Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Run of the year by ragoobir1 at Garmin Connect - Details

Mid Point Route!

This was actually a 7 miler but my Garmin did not auto resume! That is the worst feeling when you running your butt off and the dayum tracker is not recording.

Well anyway, the run started off GREAT then got reallll painful. Lets just say I need to stock up on body glide. It was so bad I had to walk and at time slow down to a crawl. Not only that I was SUPER dehydrated and hungry.

I also made a short shout out video at about 4.75 miles into my run and you can really tell how tired I am. I so wanted to call my husband and tell me to come and pick my butt up. That is very tempting when you are tired, hot , hungry and thirsty. I managed to just keep moving 4word and kept telling myself I had a short time to go.

So what did I learn from this run? Hydration, Proper fueling, I have to lose weight in my thighs, and Body Glide.

I want to shout out to my family, friends, FB'ers, my running sibling, The Night Train, my DM'ers, the DRC and all the friends I have met along the way. You all have may a great impact in my running and myself. Thank you all and I will see and talk to you nex year!

Mid Point Run and Shout Out

The Badger's last Run

Friday, December 30, 2011

Lunch Run

Lunch Run by Keishabadger at Garmin Connect - Click Here To See My Route

WOO HOO shorts and short sleeve weather in December. What started out to be only a 3.5 run ended up 5.27 a walked a lil bit and had to stop at Starbucks to get some water but it was a BEAUTIFUL 64 degree day and I am taking advantage before the crap weather hits in January.

Today I just ventured out and tried a new trail, well it was new for me. The Cottonwood Creek Trail, I was scared to go on it at first because I was the only one there and it sits behind the DART train station. Manned with my mace I sucked it up and ran, I ended up crossing the 75 and 635 loop.

The day was great and if I had a partner I would have probably continued on running for a longer distance. All in all a good run and here are my reported splits, I aint breaking no speed records but it's all good!

Distance: 5.27 mi
Time: 1:00:02
Avg Pace: 11:23 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 133 ft
Calories: 652 C
Time: 1:00:02
Moving Time: 58:43
Elapsed Time: 1:10:23
Avg Pace: 11:23 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 11:08 min/mi
Best Pace: 8:50 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 133 ft
Elevation Loss: 152 ft
MinElevation: 489 ft
MaxElevation: 603 ft


Avg Pace

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Love it or hate it

It's not about the bragging rights.  Running is a lifestyle a relationship, not a temporary fix to get in some clothes, not a fad, and not a score keeper for how many more miles you ran than someone else. It is a love/hate relationship for me.

At times I want to say forget it and at times I embrace it just like any of my relationships or anything I do in life. It is not a time for me to say to the world look at me I ran today but a time to let my Lord, health, body and attitude reflect the results of my run.

I only hope that my results makes an impact on those I meet. I pray that I can continue to run until I am old and gray and not because it is the in thing to do but because the Lord has place this love in my heart and my spirit. I will continue to run this race, casting all that hinders me and not be weary!

That is why I love Hebrews 12:1 (New International Version) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..

So with that I will continue to run until I can't run anymore! I think the pic below says it all!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Run the Rock!

Oh yes I ran that sucka in all it rainy and cold glory!  I was like this is crazy as I step in cold puddles of water and soaked through my parka!  BTW I did not have a change of clothes and had to brave the cold wrapped in the foil cloth they give you after you cross the line.  LOL!

The morning started off crappy.  First I missed my train, DART decided to run early for this event and I did not have the forethought to check that out.  So I missed my train and my running partner was like, "Girl you need to catch it at the Mockingbird station."  So off I go, rushing out the door, forgetting my change of clothes and headed out in a down pour.  So now I am playing beat the train and I am hauling tail down Greenville looking at the train as I drive.  All of a sudden I hear that dreaded beep that signals you are low on fuel, WTH!!  I'm riding on fumes!  I can't stop so I start to pray, Lawd get me to the station by your Grace.   Ok, I made it YES!  Now I need to get a ticket to ride the train....the freakin machine would not take my money so here I am standing at the terminal listening to the train come and go and I cannot get a dayum ticket!  I almost started to cry Im like Devil you are a lie!  So the next thing I know, a little elderly man came and was like you need help?  He had a five dollar bill and I gave him my money and I got my ticket!  WOW Thank you Jesus!  You always are right on time!

Now I am on the train and all is right with the world, found all my buddies and line up.  It was awesome, the national anthem was sung and yes the singer messed up the words, fire works go off and the gun shoots!  Off we go into the cold and wet and when I say cold Oh My Dayum!  Anyway, I start to pace myself at a slower pace because all I need was to injure this bad knee I have because I slip and fall which I saw a lot of.  So I check my Garmin adjust my pace, blast my headset and run.

