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Girl Scout Cookie 5k

March 23, 2018

Got my Brooks on….here we go!

Did you know March was national nutrition month? I found out a few weeks into March so we unknowingly kicked off National Nutrition Month with a family 5k. Way to go Team Sinthusy! J

Kailee, 8, Kobe, 6, and myself started off our 5k on a cool March morning eager to run the course. I tried to convince Kailee to leave her jacket at the start line but she wasn’t interested in listening to me. L Who can blame her, really, I have made this same mistake on many runs and a few races too.

They announced the start of the race and the kids took off, flying down the course. I had already decided to let them run their race today, whatever happens…happens. About ¼ mile into the race both kids started to slow down and I could see the panic in their faces. I understand how scary it can be when you have a difficult start to a race and all you can think about is you still have the entire race in front of you. I just kept telling them; “they were ok”; “You got this” and “You can do this”.

Kobe slowed down for a minute, regrouped and then he started to pick up his pace again and he was off with the crowd. I said to him, “you got this” and “I will see you at the finish line”.

 

I decided to hang back with Kailee. At this point her breathing was out of control and her stomach was cramping. I walked with her while she got her breathing under control and I assured her she was fine! I flashbacked to my first marathon, when around mile 15 my legs were cramping so bad I could barely walk and my head was pounding, I thought there was no way I would finish. But, I did finish, in part, because of the support of the other runners that kept encouraging me.

 

Kailee finally took her jacket off  and we started out at slow pace and kept going from there. About the 1.5 mile marker we saw Kobe going around the curve, a good distance ahead of us, we yelled and screamed his name and we saw a little hand pop up in the air waving at us. J At that moment I felt so much joy and excitement for him. He was able to keep going, run at a good steady pace and finish strong. WOW!  What an accomplishment for such a little guy, he is only 6! He finished in 30:35 which landed him a 3rd   place in the 10 and younger (male) age group. Kailee also finished 3rd in the 10 and younger (female) age group. She was able to overcome a difficult start, keep going and finish strong. She finished in 34:20 not bad for an 8 year oldJ. After the 5k all three kiddos including KASH, 3, participated in the kids run. It was such a fun morning.

 

Every race is different, each with new challenges and obstacles. I always tell my kiddos to run your best race today. One thing that is always true is how accomplished each child feels after completing their race. As their mom, it’s an amazing feeling to see your children glowing with accomplishment. J

I encourage you to get out and try running with your kids and as a family. Part of the reason we participate in 5k’s is so we have something to look forward to, to keep us motivated. We love running and biking in the neighborhood and on the trails; but races are so much fun and I love that my kids love them so much! And you can support a good cause!

We have another one coming up the end of April at Bass Pro – The City of Independence holds the race every year to help encourage healthy active lifestyles. The best part is it’s FREE! J

Come on out and join us!

http://www.independenceparktrot.com/

A New 4th of July Tradition

July 12, 2017

A New 4th of July Tradition

I got my Brooks on…

 

Every run every race is different, its own. Sometimes I feel great and I have great runs…and sometimes I’m tired and I don’t run as well.  I have been lucky so far with most of my races that I have been able to meet new people and chat for awhile. Not only do I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, but when you’re running 13.1 or 26.2 miles if helps to pass the time. J

Well last week I ran the Stars the Stripes 4th of July 5k with my 5 year old son.

 

(Here we are before the race, before the rain 🙂 )

 

I was truly blessed to watch him run, meet new people and enjoy his race and all the training and he did in preparation. Now I say training because he did train. When he came to me and asked to run a 5k with me I told him if he wanted to run he would have to train, so he would be prepared.  I see people signing up for races all the time. And while I think it’s a great thing to be active, for me, the race is much more about the training and preparation. Setting a goal and then working towards that goal.

Kobe’s goal was to run a 5K with his mom. While he has run several races with me and the rest of our family, this was his race.  He trained for about 10 weeks. His training focused much more on keeping a steady pace than finishing.  I knew Kobe was fast, he has always been fast. Kobe is a sprinter, he is fast and he likes to run fast.  J  I knew we would have fun and he would finish without any problems. After all, I have been running with this kid since he was 18 months old.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the impact the race would have on me. I can’t even begin to explain the pure joy it brought me to be part of Kobe’s 4th of July 5k experience, his first (solo-ish) 5k. From watching him pass the starting line with excitement, meeting people along the route, having people cheer him on and sprinting to the finish line, all with a smile of his face ; pure joy! I was so proud of him and hos accomplishment. And so was Kobe! Right before he crossed the finished line he looked back at me, smiled, and then ran right in front of me. He had to make sure he beat mom! And he did. Kobe finished in 34:20!

