Katy Rose

Katy Rose
Just a woman saved by Gods grace and wants to write about it.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Last Goal For 2014......


If you have been following my Instagram: KatyRoseTrains then you would know that I have been training for my First Half-Marathon, and I recently just got done with my race!!!  My detailed post for my Half-Marathon is at the link below, take some time and read it, if you have not had the opportunity yet.

http://katy-katyrose.blogspot.com/2014/11/my-first-half-marathon.html

Now that I have accomplished my first goal, I recently decided that it was time to smash another one!!  I know we are very close to the start of a New Year, and I thought it would be amazing if I could squeeze this last goal in BEFORE 2015!!  What is my goal you ask???


 My Goal is to run 100 miles in one week!!!  Yes, that is right!!!  I will be running 100 miles in one week!!!  I have decided to do the last week in December, and this way I will be able to accomplish this BEFORE 2015!!  I will start this goal on December 24 and end on December 30th!!  I will be running 14.2 miles for the six days, and on the last day I will run 14.8 miles!!!  Keep in mind I have only run one 5K and I recently just finished my first Half-Marathon!!  My longest run Before my race was 10 miles, and since completing my race, my longest run has been 13.1 miles!!  As I am putting the facts before your very eyes, you can see that is going to be my greatest challenge yet!!  I will be documenting this goal with photos/videos/and of course show my mileage!!  I am doing this for myself, and this is something I want to prove to myself.  When my mind is saying: "Katy, this is impossible!"  I literally say out loud to myself: "Katy, you got this!! You can do anything!!"  So this is my last goal for 2014!!  If you would like to join me on this journey and see each update as I accomplish this, please go over to Instagram and follow me at: KatyRoseTrains

When I have completed this goal, I will of course write a detailed blog post about my experience!!  I will also be adding another "runner sticker" to my car!!!  I will be adding a 100 mile sticker next to my 13.1 :)


Saturday, November 15, 2014

My First Half- Marathon


I cannot believe this day is finally here!!!  I signed up for my race 6 months ago, and I have been counting down each day until this very moment. The reason for this race was because in my mind this was the definition of IMPOSSIBLE for me.  Running is one of the hardest things for me to do.  I have never been able to run long distances, and have never enjoyed the sport.  I wanted to do the IMPOSSIBLE for my body and do my first Half-Marathon and train for it.  I have been training for this race for over 3 months now.  My longest distance in training for this race was 10 miles.  I purposely didn't want to run 13 miles in training because I wanted to do it for the very first time in my actual race.  This journey has been so rewarding for me because it has taken so much hard work and discipline.  My husband has played a huge part in it because he made it possible for me to train each day for hours at a time.  My husband has always been my biggest supporter, and has encouraged me from day one about this race, and my training.
I have filmed a short video the night before my race and wanted to show everyone what I plan on bringing to my race.  When I first started running, I had no clue about the "running world" and I learned so much through this process, that I wanted to share my knowledge with everyone.  In this short video I will go through EVERYTHING that I will be bringing, and the reason behind it. Throughout this blog I will post lot's of pictures and videos because I wanted everyone to be on this experience with me, and see it through my eyes.  So I hope everyone enjoys this detailed behind-the-scenes blog post about my race.

What I Pack Before My Race:



I am on the way to pick up my race bib in Tampa at International Mall. My husband and I are going to pick up my race packet and then get something to eat.  This is the day before my race, so we are going to take it easy.  The plan is to get some food, walk around a bit and then get a night of rest because we will waking up around 5am on race day!!


 Good Morning!!!! :)  It is my race day!!!!  Here is a quick picture before heading out the door.





Here, we are officially at the race and I am just going to start posting a bunch of pictures below :)


Here is a picture of getting out of the car and arriving at race destination!

There were 422 runners at the race and here is a picture of the American Flag and singing the National Anthem.  They had a live Band at the event and tents set up.


