Happy Easter!

What a beautiful day! Louie and I started the day off with a run outside. It was a cool morning but we were able to get five miles in before church. Bob’s parents live in a small town surrounded by farm land. I was able to view the beautiful sunrise on Easter morning as I made my way back to the house. It was breathtaking! The rest of the day was filled with faith, family, and food. What a wonderful combination.

Unfortunately I did not have my phone with me to take a picture of the sunrise. This is similar to how it looked……………………….

Bob’s mom also made an extra special Easter gift for Louie. Bob had a bunch of old dress shirts that he could not wear anymore. Instead of throwing them away Lorraine took them and made a blanket. She also put EXTRA soft fleece on the opposite side. Louie LOVES it and thankfully he is good at sharing:)


Live Uncommon

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The Saturday morning running group is growing like crazy! We had a great group of people who met at Crow Creek early and ran through the streets of Bettendorf. Thanks to Mr. Byrne who took this picture. This is a group of quality people. This group is a true example of people who live the uncommon life. I feel very blessed to be a part of the running group. The conversations flowed throughout the run and made a 17mile run seem like nothing. I am half way in my training for the marathon. I feel confident that the miles I am putting in and adding track workouts will allow me to achieve my goal. More important on June 16th if I don’t achieve my goal of running under 3:30 (hopefully 3:20) the journey and friendships I have made throughout training are much more rewarding.

Run for life!

Grandma’s Week 8: 4/2-4/8

Total Miles: 54

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 11 – Ran 6.33 with  6b46 and 4.23 with Louie after practice

Wednesday:8- 4X800’s on the track. Thanks to Uhde and Maurer for pushing me to get this workout in. Ran 3:26,3:11,3:08,3:07)

Thursday:8- Ran 8 with 6b46 crew.

Friday:5- Easy 5 with Louie!

Saturday:17- Morning run with the group!

Sunday: I have 5 planned

 8 weeks down 10 weeks to go!




Package + Half Way

I order some books from Amazon a couple of days ago and today I was pleasantly surprised to receive them in the mail. I look forward to starting them this week. One is for the Faith Study I am in with a group of women. The other one is a running book I have heard great things about so I wanted to give it a try.

I have entered week 8/16 of marathon training. For the month of March I logged 223 miles. This is more miles than I have ever ran in one month. Since February 2011 I have logged my miles on dailymile.com. It is a fantastic website that records miles, minutes, workout, and conditions as well as provides you with other interesting information. For example I have burned over 895 donuts and have saved more than 82.26 gallon of gas:) Dailymile allows me to track my weekly miles and see the process  throughout the marathon training.

By logging on dailymile I have been able to look at the improvement the 6b46 crew has made since November. It is unreal to see the progress that the group of “crazies” has made running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Not only has this group of people helped me to become a stronger runner, but I have been able to develop great friendships. The conversation flows in the morning as we glide around Bettendorf. I feel thankful and blessed by these group of people. There is no way I would do Yasso 800’s without them. Running around the track has never my favorite thing to do.  Also, it is much easier to get up  at 4a.m. for a 18 mile run when you know you have a great group of people waiting to run it with you!

74 days until the marathon- Run on!

90 Days!

Even though spring break has come to an end I had a fantastic week. I could not have asked for better weather. Each and every day it was beautiful outside. It was a great week of training, relaxing, reading, and spending time with others!

Louie LOVED hanging out on the porch ALL day long. He is going to go through withdrawals tomorrow when I have to go back to school. I asked Bob if I could be a stay at home dog owner and sit in the red chair reading books all day long:)


Saturday was the first race for the Live Uncommon REVOLUTION Race Team. There are about 30 people on the race team. Runners are simply a special group of people. I was so happy to be able to meet other people from the Quad Cities working to not only better the community but themselves. It was a perfect morning for a 5K race. Downtown Davenport was packed with runners and super fans who were covered in GREEN! I did not know what to expect going into the race. I have not raved a 5K in a long time and have been training for the marathon.  I ended up running 20:25. Overall, I was happy with the results considering I did not train for the race. After I finished the race I was most excited about being able to run with one of my athletes!! Middle school track starts on Tuesday and I was happy to have one of the girls who will be on my team speed past me the last mile. I look forward to coaching her and watching her grow as a runner. It is going to be a fantastic track season!!


I am so thankful for my wonderful neighbors. Not only do they listen to Louie  howling at the moon, but they are so giving. Tonight they surprised me and brought me dinner!  I was totally shocked and very thankful. Louie almost stole the delicious sandwich off my plate. I am grateful for such kind neighbors!!

High of 75!

What another beautiful day! I feel like I am getting so spoiled with this wonderful weather. Bob and I enjoyed lunch together OUTSIDE on the patio at Symposium. I loved it! Here is a list of the things that have filled my day so far.