GRRRR I hate that but in spite of the rain and cold and large puddles I did it and it felt great! So for a quick overview of the run in mile 1 I tried my best to pull back, I kept letting the excitment of the crowd pull me in but that quickly changed when I saw a runner fall on the curb and that was enough for me to slow my roll.  Mile 2 caught side stitch and shoes came undone so I had to make a pit stop and carefully cross over to the curb.  Not an easy task when you have thousands of runners going the same direction.  Mile 3- 6 enduring the rain and cussing all the way.  Now after mile 7 or so I saw a runner with no legs or arms running on those carbon metal  Cheetah   I was humbled by the fact he was out there running and by the way he ran passed me.  LOL  Ole boy was getting busy with those prosthetic legs in the rain and cold.   From there it was not that bad, my hands started to get cold because my gloves were holding rain water so I was constantly squeezing them out until finally I just took them off and attached them to my belt.  I was not about to throw them out in the street like I saw other runners do.

Oh yeah , I forgot to mentioned I had to go to the bathroom since the beginning of the race and I held out for 10 miles until I could not hold out no longer.  I was praying Lord please let me find a porta-potty cause I was cramping up something bad!  WOO LAWD!   I was trying to do a major catch up in mile 10 -12 and you can see that from my splits.  I had to laugh at myself cause I was looking at the marathoners pass me like they were skating on ice.  26.6 in 2 hours and 17 minutes and I still was not finished!  Pure effortless running, I can only dream to run like that.

As I edge closer to the finish it seemed like the finish line kept getting farther and farther away.  I was like I see the start but where is the finish!?!  I hear the announcer but where is the finish!?!  WTF!  WHERE'S THE FINISH!?!?!  Finally as I turned around that corner I see the finish line and I crossed over legs cold and body wet.  I grabbed my piece of oversized foil, wrapped up and walked into the building where I grabbed a beer and soup.

Would I do this again?  Yes, in a heart beat.  This was one of the most enjoyable runs, mainly because we were all out there fighting the elements doing something we all love, RUNNING.  I experienced a multitude of emotions out there, at times I wanted to cry, laugh, cuss and other times I just zoned out and remained silent.  I cannot explain it but it is feeling like no other.  It is a joyous and at time a painful feeling, a feeling of freedom and at times a feeling of being captured and overtaken by the sounds and feeling of running.  This is a passion that everyone can experience but only few choose to have and I am one of those few.

Official time: 2:33 (includes pit stops and potty break)
Keishabadger Garmin Time: Time: 2:24:56 Moving Time: 2:22:59 Elapsed Time: 2:34:16 Avg Speed: 5.5 mph Avg Moving Speed: 5.5 mph Max Speed: 8.4 mph Avg Pace: 10:59 min/mi Avg Moving Pace: 10:51 min/mi Best Pace: 7:07 min/mi
1 11:07
2 11:15
3 10:43
4 11:11
5 10:57
6 11:26
7 11:04
8 11:28
9 11:25
10 10:24
11 10:25
12 11:00
13 10:35
14 10:11

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Why do I do it?

Exercise should be a fundamental part of your life as breathing. Not so you can get skinny, get "fine" or to impress others but to live and live healthy. Everything else is just a benefit

No matter how you get your exercise on just do it.  I choose to run and I am in love with running.  When I am out on the pavement in the open I am free to just go.  No enclosures, no noise but I music, no kids yelling or no boss hounding me just me and the road.

I never thought I could go the distance because when I started it was yes hell at times.  Sometimes I just wanted to say "the hell with it,  this ish hurts"  but I never stopped.  I may had slowed down a bit but I never stopped.

Competing in my first half marathon had showed me a lot.  No matter how hard I trained it is nothing like the actual race.  I faced more hills and dips and turns in the race then any training run.  Yes, it hurt and my legs were heavy, my feet were blister and I could feel my toenail coming off but I never stopped.  I may had slowed my pace but I never stopped.

The times I wanted to slow to a walk, even though I was like it's okay you can walk I quickly changed my mind and said NO! I told myself  before the race I would keep going I would run this sucka until I crossed the finish line.

As I kept running, I was thinking only 4 more miles then my Garmin would beep and the count down began.  It is so true the last .25 miles is the worse you are like were is the freaking finish line, Lawd plese let there be a finish line. So yes there is a finish line and  I crossed it and not only did I crossed I DANCED across the line! 