My Husband and I went inside to stay warm because it was very chilly out, and of course I had to pee from all of the water I was drinking.  While I was waiting in line for the restroom, we decided to take a quick selfie!!  I love my husband and it was so nice to have him their to support me, and be in my corner!!

TIME TO START THE RACE.........................................................................

The race start time was 6:30am.  They had a D.J there at the event to play music and countdown for all of the runners.  I was staying as calm as possible and stretching while waiting.  It was finally time to start, the horn was sounded, and all of the runners took off!!!!


On Your Mark.... Get Set.... GO!!!!!


Here is the actual course map.  We were to run over several bridges and go over to Davis Island in Tampa and run around the entire Island.  We were then to cross over another bridge and run along side Bayshore Blvd which is along the water.  We were to then turn around and run on opposite side on Bayshore Blvd and then arrive at our original starting point, which was at the Hockey Stadium in Downtown Tampa.



I started off at a good pace and made sure to go nice and slow and get into a rhythm.  I was nervous when I started because I couldn't believe I was actually doing it.  I even started to tear up because it honestly overwhelmed me, but I quickly got it together because I needed every breathe I could get in order to make this run a true success.  I prayed the night before because during my training I encountered many problems with my calf muscles locking up to where I literally cannot walk or run.  Having this problem in training kept me from covering several runs because my legs were out of commission.  The thought was in my mind and I knew if I could make it over 1 mile with no issues, then I was in the clear zone.  I prayed to Jesus the night before and in the morning and I knew once I did that, then I was covered and safe.  As I began to run I found my rhythm and got my breathing down.  I was starting to pass people, and I got in a clear zone to where it was me alone and I didn't have people around me.  At mile 2 there was a mile marker and a water station. I kept on running and didn't stop for water.  It seemed like every 2 miles there were mile markers and then as the race progressed, the mile markers were spaced out.  I honestly felt good during my run and didn't  have any issues, it actually flew by pretty quick.  At mile 6 I took my first cup of water and literally took two sips while running, and through the cup.  I did not want to stop running, because I didn't want to lose my rhythm.  At mile 9 I felt my hamstrings tighten up and felt intense pain.  I knew my body was pushing itself and that I was giving it everything I had.  I told myself that I had to keep going but to just back it down a bit with my run.


I then approached mile 11 and my body started to feel robotic.  My legs were so heavy to where I had a hard time picking them up and my legs were extremely tight.  My hamstring pain was still intense and I knew my lower body was screaming in pain, and that I was hitting the wall.  In my training I hit the "wall" a few times and it was usually around my 9mile/10mile runs.  Keep in mind that 10 miles was the longest I ran, and I did that on purpose because I wanted my first 13.1 to be accomplished in my first Half Marathon.  So here this 11 mile territory was new ground for me and my body was letting me know that it was not happy, or used to it.  I started to talk to myself and tell myself "Katy 2 more miles, you can do this, keep going!!!"  I started to talk to Jesus and thank him for this race and for no injuries and that I needed him with me to strengthen me for the last 2 miles.  I can honestly say the last 2 miles of the race were the absolute hardest for me.  My goal was to not stop one time, so no matter what, I knew I HAD to keep running.  I got to mile 12 and there was a guy standing there clapping and cheering the runners on.  I gave him a thumbs up and went in for a high five!!  I looked down at my Garmin and that truly helped motivate me because I was able to see how close I was getting to the finish.  Towards the end we had to go up another bridge and my first thought was "Are you kidding me?? I can barely lift my legs!"  I got my favorite motto going: "Hardwork/Dedication" and powered through it.  I got up on the bridge and started to go back down.  I could see the Finish Line in the distance, and I was excited to see my endpoint.  I looked and saw my Husband in the distance.  I began waving to him, and he grabbed his phone and started to film me.  As tired as I was I knew I had to finish strong and proud.  I began talking to my husband as he videotaped me and he started to run alongside of me.  I was pumping myself up by talking to the camera and could finally see the "timer" above the finish line and I was super excited to see that I was WAY AHEAD of my goal time.  My goal time was 2 hours and 30 minutes.  The timer was at 2 hours and 18 minutes.  I began to sprint because there was NO way that I was going to finish at 2 hours and 19 minutes.  I sprinted my little heart out and my entire body went numb because I was running on fumes.  As I was crossing the finish line the DJ yells out "KatyRose making the sprint and finishing under 2 hours 19 minutes."  I was so proud of myself and I got a bottle of water and got my medal!!!


