Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A New Chapter to Document

I'm gonna jump right into this and pretend like this isn't my first post of the year....

What have we been up to?! It has been a WONDERFUL 2015. I have been very busy enjoying my life and all that comes with it. I'm in a phenomenal place in life, toot toot beep beep *don't hate me*

All aspects of my life have been going from strength to strength, it's truly a blessing, and a product of a lot of hard work.

I ran two halves this year, and didn't document it here on the blog. I also placed for the first time EVER in a race, and I did it without documenting it on the blog. What was most surprising to me was that I didn't feel the need to. For the longest time I needed this blog for self accountability.  I was truly astonished at what I was accomplishing, and now, I don't. I don't need the blog to make all of my work outs happen. I don't need the blog to help me wiggle out of ten pounds- which will always be a goal for me it feels like- and I don't need to document each and every accomplishment because it doesn't astonish me anymore. I know the best is yet to come, and with enough hard work anything is possible. Ah personal growth. It makes me feel very proud of myself.

One of  my very best friends got married at the start of the Summer May is summer in south LA, we had lots of fun events associated with the wedding. Nick and I were both honored to serve in their wedding. Getting married is such a special time in a person's life, it's a joy to witness your friend start a new chapter. Anywho, I can't wrap this topic and events up in one paragraph, so I'll save it this for it's own post(s)

We went on our somewhat annual friends/couples trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary while there, time is flying! Of all of the places I have had the privilege to visit, PV was up there in awesome vacay destinations. I can not say enough wonderful things about this place or the people we visited it with. I'll save this trip for another post.

Hike into Gringo Gulch- PV Mexico
Our social circle spent a lot of time together over the summer. It felt like college era quality time. When we would laze about watching TV together, sometimes talking a lot, sometimes talking a little, sometimes having too much fun. It was truly the best. We spent the 4th in Houston, and then I was lucky enough to tag along on another beach vacation *pinch me* with two of my favorite real life sisters. I'm the adopted third.

We were on the drive home from Destin, taking a detour down the Louisiana coast line,  The Summer of '69 came on the radio and I just got all gooey inside. I was seriously having  the best summer of my life.

Oh, when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

It wasn't too long after that, I would truly get the icing on my best summer ever cake

I will never forget the moment I found out this baby was coming. Que the happy tears. I can't describe the joy I felt in my heart.I had doubts this would ever happen for us, and to see positive proof that we are going to be parents was overwhelming. It still feels surreal most days. I wrote a post this day that I haven't published but will soon.

The rest of the world just found out that we are expecting. The change of seasons is joyous for so many reasons, for me right now, it brings the promise of new beginnings.

I'm at the beginning of my second trimester, feeling amazing again, with an official April 1st due date.

I'm coming out of blogging retirement to document this next chapter in life. I think I'll really regret it if I don't, and obviously there is much to talk about! I have been able to keep up with my fitness routine, yes it has been challenging, but also rewarding. Like all things worth having.

I'm definitely the type of person who only wants to do something if I can commit 100%, and I feel right now, I can commit to three posts a week. This I can do.

I know an announcement like this comes with a whole slew of questions. I'll put together a post of FAQ I'm getting in my daily life *feel free to shoot over any questions you have too*. I'm also planning my first trimester survival kit, because I feel like that first trimester gets glossed over and it. was. not. glossy. 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Cajun Country Half Marathon 2014

Hello friends :) I can say that with confidence knowing anyone who may read this post today is doing so because you're on the list.

 Yep,  I made my blog private. Parts of blogging were making me feel incredibly vulnerable, and it was just one of those times I just had to do what was best for me, and be more selective about what I share publicly.

Any who, I'm writing today because I have to have to do a race recap of my fifth half marathon! Fifth! Sometimes I forget that haven't always been doing this little running thing. That I've only been at it a few years. It kinda feels like what I do at this point, an important part of my routine. 

We had an incredibly busy fall, and race training hasn't exactly been my number one priority. I decided to bow out of my originally planned half the weekend of December 6th, so that I could attend my company Christmas party on Friday nigh and enjoy myself. While I did train for that race, I pushed myself back into the half distance pretty quickly post Cajun Cup in November. I was definitely feeling under prepared. 