  • Good Morning America with a cup of java (I am going to miss this when I go back to school)
  • Lunch date with Bob- Delicious mushroom wrap and great conversation
  • 11 mile run- The run went really well today. This is the longest I have run by myself in a long time. I had to be mentally tough. I also was happy with the way I ran since I was feeling pretty tired and sore yesterday. Since going to the chiropractor on Monday my body has been so tired and sore. He really cracked the heck out of me. To give my body a break I decided to take yesterday off from running and just take Louie for a walk. This was a much needed day of rest. It keeps me in check to understand how important it is to take rest days too.

Funny and kinda creep thing happened on the last mile… This old man driving a maroon mini van waved me by as he was stopped at a stop sign and gave me the thumbs up as I ran by. I thought to myself, “Oh what a nice and encouraging old man.” Then as he turned he yelled out the window, “I just had to let a nice girl running like you go by!” I turned to thank him.. not knowing what to say and went along my merry way. All of a sudden I hear a car pulling up behind me… IT WAS THE SAME OLD MAN! He proceeded to yell out the window, ” Nice running, if I had those clothes I would go running too.” OMG I was wearing a t-shirt and capri running pants. Even though I was a little (A-LOT) creeped out, I continued to run and made it home safe. I would be lying if I told you I didn’t look behind me to make sure the mini van old man was not following me.

Do you have any wild, weird, creepy running experiences?

  • Car Sparkling Clean-  I seem to feel so much better driving my car when it is clean!
  • Some Spring online shopping

Looking forward to a relaxing afternoon outside. Louie loves this weather too!

Mini Bites

Wow! Today has been an absolutely gorgeous day. Who needs to go to Florida over spring break when it is 70+ degrees in Iowa!

I ran errands in the morning and spent most of the afternoon outside with Louie. I sat and read a good book while Louie ran around the yard chasing his tail. I took an afternoon break to make some mini blueberry muffins. These muffins are quiz, easy, and only require one other ingredient water! Bob and his co-workers have been working crazy late (or early into the morning) so I thought I would make them a treat to brighten their day. I hope they like them!

Giving Back

Growing up I was provided with the basic needs from my parents to be able to live a healthy lifestyle. Now Bob and I have a family of our own I am thankful we are able to have the basic needs…..shelter…food…water…clothing plus MUCH MUCH more. Even though I am able to provide my family with the basic needs, many families are not able to do this. That is why it is important to give back to your community. Live Uncommon is a perfect example of living a healthy lifestyle and giving back to others who are less fortunate. I truly believe in their core values of family, work ethic, giving back, and living a balanced healthy lifestyle. Since I belive in the values of the non-profit organization and I want to give back to the community I have joined the race team. The race team is a group of people who are raising money for seven different charities. Along with raising money for the charities the race team get to know other great people around the Quad Cities who are working to make a change and Live an Uncommon life. Check it my page – Team Gaffney 

Here is the Bettendorf XC team promoting Live Uncommon – These girls ROCK!

Just in Time!

Spring break could not have come at a better time. I am looking forward to having some time off from school. Mental breaks are a must! A couple of days ago I received some great magazines in the mail. They will be a great read as I sit on my porch throughout the week. I will let you know what great things I find out.  Thankfully the weather is going to be beautiful!

98 Days!

Marathon training is well on its way. In less than 100 days I will be running the Grandma’s Marathon. Truly time flies when you are having fun and running around like crazy. Throughout training I have been truly blessed to run with a great group of people. Even though it is often difficult to get up at 4:00A.M. on the weekends or 4:30A.M. during the week, the group of people are totally worth it. Often times in order to get the results we want we have to make  sacrifices. Not only are these runners make me a better runner, but they make me a better person.

This morning we started at Starbucks at 5:30A.M. We had a group of 7 people who ran together on the bike path and around Davenport. The view of the sun rising was beautiful as we were headed back to the coffee shop. Even though the weekends are nice to be able to catch up on some sleep, being able to witness the sunrise is breathtaking. Not many people get to witness it, I feel fortunate to be able to. The group ran incredible splits this morning. After turning around we cut six minutes off of our time. We ran 10.15 in 1:24 minutes (Including the monster BIX hill) After we finished our run we headed into Starbucks for a cup of java.

We have spring break this week so most of the training will be on my own. This will be a good time for me to be able to work on my mental toughness. I have just finished reading “Mind Gym.” I think I highlighted/wrote down half the book. (Review to come) It is a great read for any  athlete, coach, or parent. Check it out!

This week my school is on spring break. Yay! I am looking forward to relaxing and reading some great books. I do not have many other plans, but I am sure the days will be filled with great things! I will keep you posted:)

Happy Saturday! Now on to hanging out with this guy…..