Here is the link to the video my husband filmed as I was finishing:

I walked off to the side to catch my breathe and my husband and I 
embraced.  I began weeping and he started crying as well.  I hugged  him and told him that I didn't stop at all!!!  He said he was so proud of me, and he couldn't believe how fast I finished!!
Here I am catching my breathe, and giving my legs a rest!!
Here is a picture of my husband and I after the race!!
Here is a picture of me celebrating!!!
Here is my ticket to show how I did :)
Clock Time: 2 hours 18 minutes 59.3 seconds
Chip Time: 2 hours 18 minutes 34.6 seconds
Overall: 255/422
Gender: 150/279
Age Group: 57/102
Pace: 10:34 per mile
Start Time: 6:30am

I went inside and changed into clean clothes!!!
We sat and talked for a bit, and I called my Mom to tell her the news!!  At this point I had to limp to walk to the car because my lower body was DONE!!!

We got to the car and I was finally able to put on my 13.1 sticker!!
My husband and I went out to Breakfast and then came home and slept.  I took some pain relief medicine and took a hot bath.  To celebrate tonight, we are going to a Hockey Game in Tampa (at the venue where my race was that morning) and then we are going to our favorite Spanish restaurant/club: Ceviches!!

My Thoughts On My Race:
I would not of changed one thing about my race.  My preparation was on point, and I did everything I was supposed to do!!  I made sure to keep my nerves down, and to pace myself and take it slow.  I am still amazed that I was able to accomplish this dream for me.  Being 30 years old and having two children and NOT being a runner or ENJOYING running at ALL, made me honestly push myself and truly discipline myself.  I now see that I can accomplish anything!!!!













Friday, November 7, 2014

Obedience.......

Let us look at the definition of Obedience: compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority.  Now let us see what the Bible says about Obedience: Romans 1:5 and Romans 16:26 says: Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake.  But now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith.

So as we can see that in order for us to be "obedient"  we need to submit to another's authority.  Who is the leader that I am talking about?  God!!  How do we submit to him?  By doing what his word says!!  What if I mess up?  Well, that is what Jesus came for!!  We literally have no excuse because God covered it ALL for us!!  It then falls down to making a choice.  We can do it "our" way or "God's" way.  Now the main question that I want to ask you is:  How Can You Start To Become Obedient And Do It Gods Way??  The answer is: In the smallest things first, then the big will follow.  If you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you also have the Holy Spirit dwelling within you, and he is your guide.  When you make decisions, counsel with the Holy Spirit and see if you have peace.  If you do not have peace, then you know it isn't the right thing to do.  I am going to make this blog come alive now with real life everyday principles that everyone can relate with:

Disobedience:
- Calling in sick to work when you are not sick
- Canceling plans and making up a lie on why you had to cancel
- Paying for something at the store and something you didn't purchase ends up in your bag and you choose to keep it.
- Holding onto anger towards another person, and know that it is wrong.
- At work playing on the computer, and the moment your boss walks in, you act like you are working.
- At the grocery store and you choose to leave your shopping cart in the parking lot, instead of walking it to the proper place it should go.