Nonetheless, I found out about The Cajun Country half marathon taking place in town, the next week, it was a reasonable sign up fee, participants who ran Cajun Cup (10k), Cajun Country (5k, 10k, or half), and Zydeco (half or marathon) races would receive Les Courir des Cadians (an extra medal)

Wouldn't you get out of bed for an extra medal?!

 I couldn't find an excuse not to run the half, so I registered! I'd only run 11 miles previous to the race, bath room issues on my 12 mile run had me tapping out after a 15k, insert more excuses. My long run training wasn't where it should have been. I knew I would finish the race, but I didn't know if I'd do remotely well. 

I don't know if I've ever felt so unprepared for a race. I didn't make a playlist, I had to dig through an old purse to find fuel, because I hadn't been doing that correctly either, sheesh, in fact I got so distracted I almost left my phone behind altogether. Cr cr cr crisis!!!!!

Eventually, the hot mess express choo chooed on over to the race. I met up with Stephanie at the start, and we readied ourselves for this half! There weren't going to be very many of us, maybe 150-200 running the half. Unlike any race I'd ever done before.There was no crowded start, plenty of room for everyone. And we are off!

Mile One: 9:49

Don't be dumb Leigh Ann. Start slow. All I'm thinking about on repeat. It's a long run. Long, long run.

Mile Two: 9:53

Oh this is going to be a long race. I'm so under prepared. I could still be in bed cuddling with my family.

Mile Three: 9:47

I'm glad I woke up! I love running! Look at this glorious day the Lord hath made! Only a ten mile run to go! The race is small, and there's a group of about four of us sticking together at a similar pace. I feel awkward not introducing myself, time to break the ice...

Mile Four: 9:56

I've made a friend. Hi Erica! Things are looking up! Erica has a pace plan! Alright gah, I'm following your lead! Erica wants to hand around a ten minute mile until mile 7 then dial it up to a 9:30. Perfect!

Mile Five: 10:08

I'm enjoying the company, the scenery, my playlist from the Cajun Cup, the miles are ticking by, and the running is easy!

Mile Six: 9:43

Erica wants to know if I'm ready to dial it up? I was born ready!

Mile Seven 9:08

I feel a-mazing. I've made it my goal to pass the group in front of us, and I am off!

Mile Eight: 9:33

Feeling fine! Ready to bring this thing on home!

Mile Nine: 9:49

I've passed two groups in front of me, feeling great!

Mile Ten: 9:49

I'm approaching an overpass. As in an overpass over the interstate. Like a man made mountain in the south. These people got jokes 

Mile Eleven: 9:52

Feeling like I only trained to 11 miles. Haha. The overpass has killed my pace and my legs are screaming. That's ok gah, you out here doing it. Almost done!

Mile Twelve: 9:58

I'm going to finish. I've passed a lot of people at this point. (If I see you, I talk to you) Everyone is joking about the over pass, it was killer. Stay strong! We're almost done!

Mile Thirteen: 10:10

My phone dies. I know I'm almost done. Where you at finish line. A cop tells me it's just on the other side of *points* that hill. SOB, ok here we go!

There it is! The finish! 
Finishing the half (small race finished in a parking lot)
This race was very small, and liked it for the same reasons I disliked it. I know running those hills, the man made kind and the nature made kind, will make me stronger throughout the season. My legs were on fire, though cardiovascularly I felt amaze.

This race was a different experience, and I had great time with my Sole Sisters at the finish line! (There was also a 5k, & 10K, trail race) I would absolutely participate in this event again. It was easy to find people post race, and I enjoyed visiting with the girls! I was also able to find Erica and thank her for the company. What a great day!

I couldn't decide what to do with my hands. I'm hiding a bud light behind my back

Cajun Country time just shy of the finish

Thanks for reading here, our numbers a few!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

POTM Check In + Puppy Run Updates

Oh lookie there, a week and half went by and not one single post from me. I got 99 excuses but a run ain't one!

