Can you tell I’m excited here😂 Week 6 kicked off today and man oh man am I pumped to finish this program strong👊🏽 •
So they say home workouts are a joke...they don’t work....you can’t get results from those things....you HAVE to go to a gym to really get a workout in...you can’t stay motivated enough for that....blah blah blah blah blah is all I hear🙄 •
I have heard it all and all I do is 😂😂 •
I laugh because I see women in my group every week get amazing results, find the support amongst each other to stay motivated- heck I just switched my entire workout routine based on one woman in my group challenging me to do so...so when I hear all these things all I do is laugh because you just don’t really know what this can do for you. •
I say this because as we get into spring break planning and start thinking about hey it’s gonna warm up soon, this is something you do not want to wait until May to start “getting ready for summer” this is something you want to take advantage that while it’s cold out and you don’t want to drive to the gym to try something new...take that chance on yourself to start changing your life. •
For all the things I have done, consistently doing these programs for the past 6 months has changed my body in all sorts of ways and more importantly the internal change isn’t measurable through lost inches, muscle gain, or lost lbs- it’s a complete mindset change that I needed way more than I ever realized before👊🏽 •
If you’ve been watching my journey and are ready to start your own or enhance your current then this is the time👊🏽 •
I’m taking on 5 women in my new group to work one on one with- if you are ready for change this is for you & you can dm me or for fun drop me your fav emoji below👊🏽 •
Never miss a Monday....or a Tuesday...or a Wednesday for that matter😁 •
I dreaded this run all day. I even dreaded this run during the first 3 miles. Then all of a sudden everything clicked and I didn't even feel like I was running anymore. The rest of the run felt amazing and I'm so glad I did it! Very happy with this pace after running 15 slow painful miles yesterday.
Btw it was a real feel of 13 degrees and I'm somehow sweating in just a light long sleeve. Guess my body is getting used to this cold!!
Been under the weather so exercise was limited this weekend (Saturday just elliptical, Sunday elliptical and P90X). Today ran 4 and elliptical 3. Hoping tomorrow I’m feeling better. Need to get back into running mode!
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So beautiful today. Cold but doable!
I pulled the old “go out for 10 minutes, then see how you feel” trick and it worked like a charm. Ended up out for an hour so that was fun. Always try, what’s the worst that could happen? The risk to reward here is pretty decent.
#medalmonday from Best Damn Race Savannah half on Saturday. I loved this run so much!! Of course I love all the #bestdamnrace runs but it’s always special to be part of an inaugural run! I also got my bonus medal for 2 Best Damn half marathons this season & I filled up my medal rack! I should get a new one ASAP because Best Damn Race Orlando is in just 2 weeks!! #bdrsav 📷: @thefitelement
Took 2 days off but back at it today.
156 miles down 844 to go
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Austin half marathon recap: I am so grateful that I was able to run the race; beating my “A” goal by 8 minutes was the icing on the cake. “A” goal- 1:52; “B” goal- 1:54 (my half split 4 years ago when I ran the full); “C” goal- sub 2 hours…all these are far off from PRs set many years ago, but running after numerous injuries and 16 months postpartum is with a different body and mindset.
1 year ago I had to DNS the half since I suffered POP due to running too much too soon after having my baby. 2 weeks ago the plantar fasciitis that has bugged me since an ankle injury 9 months ago reared its ugly head and my achilles and calf got so tight that I did not know if I would be able to start or finish the race this year. I took time off running the past two weeks and spent the time massaging and stretching; it improved enough for me to feel comfortable starting the race.
I planned on taking it easy on the first 3 miles (long uphill), picking it up on the downhill to mile 6, and running steady until the final couple miles where I would try to pick up the pace. I took off faster than planned but the pace felt good so I didn’t worry; I was surprised to see my time at the 5K mat and my pace when I glanced at my Garmin around mile 5. I saw my hubby and boy around mile 6 and told them I was going to slow down. Then I saw a sign with the verse, “I can do all things with God who gives me strength” and I prayed for God’s strength and thanked him for the gift of running.
The second half of the race, I felt like I slowed down but glances at my watch every couple miles showed my average pace was the same. The hills from miles 8 to 12 were nonstop and I focused on running comfortably - throwing out all thoughts of picking up the pace since I was going faster than planned; my foot and achilles got tighter and I did not want to risk tearing anything. The last mile flew by and I crossed the finish line feeling great. I was so happy to see my hubby and boy as I exited the finish area; running would not be possible without their support. (Continued in comments)
I feel like this winter is never going to end! We got hit with a bunch of snow again last night, and I definitely did not take into account the amount of time it would take me to shovel before I could leave for the gym. After I finished, I had less than an hour before I needed to be back home. That only left around 40 minutes to actually workout.
I debated whether or not I should just go back inside and go back to bed. Is it even worth working out if it is less than an hour? If you asked me this question a few years ago, the answer would’ve been no. But, I’ve realized since having my son that even something little is better than nothing.
It’s not one big workout that helps us achieve our goals. It’s the accumulation of all the times we’ve said yes to even short workouts. Consistency is key!! So, I got up and busted out another leg day 💥
While running the Amherst Valentine Run in 2017 (left picture), I remember thinking to myself: Okay, it’s time to get back to running long distance more frequently. The entire race race felt much harder than it should of BUT and instead of being mad at myself, I changed the narrative. I told myself that with enough dedication, belief in myself, and strength, I could do it! 🙌🏻
Although I’ve had road blocks (and still do and likely always will - that’s LIFE), I knew that I was NOT going to be sidelined by my brain injury or let it always bring me down...🙅🏼♀️
In 2018 (middle picture) I was in a better place than 2017.
In 2019, well, I think the facial expression says it all (especially since the picture was taken mid-race).
My journey is far from over because I don’t think it ever will be! ✌🏻 Life is about learning and growing.
This isn’t a before/after; it’s progress of my journey and it will continue to change.
I look at these pictures and see very different times in my life.
The mental change between the past three years is amazing to me.
One girl was struggling, never really believing in herself, and not confident in who she was.
One girl takes time each day to show up for herself and do things that help her; journaling, being around people who uplift her, thinking positive thoughts and just believing in herself! 💛
Mental changes can be seen physically too! 💪🏻
Everyone’s journey is different; there will be highs and lows and there will be days where you want to quit but let me remind you, you CAN do this! 👏🏻
Take it one day at a time.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Find what works for you and do that.
Be the best YOU that you can be! 🥰
I feel extremely guilty not tracking, so I’m back to tracking. My meals this week aren’t the most point friendly, but at least everything will be tracked. Tonight for dinner is a cheddar brat (9sp) with waffle fries (13 for 5sp). The brat is a bit higher than I would normally eat, but that’s what I get for not planning 🤷🏻♀️
Trying to find the balance between recovery after a race and not wanting to lose too much fitness is always a challenge. I’m still feeling pretty tired, primarily in the evenings, since ALQ50k. So 3 miles plus light strength training today and planning to take it easy for another week or two. Anybody have any specific rules you follow with regard to recovery duration/method after key races?
Side note: This weather can just stay thank you very much😜🙌😍🙏🤸♂️