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So, why don’t I run as many races as I used to? There’s only one reason really, if I’m going to be brutally honest with myself and with all of you. I love the fact that entry fee goes towards great causes. I love all the camaraderie and excitement. I love the morning air and seeing the sun rise. I love getting my workout done in the morning.
😒 But I have trouble waking up that early 😒
And it’s not even that it’s THAT early. It’s only about an hour or so earlier than I usually get up. But I have so much darn trouble getting up that extra hour early! And we love to sleep in on weekends. I would run soooo many more events if they were all at about 10 or 11 on the weekends 😏
Same with running with clubs. I belong to the Running Turtles and they do a run, I swear, 15 walking minutes from our doorstep. No lie. And I NEVER make it. Why, because they meet that hour too early 😒 Same with volunteering (even though I try to do one a month!) I plan to work on this morning problem, but I’ll embrace every single later in the day race I can find!
Beyond that, with running, I realized not too long ago I really am just a 5K kind of girl. Sure I still would love to do my bucket list half marathons one day. But I don’t want to run that far to train or daily. I get bored 😒 So, since realizing this I think my plan is to just focus on my 5K and my speed. Because to be honest again, the faster it goes, the less bored I get.
I seriously don’t get how marathoners don’t get bored. I can see how ultra runners, you know the crazy wonderful people that run longer than a marathon, don’t get bored. They usually have amazing destinations and they are a whole different ballpark.
Some day I will aim for longer races, but I think those miles will be trail miles. On the trails I won’t get bored. I will be surrounded with beauty and nature. So in the future I see trails. But the next year I am devoting to my 5K & speed!
You have to be true to yourself and your run. If you don’t enjoy the run, why do it. So adjust your sails once in a while, but keep on running!
I still do some at home workouts. But I really feel too strongly about getting out in nature and just moving. You can walk, hike, run, swim, etc… But the added benefits to getting outside and away from technology for a hot minute is well worth it. At home and gym workouts are awesome for changing up your routine, getting out of the rain and snow, or just meeting other people and that energy vibe you get from working out around other people. But stepping away from the TV, the computers and the tablets can change your entire mental outlook for the day. So get outside and take a walk!
A few tips from me based on mistakes I’ve already made:
💡Don’t forget strength training! Strength training is the thing that helping me with not only endurance, but speed too. The stronger your body is the more efficiently it works as a whole unit. And a strong core will help you maintain good posture, while strong hip flexors help you keep form and endurance when you run. Strength training adds resiliency to your joints, connective tissue and muscles which helps prevent those nasty injuries runners get from repetitive motions.
💡Get a running plan that works for YOU and your lifestyle and prepare yourself for those races. Don’t commit to training for a half marathon if you don’t have the time to fit the training in for a half marathon. You run the risk of hurting yourself (which I did) and potentially disappointing yourself (which I did).
💡Don’t try to run a marathon if your still running in the back on 5k’s. This is just my opinion. You can’t expect yourself to be ready to run something you are nowhere near trained for. Even mentally if you are focusing too many steps ahead in your goals, you lose sight of the place you are actually at. And your training will falter.
And seriously, if you are training for a half marathon or marathon, get a training plan. And find a training team or get together with a running club. It will help you along the way. And they will keep you motivated when you reach lulls in your training, or are lacking motivation. I myself haven’t run even a half. But I know many who have. And you will go through highs and lows during training. The longer races require not only physical endurance but a lot of mental endurance, mental muscle and even emotional endurance.
💡Make sure you are fueling your body right. Just stop eating junk and eat clean, period. Hydration is CRUCIAL. If you plan to run longer races, research nutrition and half marathon/marathon training. Nutrient timing can also be important when you eat and run!
💡We need sleep and rest for muscles to recover and repair. Even when just exercising you need to give your body the time it needs to heal and repair itself. And sleep the night before your race event!! Find ways to calm your nerves the night before (no, don’t go drinking) and get a good nights sleep. Make bed time prep a thing. Plan out how and when in the hours before bed that you will get yourself relaxed and ready for a peaceful nights sleep.
💡I really can’t emphasize enough the power of not only doing things with a group or team, but also sharing what you do with others. It helps keep you motivated and honest in your training and helps inspire others to achieve what maybe they thought was impossible. Be a lighthouse for others and share your journey!
💡Good gear. And I’m not just talking fashion here. Although, for some looking good out there boosts them up and in turn helps them run faster. Let’s talk about your shoes though. It’s recommended; switching your shoes every 300-500 miles, and having at least 2 pairs for training. Compression pants, sleeves and socks all are super helpful to recovery. And foam rollers, you scoff, but they are amazing for helping your muscles recover. Plus there are a bazillion apps, watches and heart monitors out there. Hubby and I both use Garmin Vivoactive HR. We’ve been using Garmin for a while and not too long ago upgraded to the Vivoactive HR to get out of a chest strap. We both love it. My biggest complaint is, it’s kind of bigger ?? for a woman’s wrist. Well I myself really would prefer a slimmer look anyway. BUT it works beautifully!
