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The definition of success

Posted: January 21, 2012 in football, motivation

This post is brought to you by Kyle! Yeah!
Kyle loves working out, football, and motivational videos on YouTube. True story.
This particular video comes from LSU. Yes, the same team that had a perfect regular NCAA football season only to lose an offensively embarrassing National Championship game to Alabama.
This video is for 2012.  They’re already moving forward and focused on success.


Don’t let failure, setbacks, or anything hold you down.


What is success to you? What does it take to succeed?





Remember – if you don’t believe in yourself how can you expect anyone else to?


Here’s to getting back up.
Love and the will to succeed,
Carissa & Kyle

Haha! When I first typed that title it said, “9 miles or busty”! Well – that’s not true!  
Today I had a nine mile long run on my half marathon training agenda.  I have missed a few key runs due to a busy schedule so I was a little nervous about this one…
If you were wondering I made my 9 miles and I didn’t bust…nor was it busty, blustery, busy, or any other typo I could come up with!
My goal pace was over 10 minute miles.  I just told myself to stay slow and keep running at a comfortable pace so I could make my mileage.  

I kept having to fight nagging thoughts that I was “too slow”.  I’ve never tried to train to make a goal pace in a half marathon and it is playing some head games with me.  I just keep telling myself to being able to run 9+ miles in any time is a blessing and a great achievement and I’ll just give it my all on race day.  How does that sound?  I’m aiming for positive yet realistic? 🙂
Here are my splits:
Mile 1- 10:07 (I never feel warm until about 1.5)
Mile 2- 9:41
Mile 3- 9:36
Mile 4- 9:52
Mile 5- 9:44
Mile 6- 10:18
Mile 7- 9:46
Mile 8- 9:27
Mile 9- 9:20


I fueled up with cereal before the run and some sport beans at miles 6 and 7.  

Since I just finished my nutrition for exercise class I’ve been very aware of the need to get adequate carbs before and after my runs.  
If you are someone out there who watches your calories, but runs make sure you are getting enough carbs.  I wasn’t at all so I’m actively working on that. Basically it’s 5g of carbs a day per kg of body weight on a training day and 1.5g of carbs per kg of body weight after the workout.  Post workout meals are SO IMPORTANT!  Your body is craving food in the form of carbs and a little protein.  Give your body what it needs!

After the run I had a Gatorade Recovery drink.  It’s 130 calories, 14g of carbs, and 16g of protein. I also added a banana for more carbs.

I’m thinking a sweet potato smoothie will be a good lunch.  Did you know sweet potatoes have WAY more potassium then bananas? True story!
I’m in a great mood today…not just because of my endorphins but Kyle’s clients are taking us to a DALLAS COWBOY game tonight!  Excited and nervous all at once!


How do you fuel up after long runs?


Love and Romo-licious,

Carissa & Kyle

My Mom is cute. Way cute.  She always does her best to make every event special.  Her efforts at a healthy tailgating are the topic of week’s What I Ate Wednesday…Tailgating style!
Last week my Mom was in town for a visit and some Monday Night Football! We made the drive to Jacksonville to watch the Chargers take on the Jaguars.

The city of Jacksonville
Talk about some muscular legs.

You may have heard me talk about the Cowboys….. a lot…Kyle loves the Cowboys and because I love him…I love the Cowboys.  However my Mom is a Chargers fan and I grew up a distanced east coast Chargers fan in Virginia.

In an effort to be healthy and eat a good, yet portable, meal before the game my Mom created an in-hotel tailgating buffet.

Our spread included:

  • whole wheat bread
  • deli chicken and roast beef
  • deli cheeses
  • fresh tomato and romaine lettuce
  • baked chips
  • kumquats
  • potato salad
  • veggies
  • Beck’s light
  • Chocolate chip macadamia nut high protein cookies from the cookie party
It was great to have a fun meal and something lighter then typical tailgating fare.  Sammy’s and chips are great to me!
The game was wonderful as Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense finally got a movement going! We also had amazing second row seats! Thanks MOM!
Kyle & I polished off the remainder of the cold cuts, cheese, and veggies on the late drive home.
Thanks Mom!
Check out our other post on more healthy tailgating tips.
On another note today is Kyle’s birthday! The BIG 3-0!  Happy birthday KYLE!!

Love and first downs, 

Carissa & Kyle