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April 2016

Texas Big Star Half Marathon Recap

I love race recaps.

First… they give other runners an idea if they should participate next year.

Second… it’s self reflective and places a microscope on one’s own training plans: are they working? How can it be improved. Are you on target for your goals?

And finally… recaps are a wonderful way to put in print every memory from a聽special moment. Time has a way of warping truth or making you forget all together. So let’s start with the funny.

 

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Never put two chronically late runners together. You’re asking for trouble. 馃槀

Race literature called for a 7:30am start time. I never read it. I took Andrea’s word. But I omitted one little fact. Olatunji time is ALWAYS 5 to 30 minutes AFTER a 聽set time. (Gables time, good God, aint much better). 聽So in true, late people fashion – we arrive at the starting line for the Texas Big Star Half at 7:25am. All the road closures (we failed to read about) stunted our arrival time as well.

But we speed walked to the starting line… kinda shocked no one on the loud speaker was asking anyone to line up (little did we know they had already LEFT). The crowd was sparse (or so we thought), so we made porta potty stops, washed hands, took selfie’s jamming to the music booming from the sound system…. and I even yaked it up with an old military buddy…. chatting with his son at the front of the starting line (waiting for the 5k to start). Silly me… never occurred to me – we were in the 5k starting wave. As time continued to pass… we start wondering… where are the half marathoners? Andrea even joked, “there are so few, we might actually place”. It was funny, until a volunteer asked if we were ready to start the 5k. “No way”, chimed Andrea. “We’re running the half”! Opps… too bad it started 10 mins ago.

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#TeamTardy

I took off violating every rule of preparation! I crossed the starting line, with my Garmin still trying to catch a GPS signal. My iPod set to a blank playlist, my hair blowing in mouth – instead of twisted into a ponytail… and my pace way too fast with no warm up. I could feel my heart rate elevate… as my Garmin was dying. Did I really not charge this thing? I gotta do better! Now I am setting my pace according to heart rate.

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聽I was really feeling myself… until the first 5 hills聽

The race route: don’t let Frisco fool you. It has a rollercoaster landscape. The first hill was okay. I run hill repeats on Fisher road 3 to 4x’s a month. But Preston Road, where I typically only drive my car… ugggh – now I see why I prefer my car.聽God it’s clearly a mile-long, slow grinding hill. Thankfully, I finished it… Only to approach the bridge construction crews have been building forever. Guess what? Its a hill. A BIG FAT NEVER ENDING LONG HILL. Oh wait! Here comes a flat stretch… Too bad it’s only 800 yards. A nice landing strip to launch you off on ANOTHER HILL. I was planning to push for a 1:59 finish. Instead, I finished 2:02. Not my worst, but not my best either. Lesson here… train on more hills, quit rescheduling my tempo runs, train consistently and crack down on nutrition. If I plan to PR NYC in November… I need to be on time and train myself as hard as I train others. Lesson learned.

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Finishers! 1st Annual Texas Big Star Half 2016

Now here are some lessons I hope the organizers of this race take heed to.

1. Thank God the weather was overcast, windy and cooler than a typical Saturday in April. It is unconscionable to hold a race with water stations 3 to 4 miles apart from each other. If it would have been hot, this would have been a disaster. Not enough water stations. Not necessarily for me – but for the percentage of untrained or unproperly trained runners. Who’s great money saving idea was this???

2. Please use your announcer at starting line to remind people of start time constantly and for which race. We figured it out from a volunteer. We’re lucky we heard him! Yeah, I know I was late… But I was at the starting line when the starting blast went off and had no idea it was the half marathoners. I thought it was the 5k’ers.

3. Not one single porta potty along the race route. NOT ONE!!

(UPDATE: I have been corrected. Folks tell me there were a few. My tardy crew just never saw them)

Thank God I had no GI issues. One of my friends did – and they held it while running 13.1 miles. 馃檴馃檳馃檲 Choices were: quit and hope someone would backpack you to the finish line. Squat in public in front of passing traffic cause I didn’the see a tree or a bush anywhere… or get to the finish line praying nothing seeps out. 馃槪

4. I didn’t bring a gu.. because I have been so spoiled by every other race. Around mile 8… free one’s are typically passed out like sunshine. Not this one. If you wanna sprint in – caffeine and carbs are your responsibility.

5. Alot of turns to make up the 13.1 miles instead of straight-a-ways. If you like loops, this is the race for you. I prefer not seeing the same street over and over.