 

(Sprinting to the finish line)

Even though it was raining most of the race, we both had a great time. So much so, I think we started a new 4th of July tradition. Mother and son 4th of July 5k! J The other kids got in on the fun too. All three of my kiddos ran in the post 5k kids race and did a great job. But the time the kids race started it was pouring!

 

(Kailee, my 8 year old, finishing)

 

 

(Here I am with Kash as he is crossing the finish line at the kids race)

 

Whatever activity you enjoy I encourage you to involve your kids. It is a great way to spend time together. And I love being able to share something I love doing with my kids.

 

Happy Running!!!

Turkey Trot 2016

November 24, 2016

Another year…another list of blessings to be thankful for today and everyday!!! This year I am particularly thankful to for family and friends that fill my life with joy and laughter!

I hope everyone has a Blessed Day!

 

November 25, 2014

Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving Day Traditions

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Most people know that I love to run and I run almost every morning.  And either because of this or in spite of this, I have unknowingly created my own Thanksgiving tradition; my own personal Turkey Trot. For the last 10+ years I have ran every Thanksgiving Day morning. Whether I was pregnant, just had a baby, running a little, or running daily I have always ran on Thanksgiving.

As Thanksgiving was approaching this year, I realized that I had created my own tradition. It is a wonderful thing to take time to be purposefully thankful. And that is what my Turkey Trot is all about. I take time to thank God for all the wonderful blessings in my life and to allow myself to feel his presence. In a world with so much “stuff” it can be easy to forget what is truly important in life.

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving take a few minutes… or an hour to run, walk or sit outside and enjoy God’s Beauty and allow HIS peace to wash over you.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

May 10, 2016

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

 

Sometimes the BEST gifts are wrapped in laughter and silliness…it’s only when these moments have passed that we recognize them as wonderfully fabulous! 

 

mothers day gift

This past weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful weekend full of love, laughter and family! My weekend started with an evening jog, family pizza making and a movie. Saturday we had a family picnic at the lake followed by a  4 mile bike ride (for the kids and the hubby, I ran) after which I dropped everyone off at home and finished my long run, 10 miles!

Sunday started with church and a relaxing afternoon and ended with us on our front porch watching the storm…the kiddos even ran down and played in the rain for a few minutes.
playing rain

While none of these activities are particularly exciting (to anyone but probably my family) to have them all in ONE weekend…for my family was WONDERFULLY FABULOUS! We are so busy and life happens…so this past weekend was the BEST Mother’s Day gift.  

 

While material gifts are nice, I am typically one that prefers the gift of time and thoughtfulness. If you were spoiled with gifts this Mother’s Day and loved it, that’s GREAT! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. 🙂 In past years I have asked for things too…last year I asked for and received my Garmin Watch, which I LOVE! But this year this mama needed a long weekend full of family, relaxation, laughter and memories and that’s exactly what I got!

 

Life goes by to fast and as I watch my little ones grow at the speed of light I know looking back I will remember this year, watching my kiddos playing in the rain, laughing and having a great time!
I hope you all received your BEST Mother’s Day Gift!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

 

Got my Brooks on, I’m ready to go…run (train for) the Chicago Marathon!!!!

April 22, 2016

Got my Brooks on, I’m ready to go...run train for the Chicago Marathon!!!!

 

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It is amazing to think that three years ago I ran my first organized race (5k) with my then 4 year old daughter. A few months prior to the race Kailee started asking to run with me – not in the stroller or on her scooter but run –so of course I said yes! She had asked to run the 5k with me because she truly enjoys running, and because she REALLY wanted a finisher metal. 🙂

 

That one 5k, The Halloween Hustle, started a chain of multiple race endeavors for our family, races that I would run with my kiddos. After several family races I wanted to challenge myself. You have to understand, running by yourself 20 miles a week for 20+ years can get…well boring at times. I wanted to train with a purpose, with a goal. So, I set my sights on one of the toughest (if not the toughest) half-marathon races in Kansas City, Hospital Hill. AMAZING!!! (There is still time to join me at Hospital Hill this year, discount code HHRKELLI!)

 

After I crossed the finish line, I already knew I wanted to continue training for a full marathon. So I signed up for the Kansas City Marathon, which was only four months away… Now, while I had been running for years, I had never run more than 7 miles prior to training for Hospital Hill, (why would any sane person) So as I began training for The Kansas City Marathon I was NERVOUS. Nervous that I wouldn’t finish, nervous that I would pass out, nervous that I would get injured, just nervous!

While I felt OK on most training days, if was HARD…hard to run 15, 16, 17, 20 miles. Hard to find the time to run, hard to stay hydrated, everything was just HARD! But I must say I enjoyed the challenge, I enjoyed training with a purpose, I enjoyed training to achieve a goal I had set for myself.

