That's right...I did it! 

I freaking finished the Tough Mudder! 

It was amazing! 

Felt so good. 

And I feel so proud of myself! I did every single obstacle! (with help of course, but that's what the Tough Mudder is all about)

On the Funky Monkey! uphill bars, and circular moving bars! 

On the Funky Monkey! uphill bars, and circular moving bars! 

I love the Tough Mudder because it's all about community and helping each other out! So ANYONE can do it! You have so many people, strangers, friends, and you all help one another on obstacles, cheer one another on, and get really muddy together! It's amazing! 

The Funky Monkey was my favorite obstacle, and the one I looked forward to the most! I wanted to badly to complete this obstacle! It was an uphill climb monkey bars (at least 15), then a vertical circle bar, and two horizontal circle bars, which meant you you grabbed them, they whipped you around in a circle! (enter more challenge here) 

So I worked out hard and practiced a handfull of times on regular monkey bars at the park, but I was confident. The girl working the station thankfully let us wipe our wet hands on her, and I went for it! I made it to the first circle! I went up the uphill bars quick and felt good. But that whipping of the circle bar threw me in the water! 

I was not giving up though! I got out and said... "I'M DOING IT AGAIN!" 

So round two, I scaled the monkey bars (so proud of that), hit the horizontal circle! "yes!" then the vertical! "YES!" and then the last vertical, almost to the platform, and I fall. I get out PROUD AS CAN BE! That was enough for me! I would've maybe tried again, but my arms were spent! 

The adrenaline from that, and the strength it took my arms made the next obstacle the hardest for me, but I was so happy with myself! 

Eating ALL THE PIZZA the night before! DUH! 

Eating ALL THE PIZZA the night before! DUH! 

So backtracking now, we ate pizza...HUGE, delicious pizza the night before the race, which I highly recommend! 

Yoga to get stretched out before the race! 

Yoga to get stretched out before the race! 

CLICK TO TWEET: "I'm a Tough Mudder, and you should be one too!" 

Here's some of our group before the race! We had a blast! We dressed alike, which is fun! Plus wearing a bright color helps you to find each other while racing! 

Also, the sweatbands were helpful! I never had an issue with mud in my eyes! (Oh, I wouldn't recommend orange next time though lol well at least not for first timers, because that's the same color of the first time Tough Mudder headband you get at the end lol) 

My mother-in-law and the kiddos found us at the Mud Mile, it was fun! I also found one of my bootcampers in my year long program and we got to do this together and take a pic! It was fun to stay together and cheer each other on a few of the obstacles! 

Asking me if I will do it again....??

YES! I want to do the Texas one in October for my 30th birthday! 

It was a blast, and running through trails, (fun on their own), but running through soaking wet, or carrying 10 extra pounds of mud, makes you feel indefeatable, and like a true BADA** ! 

I highly recommend anyone doing this! 

Our team stayed together, laughed, had fun, and helped each other, I loved it! 

The hardest part was around mile 8-9ish (it was right over 10 miles total). It was the first time that obstacle lines were long and you had to wait. At that time in the race, standing still that long was not fun for the muscles! Because once you started again, it was that much harder! 

Also, I highly recommend planning a fun recovery and celebratory day afterwards! 

We did a 2 hour float on the river! It was the perfect way to relax after the race! 

So basically what I'm saying is...YOU HAVE GOT TO DO A TOUGH MUDDER!




First Post Baby Half Marathon-Race Recap

Well...I DID IT!  I ran another half marathon! 

My last half marathon to run was in 2013, February. I planned to run another in the Fall of that year, but after miscarrying and then getting pregnant again I decided I didn't need to push my body. So here I am almost exactly a year after giving birth to my son, and I did it! I trained and ran another 13.1 miles....And my husband did it with me! 

Recap of my first half marathon after having my son! @brittanysuell

Oh, and I am happy to say that I ran it in 2hr 30min and 41sec. I am so proud of this! 

Honestly when I run, it's not about the time. Well not usually. 

Running did not come natural to me, so it is a success just to achieve such a long distance. So I know I am slower, and I am okay with that. 

This time though with my husband running, and caring about his time, he would ask me what my goal time was. At first I said...I don't have one! haha Then I decided to challenge myself. My first half marathon in 2012 I ran in 2hr 49min. So this time I decided 2hr 30min was a good goal time. And even though I was slightly over that in seconds, to me, that was a SUCCESS! 

Recap of my first half marathon after having my son! @brittanysuell 

Throughout the first half of the race I felt mostly good. I mean my knee was irritating me pretty much the entire race, and I continually was just praying healing over it and not giving the pain any attention. I stayed right behind (about 25 feet) the 2:30 pacer, and I liked that. It was the first time I had been close to a pacer during a race, and it motivated me to keep a steady pace, which I did and I was proud of that. 

