So those numbers in my post title?

Yeah, that's 3 weeks worth of running.

Kenny's gift to me this Christmas was an iPod. I was so excited to have my very own. Our families, along with myself, all pitched in 4 years ago to get Kenny an iPod for his birthday. Since then, we have just shared.

But, I got my own!

And you know when you get a new toy on Christmas Day you just have to play with it!

I had started back running the week of Christmas as a gift to myself.

I love running. I always have. In high school and college, I finished in the top 3 in distance running when training for basketball and soccer. But I wouldn't consider myself ultra fast or anything. I think it's just my time. My time with myself, the road, and God.

I was running on a pretty regular regimen this summer, but when late fall hit and work k.Mac holiday orders picked up, I let running go to the wayside.

So, the week of Christmas I decided I would give myself the gift of running. We have no gym membership. Running outside in the elements is what Kenny and I do.

I kinda like not being confined to a treadmill or track. I like the change up of scenery.

So you can imagine I was so ecstatic to be given my very own iPod for Christmas!

Making my playlist is critical. I have to have just the right beats to get my kicks a-kickin' if you know what I mean.

I like all kinds of music. Ranging anywhere from Dolly Partin, Dr. Dre, Green Day, Alison Krauss, Billy Joel & Miley Cyrus. Kenny actually teases me that my running playlist is comparible to what foods I eat together.

Cause you see I can throw roast and onions, almond slivers, Parmesan cheese, red peppers, and strawberry slices in a wrap, warm it, and eat it up like candy!

Variety and texture is a must for this girl.

I actually have a new song for my new year. This song is a killer motivator for me. KILLER. You wanna talk about doubling my pace.

I am hooked on the message in the lyrics.

It's about fighting for better.
Rising above.
Expecting the best.
Letting go of the damage.
Going after your dreams.
Making them a reality.

My favorite line: "I'm prefectin' my hustle".
{Cause that's what we all should be doing.}

And the beat is the best.
Plus, a solid chorus.
{A repeater on my playlist no doubt.}

So the week of Christmas: 14 miles.
Week between Christmas and New Years: 9 miles.
First week of the 2010: 12 miles.

One of my new year's resolutions was to run a 1/2 marathon in April with my sister-in-law. And we are adding a little bit more to that. Kenny, Kim, and I are running the Scenic City Half Marathon. Kim's brother, Brad, is running the full 1/2 marathon. Kenny, Kim, and I are just doing a warm up to the 1/2 marathon for April so we are doing the 5k.

And I gotta look cute!
So let's shop around, shall we?
Loving these Nike Air Max. They are so smooth and sleek looking and they are my all time favorite color: CORAL. I bet I could superfly in these mammer-jammers. Cause cute shoes make you run faster, you know that right?

And then I will have to have some real mac daddy running pants, huh?
I think these will do.

And we all know purple is hot right now. I am debating on this running shirt for the winter/early spring months:

I am a sucker for the mock turtle neck. Truly, I am.

But this electric aqua is calling my name too:

Oooh, the choices.
Either hues would juxtapose my coral sneaks wonderfully.
I am leaning toward the purple. I'm not gonna lie.

Now to decide on a warm, trendy jacket to layer over top. I am thinking something in the heather gray arena. Whatcha think?

I already have great sleek black warming gloves and a super cute black ear wrap headband.

See, exercising is fun!

  • It's the 2nd full week of 2010.
  • Get your mantra song.
  • Get motivated.
  • Get cute.
  • Make a change.
  • Then smile and be proud you did!
All the above,