Seize the day because life is what you make it...

Snapshot Sunday...

My sunshine on the darkest of days!
One of munchkins favorite flowers.
Life is too short to not stop and smell the flowers.
Life is too precious to not stop and look around at all the beauty that surrounds us!

Love,
Kary xoxo



5 yrs ago.....

My abuelito & abuelita celebrating my abuelito's birthday.
April is not a good month for us. It's a month full of losing lots of loved ones. On a day like today 5 years ago I lost my grandfather Betito. He was the world to us,  my munchkin and him had the most amazing connection.  It broke our hearts to lose him and there is not one single day when we don't miss him. My querido abuelito we love you and miss you so much!  It hurts to not hear your voice, to see your face and to not be able to hug you. We know that you are in a place free of pain but we still miss you . We will always love you querido abuelito.

4-27-08

Love,
Kary xoxo

Half Crazy - More/Fitness Half Marathon Recap

4.14.13 Official Half Marathoner :)
My official time was 3hrs 08mins
I can't believe that it's already been a week that I crossed the finish line of my 1st Half Marathon.
The whole race felt so surreal. It seems like only yesterday I was crossing the finish line to my 1st race in years, or that I was telling you guys that I would be running my 1st half. 
4.14.13 More/Fitness Half Marathon
Now here I am one week later and feeling proud of myself for finishing this race. As I mentioned on my previous post I came down with the flu, two days before the race and it wasn't pretty. The race was on Sunday and Saturday was a crappy day, my body ached, I had a severe headache, a nasty cough and combine all that with my asthma! It wasn't pretty. My family wanted me to call it quits and I almost did, but I just couldn't. I trained myself physically and mentally for this race and I just couldn't give up.
 
Let's rewind to 24 hours before the big race. Due to safety reasons I had to stop drinking all medication and just drink acetamaphin, due to my throat hurting I really couldn't drink as much water as I needed to really be hydrated for the next, my appetite was bad but I had to force myself to eat something. My dad talked strategy with me and told me to walk as much as I needed with the cough and all my asthma was really agitated. It was a long night with me getting up every hour or so. But 5:30am came soon enough and before I knew it I was at the park and counting down the time for the race to start.
20mins before the race!
I was sick, nervous and scared that something would happen along the course. But I'd already put in my head that I was going to take it easy and stop whenever needed. I would not let my asthma get out of control. I was ready to get that race started and make my dream a reality! 
I was in one of the last starting corrals therefore I started 20 mins after the official time. The first loop around the park was easy and I really didn't feel the hills, anyone who's run around the park knows that those hills are no joke. I was even going faster than anticipated. My mom and munchkin were supposed to be there when I passed by to start my second loop but like they thought I'd be going slower they took a little bit longer to get there, and boy were they surprised when my dad told them that I'd already passed. Before I continue I must say that my dad was such a big part of this race. It meant the world to me to see him at mile 2, 5, 7 and later 10 (more on that in a few), he helped me finish this race! 
Every time my dad saw me go by he'd tell me to slow down - lol! 
Starting my second loop - around mile 7
This was the last time I got to see my dad till mile 10 and I remember his words: You got this, Chiquita! Your half way there! You got this!! 
I felt good and the flu wasn't acting up, I'd run to the point where I felt comfortable and made sure not to agitate my asthma. I would drink some water at every water station. Miles 1-7 went by fast. Miles 7-9 were also good, I knew I only had 4 miles left. I still felt like I had strength in my legs.
 Now mile 9.5 and on were another story. By the time I was finishing the last big hill my legs started feeling tired, my cough started acting up and my breathing was getting agitated. I started to walk at that point when the next thing I see is my papa right there next to me!! He'd left my stuff with my mom and munchkin and ran to look for me. I almost started crying when I saw him but I controlled myself because if I did I knew I'd lose it. I guess mile 10 is where you can say that I "hit" the wall. My legs were tired, I felt really thirsty and I had no more tissues. My dad stopped by one of the hot dog vendors and got me some napkins. He walked with me from mile 10 to 11 and all the time reassuring me that I was doing good, when I tried to look at my watch he'd stop me and tell me not to worry, it was crazy that I was even doing the race. That mile was a strong one with me wanting to cry every time my dad told me I had this race and that I was only a few miles away. He told me that my mom and munchkin would be at mile 11, at that point he would stay with them so they could walk to the finish line and from there I'd go on by myself again and finish the race. Seeing my mom and munchkin brought on another wave of tears that I had to fight back. We hugged, kissed, I said see ya later and continued to finish my race.
Mile 12 to 13 will never be forgotten. My mind was full of thoughts, I was doing it, I was finishing my 1st half. My training was paying off and I was making my dream a reality.
I was so happy and excited to see that finish line and my family cheer me on. 
It was really happening, this girl was completing her 1st half!!!

With my munchkin at the finish line :)
My personal cheerleaders and some of my biggest supporters! Husband had to work but he was with me in spirit.
I was a mess of tears once that finish line was crossed but those pictures are way too scary and they shall not be posted here for that reason. 

After the race we walked home where my sister and her family welcomed me with a congratulatory cake :)

With my niece! She's such a beautiful blessing :)
It was a great day of dreams coming true, family and lots of love.
I'm also very happy to report that I didn't wake up the next day feeling that sore and I was still able to walk up and down the stairs without pain. Monday was a normal day with lots of running around.
Woot!! I did it!!


