1000 Mile Mom

It's not just a goal… it's a lifestyle adjustment!

Day 133: Friday, July 9, 2013- Am in complete running withdrawl : (

Day 133: Logged 24 miles on days 124-128, Miles to go: 171. On day 5 of resting my right hip. Was the same one that took me out of running for almost two years, so am trying to be cautious and not push too hard, too fast. Am going to try a small run tomorrow morning to see how it feels. If no pain, am ready to ramp back up to finish these last “few” miles. Am in running withdrawl and am anxious to get back out there!

In the meantime, though, here are some fun pics from my crazy, beautiful life…

1006305_10152099101844447_467397255_n 20130801_183431 THUR night SMILE calendar shoot followed by our AUG wedding group meeting in Henderson at Worsham Hall (love this place!)

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1116075_10152098259089447_2102714365_o Followed that up with pool fun with the kiddos

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535754_496340843792773_411969495_n Helped Nat design her business Facebook cover image and launch the page

1077101_10152101292544447_1008380336_o Finally finished the Buddy Walk brochure. Have sent off to the printer, and am now finally through the proofing and editing stage

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Mia shoutout from a SMILE parent

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Day 111: July 18, 2013- Loving the upcycling!

Day 111: 4.02 miles logged, 278.25 miles to go… Four mile morning run. That seems to be the norm this week. Am hoping after I wrap up all of this week’s art projects that I can carve some time out in the evenings starting next week to up the milage with both a.m. and p.m. runs! Great day, though, pre-emptively addressed a potential migraine that started to come on from the storm that passed through and successsfully kept that at bay. Spent the day a the office, and then worked on upcycle projects by myself and eventually with Mia to end my night- pics to follow! Super happy with the results!

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Day 109: July 15, 2013- Playing catch-up for y’all…

Day 109: 37.11 miles logged (MON, JULY 1 through yesterday…yeah, I’m a little behind posting- sorry!), 290.33 miles to go… OK, now that Trucks & Heroes is done, I am back in the saddle with my running- have gotten up at 5:45am yesterday and today to put myself back in the habit of early morning runs. Looking forward to keeping it up to wrap up these last couple of hundred miles!

Here are some of the highlights since I last posted… Trucks & Heroes was super successful, I am trying to better balance my home life, work, and personal endeavors (a.k.a. had to put the blog posting and writing to the back burner for a little bit to make a gesture), I have had some of the most hellacious migraines ever over the past two weeks, and it is now time to put both my Buddy Walk and fall bridal show caps on to move forward with both of those projects… oh, and I got the green light to teach my art class at Hobby Lobby! Super excited!

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970405_685064241509237_917254838_n Finally dry enough for Debbie’s kitchen wall : )

1053080_10152030419659447_1881889547_o 1013203_10152049317109447_266520775_n 1003455_10152050583999447_719069149_n A lot of drift wood collection lately for all of my fun projects (thanks Cate and Kat!)

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1040388_10152022559339447_758615106_o Road tripping with the kids to the old house (Pi Beta Phi at DePauw University)

1044018_10152035444954447_562705154_n Shot my first Indian American event- had so much fun, but was up till 2am : )

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mixed media art class Can’t wait for my classes to start!

1016130_10152045548074447_1518363514_n And just had to share the pic of this “little” guy who took out Mia’s tomato plant. Love this pic!

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Day 93: June 29, 2013- Huge rummage scale score; busy, busy day!

Day 93: 2.02 miles logged, 330.49 miles to go… Only got a 2 mile run in while cooking brownies for the ball players. Full day of wedding pics, a migraine, a Chemo Buddies shoot, and then movies with my dad and the kids. Great weekend with my dad. Will pick up more miles this week after he heads out to Florida. Until then, enjoying the family time! Also bought a large batch of Stamp It Up! stamps to use for my art classes- so excited! Going to call early this upcoming week to try and get my location secured.


