Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Friday :)

“You have to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

-Lou Piniella

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thursday Mantra

Endurance? You've only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: man was meant to run.
-Percy Cerutty


Monday, August 18, 2014

Perfect Weekend

Every now and then the perfect weekend happens.
 
I will say that most weekends are perfect no matter what and I feel so blessed in general to have that, but this past weekend was truly perfect.
 
This past weekend we celebrated one of my best friends on her Bachelorette party and every single thing about the weekend went off without a hitch.
 
We are talking perfect weather, perfect group of girls, perfect house, perfect beach, and perfect memories.
 


 
This is one of those trips that you wish never ended...even though I am still extremely tired today, I would love to still be on the beach with all of those girls, especially the bachelorette.
I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate her and her fiance at their wedding in October and I am beyond happy for the both of them!
 
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One of the girls and I actually went on a nice (HUMID) 4 miler run on Friday morning and there was LOTS AND LOTS of dancing so cardio was out in full force this weekend :)
 
Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Identity Crisis

I am tired of apologizing, and I am tired of not posting.  I wish I knew what my lack of motivation to post and keep up the blog is stemming from, but I guess I have to use the most common excuse there is:  LIFE.
At my old job, I had lots of free time.  Sometimes that was a blessing, sometimes a curse, but overall it was 2 full years where I was able to find myself and grow so I would never take it back for a second.  I was able to breathe, reflect, had a lot of alone time with my thoughts and my schedule was extremely flexible.  So in turn, I started running, I started this blog, and I really enjoyed who I was. 
Unfortunately that job had to end because it was in no way a career and it wasn’t going anywhere.  In fact, it truly ended so I was left with 2 options:  1. Get a new job and 2. GET A NEW JOB FAST.
That is how I ended up at my current job, which at the end of this month will be my one year anniversary here.  Crazy how time flies.  I am very blessed to have a job, and I appreciate everything about it, but some days it feels like I can’t catch a breath.  I’m sure people out there are getting angry or thinking “woe is me” , but it’s all relative and everyone has their own personal trials and tribulations.
The thing is, I am a very creative person.  Sitting in a cubicle for 8 hours straight doesn’t do too much for me.  Once again, beyond thankful for a job and I am not trying to bash my job here or anything, it’s just that I feel like there is something more for me out there.
I have always loved fitness.  My major in college was Exercise Science and my grand plan was to be a Physical Therapist.  If I could go back in time, that is one thing that I would change.  I would have worked harder, and truly made that my priority and made it my career.  Big regret there.  Since Physical Therapy School is 3 years and VERY difficult, unfortunately that will probably not be in my future.  I would love to pursue something in fitness though (in the future) and I am pretty determined to make that part of my future.
In the meantime, the hubs and I are kind of on the mercy of his job as far as location goes because there could be changes in the future, but blah blah blah you've heard enough and I've probably said too much.
 
This seems appropriate :)
There have been some great runs.  A good 8 miler on Saturday, a fast 2 miler on the treadmill yesterday, and a 5 miler after work today on this gorgeous day.  Runs have been good.  I made the mistake of doing some tough leg work today at the gym so I was definitely feeling that during my run and my left quad has been feeling a little off, but I will be out of town relaxing at the beach all weekend for one of my best friend's bachelorette party so I will have a break for a few days.
Thank you for listening to my rant and I honestly don't even know who is reading anymore at this point.  Once again, I hate that I haven't posted in a while and I hope that that can change.
 
Anyone else ever get into a rut?

Friday, August 8, 2014

TGIF

“As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.”
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Run hard, run fast, have a fantastic weekend with lots of love, family, and friends.
 
Happy Friday :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Post Series: Tips for Beginning Runners Part IV

Once again I am sorry about the hiatus, but I am back with another Post Series on Tips for Beginning Runners and this time we are talking about races.
 
This is probably going to be my favorite post so bear with me because races really get me excited.
 
 
Truth.
 
People may think runners are crazy, but until you feel the exhilaration of running in a race, pushing yourself mentally and physically, and being competitive within yourself, you will not understand.

Racing is the reason I run.  I love pushing my body and mind and having something (personally) to show for it.  I am not out there to compete with anyone other than myself and I love every minute and every step that I take even if I am not feeling that way at mile 9 of a half marathon and my feet and muscles are killing me :)
 
 
1.  Sign up for your first race.
 


a.  Whether you are intimated or not, or you feel like it's the extra push you need, just do it.  For me signing up for races gets me in the mindset that I chose to do this and I need to work hard for it.  Start out smaller with a 5K or 4 miler and there are so many training plans out there, the ones that I have heard that have gotten great reviews are couch to 5Ks. 
 


b. Check out your local running stores for races sponsored by them or races for a good cause.  I love running 5Ks for a foundation because I know that my money is going towards a good thing and you are doing something great for yourself and your community and the people in it.
 
c.  Check out the states running pages.  I frequent the Upcoming NC Races website all the time and they have all the races in the state categorized by distance and county.  It is a fantastic way to see what's out there and what is coming up.
 