There were several hills in the beginning, which I was thankful we took a different route the 2nd half of the race so we didn't have to do hills once my legs got really tired. It seems like every race for me, mile 8 is where it gets hard. Even though in my training runs I ran several 9, 10, and 11milers, mile 8 was still where it got tough. That's where I began to slow down some in my pace as well. 

I stopped at mile 9 to grab water (stopped meaning long enough to get to the water table and keep going). And at just about every table after that I grabbed water. It was at this point too that I finally stopped having to go to the bathroom. Oh, did I mention I contemplated stopping at literally every porta potty in the race from the start. I told y'all in my last post about pre-race thoughts, how I always felt the need to go to the bathroom...well I did! BUT, I would never let myself stop because I was keeping such a good pace, and there was always a line. At mile 9 though the urge to "go" seemed to subside. It was also at this time that I stopped feeling my knee hurt, because my legs from the hips down were aching! hahaha So, not sure which was better! 

My husband met me about a quarter of a mile left, and ran through with me! 

Recap of my first half marathon after having my son! @brittanysuell 

It felt good to cross that finish line again! Man, the feeling of pride and accomplishment you get when you finish a race, it's amazing! 

Recap of my first half marathon after having my son! @brittanysuell

I loved having our mom's there with us! They watched Zander while we ran, and celebrated with us when we finished! They were definitely proud mommas! 

Recap of my first half marathon after having my son! @brittanysuell Recap of my first half marathon after having my son! @brittanysuell

Zander liked the medals! 

After we were finished, we enjoyed some post race snacks, took lots of celebratory photos, then got out of our yucky clothes! Thanks to Shower Pill, we were able to clean up and change clothes in the parking lot. (yep, we must be "real runners" to change in the parking lot). Then we headed out for a stink free day in Dallas, full of Mexican food, Pedicures with wine, and my husband got to celebrate at the coveted wood store that is only in the Metroplex! It was a good day! 

Post race clean up with Showerpill! Post race clean up with Showerpill!

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It was definitely a day to remember for us! And I know we will be running more half marathons together! Well maybe not a ton more, but I think I'll be able to talk him into running with me in the Fall during the Race Texas Series! For me, I will definitely continue adding more medals to my race accomplishments! 

So this week, I am celebrating the fact that 361 days after having a baby, I ran a half marathon! For me, that is awesome, and definitely a way to Leave a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZANDER! Join me on Thursday, his actual birthday, as I share my awesome birth story with you guys! 

Celebrating one year after having a baby by running a half marathon!

 What's something you have done that gives you a huge feeling of accomplishment? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!







5 Thoughts I'm Having Before My Half Marathon! #FridayFive

Well....this weekend is race weekend, and lot's of thoughts are swimming through my head!  So today, for the Friday Five Link-Up, I've decided to share with you a few of the thoughts that I am already having, or I know I will be having when I'm standing at the start line of the Big D Half Marathon on Sunday morning! 

If you are training for a half-marathon, be prepared...you might start having some of these crazy thoughts! via @brittanysuell

1) "Why didn't I run more!!??"

This is seriously a thought I've been having lately because the last few weeks haven't been my best, or consistent in training. I mean I ran 10 miles three weeks ago, so that gives me some encouragement, but even in my shorter miles over the past few weeks, I just haven't been on top of things in my scheduling, so I haven't been getting those in. Plus I've been being a baby and not wanting to run with my stroller.

2) "It's soooo early...seriously if I was normal, I could be in bed, cozy...not cold, not stressing, and not about to push myself for 13.1 miles! WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING!"

Did I mention there was going to be lots of whining here....! haha Seriously though, I think pre-race, or even at the start of the race, there's this jittery nervousness that comes over me that makes me question, and second-guess everything! 

3) "To wear the long sleeve or not....that is the question."

Early morning races can have a tendency to start out cold...even in April. And although I know I will warm up rather quickly, do I want to sacrifice the short amount of time and be cold, or stay warm, and then just have to wear a long sleeve shirt around my waist the entire time. It's a pretty big dilemma here! 

4) "I wish I could run while drinking hot coffee....maybe I should invent a running camel back type thing that holds coffee...and keeps it hot. Well I guess while I'm at it I should create a healthy, hydrating, protein infused coffee drink so that I won't feel bad for drinking it while running."

Seriously....I might be delirious by this point, but this is what I'm thinking! 

5) "OH NO!! The race is about to start, and I think I have to pee!!..............AGAIN!!!!!!"