 

My first marathon was in October 2015.   I had major hydration issues which led to excessive calf cramps, headaches etc. (read the full Race Day post). But I pushed through and I FINISHED!

 

After crossing the finish line I said to myself, “I have to do this again, and do it better!” It was then (or maybe shortly after I regained feeling in my legs) that I set out to run the 2016 Chicago Marathon. Why Chicago?Well, because it’s the Chicago Marathon! 🙂 An added bonus is  that Chicago will be a much flatter course than the rolling hills of The Kansas City Marathon so it should allow for my best possible race!!! 🙂

Chicago-marathon-pic

My race journey began because of my daughter’s desire to run, and has continued and grown because my kids still love going running with me. If they didn’t go with me I would never have the time to train, that’s for sure! It’s something we can do together and all enjoy. What better way to continue encouraging kids to get active and make healthy choices that by running as a Team Healthy Kids Athlete!

This is an extraordinary organization that is helping educate kids on the benefits of healthy food choices and being active!

I am so excited to be running the 2016 Chicago Marathon as a Team Healthy Kids Athlete. In the process I hope to help by bringing awareness not only to the organization, Action for Healthy Kids, but also to the movement of educating kids on the importance of nutrition, the benefits of making healthy food choices and being active!  If I, at 35 years old, can run my first marathon, then asking kids to commit to being active 60 minutes everyday is NOT asking too much!

 

I hope to show kids and adults that our health is a gift and we are called to preserve this gift. It is not just about Race Day, but also the months of training preparing for the race that makes the difference.

 

Team Healthy Kids and I would LOVE your support.

 

How can you help?

  1. Please share this article with anyone you think might enjoy it!
  2. Donate to help support Team Healthy Kids and my quest to run the Chicago Marathon https://donate.actionforhealthykids.org/fundraise?fcid=647517
  3. Attend any of the several upcoming fundraising events I will be hosting over the next several months.

 

We will be posting information on upcoming fundraising events, subscribe to receive email updates so you don’t miss out on anything! You can follow my training progress on instagram @ksinthusy and also on the blog.

 

If you have any suggestions for fundraising opportunities or would like to donate items for an event, please comment below or contact me directly.

 

Thank you so much for your support!

 

Happy Training!

 

 





Got my Brooks on…I’m ready to go…almost…maybe…maybe tomorrow?!?!

April 13, 2016

Got my Brooks on…I’m ready to go…almost…maybe…maybe tomorrow?!?!

 

 

running with all kids

 

Ever just have ONE OF THOSE DAYS?! It seems the busier we get the more days like this I have – and yesterday was no exception. After maybe 4.5 hours of sleep, and long day of work, work, kids and work I get Kailee from school and I’m thinking, “OK, I have 2 hours before gymnastic class…I can totally squeeze in a nap!” (funny thing is, I never nap – no time) I also know I’m training for the Hospital Hill Half Marathon and I need to get in a 4 mile run and strength training today. Yes, I could put it off until tomorrow – but friends, that is a slippery slope – why put off till tomorrow what we can do today.

 

After we got home, I feed the kids and we packed up to go for our run! My hubby trains in the evenings so either I take the kids or I don’t go. On occasion I will go for a night run, but I knew I was too tired for that today! It wasn’t by best run, but I got my miles in and it was a decent run. Most importantly, my kiddos had a great time. Kailee LOVES riding her bike and the boys just love being outside. They even got out and ran about 1 mile with me – and afterwards I was so happy we went. After gymnastics class I was able to squeeze in a good strength training workout and then bed! 🙂
Everyday, every workout will not be perfect…DO IT ANYWAYS!  

There is no perfect time to start…there is only TODAY!

 

If you have pics training with your kiddos, please share!
There is still time to join us at Hospital Hill ! Register today and use discount code HHRKELLI.

 

How are you training today?

Happy Training!

 

 

 

Tempo Runs

March 23, 2016

Tempo Runs

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Last year while I was training for my first half marathon and then my first marathon I did not incorporate speed training. I was solely focused on finishing each race, which I did. Now, this year my goal is to work on my times and become a faster, stronger runner. One of the most powerful tools for doing just that are temp runs. One thing that is great about a good temp run, is they are short – at least compared to a long run! 🙂

I have noticed that when I follow a particular training schedule I stick to my workouts and get much more out of my training than trying to do it myself. And let’s face it I am but no means a running coach. Last year I followed Hal Higdon’s Half and Marathon Training Schedule and that’s what I’m using this year as well. The only difference being I have moved up from novice to intermediate, since I have now completed a marathon and I’m also focusing on speed training. The workouts are slightly different but I can’t wait to see how I feel after the first 12 week training. My goal is to get my half marathon time below 1:50. I will be running The Hospital Hill Half Marathon. There is still time to join me. Register today. Use code HHRKELLI.
If you are interested in learning more temp runs here are a few good articles.

http://www.runnersworld.com/tag/tempo-run

http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51132/Half-Marathon-Intermediate-Training-Program

Happy Speed Training!