 
2. Sign up with a friend or loved one.
 
a. One of my absolute favorite races was the one I ran with my husband.  It was my first 5K the previous year and his first race ever so it was a blast training with him and getting to enjoy that experience together.  He may feel or say differently about it, but that will always be my favorite race.
 


 

b. Sometimes friends or loved ones are the extra push or "bug in our ear" to get us going.  Training with someone holds you accountable and if you sign up for the same race then you are both accountable and more likely to reach your end goal, and at least you aren't doing it yourself.
 
3. Go beyond your comfort zone.
 
a. Let's say you sign up for a 5K, complete it, and feel like that was a piece of cake, well my suggestion is to go above and beyond your comfort zone and sign up for another race.  Whether that be another 5K so that you can beat your first time, or go for longer distances.  Longer distances take more training and effort, but if you are like me and want to continue to push yourself and get better, than this is something that will get you to that point.
 
b.  Start racing for time.  This is extremely addicting and self fulfilling.  Don't get me wrong, it can lead to injuries and over exerting yourself, but if you train correctly then you should be fine.
 
 
Well this concludes my post series for Tips for Beginning Runners.  I hope that it was informational and if you would like to know anything else always feel free to message me at anytime.  I love hearing your feedback and that is one of the biggest reason I blog.
 
Thank you for sticking with me during the hiatus and as always I appreciate you taking the time to read about my little life.
 
What was your first race?
 
How many races have you ran?
 
Work out 8/4- XT, weights
 
elliptical- 20 minutes
free weights/machines- 15 minutes
 
Work out 8/5- Run
 
TM- 3.5 miles, 30 minutes
 
Work out 8/6- Run
 
3.4 miles, 29:27 minutes (SUPER HOT OUTSIDE)



Monday, August 4, 2014

I AM BACK!

Holy cow guys, I am here!
 
Last week was very strange for me personally so I took a couple days off from the blogging world and "detoxed" if you will.
 
I feel much more refreshed and I am sorry for the absence. 
 
There hasn't been too much to catch you up on.  I've had some good work outs, a nice 7 miler, and I went to the beach for one of my good friends bachelorette party this past weekend which was of course a blast.
 
I will be back this week with another Post Series: Tips for Beginning Runners but if you have missed the others please go back and check them out!
 
 
 
 
 
I love that.
 
Happy Monday :)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Post Series Tips for Beginning Runners Part III

I am truly sorry I have been silent the last couple of days!
 
Unfortunately, there hasn't been much to talk about in my little World and I most definitely do not want to bore you with talking about treadmill runs that were painful (to get through) and lots and lots of rain in these parts.
 
It's been a strange week weather wise.
 
I know that in my Post Series last week I said I would talk about races this week, but I think I am going to push that back on more week and talk about something else that is important for runner's starting out:
 
Running Buddies!
 
So I will be honest, I don't really run with anyone.  I am not opposed to it personally, but I really really like being out on my own, with my own thoughts in my head, music in my ears, and no agenda (unless I have to be somewhere).  But that is not to say that other people feel that same way.
 
1.  Find a friend.
 
 
a) Running should be a fun activity and it is a great way to spend time with someone that you care about.  I suggest getting your significant other out there or grabbing your best girl (or guy) friend and running together.  First off if running is a complete snoozefest to you then this is a great way to make it go by quicker.  Secondly, it holds you accountable.  If you are both supposed to go running then one person or the other will make you follow through.  Finally, it is a fun way to get in some friendly competition :)  I know my husband loves it when we run together....just kidding.
 
(Boston Strong mile run last year after the bombings)
 

(All of my friends after their International Triathlon last year!)
 

2.  Join a running club.
 
a)  There are so many fantastic local running stores that offer great programs like "Couch to 5K plans", weekly running clubs, brewery running clubs (how fun!) and much much more.  Check out your local running stores, stop in, give them a call, or check on the internet and see what they have to offer!  It's a great way to meet new people and you get great exercise at the same time.  It's a win win in my book!
 
3. Leash up your favorite 4 legged friend.
 
 
 
a) If you've been a long time reader then you know about my favorite running buddy, Molly, my almost 4 year old chocolate lab.  That girl LOVES to run and I love running with her, but you have to be careful not to let them get over heated.  I had a horrible instance where I took her when it was too hot outside and we had to go to the emergency vet because she was overheated.  It was a bad bad day and I really felt horrible about it.  The cooler outside the better when it comes to running with her so I ust try to take her in the Fall/Winter/early Spring if possible.  This is also a win win because you and your pet are getting exercise and having a blast together!
 

 

b) If you don't have a pet that can run, ask one of your friends!  I am sure they would be more than happy to have you take their dog out for a run!
 