6. Most races typically have the finisher photo at the finish line. Not here… it was inside Toyota stadium. I found out AFTER I left. No signage anywhere. But I was late, maybe I missed it. Frisco, I’m glad our city is hosting our own race. Hopefully next year… it will be better. Regardless, I’ll be back and hopefully finishing stronger! It was awesome seeing our city making an effort to keep its citizens fit! And that, my friend, makes up for any shortcoming!

 

 

 

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Purpose….. Ohhhh, you better get one!

I know… I know…

I have been slow to post. I’m gonna be honest. I am on a mission with my new small business. I have something to prove to myself. 1. That I don’t quit. 2. All the people I have met that are making 35 to 50k a month, isn’t by accident. The same drive I had as a news anchor… is the same drive that will propel my It Works business. I have a big why: I want to create 12 new millionaires. Why not? We have enough broke people on this planet.

So like most Americans… I went to church on Sunday morning not knowing we were having a guest speaker.

Do you know Lisa Bevere?? If not – GET TO KNOW HER. I have seen this woman speak many times; on tv and in person. But the last two times – either she is on fire – or I am ready to receive it.

She has a bible study about the Lioness – that I implore you to encourage your small group or Wednesday night group to study. I can’t even begin to tell you how it set me on fire.

But today she focused on Purpose. Knowing your worth. And Facing your giants. She based it on James Chapter 1:2-3.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I have read and heard scriptures on this passage more times than I can remember…. but its different when there’s divine revelation.

She spoke how the enemy knows your future better than you. The hiccups and self sabotaging we encounter – has a purpose. In fact – get GLAD when its in YOUR FACE. HUNTING YOU. WHISPERING I AM GOING TO DESTROY YOU. Friends, its a compass. Those that God loves, he will prune. HE is not bringing the pain… but He will let the pain purify you.

All of us have room for improvement. Unfortunately, some of us go through very public, humiliating pruning. (CHECK – Been there done that)

But one of the best things I finally learned after 7 years of pure HELL… is that I faced it. Faced it scared. Faced it losing. Faced it knees red from praying constantly. Faced it tithing wondering – GOD WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO REBUKE THE DEVOURER?

Guess what… in the end I lost a job, my reputation, my family, my friends, my admirers, my money – GOOD GOD NOW I REALLY GOTTA HAVE FAITH.

But facing it… I gained courage. I dropped the need to people please. I became a better wife, mother, and now even employee. I started my own business – learned that success doesn’t come one way…. and the friends I lost. I realized I should have told them to KICK ROCKS a long time ago. I learned to like me – flaws and all… and those critical of it. Well, they have a choice. Tell me to KICK ROCKS or we learn to appreciate each other for where we are.

I am by no means perfect. But What Lisa reminded me of in today’s sermon was that… God places light in dark places. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. I have no time for pity parties. I held one long enough. My dark place is allowing me to see just HOW BIG GOD IS. Its actually an opportunity.

So guess what??? If you are in a dark place. Its a breakthrough. The enemy never comes for where you were – He comes to distract, detour and attempt to get you to quit. Its a rouse. Its a setup. Not designed to destroy you… but to refine you. Face it. Let what has to go – GO. Yes, it hurts. It hurts like HELL.

But what has emerged in me is growth. I have compassion… mercy… forgiveness… and even discernment about myself. The reason I attracted some of the trolls in my life – was because I had troll tendencies. When God puts a mirror in your face – remember this: pride comes before destruction. It took a couple of bad #@%#* to ruin, decimate and kill that giant in me. Yeah, they took alot of material things. But that can be replaced. What they don’t realize – is that they did me a favor.

And for once… the bulldozer that ran hard and fast to accomplish goals… now realizes. I never did it in the first place. God gave me the drive… the skill… the favor. The same way He gave it… He took it away. But not to kill me – nor you – but to show you NOT BY POWER, NOT BY MIGHT, BUT BY MY SPIRIT THUS SAYETH THE LORD.

Ahhh… the sweet success – to have it this time – with the people I love and have merited the right to share it with me. I know get why Oprah only hangs tight with Gayle. We all need a Gayle – that second set of eyes that discerns – who and what needs to KICK ROCKS.

This isn’t about people, but gaining wisdom that your purpose is too valuable. Respect it. Guard it. Nurture it. Don’t just give to anyone… and for God’s sake, if anyone or thing tries to destroy it. REMEMBER, THEY OR IT ARE ONLY PRUNING YOU – so you can mature to handle the next level. Gain a trusted circle – face your giants. It caused alot of pain… but I am oh so grateful.

Now let me go study Job again… because we all know how the story ends. #GetReady #GetReady #GetReady

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