So, my loves if I can do it, so can you! Go out there and make your dreams come true. 
Nobody can stop you, only you. 
It's going to be a year now in May that I officially started this journey of mines.
 and I've already come a long way. Never in my dreams did I think that I'd run a half marathon and finish it. I made that race mines and I am a proud half marathoner!! 
I know that if I wasn't sick I would have done under 3hrs but I can happily accept my finish line, because I owned that race and no one can ever take that away from!
Now which one will be my next one? :)
As of now I am official signed up to run the Oakley mini 10K which was my first race years ago! 
More on that later.
Now let's just pray that  don't get sick again!

Love,
Kary xoxo

#PrayingForBoston

What can I say?!? My heart is very sad for todays events in Boston. I haven't stopped crying. I was sitting with my family and just eating lunch when tweets started popping up about an explosion at the Boston finish line and the first thing that came to mind, was the 9/11 events. What is going on in this world? Why are there so many crazy, heartless people that go around and hurt innocent people. I can't stop thinking about that little 8yr old boy who died in todays events. Yesterday as I ran by mile 12 of my 1st Half Marathon, the only thing I can remember is seeing my munchkin smiling at me and screaming "mommy, your almost there!" and him kissing me and hugging me as I went by.
And today somebody's baby is gone, because of some crazy person and my heart is breaking!
Why?? How?? It's a very sad world that we live in today! That's why always tell your loved ones how much you love them. How important they are to you and never, ever walk out that door mad at your loved one. You never know if that's the last time you will see them!

My heart and prayers go out to all of Boston!

Love,
Kary xoxo

I did it!!


Just checking in to say I did it!!!
 I completed my first half marathon and survived!! :)
I will be back tomorrow with a recap, right now I need to go lay down and let this flu have it's way with me. After all it did let me conquer my 1st Half Marathon.

Love,
Kary xoxo

Wednesday Wishlist


 Today I'm adoring (more like ogling over the following items):

Garter Snap Leggings from Forever21

High-Low Tribal Print Tank from Forever21

Basketweave Sandals from Forever21

Frayed Tropical Print Scarf from Forever21
The list could go on and on.....

What's on your wishlist today?

Love,
Kary xoxo

#BrillantRun My Blues and I

Rocking my Wave Inspire 9 the day they arrived :) 
Everybody knows that in order to have a #brilliantrun you must wear a pair of Mizunos!
They are the comfiest pair of running shoes ever, not only that but the colors and designs are out of this world!
Mizuno's had been on my running shoe list for a long time and every time husband and I would go into a running store, I'd always go and say "Hi" to a pair of Mizuno running shoes. But luck was on my side and I won the pair show above on a blogger giveaway! It took me forever to make up my mind on which pair I wanted, all of them are just so darn pretty!

Perfect for running on the snow!
Helping me have a #brilliantrun
I picked the Wave Inspire 9 (they are perfect for people with mild to moderate overpronation) and they have been my running buddies ever since! 
  We are inseparable. They have helped me through my morning runs during these harsh Winter days, I got to run through snow for the first time while wearing my blue's (my Mizunos nickname) and now they will accompany me the upcoming seasons. I've already kicked off this Spring season with my blue's and it's been great. They've helped me prepare myself for my 1st Half Marathon, which is this upcoming Sunday - gulp!
My blue's will also help me prepare myself for my first 10k which is in June, yep I've signed up for yet another race! My blues and I are on a roll and together we will continue to have a #brilliantrun!
I'm now dreaming of my next pair of Mizunos! I think this girl needs a new pair for June, a girl can never have too many Mizunos :)

What is your favorite pair of running shoes?

Love,
Kary xoxo

P.S. This post is not sponsored and I just wrote about my blues because I think Mizuno rocks and I love my running buddies!


Motivational Monday

Remember this, if your weekend wasn't a good one. Today is a new day, not necessarily because it's Monday and the beginning of a new week, but because it's not yesterday and the possibilities are endless! 
So, get up and go for a walk, run, or get your cardio on. Whatever it is, it's way better than being a couch potato!
Life is too short and beautiful for us not to enjoy every single moment and treating our bodies like temples.

We are al beginners at some point in our journey, so don't over think it! That person who's running laps around you was once a beginner and taking baby steps. With motivation and dedication you too can be the best that you can be :)

We all have it in us to be GREAT!! 

Happy Monday Loves!
Now go and be the awesome person that I know that you are!!

Love,
Kary xoxo

I survived..

Eeekkk!! It was my first day at an actual gym and I was feeling so nervous!
It's been years that I've stepped foot in an actual gym and me being the shy girl that I am I was freaking nervous.
I need to stop worrying about other people and the feeling of them focusing on me. I mean I've already learned on my morning runs that we all just go to do what we've set our mind on and we don't worry about others. So the same applies when going to the gym. Everyone is there with a goal or to release some stress and no one cares about what your doing.
I'm so lucky to have an active and fit dad who's a member of the NYSC
We met after work and together got our cardio on! I did some bicycle, treadmill, stairs and just a little bit of weights (for now). My Polar was forgotten at home and therefore my heart rate wasn't recorded. But I didn't forget my purple reebok Get After It shirt and my customized Reebok RealFlex Transition 2.0's they made my date with the gym a very fun one indeed.
Once again I went out of my comfort zone but it was so worth it. Plus you have to love the gym perks of a sauna, and masseuse :)
 Now all this girl needs to do is work her nerve up to take some classes.

Are you a member of a gym?
What was your big milestone?

Love,
Kary xoxo

Tired & Nervous..


                

Hope my face didn't scare you that much! :)

Happy Tuesday Loves

Love,
Kary xoxo