So here I am loving every minute of my experience and anxiously waiting for my next run.  I only hope to inspire others to do the same.  It may not be running, it could be anything that brings you joy and health. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Preparing for the runs

OMGosh it is like getting ready to go on a trip!  I have to make sure everything is in order from clothes to music.  I am excited and I hope I can get some good sleep tonight because it is an early wake up call tomorrow.  I will catch the train around 6:50 in the morning to make it to the race at 7:30. 

So now I have to put on my PMP hat and create my checklist so all I have to do is get ready and go out the door.

T-minus 12 hours
11/5/11:  Hydrate and Carb up at Boca di Pepe
Fuel hydration belt with block shots and honey stingers
1/2 Gatarade/Water Bottles
Heart Monitor
Tiger Balm for after the run
Clothes: 2 set warmer and cooler weather
  • shorts or long tights
  • Dri-Tee short or long sleeves
  • compression socks (Pink CEP)
  • running shoes  
 Yep I am all set for tomorrow.  Keep rooting for me and wish me the best!

Running nerves

My 1st official half is tomorrow morning and i am excited!  I am laid up right now with a headache and stomach cramps but i'll be dayum of i miss this.  I just have to git every porta-potty out there if i have to!

Now i have to concentrate on not only getting better but travel planning to the race and my favorite carb loading.  I am to meet my run group at Boca de Pepi tonight foe mounds of spaghetti.  Aw yeah.

I so wish i could have some sort of hat cam or be able to text my experience tomorrow and do a live deal but i aint got it like that so alyuh just have to wait for my updates after the race.

Anyway i will try to find an app on my phone that will allow live tracking so you can see where i am during the race.  So wish me the best and happy badering!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

1320 and Bubble gum pink

I finally got my bid and it is official I am running my 1st half marathon.  Not a training run but a real race and I am excited!  What I ain't to excited about is this HOT ARSE PINK SHIRT they gave the women.  I love my bright colors but DAYUM I am going to look like a bottle of pepto running down the street!  SERIOUSLY HOT ARSE PINK!  Who on the racing committee thought that would be a grand color?

Anyway pink or not I am gonna where this sucka with pride with my black shorts and compression socks or maybe my Christmas tree green ones...who knows what I will wear or do.  I will just run my heart out for 13.1 miles and enjoy my free beer at the end.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 1

Just checking it with the world and this accountability thing.  Ok so i did not do great on this eating deal but i did good.
Morning started off wonderful, its always easier to eat better in the morning.  I guess it is because i really aint to hungry. 
Lunch was okay had a microwave Eating Right Turkey meatloaf.  Low cal but you have to watch the sodium content and preservatives in these things.
Dinner was good rice and ground beef with kale greens and water.  So far so good but then i saw a bottle of moscato in the fridge.......yep i gave in.  That was my Halloween treat, not candy but a big ole glass of sweet wine!  Ha!  You gotta love it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Preppin for the runs

This week will be an easy week for running.  I am getting prepped for my half marathon next Sunday.

I have it all plan out well so i think.  I am trying hard to work on my diet and fluid intake so i can have a good run.  The funny part is that even when i ate like crap i was still able to run 13 miles with little or no ill effect.

I am so looking forward to next sunday just not the crowd.  Plenty of people, beer and food. ooowe aint nothing like a cold beer after a run!

So as the day gets closer i will get more nervous like before each race but energize because i am doing something not alot of people will do. 
So wish me the best and as i summons the essence of the kbadger!

Got to do it

Im sitting in the car thinking about how i need to lose 10 lbs.  I do the same thing week after week and i always manage to fail at my goal.  So whats my problem? I eat to freakin much!  Ooooowe let something fried or sweet come by me and that ish will be gone. Oh yeah not only that i have a major issue with portion control. 

So i try and justify it by saying i run 25 miles a week.  The problem with that is i am just maintaining and when i think of it that way i am really not being a good steward with my health and body.

So hear what i am throwing myself out there so i can be held accountable.  If i throw it out you know someone will be waiting for me to eff up so they can throw it back in my face cause you know how trifling people can be. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

run with the badger at the santa fe 5K

We had a blast at the Santa Fe 5K.  I am so excited that me and my running partners PR'ed in this race.  I manage to run this race in 29 mins:29sec!  That is an average of 9:31 mile.  Yes my lungs hurt some, and I had side cramps around mile 2 but I kept truckin!  We had a blast and way to many beers in the end.  I hope to see you all one day at a race.  For your enjoyment I attached a nice little video of the experience!

