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#023 – Prepare to PUSH (Running, Faith, and Fun)

So excited about having a podcast AND  prayer for this weekend!

The first mile is always hard for me.

When I walk out the front door to go on a run, I always have to “push” my way through the first 15 to 20 minutes.

I thought by now that I would be past this stage of having to “push” through something I do often.

Recently, I asked an experienced runner, how long did I have to wait until the first mile wouldn’t feel hard.

This multi-marathon runner told me he always has to “push” through his first mile.

I was shocked.

I had assumed that there was some secret sauce that real runners had that I didn’t.  It had never occurred to me that they struggled just like I did and had to push through the hard places.

Many of us look at other people who are doing things that we dream of doing and assume that those […]

The Mercy Marathon – Part II

If you haven’t yet read Part I.  Check it out HERE.

Even though my run and somewhat breathless conversation with Linnette was some time ago, I haven’t stopped thinking about it.

Linnette was running for herself.

She was running because it was good for her body.

She was out early one morning, while it was still dark, to cover more miles in one day than most people traverse in one week.

She didn’t need a race.

She didn’t need a medal.

She was doing it to be better, to be stronger, to be a more fit individual.

But that is not the only reason she was running.

Linnette told me that for every mile she ran, she went home and put $1 in a jar.

I quickly did the math.

Six miles a run. Three runs a week. Twenty bucks every seven days. Eighty dollars a month.

I started getting excited about the idea of saving eighty dollars to regularly reward […]

#022 – Prepare to Get Fit (How to Run a 5K and Other Stuff)

People ask me all the time how I started running.

This podcast answers the why, the how, and a few other small details that might help you start running too (or whatever other healthy activity that floats your boat).

And while I do talk a bit about some of my favorite running tips and stuff…


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The goal of today’s podcast is get you thinking about what YOU can do to start or restart your fitness journey.

The goal is to give you a few things to think about and then motivate you to START!

I want you to think about how you want to live your “fit” life and then starting LIVING it!


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What decisions do you have to make before deciding on what fitness plan is right for you?

How do you decide on […]

Faith & Fun Friday – Stuck

Last Sunday, my running buddy and I were planning to do a twelve mile run.

People who are dumb enough to train for a marathon have to do stuff like that.

I have never been so happy to wake up to thunder, lightning, and rain.


I laid in bed.

I reveled in the cloudy day.

I cuddled with my kiddos, made a big breakfast, and stayed in my pajamas most of the day.


It was glorious.

I didn’t run.

I got off of my routine.

I was a slacker.

Then came Monday. My typical “rest day”.  Even though I had totally rested all day Sunday, I copped out and rested Monday too.

Slacker again.


Yup. Tuesday was supposed to be my get-it-together day.

No get-it-together happened. I slept in and figured I’d be back with the plan on Wednesday.

Ya’ll […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Faith, Fun|39 Comments

The Mercy Marathon – Part I

So… ummm…. yeah…

I’m planning on running a marathon in December.

I have no idea what has gotten into me and why on earth I’d attempt such a thing.

I don’t consider myself a runner.

Don’t get me wrong.  I do run.  It’s just that I’m a super S-L-O-W runner.  In the past, I’ve participated in races  where walkers passed me up with ease.  In my head, walkers don’t pass real runners.

Oh the shame.

Do I run? Yes.

Am I a runner?  I’m not so sure.

I digress.

Runner or not, I’m all signed up to run the Dallas Marathon this coming December.

As if running a marathon isn’t enough, now I have to actually train for it.

Every week I have a schedule that tells me  how long and how far I’m supposed to run so that I can prepare my  body for the torture of running for 26.2 miles on December 14th, 2014.

#021 -Do Your Homework

We all understand the importance and necessary progression of going to class, looking and listening to the teacher, practicing new material, studying for exams, and taking tests.

Life is a classroom. These concepts still apply.

Many people just meander through their lives instead of taking the time to learn from others, integrate new information, and adequately prepare for the hard places.

Today, I share this concept with you in addition to sharing resources that can serve as a teacher, a place to practice, or helpful information to get you ready for various seasons in your life.


We don’t have to go through life on a whim.

We  shouldn’t tackle things as they come up. Deal with problems as they arise. Wrestle with circumstances as we run into them.

There is a better way.

Today I share a list of resources that have helped me on my life’s journey.


By |August 18th, 2014|Family, Podcast|0 Comments

Faith & Fun Friday – Mercy

Last year, I met a local running group early in the morning.

As usual, I was one of the slower ones in the group.

Well actually… I was THE slowest one.

A sweet lady named Linnette made it her business to run with me even though I moved a little slower than her pace.

We got in six miles.

I totally would have understood if she would have decided to leave me… after all it was her morning run too.

I’m sure she was trying to max out her own workout and get in her own miles at her own pace..

But she stuck with me.

Not only that, but she helped distract me from the struggle of my own run by pleasantly chit-chatting here and there during our time together.

Blessed are the merciful...

Small acts of kindness.

Small mercies.

Small gifts of grace.

I can’t say that I’ve always done the same.

I tend to be

#020 – Be PREPARED

In case you didn’t get the memo, my blog was hacked a couple of weeks ago.  I didn’t write or podcast last week as a result.

I’ve missed ya’ll!

But the hacking experience taught me something… as did the ten-mile run I went on yesterday.

Being PREPARED matters.

We can have the best of intentions but our preparation, or lack thereof, can make or break the life that we get to experience.



So many of us go through life on a whim.

We tackle things as they come up. Deal with problems as they arise. Wrestle with circumstances as we run into them.

There is a better way.

Don’t ask me how I know.



Join me for today’s chat by clicking  “play” at the top of this post or via iTunes or Stitcher.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:


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By |August 11th, 2014|Faith, Podcast|3 Comments

Faith & Fun Friday – Content

I went running this morning.

It was another slow run.

I watched wistfully as other runners blazed past me.

The run is called the “Starbucks 5 @ 5″.  The idea is that you come out to run five miles and then, after about an hour, you are done.

I ran three.

I chose to run three miles because there was another girl who only wanted to run three miles and if I didn’t run with her then both she and I would be by ourselves.  It was 5:00 a.m. and still dark outside.  Not good to run alone.

So I stuck with her.

For a while,  I lamented the fact that even if I wanted to run with the five-milers and be apart of the group, I wouldn’t have been able to.

I found myself dissatisfied, frustrated, and discontent.

I know you may be thinking… “Chrystal! Get it together! You were outside running when most of the people you know […]

By |August 1st, 2014|Faith|28 Comments

#019 – Polish the Diamond

I promised you last week that I’d have a chat with a fitness friend of mine, but between her schedule and mine we couldn’t make it happen.

I’m happy to say that we got our act together this week!

Meet Bobbie… my “cute and fine” friend.



I love her.

She is spunky.  She is fun.  She is super encouraging.


And super positive about any person’s ability to change their life, one day at a time.


As we close out the month of July and, with it, our theme of celebration, I thought it appropriate to discuss how to celebrate YOU on the last day.

If you are anything like me, normally words describing my body and the word celebration don’t go together in the same sentence. But my fitness friend believes those […]