Thursday, January 12, 2017

Past Dinner fun!

I am part of the best running group in the universe! I've been training with Fort Bend Fit since the fall of 2013 when I crashed one of their runs. 
 I officially joined and this Sunday I will complete my 5th marathon. Last night we had our Pasta Dinner, which was a celebration of the past 6 months of training. 
 I am incredibly thankful for my running buddies. FBF is a very encouraging community. They literally take you from couch to 26.2 miles or any distance bellow or above (we have a couple of ultra marathoners in our group). 
Last night I was reminded of my amazing support system. When we see each other at any race or training run, we encourage and we literally run you to your goal. I expect the same dedication Sunday as I will give the same to all people around me.
I have a few friends who are volunteering and I reminded me of my "crying spot" which is mile 23. Our local running store runs that water stop and a lot of people I know are there waiting to give us our final push. For the past 4 years I cry EVERY TIME I get to mile 23. My friends always give me whatever I need: a hug, food and last year, pickle juice. I often find someone to run a few miles with me to distract me from my discomfort. I thank God for my running family and I always pray I can be encouraging to someone who needs me the most.
Tomorrow is Expo day so follow me on Social Media to see how much fun we have before during and after we get to the start line of the Chevron Houston Marathon.
Happy marathoning!!! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Chevron Houston Marathon Training Week 29

We made it! We completed the full time of training for the Chevron Houston Marathon! I'm thankful to God and my family for allowing me to take in another season of training. It takes a lot, it's not easy but it has been awesome. 
I can already look back and see that the person I am today is very different than the person who started this journey 29 weeks ago. The challenges I had made me grow. The revelations I gained for life have been priceless. I am so very thankful!
I told you would tell you about visualization. I practiced it during most of my runs and I keep it simple and non-weird. Usually towards the end of my run, I think of the finish line of the marathon and through my mind's eyes I see myself crossing the finish line and receiving my medal. I also see myself thanking God for helping me cross one more finish line (I do that every time). 
I practice visualization because the going always gets tough, no matter the distance. Visualization helps me train my mind and convince it that we will finish what we started it. I add prayer on top of prayer on top of that. I also speak to myself out loud. I think that during a specially tough race I recited scripture out loud in different languages. It worked! 
I was asked about my thought process before I get into a big project. Visualization is a key part of it because I have see me there before I get there. 
I am counting on your prayers this Sunday morning as I start and finish my beloved Chevron Houston Marathon. If you follow me on Social Media you will experience the whole weekend with me AND you'll get to see the finish line ahead of time. Also, follow the Chevron Houston Marathon in your preferred social media platform for an awesome view of the weekend. 
It's been an honor for me to have you read about my training each week. Thanks for reading this series and come back next week for my "Once Upon a (Marathon) Run" recap! 
I'm counting on your prayers as I cross the finish line of my 5th marathon! Much love friends!

Previously in this Series:
• Week 1
• Week 2
• Week 3
• Week 4 - Barry Walter
• Week 5 - Christine Soliman
• Week 6 - Ron Booth
• Week 7
• Week 8
• Week 9
• Week 13
• Week 14
• Week 15
• Week 16
• Week 17
• Week 18
• Week 19
• Week 22
• Week 23
• Week 24
• Week 25
• Week 26
• Week 27
Week 28

Friday, January 6, 2017

The failed expectations of others


"I used to respect you" she said, so my ears perked up. "I used to respect you when you were writing a thesis for your Masters Degree. Now that you changed your approach, I don't respect you any more." I was completely surprised by this words.

They came from a fellow graduate student. We sat on the same classes, that's it. She was a casual observer and I was unaware of the pedestal I stood on. I sure didn't ask or expect to be there.

Years went by and I still get comments like this. "I used to respect you when you ran faster." I also hear "I used to respect you when you followed certain rules that pleased me and my needs."

I recently decided I needed to process the failed expectations of others.

Of course I started with forgiveness.

Forgiving others means that I release them and I release those hurtful words. Once I am walking in this freedom, I renegotiate my approach to life. In the case of the Masters Degree, I remember that the casual observer was not paying my tuition. She was not a potential employer or friendly supporter. Now that I had those things in mind I kept pursuing my degree and I'm glad to say I graduated and I am happy and content. I finish the opportunity God gave me.

The last thing I do is to decide to finish strong. I remember focusing on losing weight and hearing about the failed expectations of others. I was well on my way and I heard words such as "stop losing weight or you'll look ugly." I know, it's awful but it happens more times than I care to report.

It goes for other areas of life too. You share a goal and a dream and many casual observers rise up to verbalize their failed expectations.