Now some of these things might sound small to you, but it is the small things like this, that lead to true obedience.  In our eyes we have two categories: 1) Big lies and 2) Small lies
We like to play games with ourselves and think that if we do only "small" lies, then we will be fine and that it is ok.  I am going to ask you to look up to the top of the Blog where I mention who the leader is that we are to submit to? The answer is: God!!!  So in God's eyes it is wrong whether it is a Big lie or a Small lie.  We need to remind ourselves that we serve an audience of one, and that we are to please HIM!!  When we do things HIS way, it is showing that he is our number 1, and that we trust him with our whole lives.  Everything we do, should be for the glory of God!!  When we return that shopping cart to the proper place, it is for the glory of God!  When we choose to forgive someone that has wronged us, it is for the glory of God!!  When we return that item that got put in our bag that we didn't pay for, it is for the glory of God!!  God sees our heart, and we need to start submitting to him!!  I want to encourage you to start in the small things.  Be God conscious!!  Seek HIS WILL FIRST before your own!!  If this subject is new to you and you want to dig deeper in it, I want to highly recommend a book that I have read that is phenomenal.  You will learn so much in this book, and it will challenge you mentally.  The name of the book is: Spiritual Authority by Watchman Nee
I have included a brief description of what the book is about below:
Authority is a tremendous thing in the universe, nothing overshadows it.  God's throne is established on His authority.  God's authority represents God himself.  God alone is authority in all things; all the authorities of the earth are instituted by God.  It is therefore important for us who desire to serve God to know the authority of God.  God's authority is absolute, hence we must give Him absolute submission (our hearts attitude) and absolute obedience (our outward actions).  But to His delegated authorities we can render absolute submission, but only relative obedience.  For their authorities are circumscribed by the measure of life of Christ in them. Only when they themselves submit to God's authority in them are they able to represent God.  Hence there is much we have to learn about how to represent God.

I really hope that this blog post inspires you to dive into TRULY following God and being Obedient to HIS ways.  I really pray that this post inspires you to pick up this book and dive into it and learn about how to truly represent God.  










Tuesday, November 4, 2014

One Day At A Time.....

Many have heard this statement: "Take It One Day At A Time."  This phrase is said frequently and the meaning behind it gets lost.  What does is mean to take something one day at a time??? Let us take a look and see what it means.
Matthew 6:34 says: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
James 4:14 says: How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?  Your life is like the morning fog--it's here a little while, then it's gone.
Many people like to read "Motivational/Inspiration Books," but people should really start picking up the Bible and reading pure wisdom and truth.  God's Word is the ONLY truth in this world and the ONLY thing we can truly count on.  Other people's words will come and go, but Gods Word is always firm and NEVER fades away.  When we are to truly take it "One Day At A Time" we are to just focus on that day and that day alone.  We are to not worry about tomorrow or the next day, or the next day.  Every morning get in the routine of getting up and praising God each morning because his mercies are new EVERY SINGLE MORNING!!  Then ask yourself "What Does Today Hold?"  "What Do I Need To Do Today?"  God already goes before you ahead of time, so you can trust him for that day.  We are instructed to rest IN HIM, and stay connected to him and in fellowship with him.  We are to remain UNDER his covering, and not step out from under it.  As long as we STAY UNDER the Shadow of the Almighty, then we are truly aligned with God and His Plan, and what he has for us. Then, we are able to walk it out with him.
Proverbs 27:1 says: Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
We can have "our" plan but we must be real with ourselves and force ourselves out of the driver seat and let God drive.  God's plan needs to be ABOVE our own plan!!  Like I said earlier, when we STAY UNDER the Shadow of the Almighty, then you are in the middle of God's perfect will!!
Matthew 6:26-27 says: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
I pray that the phrase: Take It One Day At A Time, is starting to really hit home with you in your heart.  To be a follower of Jesus, we need to walk step by step with him, as he did when he walked to Calvary.  Let us remember that Jesus carried a cross on his back and he was beaten along the way. Understand that it is a very slow walk, with many interruptions.  Nothing is going to be smooth, but we can do it because Jesus will give us the strength to do so.
Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
God doesn't light the entire way for you because if he did then we would go on ahead of him because we would rely on what "we see."  We would go fast and at our own pace.  As you see in Psalms it says that his word is a lamp for our feet, and his word lights our path.  This means there is enough light for each step.
God takes his time with us on each step we take.  Remember that God took his time creating you. Genesis 1:27 says: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created him; male and female he created them. God the Creator of ALL things is Perfect and makes no mistakes!!  He took his time creating you and did it in HIS OWN IMAGE!!
To God, you are absolutely perfect!!  God does not make junk!!  Since we can understand how detailed our God is, then we can understand that he wants us to take step by step WITH him!!  We are not to try and reason with why we should or shouldn't do something.  Isaiah 55:8-9 says: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways", declares the Lord.  "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  We are to follow the Lord's Word and HIS ways, and not what the "world" says we should do.  Let us remember that the "worlds" way and "Gods" way DO NOT line up!!  To the "world" you will look foolish and crazy, because the "world" is deceived and has blinders on.  The Lord reveals certain things to his people, and opens their eyes with wisdom and understanding.  The Lord will not do this for everyone, because many do not accept him.
So I want to remind you and help strengthen you to start taking ONE DAY AT A TIME WITH HIM!!!  Learn what it is like to truly surrender to him and follow him!  Learn what it is like to truly rest IN HIM!!!  Start pleasing God, and Stop trying to please people!! Do not worry if things do not make sense, because we are to walk by faith NOT by sight!!  Lift up your head and fix your eyes on him!! Do not be moved by what is happening on the left or the right of you!!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Frame It"