Welcome to my life. I seriously have to pee all the time! This was before I became a mom, while I was pregnant, and still now. I drink a lot of water (and coffee)....so I constantly have to go to the bathroom! And it seems like every time I start a race or run I have to go! Seriously, at my first half marathon ever, we ran down a hill at the start line and I ran right into a Porta Potty. Honestly I don't even know why there was one at the beginning of the race, but I was thankful for whoever planned that out! 

 So yes, this may seem like a crazy person talking, but these are thought I am having, have had before, or can imagine myself having. But guess what!!?? As soon as I cross that finish line.....all that will be gone! Instead, I'll be thinking....

1) "Wahoo! That race went great! I felt good mentally, my legs felt good! I'm so glad training went so well and I ran so much in preparation for this!" 

2) "OMG It's only 8:45AM, and I've already ran 13.1 miles! So glad I'm not one of those lame people that are still at home in bed! I feel great, and I'm so awake!" 

3) "I should probably change clothes now since everything I'm wearing is soaked from sweat! Oh...heyo, I'll put on my race t-shirt because I freaking beast-moded that thing!" (yes I know beast-moded is not grammatically correct)

4) "I'll take that coffee now...Starbucks please! And since I haven't invented my nutritious coffee running drink yet, go ahead and give me some water and some Nuun please!" 

5) "Oh ya, I still have to pee!"

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If you are training for a half-marathon, be prepared...you might start having some of these crazy thoughts! via @brittanysuell


Are you a racer? What kind of crazy thoughts have you had leading up to a race? 

Check out these other posts about racing:

The newest additions to my Running FUEL list! Must-Haves for a successful, nutritious run! via @brittanysuell     Are you wanting to have your most successful race yet, or maybe you are just getting started...here are @brittanysuell 's TOP 5 SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL RACE!     How to fuel your half marathon. Before, During, and Post Race Nutrition by @brittanysuell`

I’m joining these awesome bloggers for the #FridayFive linkup! Mar on the RunEat Pray Run DC, & You Signed Up For What? And I’m joining Jill Conyers for the Fitness Friday linkup! Go show them some love!

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!





Are you wanting to have your most successful race yet, or maybe you are just getting started...here are @brittanysuell 's TOP 5 SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL RACE! Inspired by my 5 mile training run last night, I decided to take today's FRIDAY 5 topic, and give you my TOP 5 SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL RACE! And really, they are the Top 5 things that you have to overcome, and then, then you will have a successful race, no matter what the distance! 

Are you wanting to have your most successful race yet, or maybe you are just getting started...here are @brittanysuell 's TOP 5 SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL RACE!

1. Just Start!!

-To have a successful race, you just need to START running! To do anything successfully, you have to begin, and in that, celebrate the small victories! From your first run, to your first race, celebrate! 

2. Nix the Negative Self Talk!!

-Alright, here comes the Yoga Instructor in me......You've got to think positively, and I don't just mean externally, but internally! When you are running, or preparing for a run, talk positively to yourself! Talk yourself up, and tell yourself how awesome you are and how good you will feel after you knock out that run! And when negative self talk starts up, SHUT IT DOWN!!! 

3. Be Gentle on and Listen to Your Body!!

-Challenge yourself, but don't push yourself too hard! Alright, here's the Yoga Instructor in me again: But listen to your body, know when it's time to stop, or rest, and take care of yourself! It's not worth pushing yourself into an injury! Be gentle, and recover properly! 

4. Be Prepared For Any Type of Weather!!

-If you are planning to train for a run, be prepared for the season that you are in or will be in. Weather can become one of our easiest excuses when it comes to training for a race. If it's too cold, it's easy to cop out and say..."I'm not going to run today..." Then one day turns into two, into three, and then you haven't run in a week or two....and that is not setting yourself up for a successful race. Believe me, I know I've been there and am speaking from experience! 

5. Train Properly!!  

-Getting a correct training program, no matter what the distance you are running, and stick with it. Stay consistent in your runs, running throughout the week, and one long run a week. It's hard on the body when you skip the short runs and just try to hit the long runs, (I've done this as well), and my training is not near as successful. So train right! And find out the proper way to hydrate and keep up good nutrition while training too! Here's some tips I shared previously about Half Marathon Training Nutrition

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Are you wanting to have your most successful race yet, or maybe you are just getting started...here are @brittanysuell 's TOP 5 SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL RACE!


Are you a runner? What are your goals when it comes to running?  What race are you currently training for? 

I’m joining these awesome bloggers for the #FridayFive linkup! Mar on the RunEat Pray Run DC, & You Signed Up For What? And I'm joining Jill Conyers for the Fitness Friday linkup! Go show them some love! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!


Check out some of these yummy recipes from this week: 

Sugar Free Blueberry Waffles

Sugar, Grain, Egg Free Banana Bread