Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween from Piggy Ina!


Happy Halloween! ����

A video posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 3:20am PDT

Anytime I ask her what she is, she answers, “Ina!"

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When I asked her what she is going to be for Halloween, she answers, “Hallaway.”  

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But, when I ask when her what her costume is, she yells, “PIGGIE!”  

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Be specific mom.  

I hope you have a good night tonight!  Sadly, Dan and I decided to opt out of trunk or treat this year and instead stay home, eat soup, and hand out candy.  It has been a crazy month and we are ready for a night at home before the craziness of the next month starts. 

Have a good, safe, and tasty day!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!  

Today I am thankful to see Ina again - she was at her grandparents’ house for a few days and boy did I mss her.  When I am away from her I get scared that I have forgotten what she looks like. Weird, huh?

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But then I see her and realize that I could never forget that face.

Today I am thankful that I squeezed in a run before the game yesterday.  It was short, but needed.

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Today I am thankful for my job.  I have had a few tasks that have sucked me into the computer screen in the best possible way.  

Today I am thankful for Ina’s Halloween costume.  I can’t wait to show you tomorrow.  

Today I am thankful that the Royals.  That we had a postseason.  That we went to the World Series.  That I saw my city come together.  That Ina screams, “Let’s go Royals!” or “MOOOSE” or “Come on Shields!” whenever she sees baseball on TV.  


 This has been such a fun, exciting, emotionally draining, expensive, and exhausting month and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that we lost.   But a little disappointed is all that I am.  Just a little.  Those boys showed us what they are capable of and have set the bar pretty high for next year.  I am already looking forward to it.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I Don't Always...

I don’t always make last minute decisions to spend a significant amount of money on World Series tickets, but when I do, it is a good idea.

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[Ina, you better start studying now for scholarships, because your college fund is dwindling.]

I don’t always talk to my dad on the phone during my run, but when our team is playing in the World Series, pitching strategies need to be discussed for at least 1.5 miles  

I don’t always wear a hat, but when I do do it is because Dan shoves it on my head minutes before we take a picture. 

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I don’t always text my mom during the game, but when I do it is brief.  

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I don’t always wear exercise pants to the game, but when the guy behind me calls me out for it, I run up the rest of the stairs just to prove their benefits.  

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I don’t always go to Royals postseason baseball games, but when I do those boys in blue win.  By a lot.  Proof here, here, and here.  

World Series Game 7, here we come!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The I-don't-want-to-exercise-funk

For the past 2-ish weeks, my knee has been bothering me.


Side planks make me smile. ��

A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 12:44pm PDT

I can’t remember a certain moment when I injured it, but it has been swollen and sore to the touch.  It didn’t hurt when I ran, but when I bent it enough to climb stairs, do lunges, or pick up Ina, I felt a tinge of pain.  

So of course, I did the most sensible thing and just ignored it and kept climbing stairs, doings lunges, and picking up Ina.  I didn’t want to rest it because I have a very large fear of falling into the I-don’t-want-to-exercise-funk.  

My knee is magically better this morning (Yay!), but my point is that the I-don’t-want-to-exericse-funk is a very real feeling.

It is a feeling that, for me, starts with actually not exercising for a few days in a row.  I feed off the endorphins that exercise provides, and when they are gone, I no longer have the motivation to move, and then I fall down the slippery slope of having to force myself to move every day.  

It is painful when forcing myself to exercise is a daily battle.  I don’t like it at all.  But, I have been there, many times.  

I guess I am saying all this to let you know that the daily decision to exercise didn’t always come automatically to me.  However, it does now, and has for a while now, and I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I just keep doing it.

Does that make sense? Anyone else have a similar story?  

Have a good Tuesday! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

All I Am

Take these hands, I know they're empty

But with You they can, Be used for beauty
In Your perfect plan, All I am is Yours

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Take these feet, I know they stumble
But You use the weak, You use the humble
So please use me, All I am is Yours

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Take this heart, Set it on fire
Shining in the dark
I wanna tell the world of who You are
All I am is Yours

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I give You all my life, I'm letting it go
A living sacrifice, No longer my own
All I am is Yours, All I am is Yours

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I give You everything, To You I belong
Every beat of my heart, The breath in my lungs
All I am is Yours, All I am is Yours

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I lift my hands up, God I surrender
All that I am for Your glory, Your honor, Your fame

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I lift my hands up, God I surrender to You

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This song has been on my heart so much recently.  I feel like it is the anthem for my life right now - less me, more Him.  You should give it a listen, or better yet, come visit us and listen to our amazing worship team sing it live.  You won’t regret it.  

Have a great week!  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chicken for Days + My Food and Fitness Plan [10/26]

Here is an interesting fact:

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Dan grilled buffalo chicken [wings, thighs, breasts, etc.] three nights in a row, and during that time, the Royals won their first two World Series games.

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Last night we couldn’t grill chicken because we had a few social events to attend, and the Royals lost.

It looks like I am going to have grilled chicken for dinner until the World Series is over.  I will have to come up with some fun sides to keep things exciting.  (Don’t you just love baseball superstition?)

Friday night our friends Brad and Chessa and their son Silo came over to watch the Royals play, eat some chicken, and have a sleepover.

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Adult sleepovers are completely normal, right?

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While Chessa studied and I worked in the morning, the boys made us a loaded breakfast casserole and watched the babies.

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Of course we found them in boxes.  

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The rest of Saturday was spent lounging around, going to my dad’s company’s Halloween party, and then a retirement party.  Ina’s head hit the pillow pretty hard last night, and mine quickly followed.  

Here is my plan for the week: 



  • Sunday: yoga video
  • Monday: upper body + HIIT blitz
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run
  • Wednesday: 1000 m swim
  • Thursday: 5 mile run + core
  • Friday: 3 mile run + legs
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to this week?

Psst - I have decided to stop hosting a weekly planning link-up and instead link up with Mommy Run Fast.  Join me?  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five Things

Five Things I did yesterday:


A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 4:24pm PDT

  1. Chugged green juice (staying up late at a game makes for a painfully early morning)
  2. Got my flu shot like a champ- no crying
  3. 15 minute run + arm burner
  4. Grilled chicken wings on the front porch with Dan- we just can’t stop
  5. Watched 6 children during small group - this was interesting

Five Things I am looking forward to this weekend:

  1. Being reunited with Ina - she has been at Dan’s parents’ house since Wednesday night
  2. Watching some more World Series games
  3. Seeing Ina in her Halloween costume
  4. Going to a co-worker’s retirement party.  I am introducing Dan and Ina to the people I work with - hopefully they behave.  
  5. Church - I missed it to much last weekend

Five Cool / Funny Things About the KC Royals

  1. Our pitchers play catch with the opposing team’s fans
  2. One of the player’s wives tipped WS tickets at a restaurant
  3. We have a super fan who just happens to live in Korea
  4. Fans name their kids after the team founder - my nephew included 
  5. We sometimes fall asleep at games - it has been an exhausting month!

Five Things on my To-Do list

  1. Figure out a trunk-or-treat theme - it needed to be some associated with a special moment in TV history
  2. Clean out my fridge - it is getting serious
  3. Apply for permission to go to Argentina - hopefully they let me in
  4. Re-do our family budget - ignorance is not bliss in this case
  5. Shampoo my not-so-white carpets

Five Bible Verses for this week:

  1. Isaiah 26:3
  2. Phillipians 4: 6-7
  3. Phillipians 4: 8-9
  4. Romans 12:2
  5. 1 Corinthians 2:16

Have a great weekend!  

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