Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I was debating about sharing this pic, but I shared it with one of my running groups. I know quite a few family members, Facebook/Sparkpeople friends are trying to lose weight. Well, I pray my testimony will motivate you to start focusing on your health & fitness. I mean really focus on yourself, because you're so worth the time & effort. I've been on the weight loss roller coaster for a number of years. I would lose the weight, then gain it back. I saw myself always as the "fat" friend. But, 2013 was my year to become dedicated & determined to being a healthier version of myself. I started with kickboxing due to a bad relationship. It was nice pretending to be punching & kicking his butt. LOL! Additionally, I focused on my eating habits. Nothing major, just some slight changes in how & what I'm eating. Then, thanks to my friend I went back to my running roots. I feel back in love with running. But, if anyone would have told me years ago that I would have ran a number of 5Ks, a few 10Ks, other mileages, & 10 Half Marathons, I would have said "Yeah Right". Also, if someone would have told me that I would be close to my high school weight, I would have said "You need to get your head examined!" But, here I am. Now, thanks to another friend, I'm thinking about this last quarter of the year. Thinking about my goals I want to accomplish for the remainder of the year as well as what I want to shoot for in 2015, not only fitness wise, but life wise. Please don't wait until the new year. You can start now. No man or woman is promised tomorrow, so start living now. Enjoy your life. Choose to make yourself a priority. Trust me, your so worth the investment. Start investing in yourself. I hope this helps you to go for yours!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Well, today, I would have been running my 11th Half Marathon in Nashville, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I wasn't able to attend. This Half Marathon was sponsored by Women's Running. Not only, would I have received a cute medal, I would have received a charm, because I ran the Rock-in-Roll Nashville race earlier this year. So, I'm a little disappointed.
Additionally, I'm on a few running pages on Facebook & I see a number of people running their first Half Marathon or their first Full Marathon. They are posting how nervous they are & it reminds me of my first Half last November. I remember how nervous I was. Now, I just trust my training & focus on "my" race. I posted on their posts & let them know they could do it. It did feel good to encourage them with the following pics.
If I can't be out there getting some more bling, it's nice to know that I'm encouraging others to get out there & get theirs.
What do you need to go after? Get out there & go get it.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I continue to amaze myself with my running journey. This past weekend I ran back-2-back Half Marathons. Additionally, I continue to work on my goal of completing a Half Marathon in all 50 states. Well, I ran the Brewers' Mini Marathon in Wisconsin, which was the 6th state & I had my fastest time of 2:14:33 for the Half.
Then, Sunday, I ran the Detroit's Women's Half Marathon in Michigan, my 7th state. I ran my second fastest time in the Half: 2:18:36.
Like I shared with my running group, I continue to shock myself. I cannot believe I did this, but I did it. I'm so happy with my running journey. No one may never understand how happy I am about this journey & that's fine. I just hope I inspire others to reach their goals. Go for your goals no matter what. Go for it!
Monday, September 15, 2014
This past weekend, I've had an amazing time with my running journey. Now, a few weeks ago I ran the Colts' Back to Football, where I ran a 27:15. This was a personal best for me. However, I was so disappointed because last year we received a medal for doing the race. I love bling. It reminds of that particular race & what I accomplished.
A friend asked me to do another 5K with & this one had a medal for the top 1000. I told her yes I would do the race. However, I didn't think I would get another personal record, because that 27:15 was quite fast for me.
Well, I'm proud to say I had another personal record for the 5K. It was 26:07 and I have bling to show for it.
I was feeling so good about this accomplishment.
Then, Sunday was my long run. My goal was to do 12 miles. I ran with a few ladies of my running group, where they all had the goal of doing 18 miles. During the run, I was feeling pretty good. Instead of 12 miles, I ended up doing 16 miles. This was my longest run ever. I couldn't believe that I did that & still felt great.
Even today, I'm not sore from the run because I stretched, took a hot bath with Epsom salt & rubbing alcohol, then did the RICE method.
Spark friends, find something you love to do & stick with it. You never know what amazing things you'll find out about yourself.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Despite having a cold for the past 3 days, which has put a snag in my workout plans, I refuse to let this deter me from enjoying life. I have accomplished so much in the past two months. For example, in both July & August, I completed over 100 miles. In July, I accomplished my 500 mile goal for the year and now, I have extended my mileage to finish the year with 800 miles. As of August 31st, I've completed over 600 miles.
Additionally, I ran my 8th Half Marathon of the year (10th overall) this past Saturday. While waiting on my friend to finish, they played a dance song and of course, I had to join the group and get my dance on.
I can honestly say, I'm enjoying life! Despite any downs or disappointments, I'm still enjoying life.
Will you join me and enjoy your life?
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