Santa Fe 5K

My Splits:
1 9:42.6  1.00  9:42.6
2 9:39.8  1.00  9:39.8
3 9:07.9  1.00  9:07.9
4 1:10.0  0.12  9:22.7

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rest them gams!

image from

Today is a "rest" other words no running but alternative fitness. Have to give my knees a rest. As much as I hate not running, it is imperative for the body to recover and heal. Over training is not a fallacy it is an actuality and if you are not careful you will be resting for more than a day.

It also important that you have a true recovery or rest period where you can just do you.  I think this is necessary to help prevent injury but also "burnout".  Sometimes we just need a break, like you do from your job.   Use this time to just enjoy the fruits of your labor and have fun!  This is not the time to be thinking about you next workout session or plan your next route, you should already have a schedule for that or a course mapped out.  

The following website "From MS Patient to Fitness Junkie"  has some great tips on resting and how much you should rest.  Read below!

How much rest depends on six factors and includes recuperation, exercise intensity, frequency and duration, nutritional habits and stress itself.
These factors consist of:
How FAST your body recovers (recuperation)
  • How FAST your body recovers (recuperation)
  • How HARD you exercise (intensity)
  • How OFTEN you exercise per week (frequency)
  • How OFTEN, MUCH, WHAT and WHEN you eat (nutrition)
  • How LONG you exercise (duration)
  • How MUCH stress you have or are able to manage in your daily life (stress).
Rest includes:
  • Sleep
  • Nap
  • Days off
  • Hobby
  • Pleasurable activity
  • Talking
  • Something other than previously mentioned that is both enjoyable and restful.

So rest or recover and enjoy, your mind and body will thank you in the end.   

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Get serious

We all need to get serious and quit playing with fitness.  Start setting goals and start kicking tail!

It was an eye opener when i was at the fair yesterday.  Its  bad enough when the adults look like crap and a look like a walking heart attack but when the kids look just as bad we have to quit!

I sorry but hell i look better than alot of these young folk. You can see the toxins in their skin.  The muffin tops that are squeezed into shirts and skinny jeans. The tired look on their faces because they are are not eating or drinking properly. 

Wake up people and get yo arse in gear.  Start out small, hell any change is better than no change, start by taking off those low rise skinny jeans that you know you dont need to be wearing and put on some sweats and go walk!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Get that extra person off you!

People it's time to get REALLY serious about your lifestyle.  It saddens me that I see so many people take advantage of their bodies.  We are marvelous creatures that are wonderfully made in the image of our creator.  Our bodies are awesome machines and can take a beating so much better than some of the best constructed man made machines.  Our bodies adapt and adjust to our lifestyles so that we can keep LIVING! 

We are one of the fattest countries in this world, our eating habits are notorious and our activity level is almost non-existent.  HECK most of us don't even drink water and our bodies consist of 85% water.  We suffer from high blood pressure, sugar diabetes, joint issues, cancers and all other types of aliments that could possible be linked to bad habits in life.  WHEN WILL WE WAKE UP?????

I get tired of seeing people barely able to walk for any extended period of time, it hurts me when I see kids so obese that their arms cannot touch their sides and that goes for the same with their parents.  People we have got to wake up!

As a Christian, I feel it is a responsibility for us to not only be good stewards with our spiritual conditioning, money and relationships but ALSO our bodies.  We are the light of the world and we are to take care of ourselves and be a good steward with the bodies the Lord has given us.  I see to many of us in church tired and overweight content with obesity on the verge of a stroke.   

As my title suggest most of us are carrying an extra person, think about about it...If you are 20 lbs overweight you are in essence carrying a 1 or 2 year old toddler 24/7.  If you are 100lbs overweight you are carrying a pre-teen and so on.  WOW do you realize the ramifications of that, how long can your bones, joints, and your heart support that?

So I challenge you to get out and start moving and heck drink a glass of water here and there.  Make it a goal to get off the water pills and the other pills that are sustaining you because you have refused to get moving.  I am not asking you to run a marathon , just asking you to take a step towards a healthier life.  Will it happen over night, no but the long term effects are well worth it. 

__ Proverbs 25:16 — "Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey?  Eat only as much as is sufficient for you, lest, being filled with it, you vomit it."  (Amplified Bible)
Editor's note:  This is an excellent reminder not to overeat!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — "Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? 
You are not your own, you were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own].  So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body." (Amplified Bible)

Be blessed and continue to run with the badger!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I aint sweatin this out!

