The race turnout was smaller than usual for a Road Rage event but the Navy/Air Force Half Marathon was happening in DC as well as the OBX Triathlon and and an Air Show going on with lots of other little events happening around town. But it was a gorgeous day for running and volunteering. The rain held off, there was a gorgeous breeze off the Atlantic and lots of smiling happy runners and volunteers having a fabulous Sunday morning at the beachfront!
Volunteering for races is a great way to stay involved in the running community. While entry fees go to charities, some times you just can’t afford to put funds into race events. Keith and I are focusing on paying off some credit debt and socking away some funds into savings. Volunteering gets us out there with our team, plus we are supporting our community of runners and race walkers as well as our teams runners. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to cheer on and give support to people who are out there giving their all.
And even if you aren’t a runner, race walker, or even part of a team; many races offer volunteer positions open to the community, especially the larger events. So it’s a fun way to involve yourself in community spirit and local running events which are often held every year as a tradition!
Sunday we started the day earlllly and were out the door by 6am!. That’s early for me on a weekday, let alone a weekend. But as volunteer and runners, guess what, they usually happen earlllly in the morning! Especially when you volunteer because you have to be there before the race starts to set up.
Keith and I were manning/running a water stop for the Valor Run: Valor Knows No Gender , repping Team RWB Hampton Roads. It was perfect weather for a race and to volunteer. I’m proud of our runners we (the RWB) had out there running and rucking, and proud of our team that stood by to help the runners re-fuel, re-hydrate and offer first aid if needed!
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Up off my buns finally. Been in a physical rut/dead stop for quite some time. Struggles are real, depression and loss are real and not always is it easy to bounce back. I tend to shut myself off and hide from the world till I am stronger again. I think it’s because I never want anyone to see or know when I am hit hard and feeling weak and vulnerable. Shutting myself down has always been my go to fix. But it doesn’t work, it only makes things worse.
So I have a new attitude, new goals, and a new fitness schedule. It’s easy and flexible and will allow me to ease myself back into it all while still pushing my limits but giving me room to change things up. In the past I’ve tried to adhere to rigid schedules (that I made for myself) and ultimately I burned out fast. I pushed to hard in some aspects and not hard enough in others. But now I feel my head’s back in the game and hubby and I are working to be a support system instead of being negative enablers. You know how that story goes. I’d say how about stopping for a doughnut and while yeah one doughnut is fine, once in a while, us leaving with four doughnuts and neither trying to talk the other back to just one, or better yet none in NOT fine.
We’ve sadly loved each other so much we’ve allowed each other to be lazy and excuse away and let back in bad eating habits. Now we’ve acknowledged the problem and are facing it head on. We’ve turned the page and now love each other enough to say no, to give that push when needed and to be the reminder that we can do better and strive for more. We’ve moved and LOVE the place and with that have good vibes and positive energy flowing again (photo’s to come)!
So yeah, back to my schedule….
I’m getting back to the basics and starting all over again. This will help me focus and small improvements and specific goals.
Monday – Yoga
Tuesday – Run/Walk/Run
Wednesday – Cross Train/Weights
Thursday – Run/Walk/Run
Friday – Yoga
Saturday – Long Run/Walk/Run
Sunday – Rest/Stretch
When we moved we moved near two amazing things, a park and a yoga/meditation/reiki studio! We also live near a gym and the YMCA (looking into memberships). And I also have a couple at home video’s I love. Bob Harper has a great series of video’s that are complete cardio conditioning, these are my go to when I am at home and need a good strength workout. He also has one of my all time favorite Yoga dvd’s. But I also follow a few yogi’s online and I’m going to check out Beachbody’s new release, 3 Week Yoga Retreat. Seane Corn, Travis Eliot, Shiva Rea and Rodney Yee are some of the online yoga teachers I follow. Another great source for yoga is Gaiam! I am hoping to incorporate some of the RWB‘s Death By Sled workouts @TheVault (it’s gonna hurt!). I’m dying to try kickboxing!
Toss in some hiking, hula hooping, swim training (yikes) and maybe some biking and climbing for a bit of flavor and I think I’ll be doing just fine. Oh and don’t forget RACES!! They are a huge motivator and so much fun!!
I am so thankful for my husband, friends, and family that stick by and remind me that even when life gives you those lemons, oranges and grapes are out there too. I’m thankful for my INKnBURN, RunJunkEes, RWB, and Hogwarts Running Club families out there who even when I’m not participating give me the motivation and inspiration I need to pick myself back up again. You have no idea how inspiring you really are 💙
So if you’re out there and life gave you some set backs and kicked your butt to the ground, just remember that when you fall, you can rise again. So start climbing back out of it and live. Live life loud and embrace ever single moment with your whole heart. It’s your one sweet life. Don’t let anyone’s judgement hold you back, even your own. I believe in you and I believe in me. We can do this 💜