Motivation for your miles.


Run like a deer!

Don’t let what life has thrown at you in the past make you cynical, sarcastic, bitter, and hard.

There are things in your future that need you to be kind, considerate, understanding, and most of all, loving.

The past is….over.

~ Lisa Lyle Brooks


Habakkuk 3:19

My sweet daughter surprised me with this edited picture the other day.  She had taken this shot at the Mercedes Marathon as I headed to the finish line.  You will see the photo now includes my favorite running scripture:

The Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of deer.  Habakkuk 3:19

I consider this verse to be a gift from one of my friends, who shared it with me just before my first half marathon.  (Thank you Mrs. Marilon Seay!)  It’s a common thing to find it messily scrawled on my hand to help me through a tough race.

@ my first Half Marathon...the Talladega Half Marathon

@ my first Half Marathon…the Talladega Half Marathon

The happy finish line picture and this scripture sum up what the Lord has done in my life through running.  When I was at my lowest point in life, & I wasn’t doing my part to get better…God didn’t mind. 

He met me right where I was at. 

 He speaks to me often during those miles.  I’m glad I went when He said, “Hey, let’s go for a run…”

He makes you strong again!

Run like a deer ❤


I’m in it for the Long Run, how about you?


…and concerning real life…

If you base your whole future solely on what you’ve experienced thus far

…you may quit too soon! 

You have many more rewarding miles to go!

Those first 2 or 3 miles are always the toughest for me.  During yesterday’s long run, I had considered quitting after the first 2 miles almost led me to tears.

I’m happy to say…another satisfying 8 miles are officially in the books!  Yay me!

So how was your long run this weekend?



As long as you’re looking down, you’ll only see grey & more tough miles ahead.

Head down=Miles and miles of boring grey asphalt…and wondering, “Will this run ever end?”

Hold your head up, hold your head up, hold your head up!

Sometimes I wonder if God gets tired of reminding me to do this. 🙂

He’s only been at it 3 years now!


Hold your head up and enjoy the ever changing paintbrush of God.

Gold, pink, purple, grey…Did you notice how the clouds changed shape and color in a matter of minutes. 

Every shape, size & hue imaginable…the dad throwing baseballs to his son…fit & healthy soccer players….the people walking themselves into a healthier life….Did you notice God’s beautiful people enjoying life?

And as the scenery changed, from flat road to woods…

…Chin up! 

Little dancing lights filling the theatre of the woods…Did you notice the hundreds of dancing fireflies that God sent you to enjoy?

In both running and life…it all depends on how you look at it…your PERSPECTIVE.

“Lift up your eyes, look at all of the blessings that surround you.

Make the conscious decision to lift up your head and ENJOY!”

 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.  Psalm 3:3


Beginning again…again.


Yesterday was my first day keeping track of my calorie intake via myfitnesspal….again.

The plan always works if you work the plan!

And I’m already making better choices…see:

This was my snack of choice this morning!

deliciously light, creamy and filling!

deliciously light, creamy and filling!

The validity of it’s health benefits vary depending on who you ask.

I’ve been researching whole foods/clean eating…which can be a little overwhelming and discouraging.

But there’s no debating this…today’s snack choice was a much better alternative to my snack of the day yesterday!


(…and yes, I DID still come under my daily 1,200 calorie goal)

Do you really love cookies more than yourself?

Do you really love cookies more than yourself?

 80 calories vs 420 calories, good choice…yay me! 

What are some of your favorite healthy snack foods?


No more sleeping in!

How many morning runs have I missed because I didn’t get up?  Counting this morning….Too many to count!  Let’s blame it on the snooze button.

Somehow I think this would work…

DIY alarm clock will shred your money if you don’t wake up on time

I need one!

I need one!

From the website Digital Trends “There are a slew of alarm clocks out there designed to get you up and out of  bed in a reasonable manner. Ones that’ll deliver  electric shocks. Ones that’ll run away from you. But nothing, we say, nothing beats the  cold hard incentive like threatening your wealth. Ladies and gents, we present  to you this DIY alarm clock that’ll start shredding your dollar bills if you  don’t wake the heck up.

Desperate times call for desperate measure, and Rich Olson of found the wackiest solution.  The home-modded USB alarm clock looks and sounds kind of like a ticking time  bomb. When the set time comes, the clock will start beeping loudly. If you don’t  get up to dismantle the alarm in time, say goodbye to your precious dollar bill  as it starts going down the shredder. Oh, and you’ve got just 10 seconds to do  it.

Olson recommends that if you’re really bad at getting up, stick larger  monetary values in there to better motivate yourself to get out of bed. After a  while, you’re bound to either wake up in time or go broke. If you plan on  tinkering with a SparkFun  ClockIt device to make your own ticking money bomb, just remember that  depending on where you’re based, purposely destroying money may be illegal in  your country.”

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Question:  Should I go to bed earlier?(which I don’t want to do).   Is it simply a decision that I have to purpose to make to GET UP!  or should I just decide to be an evening runner?

What do you think?


I told you that you were gonna get whooped.

Just in case you missed it…my brain and I had a discussion the other night before a tough race, you can read more about it here.  Sometimes you just have to let it know who’s boss.


The Peavine Falls 2013 run is now history…and I WON!  Not the whole race…but I beat myself, and isn’t that our largest obstacle most days?

BRAIN vs. Julia

It’s going to rain.  Yes it did!…and it was lovely to run in the rain!  It wasn’t just the run and sweat burning out my frustrations…but it was as if the rain washed them all away as well.

You don’t like the rain or getting messy.  You’re right.  Typically that would be me.  But I DID IT ANYWAY!  Loved it! 

You were in better shape last year.  AND your point is? 

Bet that speed walker man is going to beat you again.  I think I saw him once.  He was running this year.  I applaud his efforts, and I have no idea if he beat me this year. 

3.2 miles UP HILL?  ARE YOU CRAZY?  Yes, I do believe so.  Maybe just a little bit….and next year I will run all the way up!  Just watch me.

You’re just not good enough.  Not only did I finish, but I beat last years time by 1 minute and 26 seconds!  You’re WRONG AGAIN!

Like I said Wednesday night….WHOOPED!

Brain = 0 / Julia = winner!

Winner winner chicken dinner (whatever that means)….that’s me!


I’ll write a race recap later.


Brain Whoopin’

Tomorrow morning at 7am, I’m going to give my brain a whoopin’!  (aka~spanking/whipping)

My husband, daughter and myself will be running the annual Peavine Falls Run at Oak Mountain.  Yay US!


View from the top of the mountain!

Here is a Quote from Birmingham blogger  Yo Momma Runs about last year’s race:

Peavine Falls Run is 8.2 miles which include a straight uphill climb with, what
felt like, very few respites of flatness and then a slingshot at the top to blow
you right back down that hill you just conquered (that’s if you have a liberal
definition of that word). And just for funsies, they throw in a 1.2-mile patch
of trail at the end in case all the downhill didn’t make you wet your pants bad
enough already.

You should read the rest of her blog entry here!

So as I sit here right now this is what my brain is telling me:  “It’s going to rain.  You don’t like the rain or getting messy.  You were in better shape last year.  Bet that speed walker man is going to beat you again.  3.2 miles UP HILL?  ARE YOU CRAZY?  You’re just not good enough.”

As I type, we’ve got our bag packed and running clothes laid out…To my brain I just want to say:

Just wait ’til tomorrow morning, you’re gonna’ get a brain whoopin’

I win.  Goodnight.