Sunday, March 27, 2011


Running 5 miles was not only huge physical hurdle, but also a huge mental hurdle! Who willingly runs 5 miles? Who willing runs for one straight hour? I never thought I would, but I did and I'm so proud of myself! The best part about it was I wasn't completely worn out... I was tired because I got up at 6:15am to run, but I wasn't exhausted. I think I'm actually starting to enjoy running and look forward to it. :)

This week I keep my runs simple and easy at 3.5 miles until Saturday when I'll attempted 5.5 miles! I'm a little ahead of my schedule but Sherry intentionally put me on a casual schedule do to my "lack of time" most weeks. I'm trying very hard to make running my priority and so far it has paid off. Last summer you would have seen me dead on the road had a tried to run 5 miles. This summer I plan to run 10 with no problem at all!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

First Virtual Half Marathon COMPLETE!

Well, I did it, I finished my very first virtual race!! This race was called the Cup Cake Marathon and you just had to finish either 26.2 or 13.1 miles in 2 weeks! I chose the half marathon and finished over 15 miles in the two week period (which ends tomorrow). I'm off my cross training schedule due to my daughter's teething process and some small aches and pains. But, I have managed to push through my running plan. I just don't want to stop the momentum I've had going this month. Tomorrow my running plan says to run 4.5 miles but my goal is 5!! Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Oh my, I finally ran the trail this past Saturday with my Dad.. I didn't see any snakes!!! But, I did hear something moving in the grass as I ran by a few times, tripped over a few tree branches, dodged several bikers - But I finished 3.6 miles in 50 mins. There were quite a few hills that I had to walk up. We had one creek to walk across, where I got my shoe wet and had to run with a wet shoe and sock. But, all in all it wasn't too bad! The only downfall I had, well there were two. First off I had to pee almost the entire run and there was no where to go but... behind a tree and that wasn't happening! Second, was my allergies... I'm still sneezing my head off after running out there.

So all you runners out there.. Tell me, how do you stay hydrated and not have to pee on your long runs? I can drink 1 oz and minutes later I'm looking for a bathroom. It's so annoying and so distracting. I try to get into a groove when I run and block everything else out, but I can't do that when I all I can think about is having to pee!

So tell me.. how do you do it??

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I guess it's my turn!! I saw Sherry did this so I am going to follow!

(A) Age: 30!!! Hello so far so good!
(B) Bed Size: Queen - Oh no quite big enough for 2 growing kids!
(C) Chore You Hate: LAUNDRY
(D) Dogs?: Muphy - I call him Murph Dog... A white Bichon
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: a quick check on my phone to see if I missed anything important while I was sleeping. Pathetic how attached I am to that dang iphone. - AGREED
(F) Favorite Color: I would have to say Purple
(G) Gold or Silver?: Silver.
(H) Height: 5 feet nothing
(I) Instruments You Play: Nada
(J) Job Title: CEO of Davis Household
(K) Kids: Yes - 2, Caden is 4 and Malorie is 1
(L) Live: Dallas – all my life!
(M) Mom's Name: Sabrina
(N) Nicknames: Heather-rie, Marie
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? Quite a few, appendicitis, hernia repair, kids -twice, blood pressure problems after pregnancy..
(P) Pet Peeve: Laziness, procrastination, stretching the truth and pretending it's not a lie
(Q) Quote from a Movie: uh.....
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right.
(S) Siblings: Younger brother
(T) Time You Wake Up? 7AM
(U) Underwear: Yes please.
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: LIMA BEANS :(
(W) What Makes You Run Late: Kids, my husband
(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: I have had a few - teeth I guess
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: Italian!
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: Giraffe

The Trail?

First of all, I want to just say Hello to all 5 of my followers! :) Small number, but the most I have ever had on a blog. I'm new to this so bare with me.. I will eventually figure out how to follow each and every one of you as well! Until then, welcome to my blog and I look forward to getting to know you!

So just to catch a few of you up... mainly those that don't know me well. My Dad is a long distance trail runner. He's going to be helping me run a few of my long runs during the month of March. However, that means I have to run on his turf... THE TRAIL! I'm nervous to run the trail for a few reasons...First of all, this means my time will be slower, which kind of sucks, but my Dad assures me I will get a better workout. Second, there are all kinds of things you encounter on the trails like spiders, snakes and other animals! My Dad says "they wont bother you if you don't bother them!" We'll see how this goes. I'm supposed to run 3.5 miles, which I'm assuming will take me quite a bit longer then usual, but at least I will get my mileage in!

On another note.. tomorrow is my break! I ran Monday, did step aerobics on Tuesday, ran on Wednesday and did turbo kick today! My body really needs this break before I run the trail on Saturday! Then on Sunday I'm leaving town for a night! This will only be my 2nd time to leave the kids alone with my husband all night and I'm hoping it all goes well! I'm really looking forward to some time away to relax!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Goal #1 - 10K RUN

I feel like this is actually goal number two!! Last weekend (March 5th, 2010) I completely a 5k run with a friend of mine in 37 mins! Huge accomplishment for several reason:

1. I finished my previous 5 K last summer in 45 mins.
2. I am only 5 feet tall - so a 12 min mile is pretty fast for me!
3. It was 42 degrees with 40 mph winds that felt like 20 degrees!

With that behind me, I am now training for my first 10K. I would say I "somewhat" trained for the 5k - the weather in January and February was not favorable for running out doors so I didn't get to run outside as much as I wanted. I did however cross trained quite a bit - 2-3 times a week. Since cross training kept my heart rate up the entire hour, it also helped my endurance for the 5K.

The training for the 10K includes cross training 2 times a week, while throwing in runs 3 times a week. My good friend Sherry is now a certified running coach and as set up a plan for me that is flexible but also structured. I will be bumping up my miles each week until I reach the goal of 6.2 miles at the end of April. Where I will then participate in a Relay for Life event on the 29th and turn around and run a 10K on May 1st. Between now and then I will be conditioning my body to run the majority of those miles, while strengthening my body through the cross training. I recently said to a friend of mine "If I'm not in the best shape I have ever been in by summer then I will be really mad"... I feel like that even more now then before with the majority of my week being taken over by training and running!!

Today's run:
2.1 Miles - 26 mins
Several hills, quite a bit of wind
average pace 13mins/mile



Welcome to my 30 and Thriving blog! I decided to start this blog after a friend of mine told me that I really should be writing this all down, so that when I look back a year from now I can see where I started... So here it goes!

I want to start off by saying what great friends I have!! Not only are they supportive, but they are inspiring me to do things I never thought I would do - let alone do at 30! So a big thank you to those that have been there for me and that will continue to be there for me.

This blog will take you through the ups and downs of my progress from running to cross training and other activities that I never thought I would do. Now that I am 30 and finished having kids I have decided that this year would be my year. My year to set some goals and accomplish them, my year to be in the best shape I have ever been in, my year to do things I have never done and show myself that my life is just beginning at 30. So please bare with me as I'm sure at times this blog will become mundane and boring while at other times I really hope to inspire those who need inspiration... including myself!