Hospital Hill Run 2016

February 26, 2016

Hospital Hill Run 2016

 

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It’s almost Spring…which means Hospital Hill is right around the corner!

If you are looking for a fun and challenging course  Hospital Hill is the race for you! The name says it all! 🙂

Join me this year as we prepare to Conquer the Hill!!!

Whether you are an elite run, an average Joe runner (like myself) or a newbie you CAN DO IT! Choose from a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon course. I’ll be trying to beat my time last year 2:02 on the Half Marathon Course. I will kick of my official half marathon 12 week training schedule March 13. You can follow me on Instagram @ksinthusy for training and nutrition tips. I will also be posting weekly updates here, so check back often!

 

Let’s getting moving, get running, get active.

Let’s Conquer the Hill!!!

 

Register NOW!

Use CODE HHRKELLI at checkout for a discount! 🙂

 

Run Happy!!!

 

 

Got my Brooks on….and It’s 57 degrees in January!

January 14, 2016

Got my Brooks on….and It’s 57 degrees in January!

There are days where my training gets a tad boring – and redundant. (I’m training for my next half marathon –  Hospital Hill Half Marathon) But today was anything but a normal training day!

kash walking

 

What a perfect way to spend an afternoon… running with my youngest. Mr Kash loves getting out and strolling down the trail with mamma. And when he jumps out to run with me – his smile is ear to ear! Afterall, 57 degrees in January…you know I’m out running and Kash couldn’t wait to get outside either. Any opportunity I have to get outside with my kiddos, I’ll take it!

 
The fun didn’t stop there. After picking Kailee up from school we headed to the park to enjoy the last few hours of the gorgeous weather before the cold front moves in tomorrow. We love spending time at Bass Pro. There is so much to do there; a playground, feeding the ducks and/or walking/hiking the trail around the lake passing the waterfall. My kids love it! Today was no exception, the kids had a good time watching the ducks skate around on the ice while they were at the park.

 

ducks bass pro

It didn’t take long before all three kiddos were heading towards the trail for a little family hike – sans the hubby who was working 🙁

“We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship…”  The Little Einsteins theme song apparently seemed like a good fit, even though we weren’t on a rocket ship 🙂 nonetheless, the kids had a blast on our mini hike/adventure/treasure hunt!

 

Too many times I hear stories about kids and their video games. And while I don’t have anything against video games (in moderation of course) there is no better feeling than getting your blood circulating, muscles warm and your body moving!  And not to mention a great family activity! Being active doesn’t have to mean going to a gym everyday. Finding ways to be active as a family can make it fun and so much more enjoyable. My not so normal training day today was just what I needed to mix it up this week.

 

Next time your kids go outside – join them! Go on a walk, hike or mini adventure!  Life is all about balance. Today was a great training day for me and a great family day for all of us! Now that’s a Win-win!

 

How do you train?

Feel free to share your training stories.
Happy Training!

Got my Brooks on I’m ready to go…

December 9, 2015

Got my Brooks on I’m ready to go…

kailee bike

 

Something I haven’t done for a few days or so and constantly for way too long is RUN!

Life happens! There are times when life gets ahold of us and all we can do is get through it. Well, this has been me these last few months. And then with the cooler temps it’s not as easy to take my kiddos running with me so that limits my availability- excuses, excuses… I know.

Well this past Sunday the weather was warm enough, mid 50’s, so I got outside with 2 of my 3 kiddos. My 18 month old enjoyed a nice stroll (in the stroller) 😀 while I ran and my 6 year old rode her bike. What made the day so much fun was Kailee started saying, “hey mom, let’s race”. So we did! She would pick out a spot ahead of us and yell, “Ready,Set ,Go”! Surprisingly, I had to sprint to keep up with her on her bike. Then we would walk for a few minutes. And then with a huge smile she would pick out another spot…over and over, for about 3 miles this continued. 

My run turned into interval training which is perfect because I need to start working on my speed. My goal for my next half marathon, which is Hospital Hill 2016, is to be under 1:50. I will be incorporating speed work into my training workouts. So this was great!

Life always surprises me! When I thought I would take my kids last Sunday afternoon and get an easy run at best what I got was a great speed workout and an awesome afternoon with my daughter, Kash too! All three of us were laughing way too much and smiling the entire time. 😆 This was definitely one of my favorite runs! 

It reminded me that life is a journey. Our family is constantly growing and changing. We are not in the same spot for very long. So while some parts of your life can be overwhelming at times, don’t overlook the things that change too fast. Enjoy the journey…enjoy your family!

 

Happy Speed Training!!!