I have been straight nailing my work outs lately. I feel a-maz-ing. Amazing! I can feel my endurance picking up a little more than a week out from my first half of the season, Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon. It's really incredible how naturally distance running comes after a few years experience. In the beginning, I couldn't have imagined jumping up in distance and mileage so quickly, and without injury. Knock on wood. Also, marathon training will do crazy wonky things to your perception of a long run.

I pledged to pile on 100 miles instead of the pounds in November. I have succeeded. Or I will have succeeded after my Thursday morning Turkey Trot. More on that in a second. I haven't gained or lost any weight in November, and I really piled on those miles. I should finish up the month Saturday at 111 miles. 11 is my lucky number, what's up holler!

I have been having major technology issues. My phone keeps dying on me during my runs. My mophie has kicked the bucket, and I don't want to buy another. I really want a new phone, holding out until after Christmas. It's a blessing and a curse, however, these gadgets I can't rely on. On one hand, when my phone kicks the bucket, it takes some pressure off. I can just enjoy the simple pleasure of my feet hitting the ground and the air rushing in and out of my chest. I don't have to worry about pace, or how this song or that song would be more fun to run to. I can just run. Ya know, the way people used to run before we had all of this stuff.

Weekly Work Out Goals


5 Mile Run

6 Mile Run

Shreveport Turkey Trot with  family

Cross Training & Strength

12 Mile Run


The baby dogs and I have been doing two runs a week together, Tuesday and Thursday shorter runs. Nick thinks the running is why they are showing me overt favoritism as of late. 

Cuddles while we watched our Saints lose (NOLA loves to watch TV)
These little dogs love to run. Love it. When I put on my run gear and snap on my SPI Belt they could lose it with the barking and wiggles. They are both steadily improving with their commands such as heel and leave it. Neither dog is running further than 3 miles at a time presently. I can't take them both out together at the same time. They can and will over power me. 

Right now I have a 1.75 mile loop, 2.25 mile loop, and a 3.25 mile loop I run them on. I run the loop once (distance varying) switch out the puppy, and run another loop with the second. It seems to be working well for all of us at present, and makes the time fly by for me! I don't want to push them too far in distance too fast, although I swear Nacho could go all day. I'll probably keep them hanging out around this distance through at least the first of the year.

December Goals! Blog more consistently, iron out a marathon training plan am I doing that again?!, smile more, worry less, work harder- in all aspects.

What are your December goals?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thanks for reading my inconsistent beeble babble here. It gives me good juju, thanks to you!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Working off the Weekend Carbload

Jessica and Nathan's wedding weekend was a resounding success, an outrageously fun time, a celebration we won't be forgetting. Note- this post is not the recap.

 Friday was an action packed day from start to finish. I started the day with a 5:30am wake up call immediately followed with a cold ten mile run, and wrapped it up at midnight with a champagne buzz. Funny thing is I literally never even had time to feel tired. We just kept going. Story of my life.

 I was surprised at my long run endurance.  Especially since I ran four days in a row without a cross training day. This is the furthest I've run since the spring, as I skipped over the 9 mile half training run to get myself ready for the half on December 6th. I think it's the cold weather putting a pep in my step. That and Danielle ran the last 3.5 miles with me, company makes the run so much better!

Saturday began at 6:30am, and I honestly don't remember what time sleepy time came sometime on Sunday morning. I literally ate cake in my pajamas all day Sunday. All day. It was amazing.

I ate pasta at least five times throughout the weekend which is greater than the sum of my 2014 pasta intake to date, I'm wearing stretchy pants at work. I ate more cake than should be admitted, and all of the champagne. I thought about totaling up exactly how many champagne bottles we made it through during the weekend but some things in life are better left a mystery. I regret nothing.

I'll recap the wedding soon. Of course I've got like four pictures to support my stories, but I know the photographers got some great ones. Recap soon!

Here's what I'm going to do to all those carbs I loaded up on this week:


3 Mile Run & Strength

5 Mile Run & Strength

3 Mile Run & Strength

Cross Train & Strength

11 Mile Run


How was your weekend?
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?

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