I am sure the title of this blog post has caught your attention, and you are interested in knowing what I am referring to!  I want to ask a question to you and have you think about it, before you answer.

What Are You Believing God For????

Are you believing God for: Restoration? Healing? Closure? Peace? Miracle? Finances? Relationship? Deliverance? Wisdom? Revelation? What are you believing him for?

Now that you answered it, my next question is this:
 What Have You Done About It????

It is great to know what you want from God, but have you done any action on your part?  It is easy to say something and then just sit back, and kick your feet up and wait on God.  God operates on Faith!!  It is the exchange of currency for us to give to God.  We need to have faith on our part and it needs to be mixed with 100% trust.  We cannot waiver back and forth and try to put the trust in ourselves and what we can do.  It is always about what HE can do!!  I am going to share a personal story of what my Husband and I decided to do for our family.  We were believing God for certain things and we decided to take action and do our part!!  Enjoy!! :)

My Husband and I were believing God for Two Main things!!  We were believing God for:
1) A stable job for my Husband and 2) A Home.
We found a logo of a company and printed it out and found a picture of a home that we both liked.  We then found scripture in the Bible that really stood out to us and personalized the scripture.  We added our names in the scripture!  We printed out all of the scriptures that we wanted, and started to "frame" what we were believing God for.  We understood that when you "frame" something with the Word of God, that NOTHING can get through to it.  We have God's protection in those particular areas.  When we were finished we put it up on the Mirror in our bathroom and the rule was that whenever we went into the bathroom that we had to pick a scripture on the picture and say it out loud!!  We were to constantly confess Gods Word on what we were believing God for!!  We did this for weeks and months.  We stood on Gods Word and we were not moved on the things we saw  around us.  My husband would continue to go on job interviews and some would call him back, and some would not.  It came down to a decision on which company to pick and we had to pray about the right path for him to go.  Before we could even make a decision, one of the job companies backed out and that was God's way of showing us that the company that backed out, was not the right job for my Husband.  With the "house" situation, we were renting an apartment at the time and our lease was coming up.  We did not like living an apartment because we have two small children and we were always thinking about our noise level because we had neighbors below and above us.  We felt like our kids couldn't be themselves and run around, because we had neighbors around us.  That always bothered my Husband and I.  God opened up certain doors at the last moment, and we were able to find a home, get approved, and move in after our lease was up!!  My Husband found a job that he absolutely loves, and the company has Christian values that they stand on!!  My Husband actually looks forward to going to work each day, and loves everyone that he works with.  The Lord has blessed him at this job, and my Husband looks forward to growing with this company!!  Below, is a picture of what we did.  So I want to ask you again...... What Are You Believing God For?   & What Are You Doing About It???



