiritual- 
*To read a little bit of God’s word every day. Take two.

 

I started doing a couple different She Reads Truth plans, currently I am working on the Lent one. I also went to a forum that discussed some theology on communion. I definitely feel like I have really improved in this area this month and that is really helping me to feel more focused on the things I need to be focused on.

Home School-
*Stay on track.
*Begin planning our project fair projects.
*Start shopping 2016/2017 curriculum.

 

We are on track to finish in early May, Started talking about our fair projects and curriculum shopping is about 75% done for next year!

Random-
*Finish decorating Marissa’s room.
*Valentines Date!
*Girls night out with Anna.
*Start some seedlings.

 

I finally got the finishing touches hung this weekend. We had a great time on Valentines Day. I went on 3 different girl nights with Anna and I am TRYING to get some seeds to sprout but they don’t seem to like me very much. 

So all in all February was a huge success, even if I couldn’t cross off all of my fitness goals. I honestly feel like this is the closest to completing my whole list that  I have ever been in two years. Someday it will happen.

 

Blog- 
*Keep posting 4-5 days a week.
*Celebrate the blogs 2nd birthday.
*Work harder towards 500 Facebook follower. It feels impossible but I have less than 50 to go! So if you want to help a girl out you can find my page HERE
 
Family-
*Family Game Night
*Family Movie Night
*Take a walk or family bike ride.
 
 Fitness-

*Work out 4 days a week.
*Stop eating so many cookies. I mean it this time. Really, I do.

Spiritual- 
*Finish the She Reads Truth Lent study.

*Start keeping a prayer journal with Marissa 

Home School-
*Stay on track, we are so close now!

*Begin working on our project fair projects.
*Start Purchasing curriculum for next year.

Random-
*File our taxes

*Trip to the shooting range
*Prep stuff for the consignment sale
*Start some more seedlings
*Girls night

What goals are you working toward this month?
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