 
Running is a whole lot easier when you have someone do enjoy it with.  I definitely suggest just asking around and seeing if anyone wants to go with you.  I think you would be surprised by the amount of people that would take you up on it and you never know who you could meet!
 
Happy Thursday :)
 
Do you like running with anyone?
 
Do you run with your pet?
 
Work out 7/22- Run
 
TM- 3.5 miles, 31 minutes
 
Work out 7/23- Weights
 
free weights/machines- 45 minutes



Monday, July 21, 2014

You Have to Believe

Hey guys! Literally jumping in to say a quick hello!
 
I saw a quote that caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you all for an inspirational Monday treat.
 
 
It's so easy for our mind to take over and think that we "can't make it" in so many situations.  This does not only have to relate to running, this can truly relate to anything in life, but since this is a running blog I figured we would use it in that way today.
 
Yesterday I went on a run.  Without my Garmin.  For the first time.  Ever.
 
The battery died and I was too lazy to wait for it to charge.  I knew that I wanted to run about 5 miles and I know the route distance around my neighborhood like the back of my hand so I just uped the distance a bit, ran for 50 minutes, and assumed that was right around 5.5 miles.
 
The hard part was the heat and humidity.  Also, the fact that I haven't ran outside since the 4th of July race so there was that.  And it was 3 o'clock in the afternoon.  Dumb.
 
I kept thinking I wasn't going to make it, it's ok if I don't run the 5 miles, it's really hot.  Guess what?  I made it.
 
I do that a lot in races too and everytime I am done, I smile a little bit to myself because I know that I beat my mind, and that is a pretty cool feeling.
 
Happy Monday :)
 
Tell me something cool about your Monday?
 
Work out 7/18- Rest (didn't feel well)
 
Work out 7/19- Walk with hubs and dogs
 
3 miles, 45 minutes
 
Work out 7/20- Run
 
5.5ish miles? 50ish minutes?
 
Work out 7/21- XT, weights
 
elliptical- 15 minutes
free weights/machines- 15 minutes



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Post Series: Tips for Beginning Runners Part II

Last week I started a post series called Tips for Beginning Runners that is going to cover my personal opinions and tips for people starting out or wanting to start out with running.
 
I definitely appreciate the feedback regarding the post and I encourage you to reach out and ask me anything that you would like to know or would like for me to discuss.
 
Since we started with "Running Fashion" last week and talked everything from shoes, clothes, and miscellaneous running gear/fuel, I thought we'd finally get into the actual running discussion now.

 
Starting Out
 
 
1.  Taking the first step.  Literally.
 
a)  To some people, this is the hardest part:  Getting out the door.  In my personal opinion this has to deal with discipline and the true commitment to wanting to run and actually making it a regular thing in your daily (or weekly) routine.  Don't get me wrong, running is definitely physical, but I personally feel that it is more mental than anything else so if you think positive thoughts, tell yourself you want to do this, and really have a good attitude about it, then you will get what you want out of it.  Too many people say that they "hate running", but I don't think that's the case, I just think they hate the idea of running and that is a completely differerent thing.
 
2)  Start SLOW.
 
a) I really cannot stress this enough.  Whether you are in the best shape of your life from doing other forms of physical activity, and you think you can go from 0 to 100 the second you put those running shoes on, you are going to be sadly mistaken and probably pay for it in more ways than others.  You have to remember that it takes time to build up the running stamina and the most important thing is to start slow and take baby steps to reach your goals one at a time.
 
 
b) Start out by running for 5 minutes and walking for 5 minutes and continue that for 20 - 25 minutes..  I suggest starting out on the treadmill because you can adjust your speed so that you are comfortable and not go "too fast" and burn yourself out.  Once you can comfortably run for 5 ninutes straight, then you can bump up the time to running for 10 minutes and walking for 5.
 
 
 c) Not only should you start with short increments (like I mentioned above), you should definitely start slow with your pace.  I know when I started running for the first time on the treadmill I had it on 6.2 speed and then finally was able to work my way up to 6.5 after a few times, but it takes a while to get the breathing down and that is an extremely important part...you don't want to be winded the entire time so that you don't enjoy what you're doing.  It's not fun.
 
3) Hit the pavement.
 
 
a) Treadmill running is great.  You can set your pace, see your time and mileage, and you're on a flat surface...it's great, but it's not reality.  Once you get to a comfortable base time built up on the treadmill, hit the pavement and go outside for a run.  I promise you it will be completely different and feel much much harder, but it's just something you have to work up as well.  Once again, start slow and work your way up, try not to avoid hills (I know, sounds crazy) because they really do help overall, and definitely make sure to hydrate and fuel before.

 
Tune in next Thursday for another post in the series where I will talk about races!
 
How did you start running?
 


Work out 7/15- Run, weights
 
TM- 3 miles, 26:24 minutes (.2 miles, 3:30 minutes walk)
free weights/machines- 15 minutes

Work out 7/16- XT, weights

elliptical- 25 minutes
free weights/machines- 20 minutes