Remember to forgive first. Renegotiate your approach to life and to your goal. Lastly, decide to finish strong. You will find that there are more for you than those against you. I wouldn't expect this in quantity but in quality. I quickly focus on the people who matter: those who live under my roof and who are my support for life. God will show you who your supporters are.

Dealing with the failed expectations of others does not have to end in a heart of anger for those who hurt us (thus, forgiveness comes first). It is worth working towards forgiving and fiercely marching towards your goal.

You can do it and so can I. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Birthday! Feliz Aniversário!

 Today is my birthday and I thank God for another year of life. Hoje é o meu aniversário e eu agradeço a Deus por mais um ano de vida. 
Mãe holding me, my dad is holding my sister.
We were born 11 months apart.  
I'm thankful for my parents who are celebrating 39 years of marriage this year. They are the original baby bunchers: 5 kids in 6 years. Agradeço a Deus pelos meus pais que estão comemorando 39 anos de casados esse ano. Eles nos tiveram uns atrás dos outros: 5 filhos em 6 anos. 
My sister, my dad and I at our beach house in 1980 or '81
Last night, my husband and I were talking about our childhood. No matter how happy it was, it's all a grateful memory in our adult hearts. All that's left are the daily actions my kids are witnessing. Ontem a noite, eu e o meu esposo estávamos conversando sobre a nossa infância. Foi uma infância muito abençoada, e agora a memória está guardada no nosso coração. O que fica são as ações diárias que meus filhos estão observando. 
Houston Marathon '16 selfie
I'm sure my kids are watching me run a whole lot. I have found that running is a gift so I started the day with a birthday run. Uma das coisas que meus filhos estão observando são as minhas corridas. Correr é um presente, então comecei esse dia com uma corrida. 
Running in November of 2016
If life is a marathon, birthdays are mile markers. Some runners keep running, glancing at the mile markers and hoping to keep going towards their goal. Others stop to appreciate where they are. Some even take selfies at every mile marker. Today I am stopping at this mile marker to appreciate God for giving me life and to thank family and friends for their love and support. 
Se a vida é uma maratona, aniversários são a kilometragem. Muitos corredores continuam correndo, outros param durante a maratona pra tirar fotos perto dos sinais de kilometragem. Hoje eu quero parar e agradecer a Deus por me dar vida abundante e quero agradecer a família e amigos pelo amor e apoio. 
I'm eternally grateful for the gift my family is. With them it's a happy every day. Sou eternamente grate pelo presente de Deus que é a minha família. Come eles todo dia é feliz. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Chevron Houston Marathon Training Week 28



Marathon training is coming to an end! Two more weeks and I will be telling you all about the Chevron Houston Marathon 2017. Yesterday we dialed down the miles. I was reminded of how Marathon training is a challenge worth taking. This will be my 5th marathon and I am thankful to God for allowing me to make it through another round of training. 

Marathoners are these mystical beings, if you're looking from the outside. If you are inside the bubble, you totally get it. I want to tell you about my own experience inside of this (happy) bubble. 

I'm a wife and mother of three who is a long distance runner. During marathon training, my daily tasks never end. After I return home from my training run, let's say a 17-miler, I greet my family (who does not want any hugs because of my smell) and I take a  shower. I then, proceed to get back to my daily tasks - with compression socks on. I eat breakfast, wash dishes, braid hair and get ready for church on Sunday. One time I ran 19 miles, cleaned my house and went to the caterer who told me they didn't have my food (bummer) so I went to the grocery store to get some party food for 20 people. Let's say I slept well that night. 

Distance running goes beyond the "look at how many miles I ran today" posts. It fuels my life, no matter how much work it may seem for those outside of the bubble. 

This season, I've learned a lot about myself. I was reminded that I have what it takes to get back to my normal life after each run with grace, patience and love for everyone. I also took the time to encourage runners around me. I cheered them on and I celebrated their steps. I do it with joy and sincerity and without expecting anything back. 

Long distance running is more than a hobby. It is a passion worth pursuing. I appreciate you joining me and reading each post this season! For my last "Once Upon a Run" post, I'll tell you about visualization (my version) and what goes through my mind when the going gets tough during marathon. I'll also tell you how I prepare for the big day. 
Oh and the happiest 2017 to you!

Previously in this Series:

• Week 1
• Week 2
• Week 3
• Week 4 - Barry Walter
• Week 5 - Christine Soliman
• Week 6 - Ron Booth
• Week 7
• Week 8
• Week 9
• Week 13
• Week 14
• Week 15
• Week 16
• Week 17
• Week 18
• Week 19
• Week 22
• Week 23
• Week 24
• Week 25
• Week 26
Week 27