Ok, as bad as I would have like to run today and alyuh know I love me somerunning.  I be dayum I am going to mess up this highprice hairdo!  So I will let it go for about a couple of days and be cute, gotta get my monies worth somehow, before I sweat out this flatiron.   



See I aint messing this up for nuttin!

Goal runner

Therefore,since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. NIV Hebrews 12:1.

At first my goal was just to finish.  Now its to finish but finish well.  My next goal is to finish with time to spare!  What is your running goal?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Cor. 9:24 NIV

Run with the badger. Keishabadger

Saturday, October 8, 2011

My hips and pelvis feel as if i gave birth!

Oh my dayum! I knew this morning that today was one of those days where I knew the run would SUK.  11.24 miles, kick my tail! first sign of a bad run day, you over sleep.  Yes, the alarm was set and it went off at 5:15 a.m but did i get up....hell no! I thought I was dreaming about bells... mind you I did not realize it was my alarm until in my dream  these dayum bells would not stop.  So here I am up late, with 15 minutes to get dress and out the door to be at the lake at 6:30.  Once there I was walking around like a zombie and told myself I was going to stay in the back of the pack and take it slow and easy.  Sounds like a great plan at first and then we started running.  You know I always run in the front for a avoid the downwind!  I swear what is so freakin hard about washing your clothes and even just taking a bath before you run.  Heck if you cant take a bath, do a wash off!  Just because you are running outside does not mean you can avoid bathing or washing.  If nothing else woke me up the traveling funk sure did.  After about 4 miles of this I gingerly made my way up to the front and smiled as I passed the funk.  instead of smiling Ii should have yelled "wash yo arse next time" but being the lady that I am I left it alone.

Sign number two, potty time and runners stomach.  Now as some of you know during your run there are not many places you can stop and use the bathroom so it is very important you go before you start your run.  unfortunately for me I did not go cause I was running late, big mistake.  All I will say is "go before you go"  your body will thank you when you are in mile 5 and the gas station you passed was at mile 3!

Oh yeah, did i mentioned the run kicked my tail???  11.24 miles of slopes (that is what my pace leader called the),  slope my behind they were freaking hills and we had to run them in training pace.  Do you know how hard it is to run a hill going slow.  I thought my butt was on fire and that my hip joint was pulling from it socket.

 Six miles into the run and i want to stop but I can't because there is no where else to go and also my legs wont let me stop, its almost like I am on autopilot.  My legs keep going and going it almost like they are saying hell we done made it this far why stop now.

Even with so much going on I finished and actually was able to finish strong.  Once Ii stop that is when the adrenaline slows down and I really feel the arse kicking.  My legs, hips and pelvis hurt so bad I felt like I was in labor!  OMG!  I was like WTH, where is the form roller, advil and ice.  Mind you we have another .25 miles to get to the parking lot and each step was a pain in my backside, literally!  Anyway I made it back to the car, stopped for coffee at micky d's (2 cream, 2 splenda) and drove home.  Once home O painstakingly  maneuvered to get out the car, to my shower and to bed.

After all of that, I was thinking about my next run and started to get excited.  That is when it really hit me, I love to run!  no doubt about it I love to run.  some may think I am crazy for running over 11 miles but that is okay,  we all go crazy over the things we love sometime.  I will keep running so bring out the bengay, the advil, the ice and the foam roller and have it next to the door when I come it cause I know Iwill need it.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Haters gonna hate but I dont care

Wear your blessings well! Others have not seen the sacrifices you and you family line went through so wear your blessings well! Don't worry about the haters, favor ain't fair so wear your blessings well! Don't down play the blessings of the Lord, brag on the goodness of God. Wear your blessings well. Others may talk about you but they have not seen the struggle of you or your family. Haters will always hate so wear your blessings well! 
Joel Osteen preached on this and it has set in my heart.  I struggle with this at times, I worry what others are thinking and if I others are happy with what I am doing.  Yes, even with me running I wonder if people are impressed with what I am doing.  This needs to stop!  The Lord has blessed me upon measure, I am living and prospering by His grace and through the sacrifice of me and my family.  
I will continue to give Him thanks and will continue to live and wear the blessings well!  Keishabadger don't give an "ish" what the haters think because what they think is crap, it only goes to show that I am on the right track.  So if you don't like where I am or where I am going...I DON'T CARE.  I will not let you distract me, Satan does that to discourage and to try to get God's children off track.  So what I'm gonna do CONTINUE TO WEAR MY BLESSINGS WELL!
We are not free until we no longer have anything to prove and we are not living to impress people. -Joyce Meyers

Saturday, October 1, 2011

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