Monday, October 27, 2014

Faith & Fitness......

My blog is about my faith and what Jesus has done in my life.  I share my struggles and talk about life issues on my blog.  On this particular post I am going to do a short fitness update.  My main fitness page is on my Instagram Account: KatyRoseTrains

Today, 10/27/14 marks the day that I officially start my "Two-A-Days!!"  My Half-Marathon is less than 3 weeks away.  I am really excited about the race coming up, and I am making sure that I am ready and prepared.  My new fitness schedule is this:
             
    Morning: Gym (5 Days a Week)
    Evening: Home Workout (5 Days a Week)

I go early morning to the gym and stay for an hour and I make sure I run and lift weights.  I change up my variations and make sure I change it up.  I throw in some jump roping, kettle bells, squats, etc. I alternate arms and leg days and make sure to do them every other day.  I am not following a "plan" I am basically going day to day and seeing how my body feels.  I want to listen to my body and do what is best for it.  In the past, I have followed programs and I honestly ended up hurting myself because I did too much on my body.

For the evening time, I am very excited that my Husband and I are going to be doing "T-25!"  I am excited to have a partner to do this with, and I am happy that we will accomplish this intense program together.  We already did our measurements and took our "Before" photos.  The schedule for this program is 5 days a week and "double time" on Fridays.  This program will last for 2 months.  After the two months I will either do the program again, or just really step it up with my gym workout.

For all of my fitness updates please feel free to head on over to Instagram and start following me to see the latest updates!!!  I will keep you all posted on my progress!!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Letting Go Of Old Habits.....


As human beings, we tend to get "stuck" in our ways and end up developing habits.  Each person knows their biggest struggle, and what gives them a difficult time.


As Christians, we proclaim that Jesus is Lord and that we follow him by denying ourselves and carrying our crosses along with him.  It is very easy to look at each person and identify what is wrong with them, but the Bible teaches us that we are to examine the speck in our own eye and deal with ourselves.  Matthew 7:5- You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.  Sometimes one of the hardest things to do is to look at ourselves in the mirror and have a reality check.  We need to pray to the Holy Spirit for revelation and we need to use the Bible as a mirror and see if our lifestyles reflect what is written in it.  In relationships it is a two way street.  This deals with family members, spouses, kids, co-workers, friends, etc.

Usually when a dispute breaks out, you have one party explaining what the other person did wrong and not one time does that person admit something they did wrong.  It is easy to play the "victim" role and hear the violin music playing in the background to feel sorry for yourself.  As Christians, we are to be BOLD and Strong IN CHRIST!!!  We are to not be weary and weak!!  We need to recognize old habits and take captive of them and cast them down. 2 Corinthians 10:5- {In as much as we} refute arguments and theories and reasoning's and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the {true} knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ [the Messiah, the Anointed One].  We no longer have to be bound and settle for our old ways.  We are new creatures In Christ and a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)  We do not have to receive what has been passed down from our family and we now have a new bloodline.  We have the bloodline of Jesus Christ!  Have you held up the Bible lately and used it as a mirror?  What was revealed to you?  Did you take it seriously and write it down?  Did you find scriptures to help you with your habits? What steps are you taking to help break the old habits?  These are questions that you need to ask yourself, and if you are serious about it, then you should write them down!!  It is very easy to be led by feelings, and move like the wind from one day to the next.  I am going to give each person a task:  Instead of complaining about someone else's weakness, focus on your own and make a plan to break it!!!!  Start by working on yourself, and stop focusing on what everybody else is doing.  Do not judge one another, and spend the time to focus on yourself and what you need to do.  We are all here to do a specific duty, and we are to use our gifts and talents to fulfill HIS will!!  I pray that this blog post spoke to your heart, and that you are able to officially let go of old habits!!