💡With any fitness routine, program or run training you need to learn to listen to your body. You might get all super pumped and motivated, but you shouldn’t skip a rest day. And if your feeling sick, give yourself a break. You have to trust the process and that includes healing processes. Don’t try to run on an injury! You are human, not a machine.
💡Believe you can. The power of positive thought isn’t just personal development mumbo jumbo. Positive thinking keeps your mood elevated and when your mood is elevated you tend to stay on top of your game. Visualizing your goals helps you keep focus on your destination and helps you alleviate your anxiety about getting there.
💡Make sure a race is legit. From time to time scammers make fake races to steal your money and then close websites down while they happily run with your cash. This is another area that if you are new to the running world, a local running club, running shoe store, or running trainer will know more first hand about.
💡Don’t forget to enjoy the heck out of yourself. Both in training and on race day. You have to enjoy what your doing, or what’s the point? You trained hard for this day, love it to pieces!!!
“Work like someone else is working 24/7 to take it all away from you”
– Mark Cuban
I was finally able to get back out on the pavement again yesterday! And it felt awesome, but sooooooo hot and humid 🔥🌞😅💦 I thought I was gonna melt! It was good to get back out there. I only did two miles, but they were good miles. The first mile was my 🌟fastest🌟 mile yet since being back out there training. I guess the rest and the refresh did some good for my time! Mile two….🔥😓🔥 was so hot my legs were even sweating. I felt zapped on energy (3 days under 1000 calories), so I took it slow and just enjoyed the sunshine and the scenery. It was a beautiful day despite the heat!
It was only about 88°, but felt about 188°
When I got back I pushed out my workout 💻. I’m following a BOD fitness calendar that Shaun T put out to do after Shaun week. Yesterday was Pure Cardio 2 from his Insanity program. I haven’t done Insanity yet. Hubby and I plan too later this year, likely after 3 awesome rounds of Shift Shop, so I was super scared 😖 lol!!
Pure Cardio is indeed a KILLLER! You do a “warm-up”, stretch and then about 18 minutes of intense cardio. Shaun T doesn’t do a break 💦 but he does say if you need to rest, DO IT! When you do any exercise, NEVER compromise form. If your tired, sore, etc…. hit pause before you start compromising form.
💡Tip: You have to push yourself, but not to the point your doing the workout wrong or off, because then you won’t be working the muscle group the right way. Better to do three reps or three minutes only than to do thirty incorrectly!
But that’s the best thing about Shaun T’s programs, you can keep challenging yourself!
You see no photo’s from that workout lol, that’s because; one I was rushing around really trying to get a lot done in a short time yesterday, and two I was a sweaty hot mess and just did not want THAT ⚠️😱💦 photo to be out there on the internet for all time lol!
Today, I’m excited, it’s Insane Weights 🏋️🏼 day! I LOVE strength training!! It leans me out super quick when I add that to other cardio I do. On a side note, I lose weight from the top of my head down🔻 and from my feet up🔺, leaving the middle 🔵, well you know what I mean. Anyone else lose like that? I still have a long way to get where I’m going, but I’m in the right direction and on the right path so I know I’ll get there!
If you’re on a weight loss journey, never ever feel you are in a race, or have to lose super quick, or by ❌ time. Your focus needs to be on permanent solutions, on lifestyle changes that are livable and lovable 💗 Or they won’t be lasting changes. So that’s what you need to strive for. More than pounds lost, strive for a healthy life. The pounds will shed away, the inches will melt off, as long as you keep your focus on making 🌱healthy choices for living day to day life. That’s why I don’t believe in DIEts. DIEts traditionally have an end point. There is NO end point. ☠️ Death is an end point, And you want LIFE, a happy, healthy, LONG, thriving life. Don’t short change yourself out of that ✌️🏼💛🌹☀️
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You’re moving along pretty nicely on your training run and about a mile in your leg starts cramping. Not badly, not movement threatening and not to a degree that it’s going to cause damage. But it hurts. And your mind starts making that little hurt into a big hurt, it’s messing with you. The pain gets bigger and suddenly you know you just won’t be able to finish (in your head). *sigh* so you hit pause and come to a grinding halt, squat down to take some pressure off, and then you see them and smile. Beautiful spring flowers in bloom, rising up to meet the day, fighting the odds against their stay. And you think about this for a brief moment and then stand up.
Hmmm, no more pain. Or is there, and for a brief moment my mind was distracted by the spring blooms in their glory under the shining sun?
Yeah, the mind will play that way with you. And maybe you really do need to stop because of a real injury, but maybe, just maybe, it’s bigger in your head. So instead of giving up, just hit pause
🌹 stop and smell the roses 🌹
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