A Favorite Shop

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Running Warehouse. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I LOVE Running Warehouse. If you’re a runner, whether recreational or competitive, you’ve got to check out this place. And, if you’ve never heard of it…well, shame on you. Just kidding. 🙂 But, seriously. This place is AWE-SOME. Why, you ask?

1. Discounts off regular retail price of clothing, shoes, and accessories. (aka-the best deal in town!)
2. FREE 2-day shipping! Uhhh, everyone loves free shipping, especially two day shipping.
3. 90-day return period.
4. ONLY $9.99 if you want it overnight (if you live in CA you can get free overnight shipping).
5. There are always discount codes floating around for extra savings!

I really just love Running Warehouse. Their customer service is always on spot, and the turnaround time in orders is amazing as well. The items I order are always on my doorstep two days later, and packaged well. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience from a company that offers such great discounts on some of the best running brands (my favorites being Asics and Oiselle). And, even though they don’t carry the full line of some brands (such as Oiselle), they do offer a lot of choices at great prices.

So, if you’re in need of some new running gear check out www.runningwarehouse.com

Happy Shopping!

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Three Things

I’ve been thinking…

For 2014, I really want to accomplish three big things. Yes, I know it’s clichĂ© to make “new year resolutions;” however, these are things I’ve been thinking about for a while.

1. Log at least 1,000 miles in 2014

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I know what you’re thinking. How can she not run at least 1,000 miles training for an Ironman? Yes, yes I am lazy.

2. Finish the St. George Half-Ironman in under 7 Hours.

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3. Last but not least, start training for a FULL marathon!

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(www.thekauaimarathon.com)

I’ve always wanted to run a full marathon. I think it will be a great challenge (mentally and physically) and help to prepare me for more half ironmans in the future.

Here’s to a great year of running and racing!

Merry Christmas!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ The Lord.” Luke 2:11

The reason we celebrate Christmas is not about giving and getting gifts; it is about celebrating the gift of life that came into the world to save wretched sinners…like me. God gave His only Son, clothed Him in humanity, and brought Him into this world for one purpose, and one purpose only. He gave His life so that we could have eternal life. How awesome is that?!

I pray we always remember and celebrate the true meaning of CHRISTmas.

Now, no Christmas with kids would be complete without a few presents, and a few for mom and dad. After reading from Luke this morning, and praying, we opened a few little things and the kids were very excited. Mom (me) was a little excited about this little diddy, too:

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas!

2013–Race Year in Review

2013 has been an awesome year; mostly for my racing accomplishments than anything else.

The Background

After being severely overweight (ahem, 200 pounds on a small frame) after pregnancy, I started to do something about it. That was 2011. I knew that running was the only way to get the weight off, and fast. And, oh yeah, I hated running.

Fast Forward

Fast forward through 2011 and 2012. After running countless 5k races and one ten mile race, I felt like my endurance needed to be tested again. So, I ran my first half marathon in February of 2013. After that, I was hooked. I ran a few other half marathons and 5k races. Then I raced a few open water triathlons. I was hooked on triathlon more than road racing because of the many different aspects of the race itself…it was a thrill competing in three sports, in one race. Then, I did something CRAZY. I signed up for a Half-Ironman. So, needless to say, I’ve been training hard for the hilliest 70.3 out there: St. George, Utah.

Reflection

I am utterly thankful to have such a supportive family that has kicked me out the door to start training runs, cheer me on to finish the races, and surprise me with some of the equipment I didn’t know if I could get in time (like, the bike I would need for the 56 miles in Utah–sure helps, hah). We are all blessed beyond measure. I can’t say enough to show my gratitude for those who put up with my racing stories, and all else that comes with the life of an athlete.

Here’s to a full race calendar in 2014, and loving every mile!

Why I Race

Hey, y’all!

Over the years, so many people have asked me why I race. The answer always turns into a more convoluted stream of random musings on my racing than a simple, straightforward answer. However, I do believe that my team’s creed sums up the faith aspect that fuels me through training and racing.

I race for team FCA Endurance; a group of dedicated athletes of all levels who love Jesus, and love racing. From our website (fcaendurance.com):

The Competitor’s Creed
I am a Christian first and last.
I am created in the likeness of God Almighty to bring Him glory.
I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.
I wear the colors of the cross.

I am a Competitor now and forever.
I am made to strive, to strain, to stretch
and to succeed in the arena of competition.
I am a Christian Competitor
I face my challenger and as such, with the face of Christ.

I do not trust in myself.
I do not boast in my abilities or believe in my own strength.
I rely solely on the power of God.
I compete for the pleasure of my Heavenly Father,
the honor of Christ and the reputation of the Holy Spirit.

My attitude on and off the field is above reproach – my conduct beyond criticism.
Whether I am preparing, practicing or playing;
I submit to God’s authority and those He has put over me.
I respect my coaches, officials, teammates and competitors
out of respect for the Lord.

My body is the temple of Jesus Christ
I protect it from within and without.
Nothing enters my body that does not honor the Living God.
My sweat is an offering to my Master.
My soreness is a sacrifice to my Savior.

I give my all – all of the time.
I do not give up. I do not give in.
I do not give out. I am the Lord’s warrior –
a competitor by conviction and a disciple of determination.
I am confident beyond reason because my confidence lies in Christ.
The results of my efforts must result in His glory.

LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN.
LET THE GLORY BE GOD’S.

– See more at: http://fcaendurance.com/the-competitors-creed#sthash.qCKJgN9M.dpuf

Racing just isn’t about pushing yourself to gain medals, acceptance, or anything else that a lot of people are seeking through endurance sports. It’s about pushing yourself toward a greater goal–the goal of keeping your body (which is the Lord’s temple) holy, pure, and healthy for His glory.

If we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we take care of others? It is truly my goal to honor The Lord through my racing and training in order to inspire others that there is something greater out there than just ourselves.

So, in a nutshell, I race to tell people about Jesus, and the amazing things He has done for me in my life. I pray we all find strength and hope in the One who gave it all for us.

Shalom.
Ashley