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Day 91: June 27, 2013- final preparations for the baseball players’ arrival…

Day 91: 8.02 miles logged, 335.51 miles to go… 3 mile morning run, 5 mile evening run. Had to cut my morning run short to pickup the house for the baseball players’ arrival and to leave the house for BNI. Last day of art for the week for the kiddos,

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put the down payment on SUN’s canoe trip, and then had a productive afternoon meeting with my 2013-2014 Corresponding Secretary for Junior League. Finished cleaning the house for my dad’s arrival and was unfortunately a paranoid mess over a low tire gauge (thanks Tony for filling me on what to do while Bob was at baseball). Ended my evening with my 5 mile run and a bit of writing and typing!


P.S. Check out the hydrangeas that I was finally able to cut off of my bush this year!

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Day 89: June 25, 2013- Hot day to run so far!

Day 89: 10.25 miles logged, 351.55 miles to go… 4 mile morning run, 6 mile evening run/walk on the East side of Evansville. Morning spent at the kids’ sculpture class,

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afternoon at the office working and preparing for a JLE meeting with one of my committee chairs to go over our plan for the upcoming year. Had the opportunity to go run/walk after work while Mia was at cheer. So spent the time enjoying the east side and working on the plot line development for my manuscript. Lots of miles = great opportunity for creative brainstorming!

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Day 88: June 24- Worst migraine EVER!!!!

Day 88: 3.02 miles logged, 361.67 miles to go… 3 mile evening walk with Bob to end my night. Grateful that my migraine finally abated. The morning started off well. HUGE thunderstorm, but at first no headache. Headed to Walmart to grab supplies for my afternoon mailing project and got a bit sidetracked with the oh, so pretty journals!!!


Nina laughed at me and said that my “the source of my distraction” Facebook post would make for a good book or movie title : )

After that, attended sculpture class with the kids this morning (Unfortunately, that’s when the migraine set in, but overall it was a fun time- the kids are making a sculpture this week of the bend in the river. It is being designed out of steel and driftwood and will be displayed at the front of the Patchwork Central building),

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worked with the Kohl’s A-Team on a SMILE mailing and sent Trucks & Heroes follow-ups this afternoon,


and then taught my SMILE Art Smart class tonight.


Yet another full day : ) Gotta love it!

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Day 86: June 22, 2013: And I wonder why my weekends fly by so fast…

Day 86: 3.00 miles logged, 373.21 to go… 3 mile morning run before my Junior League board retreat. Got up at 5:30am to hit the road, left the house early to be to Wesselman Nature Preserve by 7am, spent the majority of my day at the retreat,

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then was the ring leader of the slumber party for three little girls for the rest of the night. Finished Debbie’s two mixed media pieces for her kitchen before turning in for the night, and then went to bed feeling like it was a productive day!

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Day 85: June 21, 2013- Shade = good

Day 85: 8.04 miles logged, 376.21 to go… 4 mile morning run, 4 mile mid-morning run. Thought running at 10:30am would fun… turns out my route has no shade at that time of day, and the heat and humidity are rather unforgiving! Busy day at the office followed by fun night at the SMILE on Down Syndrome teen/adult L.I.F.E. event where Dr. Page, myself, and Gracie Bell taught separate classes for guys and gals on hygiene, personal care, and for the gals some additional makeup tips as well.

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(and yes, as Lisa Vidal noticed, I did break out my pearls for the day!!!)


Grocery shopped, and then spent the rest of my evening preparing for SAT’s JLE board retreat and working on the canvases for Debbie’s living room.


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Day 82: June 18, 2013- Hellacious migraine, but a ray of sunshine

Day 82: .05 miles logged, 398.32 to go… Measly half mile walked due to a hellacious morning migraine, a combination of poison ivy and a busy day, AND an awful evening migraine. On the bright side, though, I received the best pick-me-up note from fellow artist Susan Fowler. I am an over-the-top try and do nice things for people kind of person, but it’s not everyday that the whole random acts of kindness thing happens to me. So, yeah, I was a little bummed yesterday that I couldn’t run due to the poison ivy. However, I knew the moment I laid eyes on the envelope who it was from, and Susan’s creativity and thoughtfulness totally brightened my day!


So for that Susan, I thank you! It’s nice to meet a kindred spirit, and I look forward to getting to know you better!

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